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.

February 22, 2017
by alice.stanne

Faculty News

Robert Maloney – Official Unveiling and Ribbon Cutting for Haffenreffer Chimney Restoration Project

On Thursday, March 2, Illustration faculty member Robert Maloney was honored at the official unveiling and ribbon cutting ceremony for his public art work, the HAFFENREFFER CHIMNEY RESTORATION PROJECT. Held by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation at the old Haffenreffer Brewery Complex, the event drew a lively supportive crowd including nearly two dozen members of the Haffenreffer family

Robert Maloney is a MassArt alum, with a BFA in Illustration and an MFA from the MassArt Boston Low-Residency Program where his Haffenreffer Chimney Restoration Project originated in 2014. His engagement with the initial concept expanded and resulted in an ongoing endeavor that took three more years to realize.

For the public unveiling Boston Mayor Martin Walsh was in attendance. In his speech he congratulated Robert and proclaimed Thursday, March 2 as HAFFENREFFER BREWERS DAY in the city of Boston. Other guest speakers included Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley, Richard Thal executive director of the JPNDC, and Carl Nord from the George B. Henderson Foundation/Historic New England which awarded funding to the project. Margot Zurakowska, Illustration chair, paid a heartfelt tribute to Robert on behalf of the Illustration Department and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She spoke of Robert’s accomplishments as both an artist and teacher and congratulated him on making MassArt’s commitment to a rich engagement with Boston neighborhoods visible with his community based public artwork.


John Roman – ‘The Artist’s Personal Grail Quest’ in Professional Artist Magazine

Visiting Lecturer John Roman from the Illustration Dept. has a feature article in the current issue of Professional Artist magazine (February/March, 2017). “The Artist’s Personal Grail Quest” explains how an ancient myth continues to guide and inspire all creative people through their careers. The magazine is in bookstores now and can be found at any Barnes and Noble, or it can be downloaded from the Professional Artist website.

November 14, 2016
by alice.stanne

The Art of Awards


Wojciech Wolynski has been teaching in the Illustration Department at MassArt for 19 years. One special contribution from Wojciech has been his many delightful Faculty Special Recognition Awards that are presented to a handful of students at the end of the year to acknowledge exceptional achievement. The entire Illustration faculty votes to choose which students will receive an award.

Most of us do not get to see these witty and beautiful certificates, so here they are!

Wojciech Wolynski Award Certificates

November 1, 2015
by alice.stanne

The Art of Illustrated Maps

Visiting Lecturer John Roman’s book The Art of Illustrated Maps has just been released. John’s book correlates not-to-scale maps as “the creative nonfiction of cartography,” and in this book he reveals how and why the human mind instinctively accepts the artistic license invoked in imaginative maps. Drawing from a wide range of references, The Art of Illustrated Maps traces the roots of this specialized art form’s two-thousand-year history, and through the works of numerous contemporary illustrators from around the world, documents the creative process of professional map artists as well as the inspirations behind 21st-century illustrated maps. The publication includes a map by Illustration senior Dom Civiello, whose piece was featured back in April when it was selected to be included in The Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Show.



On October 23rd the book was launched at the Boston Public Library’s Norman B. Leventhal Map Center with an artist’s talk sponsored by the Boston Map Society.

September 14, 2015
by alice.stanne

Professor Scott Bakal Honored

Regarded as the most prestigious magazines on art and design, Professor Scott Bakal was recently interviewed for the September/October issue of Communication Arts magazine about his work and life as an illustrator.
Additionally, a week before the current semester began, Professor Bakal’s Dim Stars: Pollution Series of 9 paintings which have been awarded by American Illustration, 3×3, the Society of Illustrators and Lurzuer’s 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide was acquired by the New Britain Museum of American Art for their permanent collection.

The New Britain Museum, founded in 1903, is the first museum strictly dedicated to American Art in the country. Further, the Sanford B. D. Low Memorial Illustration Collection, begun in 1964 and comprising more than 1,700 works, is the nation’s first museum-based collection covering the history of American illustration from the 19th century to the present.
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To see the entire Pollution series, visit here. And you can download the 8 page Communication Arts profile here.

August 24, 2015
by alice.stanne

Professor Irena Roman’s Art Added to Rockwell Collection

Professor Irena Roman’s original watercolors created for the children’s book A Mother’s Wish (Harper Collins, 2006) have been acquired by The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts for their permanent collection of contemporary illustration.


Deputy Director/Chief Curator Stephanie Plunkett states the museum  “looks forward to preserving and presenting all twenty five paintings for many years to come.” The watercolors will be on display in the Rockwell’s new acquisitions gallery later this season.


January 30, 2015
by alice.stanne

Black Walnut Ink; My Attraction with Extraction

Written by Visiting Lecturer Ric Allendorf

IMG_8479“Inking is meditation in liquid form.”   – J.H. Everett

Snow is piling-up crisp and white, like paper. Another semester returns and I’m swept in the anticipation of teaching two more sections of Media Techniques; a course that creates the perfect environment for students to connect with new materials and movement, deconstruct their discomforts and habits, then liberate a steadier and more distinct voice of expression.

Muscles move the medium; medium moves the message.

To prepare for classes, I often begin with a forensic-level of curiosity about the materials. The more that is known about ingredients and properties of a given medium, the more we can encourage known behaviors – or introduce a catalyst to resist, distort, or deviate from the expected flow.

These discoveries find their way back to the class either in the form of a demo, an exercise prompt, or as actual supplies that I’m anxious to share. In recent years, students and some faculty have been on the receiving end of my obsession with homemade black walnut ink.

Continue reading to learn more about black walnut ink.

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October 8, 2014
by alice.stanne

50 Markets of Illustration


Recently released is Visiting Lecturer John Roman’s new ebook, 50 Markets of Illustration. John’s book covers many of the niche markets found in the freelance illustration world. Learn more about 50 Markets of Illustration here.

October 21, 2013
by alice.stanne

Abe Evensen Tena Interview with Boston Magazine

Adjunct faculty member Abe Evensen-Tena is being featured this week in Boston Magazine’s online Arts & Entertainment section.  Tena, who teaches Human Figure for Illustration at MassArt, sketches fellow passengers on the subway during his commute using only his iPhone . Due to the movement of trains and passengers, sometimes there are only a few seconds to get these portraits down. Boston Magazine interviewed him to learn more about his process and what goes into capturing these brief moments on a crowded train.

Abe Evensen-Tena’s interview with Boston Magazine

These are only some of 50 sketches, more can be seen on Tena’s personal blog.