Alumnus Jonathan Bartlett (MFA 2009 Illustration as Visual Essay) is the latest member of the SVA community selected to create work for the MTA Arts for Transit program, which offers artists and illustrators the opportunity to reach a broader public while expressing the people, places, and purpose of the New York City transit system. Bartlett’s poster highlights the romanticism of Central Park and will be displayed throughout the five boroughs this summer. Megan Berkheiser’s (MFA 1997 Illustration as Visual Essay) collaboration with Mike Caldwell in 2011 focused on green transit, while MFA Illustration as Visual Essay faculty member Yuko Shimizu’s poster in 2010 showcased Grand Central Terminal.
MTA Arts for Transit commissions up to six artists each year to create transit-related artwork for poster and art-card production. The posters are randomly displayed in unused advertising space on platforms throughout the city’s 468 subway stations within the transit system and are available to the public through sales at New York Transit Museum stores.
To see the all of the commemorative subway posters, visit MTA Arts for Transit.
Image: Artwork for subway poster by Jonathan Bartlett.