Educators Symposium: Vincent Di Fate

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.

Educators Symposium Highlight: Alice Carter

Alice Carter’s illustration clients have included Rolling Stone, the New York Times, Lucasfilm, and ABC TV. Her work has been exhibited at venues including the Society of Illustrators,The Norman Rockwell Museum, the New Britain Museum, and the Delaware Art Museum. Teaching awards include the Outstanding Professor Award from SJSU, the Society of Illustrators Distinguished Educator In the Arts award, and a Fulbright Fellowship in Cairo, Egypt. Carter is President of the Board of Trustees at the Norman Rockwell Museum and serves on the Advisory Board of Spectrum. Carter’s publications include, The Art of National Geographic: One Hundred Years of IllustrationThe Red Rose Girls: An Uncommon Story of Art and LoveThe EssentialThomas Eakins, andCecilia Beaux: A Modern Painter in The Gilded Age

Alice Carter will be joined by Vincent Di Fate 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.  

Educators Symposium Highlight: Courtney Granner

                                         

Courtney Granner received his BFA from Western Kentucky University and subsequently studied for two years at The Art Institute of Boston before earning his MA from Syracuse University. After working for a subsidiary of Hallmark Cards in Boston, he relocated to California in 1983 to work for Atari Computer. His list of illustration clients includes the New York Times, The Washington Post, Business Week, Chronicle of Higher Education, United Airlines, American Airlines, IBM, Kiplinger’s, Reader’s Digest, and the New Yorker. His commissions garnered recognition from the CA Art Annual, the Print Design Annual, the N.Y. SOI, 
the L,A. SOI, S.F. SOI and has been represented in shows around the country including at the Museum of American Illustration in New York, The Norman Rockwell Museum, and the Delaware 
Museum. Courtney is a Professor in San Jose State University’s Animation/Illustration program, having taught for twenty-eight years. His academic honors include a Teaching Innovation Award, a Teacher Scholar Award, and a Fulbright Fellowship.

Courtney will be joined with Clemente Botelho and Kam Mak in the presentation "The Benefits of Teaching Abroad" during the Educators Symposium on Friday, October 10 at 2:30pm.

Successful study abroad programs offer an appealing mix of travel, exploration and discovery in an academic framework rewarding for both students and faculty alike. When the demand for illustration graduates include an ever-broader awareness of the global visual culture, they must navigate the sometime contradictory notion to potently access a personal visual vocabulary while being immersed in creative environments that are more overtly collaborative in nature. This panel will explore how curriculum driven Study Abroad models may be a valuable pathway for the conceptual, material, and personal evolution of tomorrow’s illustrators.  

Educators Symposium Highlight: Alan Male

Professor Alan Male is an illustrator, writer and academic. He is currently Director of Study for Illustration at Falmouth University (England) and led the BA programme from 1993 to 2010 to gain an international reputation for excellence. An authority on communication and cultural studies, professional practice, science and knowledge bearing imagery, he contributes widely to debates across a range of journals, conferences, magazines and learned papers. Professor Male is author of Illustration: A Theoretical and Contextual Perspective, a recommended textbook published worldwide it has received excellent reviews. His second book, Illustration: Meeting the Brief was published February 2014. He has illustrated more than 170 books and won numerous awards including Gold from the Society of a Illustrators Los Angeles and a Texas Bluebonnet for children’s books. He has exhibited internationally and has work in New York States museum’s permanent collection where he has won the critically acclaimed ‘Focus on Nature’ Jury Award three times.

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Alan Male will moderate a panel with Vincent Di Fate and Alice Carter  for the presentation Why Publishing Matters at the Educators Symposium on Saturday, October 11 at 3:00 PM. They will focus on the value of publishing, particularly the importance of writing books on illustration, and will discuss the reasons for publishing, how to do it, and for what audience.  

Educators Symposium Highlight: Marguerite Dabaie

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Born in San Francisco, Marguerite Dabaie moved to NYC in order to attend SVA. While there, she was awarded two grants for her comic, The Hookah Girl and Other True Stories, an autobiography about Palestinian-Americans. The cultural differences she has felt between Arab and American cultures heavily informs her work. She is currently working on a new comic, A Voyage to Panjikant, a work of historical-fiction about Central Asians during the height of the Silk Road. As a copy editor at the Morgan Library & Museum, she has been able to pursue her love for art history and meticulous researching, which has also helped her with her current comic. Her MFA thesis that she wrote while at the Fashion Institute of Technology,Women in Middle-Eastern Comics, exemplifies her academic side. She strives to combine comic art with academia. She was awarded the Master of Fine Arts Medal during her time at FIT. Marguerite has contributed to multiple comics anthologies throughout the years and also voluntarily created an informational comic to be passed out to diabetes patients. Once a year, Marguerite co-hosts Pete’s Mini Zine Fest, the fest-in-a-bar, in Brooklyn. She regularly teaches art to clients at Visiting Nurse Services as a form of therapy. She has also taught comic workshops for children and adults at various schools and libraries in the tri-state area. 

Marguerite will be joined by Marcos Chin and Sara Wooley for the presentation Technology and Craft at the Educators Symposium on Saturday, October 11 at 4:15 PM.

Learn how these artists took the initiative to create new aspects of their careers and discovered a passion for pattern-making, fashion design, toy and jewelry design, home accessories, comics and zines, and more! 

Educators Symposium Highlight: Sara Woolley

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Sara Woolley is an award-winning artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY.  Her work has been recognized by the NY Society of Illustrators, the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, and most recently by 3×3 Magazine of Contemporary Illustration.  She has worked on a variety of exciting projects for publishers and institutions including Scholastic, Random House, Crumpetime Comics UK, and Round Robin Editrice IT.  She also creates innovative concept art, costume pieces and props for film and theatrical performance.  Credits include the feature film Monkey Bone. Sara’s ongoing personal project, a fictionalized graphic memoir written collaboratively with her mother Leila Gómez Woolley, Los Pirineos the mostly true memoirs of Esperancita Gómez, was singled out for award by the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture. Los Pirineos chronicles a young girl’s upbringing in and eventual exile from Colombia told through the lens of childhood imagination.  Researched on location in Colombia, it is at once deeply personal while giving voice to a common immigrant experience.

Sara will be joined by Margo Dabaie and Sara Wooley for the presentationTechnology and Craft at the Educators Symposium on Saturday, October 11 at 4:15 PM.

Learn how these artists took the initiative to create new aspects of their careers and discovered a passion for pattern-making, fashion design, toy and jewelry design, home accessories, comics and zines, and more! 

Educators Symposium Highlight: Marcos Chin

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Marcos Chin is an award winning Illustrator whose work has appeared as surface and wall designs, on book and CD covers, advertisements, fashion catalogues, and magazines. He has worked with such companies as Neiman Marcus, Fiat, Budweiser, Time, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, GQ, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, Penguin Books, and most recently created the illustrations for Target’s debut advertising campaign across Canada. In addition to his illustrations, Marcos has also created a custom design T shirt label called YEE YEE. The Tees are printed, cut & sewn in his studio in Brooklyn. Marcos has given lectures and workshops throughout the US and abroad, and currently lives in New York where he teaches Illustration at the School of Visual Arts.

Marcos will be joined by Margo Dabaie and Sara Wooley for the presentation Technology and Craft at the Educators Symposium on Saturday, October 11 at 4:15 PM.

Learn how these artists took the initiative to create new aspects of their careers and discovered a passion for pattern-making, fashion design, toy and jewelry design, home accessories, comics and zines, and more! 

Educators Symposium Highlight: Melanie Reim

Melanie Reim travels with a sketchbook never far from her side. Melanie lives in NYC where she is an Associate Professor, the former Assistant Dean in the School of Art and Design, and presently, the chairperson of the MFA in Illustration in the School of Graduate Studies at FIT. As a globally recognized reportage artist, and long-time illustrator, she has traveled to the Dominican Republic, South Africa, Europe and China to document happenings from sugar cane workers to seamstresses in factories. She regularly teaches and lectures abroad, and her visual journals and teaching methodologies have been the subject of international articles and featured in drawing books. Her work is part of the US Air Force Art Collection, Washington, DC, as well as other group and solo shows. Melanie is a 2006 Fulbright Scholar, has served with ICON: The Illustration Conference as Board Member and Volunteer Coordinator for three consecutive conferences and now serves as Education Chair on the Board of Directors at The Society of Illustrators, where she advocates for the love of drawing and design, and the rich and well-rounded education of illustration students everywhere, as they are the future of the industry.

Melanie Reim serves as the Education Chair on the Board of Directors of the Society of Illustrators.  She will be kicking off the Educators Symposium  with Society Executive Director Anelle Miller and Educators Symposium Chair Chuck Pyle on Friday, October 10 at 5:00 PM.  She will also be speaking on Sunday, October 11 at 10:30 AM during an Education Committee Update.

Educators Symposium Highlight: Adam McCauley

Adam McCauley works out of his studio in his home in the sunny Mission district in San Francisco with his wife, designer and musician Cynthia Wigginton and their cat Gertrude. He’s a professor in the amazing Illustration department at California College of the Arts. Adam enjoys illustrating, playing drums, and making things. His illustrations have appeared in magazines, books, collateral and campaigns world wide. Clients have included Time, MTV, Apple Computer, the New York Times, Itaú Bank, Smithsonian, Levi’s, Viking, Harper Collins, The Folio Society, Chronicle Books, SF Museum of Modern Art, Victoria & Albert Museum, Microsoft, and many others.  Awards have included American Illustration, Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, Print Regional Design Annual, 3 x 3, and How Magazine.  Adam received the Society of Illustrator’s 51 Gold Medal for his illustrated monster stamp endpapers for the book “The Monsterologist: A Memoir In Rhyme” by Bobbi Katz, as well as the Society of Illustrator’s 55 Silver Medal for “Simplicity City”, commissioned by WeTransfer.com. ”Oh No, Not Ghosts!,” by Richard Michelson, was chosen to be included in AIGA’s Top 100 show for 2007, “The Monsterologist” in AIGA’s Top 100 Show for 2009.

Adam McCauley will be joined by Robert Hunt for the presentation  Professional Practices at the Educators Symposium on Saturday, October 11 beginning at 11:00 PM.  

In it, he will discuss the importance of instilling good professional practices on students before they leave the department, focusing on a curriculum that combines a sense of long term thinking in financial and creative endeavors and shows students the ways creative freedom and financial stability are intertwined. 

To learn more about the Educators Symposium visit our website. 

Educators Symposium Highlight: Robert Hunt

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As described by Walt Reed in the most recent edition of The Illustrator in America, “His work reflects his classical training, but with a contemporary take.”Robert Hunt has created illustrations for a wide variety of projects including editorial illustrations for many major publications, hundreds of book covers, and numerous special projects including the Dreamworkslogo and motion logos, advertisements, annual reports, packaging, as well as documentary projects including the Bay Bridge Earthquake reconstruction and on- location illustrated coverage of the Tour de France. His work has received numerous awards and has appeared regularly in the New York Society of Illustrator’s Annual as well as American Illustration, Spectrum and the Communication Arts, Graphis and Print Design and Illustration Annuals. Hunt is also an Associate Professor at the California College of the Arts (Formerly CCAC.). 

Robert Hunt will be joined by Adam McCauley for the presentation  Professional Practices at the Educators Symposium on Saturday, October 11 beginning at 11:00 PM.  

In it, he will discuss the importance of instilling good professional practices on students before they leave the department, focusing on a curriculum that combines a sense of long term thinking in financial and creative endeavors and shows students the ways creative freedom and financial stability are intertwined. 

To learn more about the Educators Symposium visit our website.  

Educators Symposium Highlight: Robbi Behr and Matthew Swanson

Author/illustrator, husband/wife, indie publishing duo Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr run two small presses and a letterpress design studio out of their home/studio/barn on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Together, they have published more than 50 illustrated books (including titles with Chronicle Books and LB Kids), teach and speak on creative entrepreneurship and collaboration, and struggle daily to find matching socks for their three small children.  

Robbi and Matthew will be presenting at the Educators Symposium on Fri., Oct. 10.

It Takes Two: The Exponential Benefits of Joining Forces
Fri., Oct.10, 5:30 PM, Main Gallery

In this presentation/workshop hybrid, husband/wife, writer/illustrator, indie publishing duo Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr shatter the myth of the lone genius while discussing and demonstrating the powers of collaborative thinking and doing. Participants will explore the three primary modes of collaboration and learn the pros and cons of each; consider the importance of saying yes (and sometimes no); and work together to author and illustrate micro-flash picture books. Supported by nearly 300 hand-drawn slides, the keynote will be humorous, engaging, and fun—combining storytelling, idea sharing, and good old-fashioned, hands-on discovery.

To learn more about the Educators Symposium visit our website. 

Coming soon!

The highly anticipated bi-annual Educators Symposium takes place every other year in the Society’s headquarters in NYC- the mecca of illustration.  Illustration professors gather from all over the country and world for this high impact, high value development opportunity filled with idea sharing and networking. 

This year we will be encouraging all participants to “Learn Out Loud!” through interactive team building activities, panel discussions led by peers, lectures led be the top innovators in the field and groundbreaking demonstrations.

Get ready to discuss the issues you need to better educate your students for today’s illustration market, while still keeping their skills broad enough to pursue opportunity wherever it leads them as storytelling artists. 

If you are an Educator interested in attending the Symposium please visit our website to learn more.  

Stay tuned for highlights and special guests in the next few weeks! 

The very talented Keren Katz did this amazing drawing of our Director Anelle Miller's office! It's part of a series she is doing on work spaces and we cannot wait to see the rest of this project! Keren did such a great job capturing all the little details including the “bullshit” button, Anelle's garden gnome collection (that the loving staff has bestowed on her), WWE figures, and numerous trophies! Thanks Keren, we love it!!!

The very talented Keren Katz did this amazing drawing of our Director Anelle Miller's office! It's part of a series she is doing on work spaces and we cannot wait to see the rest of this project! Keren did such a great job capturing all the little details including the “bullshit” button, Anelle's garden gnome collection (that the loving staff has bestowed on her), WWE figures, and numerous trophies! Thanks Keren, we love it!!!

Three students have been selected as this year’s Zankel Scholar Finalists!  

Xanthe Bouma (Maryland Institute College of Art), Taylor Lambert (San Jose State University), and Brenna Thummler (Ringling College of Art and Design) were chosen to represent their university/college and will now move on to the final interviews and portfolio reviews to take place at the Society’s headquarters.  

The Zankel Scholar is an annual scholarship, named in memory of Arthur Zankel, whose generous bequest has made this possible.  Mr.Zankel was a firm advocate for higher education.  This is the 8th year the Society has been honored to seek, in his name, the best of the junior class and to financially support his or her senior year of college.

This year’s judges include Gail Anderson (Art Director), Teresa Fasolino (Illustrator), Brendan Leach (Illustrator), Stephen Savage (Illustrator), and Len Small (Art Director, Nautilus Magazine).  

Last Friday, June 20th, the Society of Illustrators held the 2014 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.  Every year, the Society’s galleries, housed in an 1875 carriage house on the Upper East Side of New York City, are transformed into a spectacular display which includes theater-like seating surrounded by dim red lights and elegant table settings in the third floor Hall of Fame gallery.  All this is to honor the life, work and legacies of the year’s recipients.

This year the Society inducted Al Jaffee, Syd Mead, and Ed Sorel into the Hall of Fame, as well as Mary Blair, Walter Everett, William Cameron Menzies, and Alex Raymond posthumously.

It was truly a spectacular evening with many shared stories of fond memories and insight into the recipients long and talented careers.  

For more images from the celebration please visit our flickr page