We. Look. Awesome.

Here is a sneak preview of the cover of the book project. The other thumbnail images appear on the back cover and on the inside title page. It looks smart!

To buy this book (cheep!) go to: Blurb: First Job/Worst Job


This Thursday: Stephen Alcorn, Genius!!

Click on that title to see his work! He's coming to visit us this Thursday, December 10th! He'll crit our stuff in the morning and then give a presentation of his work at 1 pm. Tuesday folks, come anytime, but be sure to come for the 1 pm presentation.

Stephen is very accomplished, shares your deep love for music and art, and will regale you with tales from the life of a very successful illustrator. So, be there! Room 109 for the presentation, 108 for everything else (naturally)!


Visiting Illustrators! Wednesday, November 18th!

Meet us in the Pit on Wednesday, November 18th, at 6 pm, for an evening with three great illustrators: Bill Thomson, Doug Andersen, and Dennis Nolan. Yowza!! That's a whole lotta illustrators. Are we lucky, or what?!?! Check out some of their work here:

Bill Thomson,Doug Andersen and Dennis Nolan

Be there to see their original stuff, hear war stories about the biz, and participate in a casual Q&A exchange. These folks are super-talented and are looking forward to meeting you, too!

This image ©Bill Thomson. Event generously sponsored by the Straightors Fund.


Blab! (For Our Latest Project)

Visual storytelling doesn't get much better than THIS for us illustration folks. Blab! is an annual collection of illustrated work gathered and edited by Monty Beauchamp, designer and art director. It is SO worth a look-see!

Check out Blab! for a head-start on your survey of the tremendous variety of approaches to visual storytelling that are possible. Get inspired!


Children's Book Fair This Weekend!

It's here again! And don't miss it- it's a great opportunity to see terrific (terrific) authors and illustrators for children's books. It's a real list of super-stars, so come by to see some of the presentations or get some autographs on your favorite books. Take a look:  link to the 2009 Book Fair


The Raab Associates Prize!

It's here! The Raab Associates Prize is once again upon us and we're poised for fun and excitement! The specs you seek are here: Raab Prize specs

Also, go here to view past submissions and winners: Connecticut Children's Book Fair/Raab Prize Page


Interested in Tattoos?

Lots of people are. Here is a contemporary artist/illustrator/designer/tattoo artist, Mitch O'Connell, who is makin' his way. He's got a good blog. Check out the link here: Mitch O'Connell's Blog.

This image is the cover of his recent book. You can find a link to his book (on Amazon) on the right-hand side of this blog.


Polish Posters- Have a Look!

More quick, but amazing, research! Here's a nifty little visual survey of Polish posters. Want to break out of your standard conceptual and/or layout thinking? Take a look at some of these:

Featured here:

GRIDO, 1962
En las tinieblas_1977

Metanoia 2009

In the spirit of providing even more interesting links for ART 3210's (ongoing) research on our current project, Posters for Metanoia 2009, here is a link you should check out. While you're there you can also follow links to other resources that would spark your brain cells. You can't go overboard on information at this stage!



Artist/printmakers Greg Nanney and Nick Alley from Drive By Press will be visiting the department on Sept. 24 and 25.
•       Thursday, September 24 at 7:00pm. they will give a presentation in rm 106 ARTB.
•       Friday, September 25 at 9:00 am they will display lots of prints collected from across the country on tables in the pit.
•       At 10:00 Friday they will start printing t-shirts with woodblocks at the mobile press (a cool set-up fabricated on the back of their vehicle) at either the print shop or next to the art building.

See drivebypress.orgdrivebypress.com. Better still, google Drive By Press Images – lots about them online!



The first opportunity of the new semester is up! Get crackin'!

(Click the title. It's a link. Then bookmark it. Or use the link to your right.)


TWO Tickets LEFT!

That's right, "Art Out Loud," the SI workshop with TOP sci-fi and fantasy illustrators is SOLD OUT. Except I have two tickets left!! 'Cause I'm the best professah evah!! (Last year we were shut out).

But seriously, this will be one heckuva show, so why don't you join us?! Ticket is $10 cash at the event (they're holding it for you).

Oh yeah, and you'll be able to see the awesome "Spectrum" show as well. Your jaw will drop. Really.


ART 3210, Fall 2009

Hello Campers!

Can you believe it? Another semester is upon us. I know what you're thinking. "I can't WAIT to find out what we're doing in Topics In Illustration this fall!!"

Well, avail yourselves of the link to the right (under "Links You'll Love") for the Illustration Area wiki. Explore- look for a folder called "ART 3210, Fall 2009" (genius, I know!). In there is an announcements page and a pdf file of materials you need on the first day. (In the "Navigator" box on the right hand side you can switch between seeing pages or documents- the announcements page is a page, the pdf file is a document. You won't see both items at the same time in the Navigator box)

Good luck and see you soon!


Amazing Opportunity for Fantasy Freaks!

Hi Folks- gearing up for the new semester! I have six tickets reserved for any of my fall students who can demonstrate a significant interest in this type of illustration work. Tickets are (really) hard to come by, so don't miss out.

Contact me! I know you're out there!

$10 students, $20 members, $25 non-members
Saturday, September 12, 2009
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Society of Illustrators
128 East 63 Street
New York, NY


Top fantastic artists will demonstrate their skills and techniques in an open forum.

Artists include:

Charles Vess
James Gurney
Sam Weber
Greg Manchess
Donato Giancola

Refreshments included

***** You must purchase a ticket in advance. There will be no walk-ins accepted due to space limitations. Please contact kevin@societyillustrators.org to reserve a space.

RSVP kevin@societyillustrators.org 212 838 2560

illustration by Charles Vess


It's Fun To Laugh At Yourself...

Hey Kids,

If you want some pre-semester laughs, go here: link to super-fun, spoof commentary on us!

It's all in good fun. See you in September (ok, August. 'Cause our school is insane).

ID using numbers.

ID using numbers. Testing out the Jott service to this link.

Powered by Jott


Party- And You're Invited!!

Wow- a great event right in your own backyard! Alison Paul, recent Visiting Rock Star, invites all of UConn's fabulous illustrators to this event. I hear the music's gonna be good and the artwork, even better (we're talkin' an installation, folks!). So, come on out and see how the pros make promotion fun!

See you there.


One More Summer Internship!

Brant Publications n New York City is looking for bright, energetic individuals who are seeking entry-level internship experience and the opportunity to gain exposure to magazine publishing.

As the publisher of ART IN AMERICA MAGAZINE, THE MAGAZINE ANTIQUES, and INTERVIEW MAGAZINE, they provide an environment in which interns can assist experienced professionals and gain invaluable exposure to what a career in publishing entails. Their Internship Program focuses on one-on-one interaction with key staff members and provides extensive insight into becoming a magazine professional.

Brant Publications is interested in recruiting motivated individuals and are presently accepting resumes for unpaid internships for the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer semesters.

Art/Graphic Design Interns:

Currently looking for bright and creative interns to work with our high caliber Art Department. The position will offer the right candidate invaluable art/design experience at a well established, well-reputed magazine. We would prefer a full-time intern, as we have a small staff and therefore rely on our interns to perform a variety of tasks relating to the creative development of each issue; image scanning, maintaining art files, and basic design duties (relative to experience). If full-time is not possible, we will take part-time interns who would be able to commit to at least three days a week.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS: KNOWLEDGE OF GRAPHIC DESIGN PROGRAMS. This internship may qualify for academic credit. Please check with your school.

Hours :3 days per week
College Credit :Yes
Compensation :Stipend for Traveling Expenses
Apply by :ASAP

Applying is easy! Copy and paste the web address below into a new browser then copy/paste your resume to the body of the email window that pops-up.
Questions? Email the Intern Queen: Lauren Berger, at: internqueen@quarterlife.com



Summer Art Internships!

Summer 2009 Sony Music Entertainment Graphic Design / Creative Services Internship

The intern will perform:
Design of advertising, design of packaging, design of logos for Sony Music recording artists. 2. Outline the various functions and activities of the department and any related departments to which the intern will be exposed and/or instructed. Assist art directors and design directors with design concepts. Minimal contact with label. Possible photo shoot. 3. Indicate requirements that are preferred in a candidate for this internship (i.e., preferred majors, specific computer skills, intern's career interests and/or special aptitudes). Software skills should include: Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark, possibly In-Design. 4. Colleges require specific understanding of what students will learn during the internship. Please identify 3-5 specific skills, experiences, and/or points of insight students will gain from the internship:

Ability to utilize Photoshop, Illustrator, and other programs in real work environment. Learn concepts of printing, including specs, formats appropriate for various pieces. Mentored / advised in design by senior art directors and Vice Presidents. Learn about marketing in the music industry, advertising. Learn about various types of photography.

Apply here: http://jobs-sonymusic.icims.com/jobs/1555/job


Mattel Summer 2009 Intern-Art Production

Assist art staff with pre and final product decoration: art/illustration. Routine aesthetic problems call for providing the product development teams with creative visual solutions, including: concept and styling drawings for labels and sculpture, product color recommendation, and final illustration.
Please note: this internship is not for product design, the focus being Illustation and graphic design.

Required Requirements:

• Junior or senior level student, illustration or graphic design major.
• Intermediate to advanced drawing skills.
• Basic knowledge of art production pre-press printing processes.
• Intermediate computer skills: Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
• Interpersonal skills; the ability to work effectively with people on many levels.
• An interest in children's illustration.

This position is located in East Aurora, NY

To apply, go here:

Mattel is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

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There are some great illustrators coming in to classes in the near future at UConn and anyone who is in the area is free to stop in. Ask questions! Get inspired! Leave jazzed!

Monday, April 20th, Lindy Tucker will visit Senior Project around 3 pm. She wrote and illustrated her own book, then took it around, eventually getting a publisher in Michigan to pick it up and Borders to distribute it (or something like that). She's in the middle of a second book for the same publisher. So, she has a great entrepreneurial story to tell. You'll benefit from it!

Tuesday, April 21st, Iris Van Rynbach will visit an illustration class around 1 pm. She's working on 4 different articles right now, or something. You can see her work and resume here:

Iris Van Rynbach's website

Thursday, April 30th, Alison Paul will visit an illustration class, also around 1 pm. She's a great person, young (i.e. you'll relate), and really easy to talk with. You can see some of her work here:

Alison Paul's book

She's currently working on another book and has lots of stories to share.

So, if you are available, stop by!! This is all happening in Room #108! Such a hotbed of creativity, that room!!


ARTSPACE Tutorial!

Now you really CAN work 24/7! Here is your tutorial to reach ARTSPACE from home. You'll never sleep again!

(Be aware that you'll be asked to enter your userid and password- use the one from the lab- and if you've forgotten that, check your e-mail...)


Tiny Art Director

This is an illustrator's blog chronicling his efforts to please his preschool daughter's demands for art. Many art professionals love reading this blog because it reminds them so much of what they go through with clients, just without all the grownup language and niceties. In the words of Homer Simpson, "It's funny because it's true."


Sita Sings the Blues- Part 1 / 10

"Sita Sings the Blues," an almost indescribable pleasure from Brooklyn-based cartoonist and animator Nina Paley. The film, dazzling and poignant and five years in the making, retells the ancient Indian epic "The Ramayana" from a gentle but insistent feminist perspective.


The New Yorker takes a second look at Michelle Obama

Last summer, The New Yorker magazine set off a firestorm of controversy when it published a controversial cover image depicting Michelle Obama as part of a clandestine terrorist cell in the White House. The magazine said it was satire meant to reflect the caricature of Mrs. Obama presented by her critics in the media.
That was then.

In the latest cover illustration, Mrs. Obama is depicted in three colorful runway poses suitable for New York's fashion week. Gone is the huge Afro, the combat boots and fatigues, the assault rifle over her shoulder and the fist bump with her husband that was shown in last summer's controversial image.

In last year's image, Barack Obama was shown winking at the viewer while wearing Muslim headdress and outerwear. An American flag was shown being burned in the fireplace and a portrait of Osama bin Laden hung above the mantle. This time Mr. Obama is left out of the scene.

Back then, Obama was a candidate for president and conservative critics predicted that some damning information about his wife might surface by election day. It never did. Instead, Obama went on to win the White House and his wife's popularity soared and remains high today.

But The New Yorker said then that it never intended to impugn the Obamas, which is why the cover illustration was called "The Politics of Fear."

Not everyone was convinced back then. "It's the most gross, sick and pathetic attempt at satire I've ever seen in my life," columnist Maggie Van Ostrand wrote. "Shame on The New Yorker for stooping so low to increase their circulation, which must be in the toilet, where it belongs," she said.

AlterNet columnist Don Hazen described the magazine's decision as "arrogant and indulgent" and said the cover "turns the magazine into a potential Molotov cocktail, to be gleefully tossed by Fox News and the conservative blogs, into the already combustible tinderbox of race and muslim stereotypes just below the surface of America's public discourse."

But Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page called it "quite within the normal realms of journalism." Speaking on Howard Kurtz's CNN media program, Page said the cover is "just lampooning all the crazy ignorance out there."

Today there doesn't appear to be much talk about Michelle Obama as a closet radical, and the new magazine cover hasn't drawn any notable criticism. Of course, today the Obamas live in the White House and many of the more outrageous fears have been discounted.


Shepard Fairey: Inspiration Or Infringement?

Fresh Air from WHYY, February 26, 2009

The Associated Press has threatened to sue the artist who created the iconic "Hope" poster of Barack Obama for copyright infringement, but Shepard Fairey says his work is protected under the principle of "Fair Use," which exempts artists and others from some copyright restrictions, under certain circumstances.

Fairey based his poster on an April 2006 photo of Obama taken by AP photographer Mannie Garcia. Last month, the AP contacted Fairey threatening him with a lawsuit for using the image without permission, seeking payment for using it, and asking to share in the profits from it.

Pre-empting the suit, the Stanford Law School's Fair Use Project filed a lawsuit on behalf of Fairey stating that his work is protected under Fair Use. Fairey is the founder of Studio Number One, a Los Angeles-based design company; he's created album covers for several bands, including the Black Eyed Peas and the Smashing Pumpkins.

Listen to this story which aired on NPR 2/26/09 here:

(Click on "Listen Now")


Go To See This Film (Free) Based on the Graphic Novel "Persepolis!"

Film: “Persepolis” (2007)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

4:00pm, Konover Auditorium, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

"A fascinating and wholly unexpected take on Iran’s Islamic revolution beginning in the 1970s, Persepolis is an enthralling, animated feature about a spirited young woman who spends her life trying to deal with the consequences of her nation’s history. Based on an autobiographical comic book by Marjane Satrapi.

An unique window onto a crucial chapter of 20th century history, Persepolis is graphically engaging with its black-and-white, bold lines and feeling of repressed energy, fit to burst. The emotional content is so strong that after awhile, one almost forgets the film is a cartoon. Satrapi co-wrote the screenplay and co-directed the film along with animator Vincent Paronnaud." --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com


More Summer Internship Opportunities!

American Lung Association of Connecticut of Hartford is now accepting applications for unpaid Summer 2009 and Fall 2009 Graphic Design Internships

Interns will gain experience designing collateral materials for media campaigns, newsletters, and web design. Should be knowledgeable in InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. Interns will assist staff graphic designer as part of regional communications team in fast-paced non-profit agency. Intern will report directly to the Vice President of Communications. Intern will have a flexible schedule so as not to conflict with individual’s school schedule.

After an initial screening process, we will tailor an internship to your specific needs and availability. This real-life, hands on job experience will boost your resume, increase your self confidence, enhance those skills that you have learned in college, and help prepare you for your first job. Set yourself apart from other graduates with an internship that will give you the real world experience that most employers are seeking.

Start date: May 25, 2009
Interested? Contact Margaret LaCroix, Vice President, Communications at 860-838-4369 or by email: mlacroix@lungct.org for an application.



The New Canaan Nature Center is seeking a talented, creative student with a strong portfolio to
assist with the design of printed material to advertise environmental educational programs for
adults, families and children.

Duties include but are not limited to:
• Create brochures, postcards, fliers, posters and signage.
• Develop visual concepts and illustrations for upcoming programs.
• Coordinate distribution and display of materials.

Proficient in InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. Knowledge of Dreamweaver, Go Live, or HTML skills a plus. Demonstrate high standards for creativity, accuracy and usability. A quick learner with a self-teaching approach to investigating and solving problems. Strong written and oral communications skills with the ability to work well with a team. High ethical and professional standards and values.

Internships start and end dates are flexible but are expected to last approximately 12 weeks.
Interns must work on site for a minimum of 10 hours per week and will be assigned a New
Canaan Nature Center staff member as supervisor. Interns who do not comply with the time
requirements will be dismissed from the internship program.

Internship is for credit only. Students who wish to receive course credit must arrange this
through their college or university. Your college internship program criteria must be submitted
with your application.

Deadline to submit applications for the summer internship program is April 15, 2009
If called for an interview, the candidate must bring a portfolio of work and be prepared to discuss the projects represented with multiple members of the Nature Center staff.

For more information contact:
Nancy Gamerman
144 Oenoke Ridge
New Canaan, CT 06840
Email: ngamerman@newcanaannature.org
(203) 966-9577 x20



Rossi Studios is accepting resumes and references for interns and apprentices to work directly with the Karen Rossi design studio, located in Connecticut. Internships are considered paid PT/FT positions to assist with commercial, community, and goal oriented projects. We are seeking to increase our network circle of like-minded people for short-term goals and possible permanent placement and freelance opportunities. The schedule is flexible and hourly pay is commensurate on job experience and availability. Candidates should be able to work independently as well as with other team employees.

Sorry, no phone calls. Please submit a cover letter that describes why this opportunity would be meaningful to your career, resume, and references to: info@karenrossi.com
Students who are applying for an internship for credit must submit the appropriate school forms to be reviewed and signed by Rossi Studios.


Speak to Professor Deibler before applying to this position at Rossi Studios.


This picture provided by the Metropolitan Museum of Art shows the painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware" by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze. It is one of the most iconic and enduring images in American art, dazzling visitors at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for more than a century. But the painting will be out of sight until 2011 as the artwork gets a touchup and an ornate new frame and its gallery undergoes a renovation.

Maria Patino works with others to restore a replica of the original decorative frame that once held the famous 22x12-foot painting. The frame weighs a few thousand pounds and takes up more than 250-square feet, almost as much space as a small Manhattan studio apartment.

Eli Wilner poses for a portrait as workers restore a replica of the original decorative frame that once held the famous 22x12-foot painting.

Workers restore a replica of the original decorative frame that once held the famous painting. This studio has been commissioned to recreate the original frame, which will replace the current plain frame when the painting, now undergoing restoration, goes back on view to the public at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2011.

Washington painting in NY gets new frame, touchup

NEW YORK (AP) — The iconic painting that depicts George Washington crossing the Delaware River is getting even more dazzling. The plain frame that held the room-size painting is being replaced with an ornate recreation of its original.
A recently discovered photograph showing Emanuel Leutze's "Washington Crossing the Delaware" with an elaborate border during an 1864 exhibition inspired the Metropolitan Museum of Art to replace the plain frame.

The masterwork's current frame "minimized it," said Carrie Rebora Barratt, the Met's curator of American paintings and sculpture, although it's difficult to imagine how the painting, more than 21 feet by 12 feet, could be missed.

Leutze painted the masterpiece in 1851, depicting Washington and his companions crossing an ice-strewn Delaware River from Pennsylvania to New Jersey. Washington crossed the river on Dec. 25, 1776, in a surprise attack during the Revolutionary War.
Eli Wilner, whose company has made frames for the Met, was hired to recreate the original golden frame — an intricate and large project that takes up more than 250 square feet at Wilner's workshop in Queens.

Leutze had specifically ordered the original, which bore shields at each corner and was topped with an eagle crest and a ribbon that marked lines from George Washington's eulogy: "First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of his Countrymen."
In the world of frame-making, "this is by far the largest complex project that anyone's ever undertaken in America," Wilner said.

About 30 employees have been involved since the process began in November 2007. Wilner said an Ecuadorean carver, Felix Teran, spent nearly eight months creating the pieces for the crest.
Work continues on the new frame, as employees painstakingly apply clay to the shields or thousands of thin gold leaves to gild the wood.
Wilner and the Met wouldn't disclose the cost of the frame, but Wilner said anyone who wanted to repeat the effort could expect to pay around $800,000.
He expected to finish by the end of the March, but the frame would stay with the company for about two years while the Met renovates the American wing, where the painting has hung for decades.

As work is done to the gallery space, the painting has been moved to another section in its second-floor home because it's too big to fit into an elevator. Rolling it up — as it was transported to the museum more than a century ago — would cause damage.
Washington "crossed the Delaware, but we can't get him off the second floor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art," Barratt said.

While the painting awaits its new frame, Barratt said it also has been getting a touchup. Conservators Lance Mayer and Gay Myers removed grime and deteriorating surface paint from the canvas and added a layer of varnish, making the painting clearer and the colors brighter and deeper.

Barratt said the viewing experience would be "magnificent" after completion of the cleaning, the renovations and the new frame, which she said will have design elements that correlate to the details on the canvas.
"I just think Leutze knew what he was doing, that it's going to make sense compositionally in the way that a great frame should," she said.


Paid Summer Internship Opportunities


Looking to use your talent in a rewarding summer internship creating products and services that build relationships, encourage human interaction and bring people together? Then join us this summer at Hallmark for the experience of a lifetime.
With all of our studios and departments, you’re sure to find your perfect fit. Read all about it here:


If you’re enrolled as a full time sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student at a college or university and authorized to work in the United States, follow the instructions below to apply:

1. Visit http://www.hallmarkcreativecareers.com/ and search "internships."
2. Upload your submission, including your cover letter, resume and portfolio, letting us know which studio best fits your skill set and goals.

An internship at Hallmark lasts 10 to 12 weeks, from late May to early August. But our internships are flexible, too. If your school is on a quarter or trimester schedule, your internship can be modified to meet your needs.

Not only is your internship paid, but we also take care of your transportation expenses to and from Kansas City, MO at the beginning and end of the internship. Plus, we provide a housing stipend for non-Kansas City residents.

A summer with us is a great networking opportunity—Hallmark employs one of the largest groups of creative professionals in the world.

The deadline to apply is Monday, March 16, 2009. Finalists will be notified by Wednesday, April 1, 2009.



American Greetings, the world's largest publicly owned producer of greeting cards and related social expression products, is looking for energetic, motivated and highly talented design students to participate in our Summer 2009 Internship program at our World Headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio.

The 10-week summer paid internship program offers an opportunity to work on live projects, attend educational workshops, participate in networking activities and enjoy social events with other interns, associates and corporate leaders.Illustration, graphic & multi-media design, photography and writing students who are in their junior/senior year, must apply no later than April 15th , 2009.

Please mail 10-12 color copies (no larger than 11 x 17) of your work along with a resume and cover letter. DO NOT SEND ORIGINALS. Interactive/Multi-Media portfolio submissions, please send resume, CD and/or URL for on line portfolio. Your samples should represent your range of ability. Please choose those that best demonstrate an emotional or expressive content.

American Greetings Creative Internships
1 American Road
Cleveland, Ohio, 44144
Attn: Creative Staffing

American Greetings is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and a drug-free workplace.



Each summer, Anderson Ranch Arts Center provides a variety of internship opportunities in conjunction with their summer workshops. For many years, the Ranch has nurtured talented young artists and allowed them to work among practicing studio artists of renown. Over 140 workshops are offered for artists of all levels and ages. They come for the opportunity to uncover, develop and stretch their creative spirits in the visual arts.

Interns have the opportunity not only to assist in summer workshops and events, but also to work with and meet artists and gifted instructors in a supportive community. It takes the effort and teamwork of talented interns in artistic, administrative, and other departments to provide the high quality learning experience for which the Ranch is known.

Anderson Ranch is located in Snowmass Village, Colorado, a resort community 160 miles west of Denver. Housing, meals at the Ranch café (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), and a modest stipend will be provided.

Intern opportunities for:
• Painting & Drawing
• Sculpture
• Printmaking
• Ceramic
• Digital Media & Photography

To apply for a summer internship, please read the descriptions here: http://www.andersonranch.org/about/employment/index.php?page=open-positions

Then download and submit an application:



This just in from the Long River Review folks (UConn's literary magazine):

The Count Down Begins!

The Long River Review, UCONN's literary magazine is currently collecting submissions for the 2009 edition. Works of Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry are accepted.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 13th.

All guidelines can be found at www.longriverreview.com

The collection boxes are located in CLAS: one in the main English office on the 2nd floor and another in the Freshmen English office on the 1st floor. Online entries may be submitted at www.longriverreview.com.

With only a couple weeks remaining, make sure you get your submissions in for a chance to be published!


Charrette: Change: Update

Hi Students,

Here is the latest update on the Charrette project. Tonight's critique is cancelled. In lieu of this meeting we will:
  • Continue to work individually
  • Work in class
  • Post all of your work thus far to the blog (the five steps from last Friday and your current efforts- directions below).
Be prepared to meet on Monday, February 2nd, at 6 pm.

Be bold, forge ahead, go make your work!

Prof. d

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Randall Hoyt
Date: Wed, Jan 28, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Hello All,

The blog has been edited and is easier to post to now. Please direct your students to:


And have them post their 5 CHANGE actions from the project brief and their work in progress.

There is an INSTRUCTIONS page here:


It is important that all members of the project post their work on this shared space.


1. Students should login with their own name (not a cryptic codename)

2. Students should name their blog post after their project (not "CHANGE") because we already have too many posts named "CHANGE".




Friday's Meeting: Recap of "Change"

Hi Everyone,

Here are my notes from Friday's activities in the Pit. These notes document what took place and what some of the dialogue centered on. We discussed the Pit space as functioning like a giant sketchbook- nice! So, read this over, then make some work!

The Notes

Put up your documentation of #1 in a row underneath what is already on the walls and try to link it to the existing material.

Repeat with #2, #3, #4 and #5.

Take it in. Look, read, feel, think, respond.

Take a Post-it, write a useful response to something you are considering and post it on/near that item. Try to avoid negative remarks- really think about what you can say in response to what you're seeing.

Open your eyes to a wide array of responses and modes.

What do you relate to that is not yours?

Where are there overlaps? Differences?

How are you thinking, now, about your individual differences?

What do you take away from this exercise in "change?" What do you put into practice, begin to do, strategize for as a result of this experience? How can you make a contribution?

"Whimsey is the most powerful force in the universe." Fun things can be really powerful (dressing up like dollar bills to protest the Co-Op)/

The Arena Gallery functions as a large sketchbook. How can it be transformed into art? Is this similar to an exquisite corpse project?

What are the possibilities? What resources do you have at hand for expanding upon your ideas?

How can we transform an idea into something tangible as artists to make change possible? Think about/reflect upon what you do best and how that might apply.

Individual classes will proceed from here and take the project(s) out of the Arena Gallery. Take in what is here and think about what is waiting here to be tapped. Example: Take a picture of part of this wall and take it with you.

How do we take what we're doing in this space/with this project and not let it end?

Work in classes this week: Tuesday and Thursday.
Wednesday, January 28th, 6 pm, meet in the Pit for critique.
Work is due Monday, February 2nd.

Inauguration: Change

Here are some great images from our kickoff event last week- the Inauguration! Talk about change... and that's putting it mildly. It was pretty exciting and we got off to a fantastic start. Our participation even included a couple of old activists doin' a bit o' shoe throwing (otherwise known as two of your favorite profs, Drs. Dennis and Machida)!

Feel the excitement?!?!

Norman Rockwell Policing

From the Baltimore Sun
By Peter Hermann

Baltimore County police spokesman Bill Toohey called me earlier this week to sell a story: "Peter, have I got something for you. You know that famous picture by Norman Rockwell with the cop and the runaway kid ... "

I stopped him right there. Not only do I know about it, the coffee cup I use every morning has that illustration on it. For the record, my desk is a collection of strange cop things -- two baseball caps with police written in Hebrew and Arabic, from my days in the Middle East, a cup from the city homicide unit that says, "Our day begins when your day ends," a "John Doe" toe tag from the morgue and a mouse pad from the gift shop at Los Angeles County Coroner's office, "Skeletons in the Closet" that has a chalk outline of a body and the slogan, "We're dying for your business."

So yes, I was interested in meeting the now retired Massachusetts State Police trooper who in 1958 posed for the Rockwell illustration. His name is Richard "Dick" Clemens.

Clemens flew here to present an autographed illustration to Baltimore County Police Lt. James Pianowski. Turns out Pianowski won a similar illustration last week at a leadership seminar, but gave it to a colleague who was best friends with an officer who suffered a stroke and died during an investigation last summer. Hearing that story, Clemens rushed to Maryland to make sure Pianowski got a replacement.

Clemens handed over the gift -- and another illustration to hang in the county police museum -- at the training academy in Dundalk during a class of recruits. They were in the midst of lesson when they were ordered to clear their desks of dictionaries and law books, neatly fold their caps and keep only their name tags visibile. They stood at attention as Clemens and members of the command staff entered. Clemens had arrived at BWI earlier and was greeted by a throng of officers from the Maryland Transportation Authority, and last night he spoke at a graduation of Anne Arundel County police officers.

Clemens gave a few remarks -- he's done this so often that he carries a pre-printed biograhy with him to hand out as background. The story is both simple and complex. Rockwell lived three doors from Clemens in Stockbridge, Mass. Rockwell's Bassett hound wandered over to Clemens' yard and the two became friends.

I think what struck me about the story that Clemens writes is that the entire illustration is staged. I must have known that the illustration couldn't have captured such a perfect moment -- the stoic cop staring down at a young boy he had just found running away, sitting at a soda fountain in a Howard Johnson restaurant. I guess I just never thought of it.
Clemens details how much Rockwell manipulated the scene to get it right -- he changed countermen, tried differrent models, used a Howard Johnson but removed its name to make the scene more rustic. And the boy who appears with Clemens -- Eddie Locke -- was also used in another Rockwell painting -- that of a doctor giving a boy a shot.

This takes nothing away from the painting or the message, but it did remind me that waxing nostalgic about the old days doesn't mean the old days were perfect. Clemens told the recruits in Baltimore County that policing is more than the TV shoot-em ups, that they are serving people. He's right, of course, but then I think back to programs like Leave it to Beaver, the Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days, and realize that like Norman Rockwell's "The Runaway," they too are spruced up versions of reality.

I asked Clemens whether such a painting could be done today and he answered, "I don't think so." I didn't include this exchange in the print edition of the column because when I got back to the office and reviewed my notes I wasn't sure if he understood the question. I'm not even sure what I was asking. I think I wanted him to address the state of policing today, the disrespect people have for law enforcement. It's too complex a question for a simple answer.


Friendly Reminder

Hi Tuesday illustrators, remember to bring in:
1. Three illustrators' names (scroll down to Prof. Diddy's and Prof. Argoff's previous entries, they practically did your homework for you!)
2. An example of your own artwork
3. Markers in various gray shades, and black, to work on your Change piece
4. A head full of ideas for your Change piece

Also remember to:
5. Think about ways to represent the abstract idea of non-profit organizations being negatively affected by their for-profit component. You don't have to draw anything, just think. (My solution to the other one I mentioned in class, long-term psychological effects of physical injuries, I realized is here on my website. What would you have drawn?)
6. Visit Drawger, and if you haven't found your way to this part of it, you should. Nice portraits and interviews with real illustrators you can even READ. Here's one of my favorites:


The Best of The Best

Dr. Carl Sagan said: “You have to know the past to understand the present.”
This is very true of the visual arts. The following web sites are a treasure trove of classic illustration.
Look at the art to understand how to handle composition, render textures, use color, and learn who are the rock stars in illustration!

American Illustrators Gallery - Features image gallery of artists from the "Golden Age of Illustration".

Women Children's Book Illustrators- Women illustrators from the Victorian period up to World War II

A smattering of some of the most famous illustrators of the last 125 years

SurLaLune Fairy Tale Illustration Gallery - Classic fairy tale illustrations

Vintage Advertising Art:

A vast selection of old adverts, nostalgic illustrations, classic posters and vintage magazines:


Charrette: Change

Hello, Young Changelings! Here you'll find the link to the blog/wiki that we are putting together that is designed to help us all stay informed during the Charrette. This will have information as well as inspiration and lots of avenues to explore, and ought to be ready by Tuesday the 20th. So, click away!

When you get there you need to:

  • 1. Click on "Register" on the lower right hand side
  • 2. In the next screen choose a username and enter your e-mail address
  • 3. Click "Register"
  • 4. Check your e-mail for your new password
  • 5. Go back and contribute!


Bending Balloons into Giant Flowers


Common materials + uncommon ideas = VERY uncommon results = INTERESTING!!

What have you learned?

Change is all around us

With our new President, change and hope are in abundance. Corporations have caught this buzz, and they're riding this wave. It's being reflected in new ad campaigns and logo changes, read more here:


You can also listen to the story as it was reported on NPR by clicking on "Listen Now" at the above web link.


MONEY! Lots Of It! For YOU! SURF Grant Opportunity

SURF Grants are here! What's that?! Simple, money from UConn to travel, buy equipment and supplies, and make art. We've had a lot of students succeed and get these grants, but you have to apply. Past winners have traveled Europe, China and parts of the US heretofore only rumored to exist! And they made great work. So, go here for application details:

So get off your lazy patootie and go here to get off the ground in time!:

SURF Workshop
Friday, January 23, 2009
CUE 134, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m

The maximum total amount awarded for SURF grants is $3,500.00 (not bad!!)


Happy New Year, and hello!

Hi Everyone!

My name is Patti Argoff, and I will be teaching an illustration class this semester for your beloved professor Cora Lynn Deibler. Click on the title of this posting to see my page at PictureBook.com.

I work primarily in children's publishing and educational materials. I've illustrated 24 books to date (with number 25 in the wings). My clients include: Highlights for Children, Apple Seeds Magazine, Cricket Magazine, McGraw Hill School Specialty Children's Publishing, Oxford University Press, and Hachai Publishing to name a few magazines and publishers I've worked with.

I look forward to meeting you soon!

Sites to upload your art

Here are a few FREE online portfolio sites you can upload your art to:

Coroflot.com - Online Portfolio, FREE, 5 images, brief summary of your skills and experience, plus your full resume

ArtAndDesignOnline.com- Online Portfolio, FREE, 4 images (& 3 Sample Images), About Us, Statement & Find Us

Voodoo Chilli - Your first 5 images are free, but after that you have to start paying.

Alpha Omega Digital - Online portfolios include samples of your work, professional information, resume, contact information, logo, personalized URL, guest book and more.

At Creative Hotlist, you can browse posted freelance jobs for free. A portfolio page at this site is $35 for 6 months, but it's free to create an individual listing which includes a link to your portfolio page elsewhere.

The New Guy

So I get an email, click a couple of times, and find myself listed as a contributor, so I better contribute. Might as well introduce myself. I am Gregory Nemec, and I will teach a class at UCONN this semester. You can click on the title or my name to see my website, which shows my work, and which links to my blog, and to the site about my recently published book. A few clicks more once you are on my blog takes you here, to a twenty-two minute movie I directed and edited about illustrators who work while traveling, or live in unusual places, and generally have free-spirited relationships with geography and clients. I made it with illustrator James Yang, it has some of my hand-done animation at the end, and you can watch it during a lunch break. You can also see a few more pieces of art I have in this supplemental portfolio on facebook. Looking forward to the semester!