2011 New Visual Artists

2011 NVA Winner: Jessica Labatte

By the Print staff Title/Type of Work: Photographer From: Salt Lake City, UT Lives in: Chicago, IL Age: 29 Education: MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago For Jessica Labatte, there is nothing better than being ordinary. On an average day, you might see her wandering the streets of Chicago picking up...

2011 NVA Winner: Sean Desmond

By the Print staff Title/Type of Work: Photographer, Filmmaker From: San Anselmo, CA Lives in: San Francisco, CA Age: 27 Education: BS, Television, Film and New Media, San Diego State University Sean Desmond is not smug when it comes to his art. “We’ve reached a point in media where anyone can be a photographer...

2011 NVA Winner: Ina Jang

By the Print staff Title/Type of Work: Photographer From: South Korea Lives in: Brooklyn, NY Age: 28 Education: BFA, School of Visual Arts Ina Jang’s photographs are full of possibilities—a simple picture of balloons suggests something more, a polka-dotted floor feels simultaneously endless and constricting. “I make images which are minimal and two-dimensional by...

2011 NVA Winners: Rich Watts and Louise Ma

By the Print staff Title/Type of Work: Graphic Designers From: Barryville, NY (Watts), Cupertino, CA (Ma) Live in: Brooklyn, NY Age: 24 (Watts), 25 (Ma) Education: Cooper Union School of Art, 08 (Watts), 07 (Ma) “We print, cut, build, fold, draw, and code the things we design.” Such is the straightforward and comprehensive description...

2011 NVA Winner: Jeseok Yi

By the Print staff Title/Type of Work: Designer From: Seoul, South Korea Lives in: New Haven, Connecticut Age: 28 Education: Currently pursuing an MFA, Yale University BFA, School of Visual Arts, New York Jeseok Yi, a.k.a. Jeski, employs a startling analogy to describe his talent and ultimate purpose. “Using a knife as a metaphor, I’ve...

2011 NVA Winner: Sarmishta Pantham

By the Print staff Title/Type of Work: Graphic Designer, Fashion Designer From: Chennai, India Lives in: Los Angeles, CA Age: 26 Education: BA, Fashion Design, MFA, Graphic Design, Otis College of Art and Design “Half apparel design and half graphic design,” is how Sarmishta Pantham describes her practice. “To be more ‘exact,’” she continues,...

2011 NVA Winner: Eric Ku

By the Print staff Title/Type of Work: Graphic Designer From: Taipei, Taiwan Lives in: Brooklyn, NY Age: 28 Education: Graphic Design BA, School of Visual Arts, New York Eric Ku says his mission is to redefine everything; and if you take one look at the Taiwan-born, Brooklyn-based designer’s series “Mission Redefinition,” you’ll see how....

2011 NVA Winner: Rafaela Drazic

By the Print staff Title/Type of Work: Visual Communication Designer From: Split, Croatia Lives in: Warsaw, Poland and Split, Croatia Age: 29 Education: MA, Visual Communication Design, Arts Academy University of Split, 2005 PhD candidate, Book Design, Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw Rafaela Drazic’s work is simple but smart, making the most of a singular premise:...

2011 NVA Winner: Angela Zhu

By the Print staff Title/Type of Work: Designer, Art Director From: Hong Zhou, China Lives in: Los Angelas, California Age: 28 Education: BA in Illustration, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California Angela Zhu was a painter before she was a designer, and she says one of her earliest role models was Andrew Wyeth,...

2011 NVA Winner: Dong Wei

By the Print staff Title/Type of Work: Art Director From: Shanghai, China Lives in: Shanghai, China Age: 28 Education: The One Academy of Communication Design, Malaysia The Chinese artist Dong Wei says she feels a calling to dedicate part of her life to supporting China’s young creative culture, to help to amplify the voice...