Artist Residency Programs
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
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-4994-A July 5 - August 5
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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.
Maëlle is a French and Swiss illustrator. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Nottingham in 2008 and graduated from the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay program at the School of Visual Arts in 2013. She is also the co-founder, along with editor Josh O’Neill, of Beehive Books - a boutique publishing company focused on comics and illustration. She is the company’s creative director and in-house designer.
Anna is an award-winning illustrator of several books for children including World Rat Day, If I were a Kangaroo, You are not a Cat!, and The Day the Universe Exploded My Head—a Kirkus Best Book of the Year and New York Public Library Best Book—as well as a series of science picture books with author David A. Adler. Anna was a designer and art director at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and several children’s book publishers. She is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Program, has an MFA from SVA, a BA from Connecticut College, and lives in New York City, where there are reportedly five rats per human resident.