- Kindling and The Hallowed Seam: Process Recess, Vol. 3 by James Jean (BFA 2001 Illustration): Two new books of work from this award-winning illustrator spotlight Jean’s recent fine arts work. Kindling (Chronicle Books, 2009) is a large-size poster book that features a dozen new full-color paintings, each backed with preparatory sketches; The Hallowed Seam: Process Recess, Vol. 3 (AdHouse Books, 2009) collects the artist’s sketches, running from elegant figure drawings to experimental abstract studies.
- Immersive Ideals/Critical Distances by Joseph Nechvatal (faculty, MFA Computer Art): Subtitled A Study of the Affinity Between Artistic Ideologies Based in Virtual Reality and Previous Immersive Idioms, this new book is a scholarly exploration (which originated as Nechvatal’s PhD thesis) of technology-based virtual reality and its impact on philosophy and the visual arts (Lambert Academic Publishing, 2009).
- The Astonishing Tale of the Gump of Oz by Dennis Anfuso (BFA 1978 Media Arts): A new children’s book that picks up where L. Frank Baum’s original series of Oz books left off, Anfuso wrote and illustrated the tale of Matty Messina as he navigates the land of Oz. The story involves the search for the titular Gump character and includes the familiar characters the Tin Woodsman and Jack Pumpkinhead (available at dennisanfuso.com).
Image: James Jean, cover of Kindling (Chronicle Books, 2009).