Illustration Residency

Meet illustrator, designer and SVA Summer Illustration Residency lead faculty member Viktor Koen and see the great work made by our residents

Illustration and Visual Storytelling: Art and Industry

May 31 - Jul 1 2022
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Viktor Koen,

Chair, BFA Illustration and Comics departments, School of Visual Arts; illustrator, designer

Aaron Meshon, Illustrator, children’s book writer and illustrator
Miss Lasko-Gross ,

Visual artist, writer

Summer semester: 4 undergraduate studio credits per session
This studio residency offers artists the opportunity to explore the wealth of resources available to professional illustrators in New York City while developing a portfolio of work that embodies personal vision.
With guidance from award-winning illustrators, participants will complete a body of work comprised of images created from assigned projects, as well as those self-directed by the artist, with the aim of showcasing personal style and aesthetic direction. The goals are to advance to the next level of artistic practice and to attain an enhanced position in the illustration marketplace.
A rigorous instructional program, including sessions in portfolio development, sequential illustration and painting from life, and visits to professional studios will complement independent work. Together these initiatives form an intense program that fosters professional growth and an expansion of personal voice. Special lectures by guest artists, gallery directors, publishers and art directors are designed to provide additional insight regarding the realities of a career in illustration.
Participants have access to a digital facility, as well as the opportunity to work in a variety of mediums. The program culminates in an open studio exhibition.
Faculty and lecturers have included Maëlle Doliveux, Tim Hamilton, Paul Hoppe, Viktor Koen, Aaron Meshon, Anna Raff and Andrea Tsurumi. Lecturers and portfolio reviewers have included Marshall Arisman, Paul Buckley, Martin Gee, Karl Heine, Charles Hively, Kat Irannejad, Francesca Messina, Yuko Shimizu, Sara Varon and Alexandra Zsigmond. Program coordinator: Viktor Koen.
Note: A portfolio is required for review and acceptance to this program.
Course Dates ILD-4993-A May 31 - June 30
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Faculty member Miss Lasko-Gross
Miss Lasko-Gross

Miss is the author and illustrator of Henni (honored by ALA’s Amelia Bloomer list and YALSA 2016: Great Graphic Novels for Teens), Fantagraphics Books: A Mess Of Everything (named one of Booklist’s top 10 graphic novels of the year) and the YALSA nominated Escape From “Special.” She is the creator/ writer of Z2 comics’ sci-fi series The Sweetness. Her work has also been featured in the New Yorker’s Daily Shouts.

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Faculty member Viktor Koen wearing a black shirt against a dark background and bookshelf.
Viktor Koen

Viktor is an award-winning illustrator regularly commissioned by national and international publications. He holds a BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design in Jerusalem and an MFA in Illustration with honors from the School of Visual Arts. Frequently featured in books and publications, his prints and posters are exhibited in galleries and museums around the world and constitute part of private and institutional collections. He is Chair of the BFA Illustration and BFA Cartooning at SVA while serving as core faculty at SVA’s MFA Illustration program, and is founder and Chair Coordinator of the SVA Illustration Residency. A TED speaker who regularly lectures for academic and professional institutions and conferences he also serves on several institutional boards of directors.

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Aaron Meshon holding a black dog and smiling in his studio.
Aaron Meshon

Aaron illustrates and designs for magazines, advertisements, children’s products, murals, food trucks, and books that can be found all over the world. Aaron’s first children’s book Take me out to the Yaku was on the New York Times top 100 of 2013 and received 4 starred reviews. Aaron has also written and illustrated Tools Rule!, The Best Days are Dog Days, Delivery, and Now That I’m Here. Aaron recently illustrated Tomorrow is Waiting written by Kiley Frank. Aaron teaches illustration at The School of Visual Arts and has also been a guest illustration lecturer at RISD, MICA, UArts, SVA, FIT, and NHIA.

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