How Yuko Shimizu’s Illustrations Transformed Michael Cunningham’s Vision

How Yuko Shimizu’s Illustrations Transformed Michael Cunningham’s Vision

February 9, 2016

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham collaborated with MFA Illustration as Visual Essay faculty member and alumnus Yuko Shimizu (2003) on A Wild Swan and Other Tales (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015), which reimagines popular fairy tales. One of Shimizu’s illustrations from the book is part of SVA’s Women in Illustration exhibition, which features work by female MFA Illustration as Visual Essay alumni who have authored or illustrated books within the past year.   Continue Reading…

Election 2016: The Design Decisions of Trump, Hillary, Bernie and More

Election 2016: The Design Decisions of Trump, Hillary, Bernie and More

February 8, 2016

As the primary season kicks off in New Hampshire, SVA Close Up took a look at what a few faculty members at the College have been saying about the visual identities of the 2016 campaigns, which may subtly shift the race over time. Continue Reading…

Memory of a Moment, oil, collage and spray paint on canvas, 36 x 36".

“Normal” in LA with Artist Wyatt Mills

February 5, 2016

Wyatt Mills (BFA 2013 Fine Arts) mixes references with abandon in his mixed-media, riotously colorful works. Look closely and you can see Francis Bacon’s abstract, claustrophobic spaces and bared teeth; Pop art moments recalling Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist and Andy Warhol; and sketchy, cartoony bits reminiscent of ’80s artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat. Asked if he seeks out specific people or topics in the media for his collage elements, Mills says, “I try to stay open to the massive overstimulation of our culture. I like to combine pieces from new gossip magazines with propaganda from 50 years ago. I’m interested in how we get information, who’s giving it out, and how it’s presented.” Continue Reading…