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Faculty Updates

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

What have SVACE faculty members been up to? We have exciting updates from Elizabeth Sayles, Matt RotaSara VaronCarl Potts, and Steve Brodner.

Illustration by Elizabeth Sayles

Illustration by Elizabeth Sayles

Elizabeth Sayles of SVACE illustrated Malala: A Hero for All, a new book about Malala Yousafzai, the youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize!

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Matt Rota is included in Ballpoint: A Group Show at Sugarlift in Brooklyn. Ballpoint also features Mu Pan, an SVA alum. The show will also celebrate the launch of Matt’s new book, The Art of Ballpoint (Murdoch Books). Read our interview with Matt about his book.

Sweaterweather by Sara Varon

Sweaterweather by Sara Varon was reviewed by the blogRead Now Sleep Later. One highlight: “Her stories have the cumulative warming effect of a fuzzy-soft sweater, warm socks, and the best cup of hot cocoa.”

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Another review of faculty work is from Starburst Magazine for Last of the Dragons by Carl Potts. Endowing the work with 8/10 stars, the review reads, “This is a well-written comic book series that will leave you waiting for a sequel.”

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Steve Brodner’s recent Village Voice cover

Steve Brodner will participate in Freedom of Expression in a Changing World: What Cannot Be Saidan upcoming conference at UC Irvine and USC. Steve recently spoke at POW! Mighty Art That Takes No Prisoners and Strips, Politics, Cartooning with Liniers.

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Faculty Updates

Monday, November 16th, 2015

What have SVACE faculty members been up to? We have exciting updates from Keith MayersonTristan ElwellSteve Brodner, and Sara Varon!

Interview Magazine featured Keith Mayerson for My American Dream, his vast solo show at Marlborough Chelsea! Keith says, “‘My American Dream’ speaks to the new, more inclusive America that has taken form in the past decade.”


Keith Mayerson, “River & Keanu as Mike & Scott in My Own Private Idaho,” 2006

A painting by Tristan Elwell is featured in Wild About Harryhausen at Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Los Angeles! His oil painting depicts Talos from Jason and the Argonauts.

Tristan Elwell's painting of Talos

Tristan Elwell’s painting of Talos

Steve Brodner speaks in “Barack Obama: Portraits of a President” at the Society of Publication Designers, with fellow illustration luminaries Barry Blitt, Anita Kunz, and Edel Rodriguez!

Obama portrait by Steve Brodner (top right corner)

Obama portrait by Steve Brodner (top right corner)

Publishers Weekly reviewed Sweatherweather by Sara Varon! A highlight: “Varon’s characters, their sheepish expressions, and their animated conversations are unfailingly delightful, while flashes of graphic inventiveness—a fake flyer bound into the book, a set of carefully engineered paper dolls—are icing on the cake.”


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Faculty Updates

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

What have SVACE faculty members been up to? We have exciting updates from Steve Brodner, Peter Hristoff, and Nicolas Touron!

Steve Brodner wrote and illustrated Blowing Off the Grid, a story in Nautilus about Samsø, a carbon-neutral island in Denmark. See his story here.

Steve Brodner for Nautilus

Steve Brodner for Nautilus

Peter Hristoff, Artist in Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will discuss an object from the museum’s collection: a Prayer Rug with Niche Design.  Part of MetFridays, the event is free with museum admission.

Peter Hristoff of SVACE

Peter Hristoff of SVACE

In Paris? Galerie Detais opens a solo show by Nicolas Touron, who teaches “Sculpture” and “Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture” here at SVACE!

Nicolas Touron at Galerie Detais

Nicolas Touron at Galerie Detais

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Faculty Updates

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

What have SVACE faculty members been up to? We have exciting updates from Keith Mayerson, Elise Engler, Elizabeth Sayles, and Steve Brodner!

Studying Keith Mayerson's painting at Marlborough Chelsea

Studying a Keith Mayerson painting at Marlborough Chelsea

Keith Mayerson opened My American Dream, a solo show and retrospective at Marlborough Chelsea! Like a bride’s attire, the show combines “Something old, something new, something borrowed!” Keith’s new paintings mix with “vintage” work dating back to 1997 – including paintings borrowed back from private collections and museums! It’s a museum-level show for a museum-level artist.


Keith Mayerson, "My American Dream" at Marlborough Chelsea

Keith Mayerson, “My American Dream” at Marlborough Chelsea

Keith Mayerson and friends

Keith Mayerson and friends

Elise Engler opened A Year on Broadway at Robert Henry Contemporary in Bushwick! The show collects prints of drawings she made of every block of Broadway in Manhattan – as reported in The New Yorker!


From "A Year on Broadway" by Elise Engler

From “A Year on Broadway” by Elise Engler

Elizabeth Sayles shares images and insights in a feature and interview at Kathleen Temean’s Writing and Illustrating blog! The interview is rich with images and candid discussion about Elizabeth’s work.

Illustrations by Elizabeth Sayles

Illustrations by Elizabeth Sayles

Finally, Steve Brodner will participate in POW! Mighty Art that Takes No Prisoners, a panel discussion about art and politics.  Details here.

Caricatures by Steve Brodner

Caricatures by Steve Brodner

What’s What at NYCC?

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

New York Comic Con is here! Attracting more than 150,000 fans, NYCC is the East Coast’s biggest pop culture convention – and the second largest event in NYC!

Not a bad place to be in line

Some lines are better than others

Four days long, NYCC comprises comics, video games, toys, movies, and TV. Panels and signings bring together fans and creators. Screenings tease viewers with previews of anticipated movie and TV premieres. And artists get to showcase original artwork and recent publications.  And then there are the costumes… (See the SVACE blog coverage from 2014!)

Faced with hundreds of events, how does an unguided visitor decide what to attend? We asked Ben Zackheim, faculty member of MFA Visual Narrative, to handpick the most promising NYCC offerings. Ben’s suggestions will appeal to fans with a keen interest in drawing or writing comics:


Show and Tell!

Hip-Hop & Comics: Cultures Combining (Thursday): How do Hip-hop and comics reflect each other?

Breaking into Comics the Marvel Way (Thursday): What kind of talent is Marvel seeking?

DC Comics – Master Class: Art History (Thursday): What’s it like to draw for DC?

Storytelling on the Page (Friday): How do writers structure a complete issue from beginning to end?

Comics 101: Where to Begin? (Friday): Need a comics sherpa?

ComiXology Submit: The Future of Self-Publishing (Saturday): What can ComiXology do for you?

Truthiness is Stranger than Fiction: New Reality-Based Graphic Novels (Saturday): Can comics handle “the truth?”

The Future of Comics for Children and Young Adults (Sunday): What does the future hold for #kidlit comics and graphic novels?

It's Raining Deadpools

It’s Raining Deadpools

And while you visit, be sure to visit Nathan Fox and MFA Visual Narrative at Artist Alley!

See you there!

See you there!