Vincent Di Fate has been an illustrator working in the specialties of science fiction, fantasy and aerospace art for nearly 50 years. He is a full professor at FIT, a former president of the Society of Illustrators, a past chair of the Society’s Permanent Collection Committee, a Hugo Award winner for Best Professional Art, an inductee of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, and a recipient of the Distinguished Educator in the Arts Award. Di Fate also authored four books on illustration and has written approximately 300 articles on various art, science and film-related topics for magazines, books, encyclopedias and museum publications.
Vincent Di Fate will be joined by Alice Carter and Alan Male in the presentation “Why Publishing Matters” at the Educators Symposium on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 3:00 PM.
The presentation will focus on the changes in the publishing and moving image media that necessitate altering our definition and understanding of the many uses to which illustration is now being applied. Creating pictures for publication distinguishes illustration from other forms of art, and students usually enter the field with this goal in mind. However, many illustration programs were conceived when publishing meant print. Today, electronic outlets afford new opportunities but also require new abilities. The challenge for educators is how to deliver added content without compromising the teaching of essential skills.