Following the devastating tsunami that struck the island of Japan on March 11, alumnus Aya Kakeda (MFA 2002 Illustration as Visual Essay) and several of her friends set out to mobilize the creative community. The result is “Dear Japan: 170 artists 170 messages,” a benefit to be held on June 4 to sell artwork donated by 170 international artists at Art Connects New York (ACNY) in New York City.
Among the artists who have joined the effort are MFA Illustration Department Chair Marshall Arisman; MFA Illustration Department faculty members Viktor Koen, Carl Titolo and David Sandlin; BFA Illustration and Cartooning Department faculty members Fernanda Cohen, Marcos Chin, and Yuko Shimizu; and BFA Fine Arts faculty members George Boorujy, Dominick Rapone, Sara Varon, and Bruce Waldman. Additionally, more than 25 alumni and 3 current students agreed to contribute artwork.
Each piece features a personal message written by the artist to Japan, which will be displayed on a Web site following the exhibition. “We want to tell the Japanese people they are in our thoughts and we are one being,” says Kakeda.
Art Connects New York is at 491 Broadway, 5th floor, in Soho. For more information about the Dear Japan benefit event and to preview the work up for auction, visit the project blog.