“This program has excelled in providing exceptional instructors, advisors and professional role models who represent standards of excellence beyond the world of art. The curriculum has successfully bridged the realities of work, life, imagination and business in a way that brings hope, fulfillment and a vision for the future of Illustration. The philosophical cornerstone laid out for the illustration program by Murray Tinkelman is a program for professionals taught by professionals.”
David M. Brinley, Class of 2010
This unique program brings students into the classroom with the best in the illustration field. Whether it is the visiting faculty on the University of Hartford campus, or the access we provide to the many professionals and studios we visit across the nation, students are exposed to an in-depth look at the illustration field.
Below you will see a list of some of the faculty who have spent time in our classrooms – sharing experiences, critiquing work, imparting their professional wisdom, and at times – picking up a pencil, brush, or paints to draw alongside our students.
There is simply no other environment so rich in the creative energy that is generated by such a brilliantly talented illustration faculty working with such an eager and receptive group of illustrators. These are world class and award winning professionals who will inspire, enlighten, and assist you as you explore areas you never thought you would or could in your professional career.
Jim Carson holds a BFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He began working as a freelance illustrator in 1979 and has clients in the advertising, editorial, corporate, institutional, and publishing markets. His work has been in Society of Illustrators shows and he was a panelist ... learn more
Alice A. Carter is an illustrator, writer, and a professor in the School of Art and Design at San Jose State University. Her illustration clients have included LucasFilm Ltd., Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and ABC Television. Her illustrations have been exhibited at the New York ... learn more
Lisa Cyr is an accomplished multidisciplinary artist and author with a content-driven approach. Her highly imaginative, fantasy-inspired works use layers of metaphor and allegory to stimulate curiosity, provoke thought and encourage further inspection. A poetic, rhythmic synthesis of drawing, painting, collage, assemblage and sculpture, Cyr's visually tactile, ... learn more
Chris comes to us from the Boston, Massachusetts area with a wealth of knowledge acquired from nearly two decades of experience as a designer, art director, animator and game designer working for clients such as Adobe, Microsoft, Ogilvy, Digitas, Yahoo!, ABC, HBO, Cartoon Network, Acclaim, Playdom and ... learn more
Gary Kelley was raised in a musical family that also included a nearby uncle who attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He studied painting and graphic design at the University of Northern Iowa, earning a BA in art. Gary’s early career focused on graphic design ... learn more
Betsy Lewin grew up in Clearfield, Pennsylvania. She always loved to draw and can't remember ever wanting to be anything but an artist. Her mother (a kindergarten teacher) is responsible for her love of children's books. She read to Betsy and her brother every night: Winnie the ... learn more
Ted Lewin grew up in an old frame house in Buffalo, New York, with two brothers, one sister, two parents, a lion, an iguana, a chimpanzee, and an assortment of more conventional pets. The lion was given to his older brother, Don, while he was traveling as ... learn more
Noted illustrator and author, Dennis Nolan's freelance advertising clients include Activision, Atari, Columbia Records, DAW Books, Imagic, Lucasfilms, Pacific Telephone, and TOR Books. Also an illustrator and author/illustrator of picture books, Nolan's publishers include Dial, Disney, Dutton, Harcourt Brace, Little Brown, Macmillan, Philomel, Simon & Schuster and ... learn more
C.F. Payne is an artist-illustrator whose artwork has graced the covers of Time Magazine, Readers Digest, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times Book Review and Sunday Magazine, MAD Magazine, der Spiegel, U.S. News and World Report, The Atlantic Monthly, Texas Monthly, Boys Life and more. Chris has ... learn more
Daniel Pelavin is in his fourth decade of transforming and melding the images and cultural ephemera of our times into cogent and compelling messages for publishing, advertising and communication design. Pelavin worked his way up through the ranks in the legendary art studios of Detroit during the ... learn more
Jeff Seaver is a designer, artist and writer. He lives and works in Westport, Connecticut. An illustrator and art director for over 35 years, his clients have included Smithsonian, The New York Times, National Geographic, Time, American Express, Fortune, CBS, Readers Digest, Sony, IBM, Scholastic, and many ... learn more
Chris is currently a freelance illustrator, designer, and Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City, where he teaches his students how to use the computer in their work - an area Chris has been concentrating his energies on over the past 10 years. Most ... learn more
Nancy Stahl studied illustration at Art Center College of Design. She moved to New York City to begin her freelance career and continued to study by taking classes at The School of Visual Arts and Parsons School of Design. In the past three decades, Nancy Stahl's work ... learn more
Murray Tinkelman is an award-winning illustrator who has won Gold Medals from The Society of Illustrators, The New York Art Directors Club and The Society of Publication Designers. He has over 200 Awards of Merit from The Society of Illustrators. His illustrations have appeared in a variety ... learn more
Doug Andersen is a graduate of San Jose State University with a major in fine arts painting. He spent a few years in the gallery market, but finding the galleries too commercial, decided to move into the illustration market. Doug worked for five years in Lockheed's Space ... learn more
Bill Thomson has created artwork for advertising, book, and editorial clients across the United States. In recent years, Bill's work has focused primarily on children's books. He has illustrated picture books, Karate Hour, Building With Dad, Baseball Hour and Soccer Hour; and he also wrote and illustrated ... learn more