Illustration Students Set New Record

Eight Illustration undergraduates―a record number for the college―have been selected to participate in this year’s Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition and exhibition. The exhibition is on view from May 10 through June 4 in the galleries of the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators, where awards and certificates will be given to the students during an opening reception on May 13.

The work of the following FIT Illustration students was accepted into the Student Scholarship Competition Exhibition: Alejandro Bonilla Jr., Illustration AAS, A Black Man’s World (pen and ink and watercolor on board); Eduardo Cuba, Illustration BFA, Waiting for the 1 (Photoshop); Naya Cheyenne Diaz, Illustration BFA, Babyshambles! (acrylic, gouache, and digital); Meagan Meli, Illustration BFA, Sisters (egg tempera); Nicolette Pasumbal, Illustration BFA, Vet Mechanic (ink on clayboard and Photoshop); Daniel Scanno, Illustration BFA, Falling (pencil and Photoshop); Jennifer Talkachov, Illustration BFA, Topiary Pattern (pen and digital); and Jennifer Vasquez, Illustration BFA, Year of the Rabbit (oil on panel).

The Society of Illustrators received 7,225 entries for this year’s competition from 2,289 college students, representing 86 illustration programs. A jury of professionals, including illustrators and art directors, selected the works of 254 students, with pieces accepted on the basis of quality of technique, concept, and skill with the medium used.

In addition to the exhibitions, scholarships are granted to approximately 25 students whose work is deemed the best. Over the past 30 years, the society has awarded more than $1.5 million to deserving students.

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