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SVA Masters Recipient: Tom Geismar

This article from Grids + Guides in Print’s 2014 International Design Issue takes a brief look at the SVA 26th Masters Series Award recipient, Tom Geismar.

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Weekend Heller: Italian Fantasy, Rome Reality

Paolo Ventura, whose work I have written about many times in this blog, has produced one of his fantastical gems for the Edizioni Corraini series Un Sedicesimo (#34). “The Napoleonic Soldier and Other Stories” is a conceptual tour de force yet haunting in its subtlety.

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Sketching as Meditation: Drawing on Rome

My student, Tim Cohan, wrote a lovely story about his experiences at the SVA Masters Design Workshop in Rome called “Drawing Inspiration from Rome.” The workshop is currently accepting participants for Summer 2014, and I thought it a propitious time to share his story.

Painting with Pablo

Pablo Medina describes himself as “a designer, artist, teacher, builder, filmmaker, photographer, socializer, lover, traveler, dancer, and cyclist.” Although, with his new-found interest in Buddhism, he realizes those titles are empty, meaningless labels (though I’m certainly intrigued by the dancer …

Resurrected: A Multifaceted Icon of Comic Book Art

I originally came to know Wally Wood for his comical comics, mainly his acclaimed work for Mad back in its 1950s, pre-magazine incarnation. But his personal life was a drama verging on tragedy and culminating with his suicide in 1981. …

The Social Design Job Market

Designers are looking for ways in which to incorporate meaningful social impact work into their practices. Colleges are responding to student demand that social issues be taught in the design curriculum and recent graduates are attempting to find jobs that …

What It Means To Be American

Tomorrow night School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents “Being American,” an exhibition surveying responses by visual artists to some of the most pressing social issues in America today. Culled from various forms of contemporary visual culture, the works address topics …

Mini Golf for Phobia Fixers

OFF COURSE, the phobia-centric mini-golf course and exhibit curated by Kevin O’Callaghan for the School of Visual Arts MFA Design program features a witty and wiley 18 holes of phobia-fairways (currently on view at SVA, 209 East 23rd St., Monday …