BFA Illustration faculty member Stephen Savage (MFA 1996 Illustration as Visual Essay) and alumnus Doug Salati (MFA 2014 Illustration as Visual Essay) have both been awarded a 2015 Sendak Fellowship. 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. Sendak fellows are nominated and judged by an anonymous panel of artists. There is no application process.
According to the press release announcing this year’s recipients: “The goal of the Sendak Fellowship, in Maurice’s words, was for the Fellows to ‘create work that is not vapid, stupid, or sexy, but original. Work that excites and incites.’”
In addition to teaching at SVA, Stephen Savage has illustrated eight children’s books, including Where’s Walrus?, Little Tug and the bestselling Polar Bear Night. His illustrations have also appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker and The Washington Post, among others.
Doug Salati’s illustrations have received recognition from American Illustration, 3×3 and the Society of Illustrators.
Image: Photo of Stephen Savage.