Photos, above, by Rohan Patrick: touring Bunny Carter's home and the Eisenstadt illustration collection.
The MFA in Illustration program at the Hartford Art School prepares illustrators to elevate and reevaluate their skills and marketing abilities along with preparation for faculty positions in higher education. Students have the opportunity to showcase their work and receive constructive feedback from faculty and peers. Done in a comfortable setting, students have the opportunity to travel and experience different artistic viewpoints. On our last trip to San Francisco, we had the opportunity to hear from professional illustrators who love and enjoy what they do. Some of these illustrators include Robert Hunt, Craig Frazier, Mark Ulriksen, Dennis Ziemienski, Lou Brooks, Chuck Pyle, Vivienne Flesher, Ward Schumaker and Brian Stauffer. As part of our experience in San Francisco, we visited the home of faculty member Alice (Bunny) A. Carter to view the Ben and Jane Eisenstadt illustration collection. A distinguished educator in the arts, Carter has risen to the highest levels of accomplishment as an award winning illustrator and writer. Her collection of illustrations shows a long and deep generational love for this art form. Opening up her home to allow over 30 graduate students to view this body of work highlights her family’s contribution to the arts. —Rohan Patrick (Class of 2014)