International Illustration Research Symposium Proposals Due June 1st

A reminder that proposals for the Sixth Annual International Illustration Research Symposium are due on the 1st June! Don't miss out on the conversation: we need your voice, 6-7 November 2015 at Rhode Island School of Design.

The Symposium will include two days of events centered on the theme of "Illustrator as Public Intellectual." This theme may be broadly interpreted, as outlined in the attached Call For Proposals. The CFP includes a great deal more information about the event, including information about speakers so please take a look and pass it on to your friends, students and colleagues. We're open to all manner of presentations, from academic papers to practice based discussions.

The deadline for submission of 300-word abstracts is the June 1st, 2015. Please submit to irsymposium@risd.edu!
The Illustration Research Symposium has never before been held in the US, so hosting this international event will be a first for RISD Illustration. We hope you'll add to what is sure to be some fascinating dialogue! If you have questions and/or would like to submit your abstract, please contact us at irsymposium@risd.edu. If you're unable to make it, please share this CFP with your friends and colleagues.


Robert Brinkerhoff
Department Head and Professor of Illustration
Rhode Island School of Design



D.G. Smith In The First “Your Art Supplies Exhibition,” Sponsored By Jerry’s Artarama

MFA alumnus D.G. Smith (Class of 2015) is participating in the first “Your Art Supplies Exhibition,” sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama of Connecticut. The gallery show features nine artists from Connecticut, focusing on their unique styles, methods, and different use of media available to artists at Jerry’s Artarama. Smith has six works featured in the show: two illustrations completed as part of his MFA thesis course work at the University of Hartford and three new illustrated portraits of Hartford historical celebrity, Mark Twain, to celebrate the regional focus of the gallery exhibit.

The show opening is May 9th, from 6 – 9 pm, at The Hartford ArtSpace, 555 Asylum Ave, Hartford CT. The show runs from May 9th to May 30th. More information, including bios of each artist, is available at www.yourartsupplies.com/exhibition.


Tyler's TALL Tales 'Chasing The Moon' Joins the Volvo Ocean Race

Tyler's TALL Tales 'Chasing The Moon' (https://www.facebook.com/tylersTALLtales), written by Ashley Richer and illustrated by MFA alumnus Ryan Maguire, have been invited to do a reading and activity aboard Rhode Island's own tall ship The Oliver Hazard Perry (http://www.ohpri.org) during the Volvo Ocean Race (http://www.volvooceanracenewport.com/en/home.html)stop in #Newport RI! This is anticipated to be the biggest event to ever come to Rhode Island!


An illustrated infographic activity will be available during tours of the Oliver Hazard Perry!

Event information:

> Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
• Register Now for 4-6 years old:

> Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
• Register Now for 7-9 years old:

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Alumnus Dave Szalay (Class of 2013) Has won an Individual Excellence Award in Illustration from The Ohio Arts Council

Hartford MFA Alumnus Dave Szalay (Class of 2013) has won an Individual Excellence Award in Illustration from The Ohio Arts Council. The Individual Excellence Awards program provides grants to Ohio artists for the exceptional merit of a completed body of work. These awards recognize creativity and imagination that exemplify the highest level of achievement and advancement of the art form for a particular discipline. With this support the OAC encourages the growth and development of individual artists. Awards are offered in the following areas: choreography, crafts, fiction/non-fiction, poetry, playwriting/screenplays, criticism, design arts/illustration , interdisciplinary/performance art, media arts, music composition, photography, and visual arts. The awards are based on the quality of past work and are not project-based.


Find out more about the OAC here: http://www.oac.state.oh.us/

And see more from Dave Szalay on his website: http://www.szalaydesign.com/


David M. Brinley (Class of 2010) (Follow-up from April 2014)

David M. Brinley, Class of 2010

The latest issue of Rolling Stone (#1206 April 10, 2014) hit the newsstands March 28th and contains David Brinley’s illustration for the "Rural America's Heroin Epidemic" cover story.  It was a unique opportunity/collaboration for the final spread with Art Director Mark Maltais.  From David’s painting, a label was created, which was then printed out and wrapped on a syrup can to be photographed for the spread by Fredrik Broden. 

Photo: Fredrik Broden
Painting: David M. Brinley
Lettering: Jon Valk

Check out David Brinley on Facebook: facebook.com/davidmbrinley


The article/images also caused quite a stir locally in Vermont follow this link to see more.

You can also see the entire article with images online here, courtesy of Rolling Stone Magazine



Q. Cassetti Wins in Creative Quarterly 39

MFA Alumnus Q. Cassetti (Class of 2009) had a set of 5 images selected in the winner category for Creative Quarterly 39. The images come from her 2014 Kawaii Christmas Advent Calendar, a very personal holiday project which was recognized publicly by the judges and Charles Hively at Creative Quarterly.

See her announcement and all the winning photos on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cassetti/posts/10206874771814294?pnref=story


Chris Piascik Illustrative Hand-Lettering Class with CreativeLive


MFA Student Chris Piascik (Class of 201) recently created an online class with CreativeLive about illustrative hand-lettering. He recorded the class while in San Francisco for the MFA contact period. This upcoming week CreativeLive is featuring select lettering courses including Chris'. As a result his class will be discounted through Friday April 17th.