Betsy Lewin & Student Kate Parkinson on Library Journal's Sping 2015 Preview

Faculty member Betsy Lewin of the Low Residency MFA in Illustration program at the Hartford Art School, and her student Kate Parkinson (Class of 2015) have made it onto the School Library Journal's Spring 2015 Preview Book review! The article gives a run-down of new publications for children to watch out for this spring. The list includes Lewin's "addition to the I Like to Read list with Good Night, Knight (May), the tale of a knight’s quest for a dish of delectable cookies," and Parkinson's "debut on the spring list with Grace (May) a picture book about an ungainly ballerina."



2015 Student Scholarship Competition

Every year since 1981 the Society has held the Student Scholarship Competition. Over three hundred works are chosen from more than 8,700 entries submitted by professors of college-level students nationwide. In a competition which can kick start a career, students bring their most sophisticated, well-crafted and original work to be tested. A jury of professional peers, including illustrators and art directors, selects the most outstanding works created throughout the year. Pieces are accepted based on the quality of technique, concept and skill of medium used. 

Only School Administrators and department chairs are eligible to enter this competition on behalf of full-time Undergraduate students. Please email if you are in charge of entering school work and would like more information, or visit the competition website at:


Julia Y Exhibits in Ghost Gallery Holiday Miniature Art Extravaganza

Current MFA student Julia Y (Class of 2015) is exhibiting her illustrations in two locations in the Seattle area as part of Ghost Gallery's 9th Annual Holiday Miniature Art ExtravaganzaArt will be on display until Monday February 9 as part of a group exhibit of 50 local and global artists. Julia's work includes mixed media illustrations of unique sea creatures made using fabric, acrylic paint, and embroidery done as studies for her thesis currently in progress. Original artwork is available for purchase at the exhibit or online through Ghost Gallery's website



Inga Poslitur Excepted into the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe 118th Exhibition

"Tulips Red and White," a painting by MFA Alumnus Inga Poslitur (Class of 2012), has been accepted for the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe 118th Exhibition at the National Arts Club in New York City.

The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club came into being over a century ago, and serves to educate the public through its exhibitions and programs taking place throughout the year. 
For 60 years, the Club has been welcomed by the NAC in furthering that goal and hosting the Annual Open Juried Exhibition.

-National Arts Club Website

The show will run December 2nd through the 20th, with a Benefits Reception for the Metropolitain Museum of Art on December 12th, and an Awards Dinner on Friday December 19th.

Seen above is Inga's painting that will be featured in the exhibition, and below is a show-card with more details on the exhibition such as a list of participating artists and location.

Learn more about the National Arts Club on their webite:


Dennis Nolan's "Hunters of the Great Forest" Made List of "Best Books 2014"

MFA Faculty member Dennis Nolan's new book Hunters of the Great Forest has made School Library Journal's list of the best books of 2014!

Read the full post here:

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Student Recaps Contact Period NYC

New MFA student Emily Holt (Class of 2016) has recapped her experience during the 2014 Contact Period NYC on her blog! Her post details student activities and includes a list of guest speakers with links to their websites and more information. It is a wonderfully informative read, and an exclusive look into the graduate student experience at the Hartford MFA program. To read the full post (complete with pictures, or course), follow this link.



Students Have a Photoshoot During NYC Contact Period, 2014

While in New York City for their November 2014 Contact Period, students had a photoshoot at the home of faculty members Ted and Betsy Lewin in Brooklyn. More photos from the big trip to come!