Book Show Opening

Our Book Show Opening on September 22nd was well-attended and a great success!  Enjoy the photos below, and take a few minutes to view this gorgeous documentary video of the event by Francisco Galarraga:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np5Ud5dJfJc&feature=youtu.be

We are lucky to have such a talented documentarian in the Class of 2015.  Thank you, Francisco.  

A huge thank you to those who attended!  

Photos by Kim Ablondi and Amanda Moeckel

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The curators:  Marshall Arisman and Carl Titolo

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Mirko Ilic, Carl Titolo, Marshall Arisman

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Our favorite drawing teacher, Carol Fabricatore

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Carl Titolo and Alina Gorban

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(clockwise from left) Lisha Jiang, Mr. Cup, Roshan Zhao, Elaheh Taherian and Alina Gorban

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Tianhua Mao

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Liam O’Donnell, Class of 2016

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Marshall with Yunmee Kyong, MFAI alum and current thesis advisor

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Michael Lauritano, Alexa Cassaro and Sarah Dvojack

We were happy to be joined by recent graduates and faces we’ve missed around the studios!

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Ada Price & Doug Salati with Carol Fabricatore

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Ashley Seil Smith, Ada Price, Moonsub Shin & Laura Tibaquira

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Francisco Galarraga with James Kerrigan & Jai Kamat

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Harshad Marathe & Moonsub Shin

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Kevin Whipple & Luisa Possas with Professor David Sandlin

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Te Chao with Lisha Jiang

Annual Book Show Installation

On September 17th, we installed our Book Show.  Nine months of blood, sweat, and the occasional tears culminated in this day.  We were all happy to get our work up on the wall.  Photos of the opening on 9/22 will be coming soon!  Thank you, Kim Ablondi and Francisco Galarraga for the great pics.

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Alexa Cassaro & Sarah Dvojack

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Allene la Spina & power tool

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The work of Francisco Galarraga and Alexa Cassaro

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Greg “The Hedd” Hedderman

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The intricate work of Mo Razzouqi

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Carl helping Amanda Moeckel make decisions

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Carl helping Elaheh Taherian make decisions (what would we do without him?!)

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Andrew, Rabi and Alina being team players

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Steve Cup’s glorious work (and foot arch)

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Michael and Sarah envisioning

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Mike, Alexa, Nick and Francisco mastering the art of the 60-inch high center alignment

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Curatin’ ain’t easy.

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Show info

Ipad and Adobe Ink and Slide

On September 4th we held the first Digital Book class of the year. The class, taught by Matthew Richmond, focuses on producing work for the iPad. A couple of years ago we started the tradition of giving the second year iPads for this class. This year was no different. In addition the iPads we had a wonderful surprise for them.

Through our partnership with Adobe we are able to supply the students with the new, magical tool from Adobe called Ink and Slide. This is a remarkably sensitive stylist and ruler that links to a Creative Cloud account which provides the next step in making the iPad a viable creative tool. We are eagerly waiting to see what the class comes up with and will be positing Ink and Slide images in the coming weeks.

Orientation Day for New Students

Thursday, August 28th we officially welcomed the Class of 2016 to the MFA Illustration program.  They met as a group, heard presentations from the faculty and picked their studio spaces for the year.  Later in the evening we gathered at the SVA Chelsea gallery for a reception.

Welcome Class of 2016!

First Year Students are Welcomed Into the Fold

The second year students have officially welcomed the new first years.  We toasted to their commitment to their craft and deer-in-headlights expressions at DBA on 1st Ave last Friday.  Can you tell who is “old blood” and who is “new blood?” 

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Thank you to Francisco Galarraga (pictured above eating pizza) for your amazing camera and photo-taking!

Second-year Students Feather Their Nests

Many of our second-year students have already moved back in.  While a few “big kid” studios remain empty, many of us made ourselves at home in our new spacious abodes this week.  We’re putting up our inspiration walls, hurrying to finish our book projects,  and taking full advantage of our glossy new computer set-up (all replaced!).

PS.  This is Amanda Moeckel.  This is my first post as the new blogger.  Hi!

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Elaheh and Alina hard at work.  Beware of dirty looks.  

Just kidding, they only smile. Mostly.

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Alexa’s inspiration wall

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Ooh, clean kitchen.  Not for long.

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Ooh, sparkly new monitors.  Not for long.

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Ooh, Michael not burning the midnight oil.  Not for long. 

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Our new computer tech, Mike Hirshon, clearly knows where to find good quotes.

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Speaking of Mike Hirshon.  Oh hey, Lily is back, too.

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Somebody’s super clean studio.  Thanks, summer cleaning team!

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Alina making use of the new monitors.  

New Subway Posters for SVA

Our chair, Marshall Arisman, just completed a series of three subway posters for the School of Visual Arts.  They are magnificent.  You can reada blog story on the SVA site here:

http://blog.sva.edu/2014/08/between-angels-and-demons-marshall-arismans-new-sva-subway-posters/

To view a short film Marshall made about the posters go here:

https://vimeo.com/102759443

Moonsub Shin says Goodbye.

Moonsub Shin, recent graduate from the Class of 2014 moved out of the studios along with his classmates in mid-July.  As parting gift he dropped off these custom t-shirts for each of the MFA Illustration faculty and administration.  Teachers - can you find yourselves?

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Thank you Moonsub!  We are going to miss you.

ICON8

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This past July Marshall Arisman went to the ICON 8 Illustration Conference in Portland.  He gave a presentation titled Illustration as an Art Form.  A version of his talk can be found here: 

http://www.ai-ap.com/publications/article/10997/the-portland-papers-vol-2.html

The MFA Illustration as Visual Essay was well represented with an abundance of alums in attendance. 

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The Art Wall Project

Ralph Lauren approached the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay program last fall requesting a list of our emerging alumni.  The project was to create art for the entire façade of their new Denim & Supply store on 12th Street and University Place in New York City.   Aside from the façade the artist would install their work in the store as well as the windows.  They would design two t-shirts specifically for the event.  The profit would go to the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay scholarship fund.   We sent Ralph Lauren over 30 names and websites of our alumni.  They chose Jonathan Bartlett.    We hired Nada Ray to create a video about the event.  Here are stills from the film shoot as well as a link to the film itself.

 All photograph courtesy of Nada Ray.

https://vimeo.com/91955794

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