Current students Hayley Powers Thornton-Kennedy ('18) and Jasjyot Singh Hans ('17) won the Silver Medal Excellence Award at the MoCCA Arts Festival 2017 in recognition of the most outstanding work on view at the festival.
Jasjyot's comic, which unpacks masculinity, sexuality and nostalgia through his relationship with his father, won in the Short Form category.
Hayley's image "We March Together" was created as a part of a series of posters for the Women's March in January 2017 and won in the Single Image category.
As winners, Jasjyot and Hayley will have their work exhibited at the Museum of Illustration from September 5 - October 21, 2017.
Congrats, Jasjyot and Hayley!
Jurors for the Award of Excellence 2017 included: Nick Bertozzi, Maëlle Doliveux, Joan Hilty, Rutu Modan, and Josh O’Neill
Last week, BmoreArt.com chose Grad Show II, which includes the thesis exhibits of the Illustration Practice, Graphic Design, Post Bacc Fine Art, and Post Bacc Graphic Design programs, as one of their Picks of the Week. The site also posted a feature on the exhibit, showing highlights from each student's work. You can also view more highlights of the exhibit and a feature on Tiffany Lin's American Dreaming thesis on the MICA Grad Show Tumblr.
The opening of the ILP show last Friday was a rousing success, with visitors from the Baltimore and MICA communities, family and friends from out of town, and almost a complete gathering of the class of '16. The show will be up until April 9th, so make sure to stop by the Riggs and Leidy Galleries in the Lazarus Center to see the show before it ends!
Both Whitney Sherman and Kimberly Ellen Hall have recently been awarded grants to continue their contributions to the illustration community.
Whitney Sherman, Director of the MFA in Illustration Practice received a Lucas Grant for Faculty Teaching & Curriculum Development in support of the white-paper presentation and textbook sample pages handouts from the upcoming History of Illustration book published by Bloomsbury/Fairchild. The white paper was presented at ICON9, the national illustration conference, in Austin. Four years in the making with over 30 authors and 900+ images, the book brings presents factual history about ubiquitous and culturally diffused practices of illustration contextualizing them in a way that will help students understand the importance of illustration imagery in varied forms of communication from around the world. The book is due for publication in January 2018.
An original wallpaper design by NOTTENE, Kim's illustrative brand.
Kimberly Ellen Hall, MFA in Illustration Practice faculty, received a Marcella Brenner Grant for Faculty Development that will support her 2017 residency at the Recycling Artist in Residence (RAIR) in Philadelphia. At RAIR Hall will be creating experimental screen printed works based on materials pulled from the recycling stream and documented as wallpaper for the home. The work speaks to the story of the kinds of things we throw away, and brings them back into the home. The project is informed by the history of wallpaper and the way it has been used to communicate social values over time. Click here to read more about the residency.
Congrats to both Whitney and Kim!
"Flow," a 2D animation featured in Meltem Sahin's thesis exhibit Negative Pleasure at MICA last year, was selected for screening at the 12th Athens ANIMFEST in Athens, Greece. The festival runs from March 16-22, and Meltem's animation played last week alongside an international group of esteemed animators. Read more about the festival here and check out Meltem's website to see more of her work.
On March 8th, International Women's Day, first-year ILP student Hayley Powers Thornton-Kennedy was featured on both Brown Paper Bag (the illustration blog created and run by ILP alumna Sara Barnes), and the Instagram of Glamour Magazine, which has over one million followers. Both places featured Hayley's recent illustrations created as her reaction to the current political climate and intended for public use in the Women's March in locations all over the world. This has been a dominating theme in much of Hayley's recent work, as she uses her art as activism to support equal rights for all. Hayley says this about the importance of creating these images:
"There is so much emotion you can pack into an illustration, and now, with the reach of social media, those images can resonate with hundreds if not thousands of people in one day. A drawing may not bring about an avalanche of social change, but if it can make one woman feel stronger, less disenfranchised, or energized to engage politically, I’ll have made an impact, and that idea makes me so happy."
Read the full post here.
Glamour Magazine acquired Hayley's image through the Women Who Draw website, which features hundreds of female-identifying artists, including many ILP current students and alumni. The image shared on the @GlamourMag Instagram is also a work of illustrative activism and has garnered strong support and positive feedback from the Instagram community,
See the post here.
Congrats on these two features, Hayley!
The Terrault Contemporary Gallery has selected two of Luyi Wang's works for their upcoming 2nd Annual Juried Exhibition. These two pieces (the paintings on the left and right in the above image) were created last spring as a part of Luyi's self-directed project in the Illustration Practice program, and have informed the larger body of work she is creating for her thesis.
The show will be on view at the Terrault Contemporary in Baltimore from March 9th - April 1st. You can get more information about the gallery and the show here. Congratulations, Luyi!
Second-year ILP students Aditi Damle and Emily Joynton have each been recently awarded the Graduate Research Development Grant. This grant is designed to further new research and creative projects for graduate students by providing funds up to $500 on a competitive basis.
Aditi plans to use the grant funds to purchase materials for her new illustrative endeavor: paper mache sculptures. Emily has shifted her focus to personal narrative comics, and will use the grant to fund her first foray into professional printing. Examples of both illustrators' new directions will be present in their respective thesis exhibits, opening in the Lazarus Center's Riggs & Leidy galleries on March 31st.
Congrats, Aditi and Emily!
ILP director Whitney Sherman is one of the current featured artists (alongside Na Kim & Peter Mendelsund in HowDesign.com author Emily Potts' series "Three Degrees of Inspiration." Potts says this about Sherman: "I was impressed with not only her knowledge and skills as an artist and her ability to share these tips, but also her generosity." We as students in the Illustration Practice program couldn't agree more. Check out the full post on HowDesign.com here. Congrats, Whitney!
Launched last 2016, the online directory Women Who Draw www.womenwhodraw.com, an open directory of female illustrators, artists and cartoonists, was founded in an effort to increase the visibility of female illustrators, with an emphasis on female illustrators of color, LBTQ+, and other minority groups of female illustrators.
Founding director of the MFA in Illustration Practice (ILP) and Illustration Practice faculty Whitney Sherman and Kimberly Ellen Hall respectively are in the directory as well as numerous ILP current students and alumni including Cinyee Chiu, Ashley Benham Yazdani, Qieer Wang, Lisk Feng, Alex Citrin, Diyou Wu, Lisa Perrin, Dingding Hu, Shreyas R Krishnan, Jackie Zhu, Jia Liu, Patti Pogodzinski, Yiran Guo, Mai Ly Degnan, Sarah Jacoby, Emily Joynton, Claire D Foster, Diana Chu, Seo Kim, and Jasu Hu. MICA undergraduate illustration faculty in the directory include Rebecca Bradley, Heidi Younger, Joyce Hesselberth, and Andrea Kalfas.
Numerous outlets have covered the directory including Vogue, the BBC, Huffington Post, Slate, and Bust. The BBC article reveals that “in the UK, data from higher-education admissions service Ucas shows that in 2016 the number of women enrolled in design studies courses (including illustration) was more than double the number of men.”
Last summer, Tiffany Lin and Emily Joynton, current ILP students, spent their summer as production & design interns at the textile design company Printfresh. Read Emily's summary below to learn more about their experience.
As Illustration Practice MFA grad students, both Tiffany and I have participated in a variety of different workshops facilitated by the ILP program. Last spring, one of those workshops focused on patternmaking and was led by Amy Voloshin and Leanne Biank of Printfresh, a textile company based in Philadelphia. Amy and Leanne led an informative and really enjoyable session that sparked an interest in both Tiffany and me. Making patterns was challenging but also a lot of fun, so not too long after the workshop was over, both Tiffany and I applied to be summer interns. A few weeks later, we were officially accepted!
Printfresh is a textile design company, and for them this means that they have an in-house team of designers who are constantly creating new patterns to coincide with predicted trends. While we were interns, the work Tiffany and I created and saw other designers create was mostly geared toward women’s and junior’s markets. Printfresh prints samples of each of the designs so as to give clients a tangible example of the print.
As interns, our days were split into two different departments: production and design. Most mornings were spent in production where we learned how to print, label, and archive these original prints, embellish new prints with sequins and gold foil, and process the vintage items that came through in a constant stream (the vintage archives at Printfresh are absolutely fabulous!). Working in production helped form a better understanding of how the company functions as a whole, how all the moving parts culminate in client visits, general sales, and trade shows. This “behind the scenes” work of a textile design company was actually pretty fascinating and rewarding with the completion of these very tangible tasks.
The other half of the day was spent working in design. Both Tiffany and I had great mentors – Tiffany primarily worked with designers in the women’s department and I was partnered with a junior’s designer named Esther. She mentored me on everything from making patterns to more efficient use of Photoshop. She led me through each step of creating a pattern, working through the project sheets of each new trend. Each “trend” for a designer is a group of 4 patterns, so I would help Esther by creating the final pattern in the trend group, or creating motifs that she could later layout herself into a completed pattern. Esther helped me think as a designer for the junior’s market and what that meant in terms of what kind of motifs we used, what colors worked best, etc. We had an excellent personal and professional dynamic – working with her was a wonderful experience.
During our time at Printfresh, Tiffany and I both sold prints! This was really exciting news that spoke to the great mentorship we received from our respective mentors and how we were learning to create marketable prints. In the middle of the summer, Tiffany and I both helped with the Premiere Vision trade show in New York City. That was a thrilling experience to see the sales in motion and be in the center of the activity that is a major trade show. These are just a few examples of how Printfresh allowed us to see all sides of the business and have very well-rounded experience even in such a short amount of time.
Printfresh has a refined internship program that details what specific skills the intern should strive to learn by the time the internship has ended. As the final task, each intern creates a set of four patterns of their own conception and execution, to be printed and presented to the rest of the design team. I chose my patterns to be themed around summer camp - conversational prints for juniors with lots of movement, a bold, graphic drawing style, and bright colors.
Tiffany went with a more abstract approach, painting beautiful brushstrokes and layering them on top of bold primary colors.
Seeing our original designs printed on actual fabric was thrilling! This project is also the one exception where the work was created at Printfresh, but we are allowed to display these patterns as our own work. It was a great portfolio-building opportunity as well as wonderful job experience.
Working with Printfresh was a wonderful experience all around. Many thanks from Tiffany and me to Whitney Sherman and Kimberly Ellen Hall for introducing us to Printfresh and therefore making this internship possible. And thanks to Amy and Leo Voloshin for graciously taking us on this summer, and to all the creative direction from all the designers who patiently worked with us!
In 2019, Candlewick Press will be publishing ILP alum Ashley Benham Yazdani's non-fiction children's book about the creation of Central Park. Ashley wrote and illustrated a dummy book version of this story for her thesis, culminating in an exhibit of her work in spring of 2016. Ashley describes the opportunity to be published by Candlewick as "literally a dream come true!" Look for the book on shelves in early 2019!
ILP alum Valeria Molinari, along with her publishing partner Tanya Garcia (also MICA alum) has launched a campaign on Indiegogo to fund the second issue of their literary zine HYRSTERIA.
HYRSTERIA is a literary arts zine highlighting social differences— gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, age, culture and so on. The goal of the zine is to address stories struggle and oppression, in various literary forms while trying to highlight the voices of writers and artists based in Baltimore.
Help make this second issue of HYSTERIA possible! You can learn more and contribute to the fund by clicking here and make sure to check out @hyrsteriazine @valeriamolinari on social media. Valeria and Tanya appreciate your support!
Beginning in 2016, ILP alum Lisa Perrin will be represented by the agency Frank Sturges Reps. This agency also represents other notable illustrators and graphic designers such as Gina & Matt, The Heads of State, and Jessica Hische. Congrats, Lisa!
Last fall, ILP alum Aimee Chang's short animation Silent was selected as a winner at the International Motion Arts Awards 5. Chang's animation was screened at the Big Talk and during The AI-AP Party, both prominent events during American Illustration Week in New York City. This animation was made as a part of her thesis project, on display at MICA spring of 2016. Aimee explains this piece as "a metaphor of relationships and interactions between people by using ear and mouth as the main characters." You can view the full animation on Aimee's website.
In the summer of 2016, ILP alum Meltem Sahin was selected to assist in teaching an introductory animation class in Paris, France. Meltem describes the incredible experience in her own words below.
For three weeks in June 2016, I was a teaching assistant for a course called “Paris in Motion” in France. The course is a summer abroad program of MICA’s Animation Department created by Laurence Arcadias, the chair of the department. Besides me, there was another assistant of Laurence, Jessica Whang, who is currently an animation major and illustration concentrator at MICA.
The course was held in Paris at "Les Rėcollets,” a famous residency that nurtures artists and scientists from all over the world. One week before the course started, I met with Laurence and Jessica at there to create a schedule for the course. "Paris in Motion" allowed students to explore various aspects of the city while experimenting with moving images. There were five workshops that covers areas in animation and the students were asked to produce a final project at the end of their stay. In addition to improving their creative skills, students met Parisian talents, discovered world class museums, and marveled at the unique architecture.
We designed the course in a way that students would be immersed in a creative environment in one of the most beautiful and art-driven cities in the world. More than learning in the classroom, students were experiencing, observing, learning on the streets of Paris. Museums and sights that the students saw included Notre Dame de Paris, Musée d’Orsay, Musée du Louvre, Centre Pompidou, La Gaîté Lyrique, Musée Picasso, Musée de Montmartre, Musée des Arts et Métiers, Art Ludique Museum, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Luxembourg Gardens, Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge, Palais de Tokyo, Sacré-Cœur Basilica.
Other than museums and sights, we visited three artist studios and offices. The first one we visited was Michel Ocelot’s studio. Michel Ocelot is a French writer, character designer, storyboard artist and director of animated films and television programs. He is also a former president of the International Animated Film Association and probably best known for his 1998 début feature Kirikou and The Sorceress. When we visited Ocelot’s studio, he was working on his new feature length animation with eight other artists. In his studio, students saw different stages of animation from character design to background making to special effects.
Our second visit was to NORMAAL Animation Studios. There are approximately 120 people working at NORMAAL and Alexis Lavillat is the founder of the studios. Alexis has alternately worked as a graphic author, designer, screenwriter, director, but always as producer on 15 animated series broadcast in France and around the world. During our visit, he gave us a tour in the studios. Students observed the distribution of work in the animated advertisement and TV series industry, along with different techniques of animation from stop-motion to 3D animation.
In Paris, our last studio visit was to Ciclic to see two MICA teachers’ (Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter) studios. Ciclic is an animation residency for French and international directors and provides support for films throughout all different stages. Since 2008, Ru & Max have been working together as “Tiny Inventions”. They have directed and produced TV commercials, music videos, PSAs and independent films. When my class and I went there, they were making their characters, rooms, and furniture for their last animation. Students learnt about creating 3D objects and their process.
Along with these visits, we had three great guest lecturers. The first one was Veronique Vienne. Veronique is an author, editorial art director, and journalist. She is known with her book 100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design, co-authored with Steven Heller. During her visit, she talked about perspectives of Paris. Our second visitor was Bernard Genin. Bernard is a critic, reporter, teacher of history animation, editor and the author of two history of animation books. Bernard gave us a lecture on the history of animation. Our last visitor was Alexis Hunot. In addition to teaching history of cinema, Alexis is a proud member of the Cesars Award committee. He also gives talks in video interviews for the Institut Français. Alexis showed us a selection of animations in very different styles, including award-winning animations from this year’s The Annecy International Animation Film Festival.
During the course, I led four out of the five workshops. The workshops were: Thaumatrope, Photoshop Gifs, Monoprinted Animation and Animated Faces. Except animated faces, the ideas behind the workshops and their assignments were of my own original design. I also gave weekly feedback to the students and moderated class discussions. When we were teaching our course at Les Recollets, California College of Art was also having a course there. For their final critique, I was invited to help and give feedback to the CCA students.
The Thaumatrope Workshop was a short introduction to one of the earliest and primitive form of animation. Thaumatropes use a flat disc with a different drawings on opposite sides. When spun quickly with two strings, it creates an illusion of a simple animation, or a combined picture. The students were assigned a different letter, which will later be combined to spell out “Paris in Motion.”
The Photoshop Workshop taught students how to use the video timeline tool and create simple but interesting animated GIFs. It is a stepping stone to familiarize students with digital animation and introduce them to a variety of brushes and textures.
The term monoprint refers to the production of a single unique print. In this workshop, students animated signature buildings of Paris transforming into each other. Buildings included Louvre Museum, Palais Garnier, Sacré-Cœur, Arc de Triomphe, Gare De Paris-Est, Eiffel Tower, Centre Georges Pompidou, Notre Dame de Paris and Moulin Rouge. After they created their pencil drawings, they monoprinted each drawing to create the animation.
For the Animated Faces Workshop, students animated their reactions to each building, space, or area that can be seen at their backgrounds in the videos. This workshop was inspired by Kim Noce.
For Paris in Motion, I created and designed a website: https://paris-inmotion.squarespace.com. On this website each student has their own page and during the course they were required to upload their own projects along with their written paragraphs about their projects. After that, assignment critiques were made from the website.
My main goal for the course was to make students live, feel, smell, and touch Paris, and then make them create those sensations or ideas in animation. That’s why we visited so many museums and walked the city step by step. I taught students the basics of the animation and animation tools, and giving them experimental, loose projects so they learn to take risks, to try new things and be open to improvement.
The time I spent at Les Recollects was so special. Since I was living in the same building with my students, Jessica and Laurence and I all had really strong connections. At MICA, I only had a chance to do teaching assistantships, but in Paris, I was the one who taught the classes. It was a great chance for me to see my strengths and limitations, whether or not I enjoy teaching, and feel how I related with students. Learning is one of the products of teaching. It helps one to understand what s/he is teaching through synthesizing and paraphrasing one’s own words. But also, by teaching one can see all the different windows that are facing disparate scenes. A teacher’s mind continuously expands and adjusts to novelties and dissimilarities. Boundaries between the learners and the teachers could be almost invisible and I believe that I nearly achieved that in Paris thanks to Laurence Arcadias and my very talented special students.
Big congrats to George Wylesol ('16) on winning the Silver Medal from Society of Illustrators in the Institutional category! The image above is one of George's four award-winning images. Scroll down to view more and to see the illustrations in context.
The artwork was created for Vinyl Moon, a unique record club featuring monthly music compilations pressed on vinyl and wrapped in artwork created specifically for each mix. This was a "dream job" for George, who designed the gatefold album cover art, as well as a 16-pg newspaper-sized comic to go along with the album. The images will hang in the Society of Illustrators headquarters and will be printed in the SOI annual directory of illustration.
Lisa Perrin talks about her growth as an illustrator, style development, how full-time freelancing wasn't for her (and how that's OK!) and much more in this artist feature interview on The Collative. Check out the whole thing here!