MassArt Illustration

June 13, 2017
by alice.stanne

Professional Artist Magazine Featuring Faculty and Alumni

The June/July issue of Professional Artist Magazine features an article by Visiting Lecturer John Roman, “Go for the Gold: The Artist as Athlete.” The article focuses on the challenges a freelance artist faces in a variety of markets and the satisfaction achieved by reaching a successful goal.

The article also features work by several MassArt illustration alumni, who have gone on to work in a variety of fields.Becca Cahan (BFA ’13), Illustrator Specializing in Illustrated Lettering

Laura DeDonato (BFA ’08) , Mural Artist

Leah Klein (BFA ’11), Graphic Designer

Frank Koran, Gallery Artist

The June/July issue of Professional Artist Magazine is now available online and at your local bookstores.

November 18, 2016
by alice.stanne

Student Awards

As we get near the end of 2016, we’ve been looking at some of the achievements of our illustration students.

We are proud to see our students get the nod this year from so many respected national competitions which have included the Society of Illustrators, 3×3, Creative Quarterly, Communication Arts, World Illustration Awards and the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles.

The Illustration Department is also incredibly proud that one of our students, Krista Perry, graced the cover of the Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition this year. This is the second year in a row that one of our students were selected for such a competitive placement!

Other highlights include student Elise Guillen won a $1,500 scholarship from the Society of Illustrators and Dominic Civiello was profiled in Communication Arts and won a Bronze Medal from 3×3.

Below you will find some of the great art that was represented in these competitions. Congratulations to all of the students!


Alexis DeLeon, Society of Illustrators


Caitlin Mavilia, Creative Quarterly


Tosh Spencer, Society of Illustrators


Dominic Civiello, Creative Quarterly


Caitlin Mavilia, 3 x 3


Victoria Maxfield, Society of Illustrators


Dominic Civiello, Creative Quarterly


Caitlin Mavilia, Creative Quarterly


Dominic Civiello, Creative Quarterly


Dominic Civiello, Creative Quarterly

November 7, 2016
by alice.stanne

Alumni News!

Illustration alum Dimel Rivas (BFA’16) and current Illustration senior Alexa Gustafson were chosen to participate in a Día de los Muertos exhibition at 13 Forest Gallery to celebrate Capitol Square’s annual Day of the Dead festivities in Arlington.img_4221

Dimel Rivas with her three-dimensional installation about the joyous reunion between family members, both living and dead, that is celebrated on Día de los Muertos.static1-squarespaceAlexa Gustafson‘s lithograph references much of the iconography of Día de los Muertos, especially the marigolds that are laid out to attract the souls of the dead.


Alum Amanda Gibson (BFA’16) took a strong interest in building three-dimensional work in her time in the Illustration program. She has recently channeled that passion into creating and building puppets with Puppet Showplace Theater for the Franklin Park Zoo’s Midnight Zoo show.

The Midnight Zoo surrounds visitors with never-before-seen creatures from the farthest realms of the imagination. This haunted habitat features over 20 fantastical creatures ranging in size from tiny to over 8 feet tall.amandagibsonAmanda has also been performing in the show as one of the stilt walking Rutach creatures! In addition she continues to design, develop and build her own unique 3-D creatures.amandagibson2

October 17, 2016
by alice.stanne

Boston Campaign Headquarters: In Nothing We Trust

Boston Campaign Headquarters: In Nothing We Trust
Pat Falco’s Campaign Headquarters at Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Summer 2016
by Professor Suzanne Barnes


Since graduating from Massart’s Illustration department in 2010, Pat Falco has been busy ascending the art ladder of recognition. After running the Lincoln Arts Project gallery in Waltham, he went on to direct the Distillery Gallery in South Boston. His work was selected for the prestigious DeCordova Biennial in 2013, and in 2014, he was artist in residence at Boston Center for the Arts, creating a different site-specific public art installation around Boston each day during the month of November. In the summer of 2015 he created a block of painted store fronts on Georges Island in the Boston Harbor, poking wry dry fun at a variety of urban establishments.


Pat’s most recent project, “Boston Campaign Headquarters”, was installed this summer in an empty storefront in Faneuil Hall Marketplace, in the heart of historic Boston. The headquarters is dedicated to the election of candidate Nobody, filled with low budget office items like folding chairs and tables, a beat up copy machine, cheap landline phone, vintage television, jars of pens, an assortment of office supplies, and discarded take out food boxes.


Displayed within this setting is a large collection of red, white, and blue banners and signage, hand-painted in the distinctive Falco typeface with slogans like: “Yes We Can’t”, “Vote Lesser Evil”, “Nobody Cares About You”, “Good Enough for Someone”, “Even You (well maybe not you) Could Be President”, “With Liberty and Justice for Some”, “Together We Can Make America Better Wider Great Not That Bad”, “Pretend to be Heard”, and “The Silent Majority: Because It’s Too Embarrassing to Say Out Loud”. There’s even a shelf of familiar red baseball caps that read “Make America Great For the First Time”.


In making slight revisions to typical campaign slogans, Pat reveals the untruths of the originals, in the same way he’s previously applied his painted voice to the art world, relationships, and an assortment of social issues. His observations are funny, irreverent, melancholy, and true. Pat’s installation is a contemplative experience as well. Nothing is happening and literally, nobody is there. Pat’s headquarters project received some great reviews, including The Boston Globe, WBUR, and Big Red and Shiny. Although the headquarters are now closed, you can see pictures on Pat’s website.


September 30, 2015
by alice.stanne

Alumni News: Star Wars Artwork

One thing that we’re proud of in the MassArt Illustration Department is the diversity of what students go on to do and create after they graduate. Children’s book illustrators, editorial artists, cartoonists, graphic novel artists and so on. The possibilities are unlimited as long as students have a vision of where they want to go after they leave.

We’d like to highlight some recent illustration graduates who longed to work in the entertainment design field.
Alumni China Blue Rockett (’12), Anthony Feliciano (’11) and Indigo Moorhead (’11) all eventually found work in Boston’s Pilot Studio and have worked on the artwork for the recently released toys and action figures for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie!

Recently, the Boston Globe published an article about the work Pilot Studio has done on the Star Wars franchise.
In a serendipitous turn, another Illustration graduate Kim Buhler (’12) found work at Hasbro in Rhode Island. The results of Kim’s work is in the boxes that China, Anthony and Indigo helped create! Kim is a Model Artist/ Prototype Painter at Hasbro and worked on the prototypes for many of the Star Wars products. The prototypes are blueprints for the factories that manufacture the toys. Some prototypes that she worked on were sent out for promotion and have been on display at San Diego Comic Con, New York Comic Con and toy fairs.
Fast Company also recently did a story about Hasbro and the Star Wars line including great shots of some of the prototype sculptures.

We are constantly hearing back from alumni about their successes as artists and are proud of the hard work and dedication to their chosen art. If you are an alumni and would like to feature some of your successes and work, please send us a note!

November 25, 2013
by alice.stanne

Mural by Illustration Alum TJ Kelley

Over the summer alumni TJ Kelley III (’13) was commissioned by Canto 6 Bakery and Cafe in Jamaica Plain to create a mural for the front of their building. Their only requirement was the phrase ‘Keepin’ It Local’ with a few elements, the rest was entirely in TJ’s hands. The end result was this gorgeous mural:

See more of the process behind creating the mural on TJ’s blog.