In addition to their coursework and thesis projects, students in the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department have been busy this semester contributing illustrations to some of New York City’s most popular magazines. The Goings On About Town section of the April 26 issue of The New Yorker featured an illustration of the band Kings Go Forth by Andrew Roberts. Jonathan Bartlett contributed an illustration to a recent Op-Ed piece in the April 24 The New York Times. Bartlett’s black-and-white drawing of a Boy Scout ensconced in a bell jar accompanies Paul Theroux’s portrait of the Scouts and a call for change in the organization’s current procedures. And the April 22 issue of Time Out New York featured an illustration by Will Varner in its Photo Finish section, in which an illustrator adds to a reader-submitted photo. (Other students and graduates from the department have also created work for this section of the magazine, including current students Nathan Bulmer, Christopher Darling and Brendan Leach; 2009 graduates Josh Bayer, Joanna Neborsky, Rich Tu and Edwin Vazquez; and 2008 graduates Dunja Jankovic and Sophia Wiedeman.)
For those looking for an opportunity to see work by all 19 students graduating from the department this May, the exhibition “Selections from Thesis Projects in the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department” will have a reception on Tuesday, May 4, 6 – 8pm. The show brings together books, figurative paintings, comic books and narrative series, and is curated by faculty member David Sandlin. “Selections” runs from April 30 – May 15 at the Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor.
Image: Jonathan Bartlett, Follies, mixed media; from “Selections from Thesis Projects in the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department”