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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.

Risks Pay Off for Winners of Student Art Competition

As an artist, deciding what type of work to create isn’t always a crystalline process – some artists feel a natural pull towards a medium, and others rhythmically oscillate between several different forms. In the case of this year’s annual Alexander A. Goldfarb Juried Student Exhibition winners, Emily Hadorn ’18 and Krista Guerin ’18, both artists took risks when choosing a piece to submit. With two $1,000 purchase prizes awaiting the winners, their risks matched the reward.

Emily, a senior illustration major from Leominster, Mass., submitted a black-and-white photograph to the show instead of an illustration. This was her first time entering the Goldfarb exhibition, and as an artist hoping to establish a career in comics, she approaches photography with more fun than formality.

“The photo I submitted was just one that I took on a random afternoon with my partner,” she says. “In previous years, I didn’t think I had any pieces that would work for that show, but when I heard that [the juror] had a background in photography and film, I thought of this one piece and had a feeling it might do well. I love the photo I entered. It always stood out to me for some reason.” Emily recalls the day she took the winning photograph fondly, and now that it’s earned recognition, it’s even more sentimental.

Fellow winner Krista Guerin, a senior painting major from Chicopee, Mass., submitted a painting to the Goldfarb exhibition for the past two shows. Both pieces were from her “Shower Series,” inspired by her love for water. To her, this year’s piece expresses more compositional freedom and harnesses the compositional lessons she’s learned.

“This piece is smaller and cropped more closely than my usual work,” says Krista. “It doesn’t show my full subject, which was an unusual risk for me. I didn’t know why I found my way to that subject until after I painted it. Then I realized it was all about the vulnerable, intimate moments everyone has when they’re alone—the ones you don’t normally see.”

Krista came to HAS with a deep love for abstract expressionism, but struggled to practice it in her own work as a painter. She found her way to photorealism with the encouragement of Power Boothe, one of her professors, at which point she says she finally felt comfortable with her direction. She plans to submit work to more juried shows through the spring and after graduation.

All current University of Hartford students, regardless of their major, were invited to submit up to two works of art to be considered for the exhibition. Works chosen by the juror become a permanent part of the Goldfarb Memorial Collection, owned by the Hartford Art School and proudly displayed throughout the University’s public spaces. Both Emily and Krista each received a $1,000 purchase prize, but beyond the prize itself, the results of the Goldfarb show inspired them to see their professional practices in a new light.

M L Casteel Publishes New Book

Click here to learn more about the book, which debuts in April 2018 from Dewi Lewis Publishing. 

American Interiors by M L Casteel

Galleries Closed

The Hartford Art School Galleries will be closed for the Thanksgiving break from November 21-26, 2017.  Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, November 28. 

Have a great Thanksgiving!