Faculty Member and Alum Team Up in Exhibition


Foundation faculty member Lydia Martin has created a new series of paintings, called “Loteria”, which will be exhibited in a one-person show at Chabot Gallery in Providence beginning October 16th. The paintings, inspired by the popular Mexican game Loteria, borrow traditional images from the game, which Lydia has reworked as figure paintings, interiors and still lifes. Her friend and colleague, NESADSU alumna Kseniya Galper (Graphic Design 2003), had a

Loteria cards

hand in the project by designing an original set of Loteria cards to serve as labels for the paintings.  Until “Loteria” opens in October, you can also see Lydia’s work in a group show at Chabot, called “Chabot in Retrospect”, which runs until September 15th. For more information on the exhibitions and the gallery, please go to http://www.chabotgallery.com.


Did You Know This?

Here, in a nutshell, is what’s been happening at NESADSU this past year:


NESADSU Interior Design Programs Ranked #3 in Nation for 2012

NESADSU’s undergraduate (Bachelor of Fine Arts) and graduate programs (Master of Arts) in Interior Design were ranked 3rd in the country by DesignIntelligence magazine for 2012, up from 5th and 6th respectively in 2011. This survey of design professionals “who have direct experience in hiring and in evaluating the performance of recent architecture and design graduates” constitutes an accurate appraisal of the preparedness of NESADSU students and alumni.

NESADSU Professor Karen Clarke Named to “Top 25” list of Interior Design Educators

Karen Clarke

Interior Design Program Co-Director Karen Clarke was named to DesignIntelligence’s list of the “25 Most Admired Educators of 2012”. The recipients of this honor, both educators and administrators, were chosen from the disciplines of interior design, architecture, industrial design and landscape design, based on “extensive input from thousands of design professionals, academic department heads and students”. (Both quotes are from DesignIntelligence magazine.)


NESADSU Student Wins Angelo Donghia Foundation Scholarship for 4th Time in 6 Years

Heather Kology

Interior Design senior Heather Kology (2013) has been awarded an Angelo Donghia Foundation scholarship, which will pay up to $30,000 toward the expenses of her senior year study. Heather is the fourth NESADSU student to be awarded this scholarship in the past six years.

NESADSU Students Compete Successfully in Major Design Competitions:

The IES (Illuminating Engineering Society)’s Student Design Competition was won by Interior Design graduate students Jessie Greenberg (first prize) and Kathryn Goldenoak (second prize), while graduate student Lyuba Sardanova was the City Winner in the Save a Sample! Hand Drawing Competition in Boston, for which she won a scholarship for further study.

Graphic Design graduate student Victor Cabrera won the American Graphic Design Award for a class project advocating vegetarianism, while Steven Plummer won the Pacemaker Award for his design of the Bridge, Bridgewater State University’s literary journal. The Pacemaker Award, from the Associate Collegiate Press, is considered the highest honor given a student publication.  Afraa Gutub’s photography was selected by Aetna for their Global Events & Festivals from Around the Globe 2012 Calendar; Emily Roose’s graduate thesis project, “Slow News”, was featured on the design blog Quipsologies; and Nick DeStefano’s class work in package design was featured on thedieline, a popular packaging design blog.

Undergraduate Graphic Design students, Brigid Griffin and Olivea Kelly took the top prizes in the Say Something poster competition, sponsored by HOW magazine, while Victoria Burnett and Jacquelyn Schaab took first and second prizes respectively in Grand Circle Gallery’s vintage poster competition.

Fine Arts undergraduates Holly Hart and Katia Christakis were accepted into this year’s Copley Society student competition and exhibition.


Professional Design Organizations

Several NESADSU faculty members hold senior positions within various professional Interior Design organizations:

Jane Hassan

Jane Hassan, Adjunct Interior Design faculty, President, ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) New England chapter

Nancy Hackett

Nancy Hackett, Interior Design Program Co-Director, IIDA (International Interior Design Institute) New England Board of Directors

Karen Clarke, Interior Design Program Co-Director, IDEC (Interior Design Educators Council) Board Member; CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation) Site Visitor; Historic New England Council Member


Anna Gitelman

Assistant Professor Anna Gitelman was awarded a $20,000 grant from the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education, which enabled her to create a new Advanced Light & Technology course for the MFA program in Interior Architecture.

Lisa French

Illustration Program Director Lisa French was awarded a $10,000 Whitfield Foundation grant for NESADSU’s newly inaugurated BFA program in Illustration.

Art History Professor Afshan Bokhari was awarded a Faculty Research Grant by the Palestinian American Research Council (CAORC).

Public Presentations

Associate Professor and art historian Afshan Bokhari was featured as a specialist in Islamic art on the PBS television program “Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World”, which aired on July 6, 2012.

Sean Solley

Interior Design faculty member Sean Solley presented at the Suffolk University Technology Symposium in May 2012.

Minko Dimov

Adjunct Graphic Design faculty member, Minko Dimov, was invited to speak to Harvard Business School graduates and young professionals in April, on the subject of creative thinking as it communicates social exchange outside the arts-specific discourse. He was also commissioned to create a memorial in honor of the founding director of his own alma mater, the German Gymnasium in Bulgaria, which was unveiled at a ceremony on May 27, 2012.


Afshan Bokhari

In 2011, Afshan Bokhari had scholarly articles published in two journals: the Journal of Persianate Studies, Special Issue: “Imperial Transgressions and Spiritual Investitures: Female Agency in Seventeenth Century Mughal India” (Brill Publishers); and “Between Patron and Piety: Jahan Ara Begum’s Sufi Affiliations and Articulations” in Sufism and Society: Arrangements of the Mystical in the Muslim World 1200-1800 C.E. (Routledge Publications, London and New York).

Foundation faculty member Harry Bartnick’s work was featured in 2011’s 100 Boston Painters, Schiffer Publishing, Lancaster, PA.


International (and Historic) Recognition

Aaliah Al-Aali

Master of Arts in Graphic Design alumna Aaliah Al-Aali (2011) is the first woman in history to design a Qur’an (Koran). Her Master’s thesis project, “To Elevate the Aesthetic Value of the Mass-Produced Qur’an”, also appeared in a brochure which took top honors at the Dubai International Print Awards exhibition.

International Internships Awarded NESADSU Students

In 2011, two Graphic Design undergraduate students from NESADSU were selected to take part in post-graduate internships at ICON Worldwide, an international graphic design firm located in Switzerland. This year Bianca Pettinicchi and Eleanor Kaufman (both Graphic Design 2010) took part, as Amy Parker and Lauren DeFranza had the year before. As of this writing, two more NESADSU alums have been chosen for 2012, Jackie Schaab and Hope Reagan, both 2012 graduates of NESADSU. These prestigious positions provide recent graduates with international design experience, cultural exposure, enhanced professional portfolios and everlasting memories.

Suffolk University Alumni Awards

The Suffolk University Alumni Office Awarded a Young Alumni Award to Kodiak Starr (Graphic Design 2002), who is currently the Creative Director of Digital Strategy at the White House, while Marisa Borst (Interior Design 2006) and Eric Heins (Graphic Design 2009) were given 10 Under 10 Awards.

Kody Starr

NESADSU Honors Prominent Alumnus

Michael Moeller

BFA alumnus Michael Moeller (Interior Design 2001) was honored by NESADSU at a gathering at the Montage showroom on March 9th, which also celebrated the DI rankings. Graduate and undergraduate students and alumni came together to hear Michael speak about his experiences as a New York designer with a stint on HGTV’s Design Star and several other design-based television shows.


NESADSU Students Awarded Dual CAS Degrees

For the first time ever in the College of Arts and Sciences, two undergraduate students, both NESADSU BFA candidates, were awarded dual degrees: Janelle Parent, a BFA in Interior Design and a BA in Art History, and Kelly Bushey, a BFA in Interior Design and a BS in Mathematics. The Faculty Assembly voted to grant both students dual degrees at their May 2012 meeting; both graduated Cum Laude.


In 2012 NESADSU graduate programs (MAGD and MAID) conferred a total of 46 Master of Arts degrees, second only to the Department of Education and Human Services:

For the years 2009, 2010 and 2011, Suffolk University conferred a total of 91 Master of Arts degrees in Interior Design and 26 in Graphic Design, for a total of 117 graduate degrees awarded, making NESADSU second among graduate programs in numbers of degrees awarded. With the addition of 2012 graduates, Suffolk awarded 163 Master of Arts degrees in the four years from 2009 to 2012.

For the same years, 2009, 2010 and 2011, 149 NESADSU undergraduates were likewise awarded Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. The combined total of graduate and undergraduate degrees conferred on NESAD graduates comes to 266.

Interior Design Major Heather Kology Wins Donghia Scholarship


For the fourth time in six years, a NESADSU undergraduate in Interior Design has won a prestigious Angelo Donghia Foundation scholarship. Vernon, Connecticut resident Heather Kology is following in the footsteps of Kim Kelley (2006), Kate McGoldrick (2008) and Anna Parfentieva (2010) in receiving one of this year’s thirteen scholarships, which will pay all the expenses of her senior year – tuition, books and supplies – up to $30,000, making this one of, if not the, most prestigious and valuable scholarships available to interior design students.

In the biographical statement that accompanied her scholarship application, Heather described her “passion, from a young age…to find, enhance and create beauty within my surroundings” as her rationale for having chosen design as a profession. “I consider myself to be an extremely versatile designer, and I constantly strive to better myself in all that I do. Whether completing projects for my internship at the residential design firm LHD Interiors, or renovating my own apartment, I apply my intuitive and learned knowledge of design to every aspect of my life.”

In this spring’s Residential Design Studio, Heather designed the interiors for a waterfront home with a seafaring past on the shore of Salem [MA] bay. Drawing her inspiration from the nearby ocean, she created a connection “to the roots of New England’s maritime past” – to award-winning effect.


Illustrator Alum John Roman Goes Live with Communication Arts

Illustrator John Roman (1974 Graphic Design), whose work was recently shown at NESADSU as part of the “Illustrious Alumni” exhibition curated by Illustration Program Director, Lisa French, has a new article on the Communication Arts website, live as of mid-June (http://www.commarts.com/columns/markets-illustration.html).  John’s article, “45 Markets of Illustration”, is a valuable look at the nearly endless permutations and combinations of career paths available to illustrators.

From the more obvious (medical and editorial illustration) to the less often thought of (military and automobile illustration), John’s list is a fascinating glimpse of the “numerous markets that currently exist for illustrators”. But despite the path chosen, as John says, “In the end, it’s most important to honor what you love to do. Artists should not choose a market simply for monetary reasons, or because one’s peers are influencing a decision. An illustrator’s interests must come from the heart so that love will emanate in the work.”

John (john@johnromanillustration.com) is himself an educator and freelance illustrator who specializes in illustrated map art, as well as architectural and technical work, with clients that include Marriott Hotels, the National Parks Service and Time magazine.



Kody Starr: First NESADSU Alum Honored by Suffolk

On Saturday, June 9th, the Massachusetts State House was the setting for the capstone event of Suffolk’s 2012 Alumni Weekend. And, for the first time ever, the alumni reunion dinner and awards ceremony included an honoree from NESADSU, Kodiak Starr (Graphic Design 2002). Currently Creative Director of Digital Strategy at the White House, Kody was honored not only for the attainment of his position in Washington but for his humanitarian work with Project M and in Kampala, Uganda.

Mike, Kivalena, Diane, Kody and Gabrielle

Most of Kody’s family was there to watch him receive his award. His parents, Diane and Mike, one of his two sisters, Kivalena (his other sister, Kayla, was not present, though both are Suffolk graduates as well), and his wife of one year, Gabrielle Lamourelle, joined NESADSU Chairman Bill Davis, Graphic Design Program Director Laura Golly, and Sara Chadwick for cocktails and dinner in the Great Hall, under the flags of all the Commonwealth’s cities. (As none of us knew Kody had gotten married, Gabrielle came as a real surprise; however, a more charming partner we could not have imagined for one of our favorite former students. Gabrielle is currently an International Health Analyst in the Office of Global Affairs in the Department of Health and Human Services. She and Kody have been married for exactly one year and are now heading off on a delayed honeymoon in St. Thomas.)

Bill Davis, Kody, Laura Golly
Kody and Gabrielle

While awards in various categories were given to six others, Kody received the Young Alumni Award, for those with “demonstrated success in one’s profession or contributions to society” and who are within 10 years of graduation. The award also states: “He/she will have achieved a level of distinction which has brought honor to him/her personally and to the University, or to that alumnus/a who has demonstrated leadership capability, substantial indication of a commitment to the service of others, demonstration of potential leadership and/or distinction in the long term, and commitment to Suffolk and its mission’” As he honored Kody, Suffolk President James McCarthy noted that Kody is the first NESADSU alum to ever be so honored. Permitted only a minute in response, Kody managed to thank his family and the NESADSU community and his family before letting go with a hearty “Go Celtics!”

Two NESADSU alumni, Dan McCarron (Graphic Design 1962) and Steve Zubricki (also Graphic Design 1962), both of whom were celebrating their 50th reunions and both of whom had served on the reunion committee, took part in various alumni activities throughout the weekend but neither was able to attend the alumni dinner.

Sara Chadwick and Kody

As Creative Director of Digital Strategy, Kody is responsible for everything from the logo for the recent G8 Conference at Camp David, to innumerable charts and graphs, now especially on the economy’s ups and downs, to web work and videos. His current job in the White House is, however, a political appointment, so a change in administration come September could mean the end of his tenure there. But, with his extensive experience in design, in New York and abroad, he’ll be a shoo-in for another fascinating position. So vote and we’ll keep you posted!


The Next Big Step

Karen Clarke, Mark Brus and the Interior Design class

The 86th commencement for graduating seniors of The New England School of Art & Design took place on a sunny 20th of May, beginning with a brunch and ending with Suffolk’s University-wide ceremonies at the Bank of America Pavilion on the waterfront.

For only the second time in his 41 years at NESADSU, Chairman Bill Davis was unable to take part in graduation ceremonies, including the traditional NESADSU brunch at Boston’s Four Seasons Hotel. The last time, in 2000, he was recovering from cancer surgery (and he’s still cancer-free); this time it was Bill’s wife, Patty, who was undergoing medical treatment, though she too is on her way to recovery.

Director of Administrative Services Sara Chadwick took over for Bill, acting as host and keeping things moving along. After brief remarks on the state of the school (“But nothing really ever holds NESADSU back”), and mentioning the new BFA program in Illustration and the new MFA in Interior Architecture, she offered congratulations to the graduates and those families and friends in attendance.

Audrey Goldstein, Holly Coutu, Randal Thurston

After a French toast brunch with all the trimmings, Sara introduced the faculty and staff present, before calling Fine Arts Program Director Audrey Goldstein to the podium. Audrey, in her own 32 years at NESADSU, has polished and refined her own program until it resembles the title of her students’ Thesis Exhibition: Lead to Gold, Pb to AU. As she said, “By doing so [naming their exhibition by that title], they referenced both the ancient art of discovery and the process of uncovering riches; the alchemical pathways that each student takes as they move toward responsibility and ownership; the magical occurrence between art and viewer; art that changes us, challenges us, and gives us the opportunity to question our normally cozy views.”

The Coutu family

Audrey was followed by Graphic Design Program Director Laura Golly, who spoke as always off the cuff and from the heart, congratulating her graduating seniors for the impressive way they worked together during the preceding years and for their supportive attitude toward each other. Referencing students by name, she complimented one on her curious mind and her development as a “thinking graphic designer”; another on her turning a liability, not being able initially to decide on a major program, into a strength, by combining interests in provocative design solutions. She cited another for his helpfulness in assisting a faculty member with debuggng a website, and yet another for lending a hand and proferring advice to others without being asked. She also urged her graduates to stay in touch with her and with each other and to maintain the networks they’ve established, encouraging them also to pass along to the next class any internship opportunities they may be able to offer through their own workplaces.

Rachel Albetski, Mark Brus, Julianne Conrad

In Nancy Hackett’s absence (she was heading to Suffolk’s Madrid campus with a group of summer students), Interior Design Co-Program Director called faculty member Mark Brus to join her on stage, before turning speaking duties over to him. Mark’s comments, thoughtful as ever, captivated the audience. He praised his students for choosing senior studio projects “that demonstrated an eagerness to address important social and environmental issues: an awareness of the importance of community, of compassion for others and concern for the environment”. Having quoted from some of his favorite architects and writers, he moved toward Hollywood, covering Lennon and Marx (“…don’t be nervous – I’m not becoming political here – I don’t mean Vladimir and Karl, the Bolshevik and Socialist; I mean John and Groucho, the musician and the comedian”). Thence to Judy Garland (“I’d rather be a good copy of myself that a bad copy of someone else”), George Burns (“I’d rather be a failure doing something that I love, than be a success doing something I hate”) and Duke Ellington (“There are only two kinds of music: good music and bad music”). Boiled down, he summarized these words of advice: “First, be the best yourself you can possibly be. Second: It’s better to fail being who you are than succeed being who you’re not. Third: There are only two kinds of design: right design and wrong design. Make sure you get it right, even if it’s not perfect.” Not bad advice for a roomful of freshly-minted college graduates.

Rebecca Goldstein, Julianne Conrad

Following Mark was the less scripted Josh Peters, NESADSU’s front desk receptionist, with a few words for his friends (“Because I came here four years ago, I feel like this is my class”). Reminding his listeners of the importance of staying in touch with their classmates and the value of networking, he urged them with humor to remember that most job openings are never posted and that most are filled through word of mouth. Valuable words in these lean employment times.

This being a graduation ceremony, various awards were also distributed. The Fine Arts Juror Award, made by Al Miner, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, went to Keri Lemoine, her prize a one-person exhibition in Suffolk’s Adams Gallery in June. The Robert Linsky Portfolio Award in Graphic Design was shared by Rebecca Miller and Hope Reagan, while the Interior Design program rewarded both academic and design excellence, the former to Kelly Bushey and H-K Jang, the latter to Janelle Parent and Mallory Schoendorf. In addition, Sara gave academic awards to the three students with the highest cumulative grade point averages in the class (“the valedictorian and two runners-up, if you will”): Keri Lemoine (3.876), Kaela Gallo (3.837) and Katia Christakis (3.771).

Kristina Mouritzen, Bethany Burns, Julianne Conrad

Following the brunch and some picture-taking, the new NESADSU alumni headed toward the Bank of America Pavilion for the 2:30pm Suffolk University commencement exercises, ending a long day of ceremony and congratulations.


NESADSU Alumni Honored by Suffolk at Young Alumni Event

On April 26th, Suffolk University honored two NESADSU alumni with the “10 Under 10” award, designed to highlight the professional and social contributions made by those who have been out of school for a relatively short period of time. Among the ten feted that evening were two NESADSU alums, Marisa Borst (Interior Design 2006) and Eric Heins (Graphic Design 2009).

Unfortunately Eric was not able to be present, but Marisa came from Washington, DC to receive the plaudits of the University community, including several of her professors: Karen Clarke, Nancy Hackett, Sean Solley and Anna Gitelman.

You can read more about the awards a few blogs back on this site, but here are some photographs from that event.



Illustrious Alumni Draws a Crowd

Bill Davis, Sara Chadwick, Lisa French

Lisa French pulled off her first coup as Program Director of NESADSU’s new BFA program in Illustration by presiding over the opening reception of her Illustrious Alumni exhibition on Friday evening, April 20th. Perhaps it’s her second coup. The first may have been locating a significant number of NESADSU graduates who, despite the fact that they majored in other disciplines, are now making their names as illustrators.

Suffolk Art Gallery

Alumni from 1968 to 2011 presented work that ranged from children’s book illustration to editorial to the graphic novel, with stops at traditional and digital animation, storyboarding, fantasy and science fiction, syndicated comics, and body illustration along the way. Illustrious Alumni Catalog (PDF)

Of the seventeen artists who took part in the exhibition, eleven were on hand to receive the plaudits of the guests (most of the rest live far out of state). Some you’ve seen in the pages of & Then before, like John Roman (Graphic Design 1971), whose illustrated maps are well known to the Suffolk community; in fact one of them is of the Suffolk community. Another, of Colonial-era Concord, MA demonstrated perfectly John’s fine command of the pen, with an evocative look at what is now a sprawling town much larger than that depicted here. The work of Scott Hill (General Art 1979) was featured in a Feedback column in the spring 2010 issue, while that of Daniela Wong-Chiulli (Graphic Design 2007) and James Kraus (Graphic Design 1982) adorned the announcement of the new Illustration program in the fall 2010 issue. Mauro Maressa (Fine Art 1969), with his, at the time, co-worker at Disney, John Norton, was profiled in the spring 2003 issue, though Mauro is now enjoying retirement and the time to pursue his other artistic interests. Most of the others have been the subjects of class notes at one time or another, though “live” is, of course, much nicer.

Pat Crowley, Karin (Santos) and Bill Samatis

The Illustrious Alumni, in total, were:

Gary Destramp

Bill Bradbury (Advertising 1968)
Gary Destramp (General Art 1978)
Joe Farnham (Graphic Design 1980)
Kseniya Galper (Graphic Design 1999)
Craig Harrison (Graphic Design 1984)
Prescott Hill (General Art 1979)
Alice (Mooney) Imeson (Graphic
Design 1991)
James Kraus (Graphic Design 1982)
Mauro Maressa (Fine Art 1973)
Max Martelli (Fine Art 2011)
Bob Ostrom (Graphic Design 1985)
Bruce Ozella (Graphic Design 1978)
John Roman (Graphic Design 1974)
Karin (Santos) Samatis (Graphic Design/Fashion Illustration 1977)
Barclay Shaw (Fine Art 1978)
Velicia (Gourdin) Waymer (Fashion Illustration 1982)
Daniela Wong-Chiulli (Graphic Design 2007)

Lisa French and Craig Harrison

The thing that makes most alumni events fun is finding out what everyone is up to. Besides those mentioned above, we talked with Craig Harrison, who came from northern Vermont with his new wife, Anna, and their five-year-old son Moses. Craig is still involved with the bicycle business and his work on display included advertising and sports apparel design, though he also handles book cover illustration and art and design for television commercials, along with art direction and event work.

Suffolk Art Gallery

Bill Bradbury and Gary Destramp, though in classes at NESAD ten years apart, have studio space in the same building and both spent time at the Lowell Sun. Bill does a lot of caricature and comic strip work, while Gary is primarily, though not exclusively, an editorial illustrator. Joe Farnham, now an in-house artist with Trader Joe’s, doing illustrated signage and murals, is also working on a compilation of his work of 25 years of old-time baseball illustrations.

Alice (Mooney) Imeson continues to illustrate the rich and famous through caricatures and editorial portraits, for such publications as the Los Angeles Times, National Review, Seattle Times and Warner Brothers. She had also had solo shows in Boston, Los Angeles and Seattle and has recently submitted her work to The New Yorker.

Kseniya Galper

Light years away is the latest work by Kseniya Galper, illustrations for a graphic novel, called Zero, written by Jan Egleson. The novel has been published by Vook, a publisher specializing in interactive books for the iPad (and available online through iTunes). In addition to this project, Kseniya also does traditional figure painting and drawing, digital collage and illustration, and other forms of visual expression.

Velicia (Gourdin) Waymer's body painting

A real departure was Velicia (Gourdin) Waymer’s body illustration, here, as often, using as a canvas her daughter Bri. Velicia also exhibited exquisitely decorated masks, demonstrating a range of applications for her design skills. More traditionally, at least in the work he chose to submit, were Max Martelli’s paintings done for music and book covers. Though only out of school since last May, Max has already established a thriving illustration practice, doing album and comic book covers, as well as fantasy and science fiction illustration for gaming and comics.

Gentleman Junkie by Barclay Shaw

Barclay Shaw and Karin (Santos) Samatis were at NESAD at about the same time but their work has taken very different turns. Karin, who also does graphic design work, specializes in storyboarding for television commercials and film, as well as presentation comps for advertising. She came to the opening with husband, Bill, who is also a NESAD grad (1977), the only non-Italian member of the famous NESAD “mob” of the 1970’s and a designer in his own right. Barclay, on the other hand, is well known for his science fiction and fantasy art, with more than 500 book and magazine covers to his credit, including 16 cover illustrations for Harlan Ellison paperbacks, including some by Isaac Asimov and Larry Niven. He now  freelances for several governmental and defense agencies, such as the U.S. Army and the National Reconnaissance Office, as well as for private sector clients. See more at http://www.barclayshaw.com.

Bob Ostrom's Little Mermaid

Bob Ostrom, who currently lives in North Carolina, has been working as an illustrator since shortly after graduation. Beginning with a Framingham toy company, his work has since appeared in over 200 children’s books and publications. Bruce Ozella has been a graphic designer and illustrator for over 32 years and now enjoys drawing “Vintage Popeye” comic books for Idea & Design Works Publishing.

After the exhibiting alumni had had a chance to mingle with each other, the faculty and staff present, and other guests, they headed down the hallway to hear award-winning illustrator, historian and educator (Director of the University of Hartford’s Limited Residency MFA program in Illustration) Murray Tinkelman give an overview of American illustration. According to Velicia Waymer, “Mr. Tinkelman was a wealth of information and thoroughly a ‘pip’ as my grandmother would have said! He gave me plenty to Google on the way home and much to chew on as I plan my next ‘illustrative’ steps.”

Lisa French and Max Martelli
Bruce Ozella's Popeye

According to NESADSU Chairman Bill Davis, who has been with the school since 1971 and, so, knew each exhibitor personally, “As this exhibition shows, NESADSU has been cultivating successful illustrators for decades. They went out into the world, well-prepared for fields such as Graphic Design, Fine Arts and Fashion Illustration, but a passion for picture-making led these NESADSU alums to make their marks as illustrators in all kinds of places, from publishing to animation, from advertising and packaging to licensed merchandise. With this exhibition, we are honoring their legacy and celebrating the potential of all future Illustration alumni we hope will follow in their path.”

Illustration Program Director Lisa French has surely made a positive impression in her first academic year at NESADSU and this exciting exhibition is proof of that. As Lisa says, “I’m so glad that the exhibition, reception and catalogue were so well received and so successful. It was wonderful to meet the alumni involved and their enthusiasm for NESADSU is obvious. The have very positive feelings for the school. I’m also so pleased that the exhibition catalogue shows such a wide range of exhibition-related work. This will certainly be a nice sample to show new and prospective Illustration majors. All of this has reinforced my good feelings about being part of this institution.”


Lisa French and Kseniya Galper

Note: NESADSU only very rarely mails invitations to events. Most such events appear on the appropriate NESADSU blogs (e.g. Graphic Design or Interior Design, the alumni blog & Then or the Fine Arts blog of student Holly Coutu) or, sometimes, are announced via email. For the former, go to the NESADSU website (http://www.suffolk.edu/nesad) and click on “blogs” in the upper left corner; for the latter, please be certain we have a current email address for you (to update, please email Sara Chadwick at schadwick@suffolk.edu.


Images Courtesy of Molly Akin