MassArt Illustration

March 9, 2018
by alice.stanne

The Journey So Far

On March 15th several Illustration alumni will be returning to campus to speak with current seniors about their experiences after graduation. The Journey So Far event will be held in the the Kennedy Conference and Lounge (K280) at 2:00 pm.

The following alums will be joining the panel:

Krista Perry is an illustrator and designer from Massachusetts. She received a BFA in Illustration (with honors) from MassArt in 2015. In 2016 Krista was recognized by the Society of Illustrators Student Competition, and was her artwork was printed on the cover of their student catalog! She loves F-U-N! She thrives on color and pattern and holds a special interest for pop culture, kitsch, music history, mid century design, classic American culture, and silliness. Hand lettering, pattern making, and big explosions of color make her world turn. When she isn’t illustrating, she loves people watching, seeing live music, an​d daydreaming about fabulous Italian dishes.

Becca Cahan graduated from Massart in 2013 and has been freelance illustrating ever since. Some fun projects she has worked on since graduation have included creating wall art for Target, greeting cards for Trader Joe’s, calendars and planners distributed at stores such as Barnes and Nobles, illustrations for craft books with Klutz Scholastic and other illustrated stationery goods such as journals and illustrated gift books. Becca’s work all starts by hand with watercolor paintings that are digitized to create flexibility when it comes to client revisions. Most of Becca’s illustrations are colorful hand lettering pieces filled with decorative florals and geometric patterning.

Steve Mardo is an Illustrator from Rhode Island. He has been commissioned by an array of clients ranging from Boston publications to galleries in Los Angeles. Steve also self-publishes his own graphic novels and comics under his creative endeavor Angry Baby Comics. He has studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his B.F.A. in illustration from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2012.


Marc Roulstone, a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (1997) with a BFA in Illustration, worked for many years as a staff graphic designer and product developer. In 2009 he went out on his own as a freelancer and also began offering his personal work for sale at art shows and high end artisan open markets.

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.


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 4, 2015
by alice.stanne

Visiting Artist – Dan Blakeslee

1On April 22nd, guest artist Dan Blakeslee visited MassArt and gave a presentation of his work to  Mark Reusch’s section of Sophomore Illustration and Lisa Kennedy’s Digital Illustration class.  Dan’s a well-known New England artist and musician, and has created hundreds of concert and event posters, as well as illustrations for the book, advertising, and snowboard industries.

Dan’s most iconic image in recent years is the “Hearts Over Boston” scratchboard illustration he created on the day of the Boston Marathon bombings.  After posting it on Facebook, it was shared countless times and became an emblem of Boston’s spirit in the wake of the tragedy.  Working with local screenprinters, including MassArt alum Dave DiAngelis’ Emulsion Apparel, the illustration was reproduced on t-shirts and signed prints that raised $20,000 for the One Fund.
HeartDan’s talk dealt with his experiences as a Maryland  illustration student during the 90s, to his first freelance jobs, and his later work for Burton Snowboards, the Alchemist Brewery in Vermont, and designing cd covers.  The MassArt illustration students got to view Dan’s process work for many assignments, as well as several of his hand-drawn alphabet fonts.

April 24, 2015
by alice.stanne

Visiting Artist – Sally Dean

On April 13th, Irena Roman’s Senior Illustration class hosted artist Sally Dean, who in addition to being a wonderful and versatile artist is the great granddaughter of Walter Smith, the founder of MassArt!
Sally-Dean-30-Paintings-AlphabetSally presented a PowerPoint show about her bright, colorful imagery and the variety of media she uses as an artist to achieve the look she’s after, including acrylics, watercolor and mosaics. She also shared some original artwork.

Sally straddles the line between “fine artist” and “illustrator” and her subject matter ranges from people, to animals to landscapes. Her clients range from private collectors to corporations and institutions.

You can see more of Sally’s work on her blog and website.

April 17, 2015
by alice.stanne

Visiting Artist – Seth Apter

Last month Bob Maloney’s Experimental Illustration class hosted mixed media artist Seth Apter.


Seth spoke to the students about his process and brought several of his works for the students to view, including his incredible artist’s book, Handbook as well as a beautiful found object piece, and several of his sketchbooks. More of Seth’s work can be viewed his website as well as his blog The Altered Page.

February 2, 2014
by alice.stanne

Victo Ngai Presentation at MassArt


Attention to all Illustration Students! We have a very special guest coming in to speak to the department – Victo Ngai!

Victo has recently worked for The New Yorker, The New York Times, McDonald’s TigerBeer, MTA NY Art for Transit, ADIDAS Hong Kong, Sundance Film Festival and many others and has won multiple medals from the Society of Illustrators and has been accepted into every other major illustration and design competition.

Recently, she was honored with being listed on the Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 for Art & Design.

This is a special treat and everyone should attend this rare visit.

Place: Tower Building, Room 659
Time: Tuesday, February 11th, 6:30pm