Mary Badenhop, Fashion Illustration ‘75

Mr. Alvin Pimsler was my favorite professor at FIT. He helped me grow as an artist and as a person. I really looked up to him. I was only 20 years old and I was frightened that I wouldn’t be a great artist. Mr. Pimsler was always so encouraging and taught me to have confidence in whatever I’m creating.

After FIT, I spent many years as a fashion illustrator and later went on to start my own business, Pipsqueak Productions. Mr. Pimsler regularly invited me to speak at his classes about how I’ve grown as an artist and a business owner.

Mr. Pimsler passed away in 2015, and I recently found a holiday card he wrote to me. I’m grateful for my years at FIT for introducing me to this wonderful professor!

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