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Call for submission for MoCCA to all Parsons students

Spring is right around the corner, and so is the MoCCA (Museum of Comic and Cartoon Arts) Festival. This year, there is a  student committee with Illustration faculty Steven Guarnaccia to organize the Parsons’ presence at the festival.

This is a self-publishing, as well as a cartoon and comics festival, so all submitted work should be:

  • Narrative or content driven
  • Reproducible (zines, prints, shirts, badges etc)
  • Available in a minimum quantity of 10

When submitting your work, don’t forget to include:

  • Your name
  • Your New School email (and/or other contact information)

If you are submitting three dimensional artwork (such as dolls, figurines or other sculptures), please include an estimate regarding the number of copies you’d have available for sale.

Please drop off your submissions in an envelope LABELED WITH YOUR NAME AND CONTACT INFORMATION at the Illustration office on the 8th floor of 2 West 13th Street by Thursday, February 23rd, 12:00 pm. No late submissions will be considered. Please include one physical copy of each work you would like to have reviewed.

An email will be sent out by Friday, February 24th to notify you if your work has been accepted.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me ( or Steven Guarnaccia (

This submission is open to all years and majors.


Climate Change Project

Illustration faculty member Wendy Popp has received a grant to coordinate an external project on Climate Change.  The Illustration program will be collaborating with, the international environmental organization on visual interpretaions that go beyond the scope of the polar bear and melting ice flow. 

All faculty members are invited to incorporate this project into their syllabus for the spring semester. 

All students are invited to develop ideas in any manner of interpretation from GIF to storyboard, comic to puppetry, animation to static image, poetry to musical interlude.

The first meeting and presentation with will be on Wednesday, January 25th in room D 1103 in 6 east 16th from 4:45 – 5:30pm.

The work that is generated will be presented in exhibition during Earth week and during a presentation for The Tishman Environmental Design Center in late April. 

It is our hope that the quantity and quality of the work that is generated will further the enhancement of the social media campaign. 

The project is open to all departments of Parsons The New School for Design.

If you can’t attend this meeting, please contact Wendy Popp for more information.

Illustration Faculty George Bates Is Interviewed for Design Arts Daily

Long-time illustration faculty George Bates was recently interviewed for Design Arts Daily:

George Bates Studio specializes in illustration, hand lettering and public art. These interests have led to collaborations with Virgin Mobile, MTV, Nickelodeon, The New York Times, the LA Times, Epic Records, David Carson and the creation of two permanently installed outdoor public art projects for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts & Design program that can be seen at 36th Street, Rockaway, Queens and Central Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn subway stations. He has also received a public art commission from the RTD FasTracks North Metro Line in Aurora, Colorado now permanently installed as of Sept 2016 and is currently working with the Charlotte Area Transit System on a public art project to be installed in 2018. 

He is a part-itme Professor of Illustration at Parsons School of Design and has previously taught in the COMD program at Pratt Institute. At Parsons he created a new course offering that addresses overall problems and shortcomings in contemporary Illustration education and training. Sketchbook Warehouse is the class he’s crafted and honed over the years to address these concerns as all of the best jobs, learning, and open doors in his diverse career arc have come directly from his sketchbook interest and explorations.

His work has been recognized by the Art Directors Club, American Illustration, Society of Illustrators, Society of Publication Designers, and the Promax BDA awards.
Instagram: bates_george
Twitter: @gBatesstudio
Public Events:
Images from the Charlotte Area Transit System project are currently on display at the Museum of Illustration / Illustrators 59: Uncommissioned, Institutional, Advertising show up til Jan 29th 2017:

You can see the entire interview here.

Illustration Faculty Lauren Redniss is Named a MacArthur Fellow!


We are pleased to announce that Illustration faculty Lauren Redniss has been named a MacArthur Fellow. Recognizing 23 exceptionally creative individuals with a track record of achievement and the potential for significant contributions in the future, the Foundation named the 2016 MacArthur Fellows. Fellows will each receive a no-strings-attached stipend, allowing recipients maximum freedom to follow their own creative visions.

“While our communities, our nation, and our world face both historic and emerging challenges, these 23 extraordinary individuals give us ample reason for hope,” said MacArthur President Julia Stasch. “They are breaking new ground in areas of public concern, in the arts, and in the sciences, often in unexpected ways. Their creativity, dedication, and impact inspire us all.”

Pictoplasma Returns to Parsons!




Conference on Contemporary Character Design and Art

November 4th, 2016

Parsons School of Design

The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall

The New School

66 West 12th Street

New York, NY 10011

***Please note there are a limited number of FREE seats for New School students, faculty and staff, but you must RSVP HERE. Once we’ve reached capacity the RSVP form will shut down. But you can find details on purchasing tickets at

Pictoplasma returns to New York City with a dense program of inspiring artist talks, state of the art animation screenings and lively panel discussions to celebrate the next generation of character design and art! Taking place November 4th at The Auditorium of renown Parsons School of Design, the conference invites artists, producers, animators, illustrators, character designers and all creatively curious, to network and exchange strategies for tomorrow’s visual culture. 

Speakers include graphic artist and illustration master-mind Jean Jullien (FR), whose iconic ’Peace for Paris’ symbol became an instant global meme; children’s book author and illustrator You Jung Byun (US), known for her detailed narrative and commissioned work inhabited by strange beasts and lost children; everyone’s favorite gif-wunderkind Julian Glander (US), creator of bubblegum-colored digital illustration, indie games and interactive artwork, all subsumed under the catchword ‘digital toys’; animator, writer, and producer Ben Bocquelet (FR), creator of the famed animation series ‘The Amazing World of Gumball‘; Martina Paukova (SK), illustrator with an incredibly fast-paced career, whose jam-packed images in a trademark palette and Memphis-inspired patterns mirror our mundane lives in the digital age; and Jaime Álvarez, renown for his 3D rendered Mr. Kat (PE) universe, fusing pre-Columbian with contemporary kawaii aesthetics.

The conference is co-hosted by Parsons School of Design and organized by Pictoplasma, the Berlin based annual Uber-Festival for Contemporary Character Design and Art. Prior to the conference’s 5th return to NYC, the Pictoplasma Academy will be hosting a week-long intense Character Design Development course in Mexico City. 

Parsons Illustration’s Lauren Redniss awarded fellowship with New America


We are pleased to announce that Assistant Professor of Parsons Illustration Lauren Redniss has been awarded a fellowship with New America.

The New America Fellows program supports thinkers—journalists, producers, practitioners, and scholars—whose work enhances the public conversation about the most pressing issues of our day. The full roster of 2017 fellows can be found here.

“I am pleased to welcome this latest class of fellows to New America,” Peter Bergen, New America vice president and Fellows program director, said. “The work this group of fellows will produce embodies the core values of New America. Their journalism and scholarship communicates with broad audiences, changes the way we think about policy, and represents a diversity of backgrounds and expertise.”

Lauren Redniss, a writer and artist, will work on a visual nonfiction book that tackles the question of environmental stewardship and the struggle of indigenous communities in the 21st century American Southwest. She has been a Guggenheim fellow and Artist-in-Residence at the American Museum of Natural History. Her most recent book, Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future won the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. She was a finalist for the National Book Award for Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout, and is also the author of Century Girl: 100 Years in the Life of Doris Eaton Travis, Last Living Star of the Ziegfeld Follies.

Launch screening & discussion: The Phantasmagoria of Offense: the male version

AMT faculty Jess Irish will debut her animated film lyric, The Phantasmagoria of Offense: the male version this Thursday, July 7th at 7pm at The Center (208 W. 13th St Room 310 New York, NY 10011​)​.

Open to the public.

The Phantasmagoria of Offense is an animated film lyric by Jess Irish on the danger of image suppression. In this “male version” these images are limited to the male body and the cultural anxiety around expressions of vulnerability, homosexual desire or questioning the dominant paradigm. The political ramifications of image suppression during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s is questioned alongside the well-intended requests for “trigger warnings.” If there is a take away message, it is that censorship is not an abstraction. It has a body count.