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USA Today Names Faculty-Curated Show to Its Must-See List

“This groundbreaking exhibition traces the traditions of European painting that crossed the ocean to tutor America’s most famous illustrators, linking centuries past with the present while unveiling the alchemy of artists and their teachers,” says Norman Rockwell Museum Director/CEO Laurie Norton Moffatt.

The exhibit features more than 60 works on site and more than 300 digital representationss, including Rockwell's 1950 “Shuffleton's Barbershop,” currently on loan from Star Wars filmmaker George Lucas. It is on view through October 28, 2018.

View the full piece here.

Matthew Genitempo Releases New Book

Matthew Genitempo's (MFA '17) first publication, Jasperis now available for pre-order from Twin Palms Publishers. Inspired by the life and work of the poet and land surveyor Frank Stanford, these photographs were taken in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas and Missouri.

"By capturing the region’s foggy landscapes, hermetic homes, and rugged men living in solitude in the dark woods, Jasper explores Matthew Genitempo’s fascination with running away from the everyday," Twin Palms Publishers said in its announcement of the upcoming release. "The work bounces between fact and fiction, exhibiting both the reality and the myth of what it means to be truly apart from society."

The book will ship on November 15, 2018, and Twin Palms is offering $10 off each copy ordered between now and November 15 with the code "Jasperfriend."



MFA Alumnae Connect Youth with the Stars

In 2017, Robin Dahlberg MFA ’13 volunteered with a youth photography workshop on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. This year, when she and her team decided to raise funds for a second workshop, they surpassed their goal to raise $4,000 several weeks ahead of schedule.

The workshop, Star Stories, invites Lakota youth between the ages of 8 and 13 to tell visually compelling narratives about themselves and their communities thorough photography, audio, and video. Stars have held a unique place in Lakota mythology for centuries; this culture and reverence of astronomy inspired the program’s name.

Star Stories photo by Kalell

Photo by Kalell, Star Stories student.

Regardless of this history, many Reservation families struggle with poverty, substance abuse and obesity-related health issues. More than 45 percent of Reservation residents live below the federal poverty line because of the lack of economic opportunity. These challenges weigh heavily on the Reservation's teens, and the suicide rate among them is more than five times the national average.  

“Before coming to the photography MFA program, I was a civil rights lawyer and I was working on a case on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation about 60 miles east of here that involved the tribe,” says Dahlberg. “I got to know several families through that law suit, and when I pursued photography, I knew I wanted to return. I was put in touch with the Boys and Girls Club, and we did the first photography workshop.”

Star Stories kids

Some of the Star Stories students.

Many youth on the reservation feel disconnected from their culture; photography provides a vehicle through which they can reconnect, and the workshop brings elders who can share facets of Lakota history that many participants never knew.

This year, Josee Schryer MFA ’13 and Veronica Melendez MFA ’13 joined Dahlberg in South Dakota. The three women met during the Photography MFA program at the Hartford Art School and were thrilled to reunite for the workshop.

Photo by Amber, Star Stories student

Photo by Amber, Star Stories student.

“There are no bad pictures when you’re working with them,” says Dahlberg. “The images help them talk about things that they really need to talk about.”

Work created by this summer’s students will be shown at MAX 2019: A Space Festival, hosted by Media Art Xploration, Inc. in San Francisco. The three-day festival, opening in May 2019, explores the intersection of space, art, and technology through performance art, visual media, and live exhibitions.

C. F. Payne Inducted into Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame

C. F. Payne, the Illustration MFA Program Director, will be inducted to the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame this June.

Since 1958, the Society of Illustrators has elected to its Hall of Fame artists recognized for their distinguished achievement in the art of illustration. Artists are elected by former presidents of the Society and are chosen based on their body of work and the impact it has made on the field of illustration.

The 2018 Hall of Fame Laureates include: C.F. Payne, Robert Crumb, Hilary Knight, Jim McMullan, Kate Greenaway, Rene Gruau, Jack Kirby, Heinrich Kley, and Kay Nielsen.

Andrew Waits Named to MACK First Book Award Shortlist

Andrew Waits's (MFA Photography '17) photography book, "Aporia," was named to the MACK First Book Award Shortlist. His work explores insurmountable internal contradictions through black and white imagery on film.

The First Book Award is a photography publishing prize open to photographers who have not previously had a book published by a third party publishing house. It was established in 2012 to support emerging photographers. Each year, a diverse array of international nominators are asked to recommend suitable projects. Waits's book, APORIA, was chosen from a group of nearly 400 finalists whose works find a voice through a bound format.