Sara Varon (MFA 2002 Illustration as Visual Essay), alumnus, BFA Fine Arts Department instructor, and Printshop Assistant in the SVA Printmaking Department, has been awarded a 2013 Sendak Fellowship. The fellowship is a residency program for artists who tell stories with illustration. Located on the property of the late Maurice Sendak, the award-winning children’s book author behind Where the Wild Things Are, the award grants artists a one-month residency with a room and studio located in a natural setting, as well as a stipend to cover daily expenses. During the residency, fellows focus on their own projects and participate in discussions with visiting artists and professionals in the field. Sendak fellows are nominated and judged by an anonymous panel of artists. There is no application process.
Sara Varon is a printmaker, illustrator, and children’s book author. Her previous work includes the picture books Chicken and Cat (Scholastic Press, 2006) and Chicken and Cat Clean Up (Scholastic Press, 2009). Her graphic novels include Robot Dreams (First Second Books, 2007), Bake Sale (First Second Books, 2011), and the forthcoming Odd Duck (First Second Books, 2013).