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MFA Illustration Practice Thesis Defense Presentations

  • Lazarus Center 131 West North Avenue Baltimore, MD, 21201 United States (map)

Join ILP next week for two days of presentations by the graduating class of 2017 on their final thesis projects with esteemed guest critics Jonathan Bartlett, Eun-Ha Paek, Marcos Chin, and Francesco Izzo.

Monday, May 1st, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Lazarus Auditorium

Critique Panel: Jonathan Bartlett, Eun-Ha Paek, Whitney Sherman

Featuring presentations by Emily Joynton, Jieyu Zhang, Yiran Guo, Hannah Glaser, Edon Muhaxheri, Luyi Wang

Monday panelists:

Jonathan Bartlett - www.bartlettstudio.com

From Brooklyn NY, Jonathan Bartlett is an award-winning freelance illustrator whose work for a wide range of magazines, books, and advertising campaigns has been recognized by The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Communication Arts, Spectrum, and The Art Directors Club. He has an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, Illustration as Visual Essay program, teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and serves on the Board of Directors at the Society of Illustrators. 

Inspired by likes of René Magritte and The Twilight Zone, Jonathan’s approach to illustration is to give enough reality to almost make you believe what you are seeing, relying on unique symbols and analogous narratives to breath fresh life into a story.

Eun-Ha Paek - http://www.eun-ha.com/

Eun-Ha Paek is an animation filmmaker, sculptor and illustrator based in Brooklyn, NY. Her background includes a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and stints as an art director, graphic designer, animator and concept artist for broadcast, web, print, games and products for a wide variety of clients. Her animated films have screened in the Guggenheim Museum, Sundance Film Festival and venues internationally. Grants and awards include a Travel and Study Grant from The Jerome Foundation (2008) and the Anna Siok Award from Greenwich House Pottery (2014). Her work has received mentions in The New York Times, American Craft, Entertainment Weekly and G4 Tech TV.

Whitney Sherman - www.whitneysherman.com 

MFA in Illustration Practice at MICA Founding Director Whitney Sherman examines illustration as a 21st century practice through education, exhibition and her studio practice including freelance print illustration, and surface design through her company Pbody Dsign. She is also Co-Director of Dolphin Press & Print at MICA. As a former creative director, art director and designer, her work has been recognized by American Illustration, Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts and Print Regional Design annuals. She created the central artwork for the USPS Breast Cancer Research stamp, the first semi-postal issue in the US, and is the author of Playing with Sketches, to date translated into 4 languages. Sherman has given workshops and lectures in China, Mexico and the US. Her work has been exhibited internationally and can be seen on the Norman Rockwell Museum site illustrationhistory.org and www.womenwhodraw.com.

Thursday, May 4th, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Lazarus Auditorium

Critique Panel: Marcos Chin, Francesco Izzo, Whitney Sherman

Featuring presentations by Sena Kwon, Tiffany Lin, Mengyang Wang, Tessa Wan, Jasjyot Singh Hans, Fang Fu, Aditi Damle

Thursday panelists:

Marcos Chin - http://www.marcoschin.com/

Marcos Chin is an award winning Illustrator whose work has appeared as surface and wall designs, on book and CD covers, advertisements, fashion catalogues, and magazines. He has worked with such companies as MTA Arts for Transit, Neiman Marcus, Fiat, Budweiser, Time, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, GQ, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, and created the illustrations for the children's book, Ella written by Mallory Kasdan and published by Viking Press. In 2013 his illustration, “Grand Central Catwalk” appeared in New York City subways, celebrating Grand Central Terminal’s Centennial year, through MTA’s Arts for Transit program. In addition to his illustrations, Marcos has also created a custom design T shirt label called YEE YEE. The Tees are printed, cut & sewn in his studio in Brooklyn. Marcos has given lectures and workshops throughout the US and abroad, and currently lives in New York where he teaches Illustration at the School of Visual Arts.

Francesco Izzo - www.francescoizzo.com

Francesco Izzo is a designer and art director based in New York.  He earned his MFA from the school of Visual Arts Design program in 2013 and his BFA in industrial design at La Sapienza in Rome, Italy.  He is currently associate art director at Nautilus magazine where he combines designs with illustration.  Francesco has designed exhibitions such as Uni Store Americana.  Two Italian Illustrations in New York.  Olympia Zagnoli and Emiliano Ponzi.  He loves to engage his audience with the use of different mediums.  Design is his language.

Whitney Sherman - www.whitneysherman.com 

MFA in Illustration Practice at MICA Founding Director Whitney Sherman examines illustration as a 21st century practice through education, exhibition and her studio practice including freelance print illustration, and surface design through her company Pbody Dsign. She is also Co-Director of Dolphin Press & Print at MICA. As a former creative director, art director and designer, her work has been recognized by American Illustration, Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts and Print Regional Design annuals. She created the central artwork for the USPS Breast Cancer Research stamp, the first semi-postal issue in the US, and is the author of Playing with Sketches, to date translated into 4 languages. Sherman has given workshops and lectures in China, Mexico and the US. Her work has been exhibited internationally and can be seen on the Norman Rockwell Museum site illustrationhistory.org and www.womenwhodraw.com.

Earlier Event: March 27
MICA Grad Show II 2017