MassArt Illustration

March 25, 2016
by alice.stanne

Noodle and Doodle – March Session

Last week the Illustration department hosted an installment of our  monthly live drawing series ‘Noodle & Doodle.’ In these open drawing sessions students have a chance to practice drawing the figure from musicians who are also their peers. Scroll through the slideshow below to see some of the performers, and the drawings of them.

Noodle + Doogle - Spring 2016

November 16, 2015
by alice.stanne

Talking CO2

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Graphic Activism at Massart
300 student posters from Illustration and Studio Foundation
November 12-November 21, 2015
Tower Lobby
Reception: Tuesday November 17 6:00-7:30pm

Organized by Jane D. Marsching, Studio Foundation, and Polly Becker, Illustration

Over the course of this Fall,  300  posters were created by students in Illustration and Studio Foundation on the topic of climate change in an effort to build public awareness and effect social change. These posters are currently on display in the Tower Lobby, and will also be and presented on various platforms hosting imagery in conjunction with the COP 21 Talks and Festival of the Arts, a global Climate Change summit to be held in Paris at the end of this month. A proposal on behalf of participating students led by Illustration senior Kerry Fitzgibbon has been awarded a Sustainability Initiative grant to support further publishing, display, and distribution/dissemination of  a jury-selected portfolio of these images. All the students who submitted posters, as well as any others who would like to  get involved, are invited to join the student committee for planning the evolution of  the project during Winter and mounting a campaign of the imagery this Spring.

Talking CO2 Exhibition poster art by Illustration senior Paul Nihill.
Screen shot 2015-11-13 at 2.07.41 PM

Talking CO2

November 4, 2015
by alice.stanne

Anita Kunz On Campus

The end of October saw the end of Anita Kunz’s wonderful Serious Wit show in the President’s Gallery. The department was honored not only to be able to display the work but to also have Anita on campus, presenting and interacting with our students. Below are pictures from the show, as well as Anita’s gallery and  artist talks.

Anita speaks with students and faculty of the Illustration department in a gallery talk.a08a05a07

All photos by Scott Bakal.


November 2, 2015
by alice.stanne

Noodle & Doodle – Fall Sessions

At the end of October the Illustration department hosted an installment of our  monthly live drawing series ‘Noodle & Doodle.’ In these open drawing sessions students have a chance to practice drawing the figure from musicians who are also their peers. It was a successful evening with many students performing and many students in attendance. Scroll through the slideshow below to see some of the performers, and the drawings of them.

Noodle + Doodle: Fall 2015

Join us for the next Noodle and Doodle session on Wednesday, Nov. 18th at 7:00pm

May 11, 2015
by alice.stanne

Anita Kunz – Honorary Degree Recipient

Award-winning illustrator, Anita Kunz, will receive an Honorary Degree from MassArt this year, and will speak at commencement.
Anita412Anita was greatly inspired by her uncle, who was an illustrator, and would influence her in making the decision to follow in his footsteps. He sadly died when she was 13, but she decided to go to art school, to follow her dream. She graduated Ontario College of Art in 1978. Since then Anita Kunz has lived in London, New York and Toronto, contributing to magazines and working for design firms, book publishers and advertising agencies internationally.

Anita’s portfolio has included producing cover art for many magazines including Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, Time Magazine, Newsweek Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly and The New York Times Magazine. She has also illustrated more than fifty book jacket covers, and has shown her work at a number of galleries internationally.
kunzIn the fall of 2003 she was the first woman and the first Canadian to have a solo show at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. Later, in spring of 2007 Anita gave a short presentation about her New Yorker covers at the prestigious TED conference in Monterey California.

Anita has been named one of the fifty most influential women in Canada by the National Post newspaper.

In the past 10 years, Kunz has produced a body of work best described as personal work, which is now shown in galleries. She has recently received an honorary doctorate from the Ontario college of Art and Design in Toronto, and has been made an Officer of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honor.

Anita has also received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal of Honour for her work.


May 11, 2015
by alice.stanne

2015 Portfolio Reviews and Portfolio Night Event a Smashing Success

Wednesday, May 6th was a jam-packed day for the Illustration seniors!

Their final portfolio review took place from 3-5PM in the Trustee’s Room and Portfolio Night followed in the President’s Gallery from 6-8PM.

An impressive group of twenty art-buying professionals from a variety of markets reviewed the work, giving advice and suggestions to each senior from their particular area of expertise.rev01rev07rev04Overall, the professionals were very impressed by the class of 2015, mentioning several times that the work was quite strong.

Following the review, the evening celebration began. The seniors moved to what quickly became a crowded President’s Gallery, meeting and greeting invited guests, family, MassArt alums, and friends.

open11 open02In addition, Departmental Awards were presented to both seniors and juniors. The recipients included:

Pollinger/Bourke Award – Eleanor Norton
Floyd Covert Award – Zachary Chomyszak
Faculty Shadowbox Award – Krista Perry
Calvin Burnett Award – Jennifer Rea
Tom O’Hara Award – 
Melissa Stocker 

Senior Faculty Awards
Emma Rickert
Jessica Mathis
Kristen Lee
Julia Emiliani

You Take the Cake Award
Kate Pinelli

Junior Faculty Awards
Eileen McIntire
Diego Chaves
Choohyun Chung

Join us in congratulating our graduating class of 2015!class02


All photos by Scott Bakal