Category Archives: Current Students

Student of the Week: Franca Barone

This week’s student of the week is Franca Barone. She specializes in illustration work that features her delicate and detail-oriented aesthetic.

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Franca Barone, Flower Pattern, Senior Thesis 1, Steven Guarnaccia


Franca Barone, Untitled Thesis Excerpt, Senior Thesis 2, Jordin Isip


Franca Barone, Celestino


Artist Statement:

Franca Barone is a senior Illustration student at Parsons The New School for Design. She works in a variety of media, including graphite drawing, oil painting, silkscreen and digital. She loves books, animals, mutants, yoga and modern dance.

To view more of Franca’s work, be sure to visit her website at:

6 Parsons Students Awarded Scholarships from the Society of Illustrators; Masuko Jo gets top prize!

Six Parsons Illustration students were awarded scholarships in the 2013 Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition. Only 33 works from the 271 selected by the jury for the show from the initial 8,595 submissions received scholarships. Congratualtions to them for this incredible achievement.

Masuko Jo, $5,000 Nancy Lee Rhodes Roberts Scholarship  for OdoriJordin Isip (faculty)

Monica Ramos, $2,000 MicroVisions Scholarship for Naked Ladies 2Jordin Isip (faculty)

Julee Yoo, $1,500 In Memory of Les Kanturek Scholarship for Offering, Nora Krug (faculty)

Annie Seo, $1,000 in Memory of Lila Dryer Scholarship for Meeting,  Steven Guarnaccia (faculty)

Rachel Levit, $500 in Memory of Harry Rosenbaum Scholarship for Pool, Jordin Isip (faculty)

Chelsey Pettyjohn, $250 Leo & Diane Dillon Scholarship for To Covet, Jordin Isip (faculty)



images: Masuko Jo, Monica Ramos, Julee Yoo, Annie Seo, Rachel Levit, Chelsey Pettyjohn


Student of the Week: Annie Seo

This week’s student of the week is Annie Seo. She has a sophisticated graphic yet charming illustrative imagination, and specializes in hand-drawn typography, detailed embroidery work, and character design.

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Annie Seo, I’m With You, Senior Thesis 1, Steven Guarnaccia
(Chosen to be sold on in collaboration with Parsons X Fab)

Annie Seo, “Quit Following Me!”, Senior Thesis 1, Steven Guarnaccia
quitAnnie Seo, The Pretty Spot, Junior Concepts, Sergio Ruzzio

Artist Statement:

Through her illustrations, Annie is creating a world inhabited by youthful and colorful characters. She enjoys doing witty illustrations that plays with irony and humor. She aspires to make work that can bring happiness to others and unveil as much personality and amusement. She mainly does line drawing, and occasionally paints with watercolor and gouache. She has always loved all craft related activities and has been adding embroidery to her work.
To see more of Annie’s work, please be sure to check out her website:

Student of the Week: Beth Zimmerman

This week’s student of the week is Beth Zimmerman, painter and mixed media illustrator.

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Beth Zimmerman, Pyrite, Advanced Painting, Nathan Bond

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Beth Zimmerman, By Candlelight, Advanced Painting, Nathan Bond

mons_doneBeth Zimmerman, Floral Lindsey, personal


Artist Statement:

Drawing inspiration from everyday life, especially popular culture, Beth strives to allow for a personal sense of discovery while imparting her own unique sense of style. Her work derives from realism and tends to utilize imagery to which Beth feels personally connected. Recently she has been exploring the concept of split personality and multiple states of consciousness. Her most recent work explores the juxtaposition of identity and sense of self. In her paintings, Beth works with oils and in her drawings she utilizes an array of different medium (watercolor, colored pencil, graphite, charcoal, etc).

To view more of Beth’s work, please be sure to check out her website at:

Student of the Week: Annalise Olson

This week’s student of the week is Annalise Olson. She specializes in animation and watercolor illustration that feature her quirky, humorous characters.

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Annalise Olson, Skull Parade, personal
(Chosen for the Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition 2013)


Annalise Olson, Peter and the Monsters (excerpt), Junior Concepts, Guy Billout


Annalise Olson, Lucha Libre, Sketchbook Warehouse, George Bates


Artist Statement:

A lot of my life at school has been spent trying to make my art look like real things, in the past year I have rediscovered a love of simple doodling and nonsense that comes from who-knows-where. The pieces that have taken off for me have all come from personal doodles that are refocused into a more applicable format. Everything comes from love and watercolor.

To view more of Annalise’s work, please be sure to check out her website at:

Illustration Student’s Work Featured in the April Issue of ForbesLife Magazine!

Anastasia Ionkin’s (Illustration BFA ’13) whimsical illustration will be featured in a ForbesLife article in April! The image complements a piece about the frustrations of gardening, depicting a gardener’s bulb-planting being undermined by a marauding squirrel.

Guest critic Bob Mansfield from ForbesLife visited Alan Reingold’s illustrative painting class earlier this year and gave pointers to the students, ultimately choosing Anastasia’s piece for the article. Congratulations to Anastasia, and be sure to look for the article, “The Dirt on Dirt”!


Student of the Week: Leigh Cunningham

This week’s student of the week is Leigh Cunningham. She specializes in fine art-oriented painting and illustration. Her work has a sensitive yet evocative nature.

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Leigh Cunningham, The Penitent, Thesis 1, Lauren Redniss


Leigh Cunningham, Communion, Lithography, Lorenzo Clayton


Leigh Cunningham, Bruised, Concepts 3, Sergio Ruzzier


Artist Statement:

Leigh Cunningham works primarily in traditional mediums, such as oil paint, graphite and printmaking techniques. She explores mental and emotional states juxtaposed with temporal experiences. Ultimately, these ideas cumulate into fractured narratives exhibiting a feeling of loss, the awareness of time passing, and of the ephemeral quality of life. Memories and movement within space and time are major themes imbedded in her work. Leigh Cunningham is working to depict a plane of existence between reality and the ethereal.

To view more of Leigh’s work, please be sure to visit her website:

Student of the Week: So Jin Lee

This week’s student of the week is So Jin Lee. She specializes in illustration and animation incorporating surreal imagery.

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So Jin Lee, Nightmare, Motion, Viktor Koen

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Adobe Photoshop PDFSo Jin Lee, A Lonely Fat Man, Motion, Viktor Koen
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Artist Statement:

So Jin draws a lot of her inspiration when she is in an unconscious dream state, and also by observing the behavior of mental patients. She works primarily with ink, acrylic paint, and etching. Through observing people’s abnormal behavior, So Jin Lee creates the dreamy world for these imperfect beings, which makes her work ‘disturbingly cute’.

To view more of So Jin’s work, please be sure to visit her website:

19 works from the Parsons Illustration Program selected for the 2013 Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Exhibition

Parsons Illustration seniors Kristin Chae, Kristen Davis, Annalise Olson, Annie Seo, and Meghann Stephenson, and recent graduates Leah Goren, Katie Gross, Masuko Jo, Su-kyung Lee, Rachel LevitChelsey PettyjohnMonica Ramos, and Julee Yoo  (class of  2012) were selected by a distinguished jury to appear in the 2013 Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship exhibition. Only 271 works were chosen from a record 8,595 submissions. Congratulations to them and their teachers!

Scroll down to view the selected works or go to: Parsons Illustration Program Winning Images

Kristin Chae, Happy Birthday, Noel Claro (faculty); Underground, George Bates (faculty)


Kristen Davis, Go to the Devil, Junior Concepts, Sergio Ruzzier (faculty)


Leah Goren, Kurosawa Pattern, James Yang (faculty); Bees Pattern, Jordin Isip (faculty)


Katie Gross, Play Ball 01, Printmaking, Scott Nobles (faculty)


Masuko Jo, Odori, Senio Thesis 2, Jordin Isip (faculty); Wifi, Senior Thesis 2, Jordin Isip (faculty)


Su-kyung Lee, The Bedroom, Senior Thesis 2, Jordin Isip (faculty)


Rachel Levit, Pool, Sr. Thesis, Jordin Isip (faculty); Philip Larkin, Sr. Thesis, Jordin Isip (faculty)


Annalise Olson, Skeleton Parade, Senior Thesis, Steven Guarnaccia (faculty)


Chelsey Pettyjohn, Commandments: To Covet, Senior Thesis 2, Jordin Isip (faculty)


Monica Ramos, Naked Ladies 2Jordin Isip (faculty); Blue Eyes, George Bates (faculty)


Annie Seo, Meeting, Senior Thesis, Steven Guarnaccia (faculty)


Meghann Stephenson, Wet and Dry, Junior Concepts, Sergio Ruzzier (faculty)


Julee Yoo, Offering, Independent Study, Nora Krug (faculty)


Julee Yoo, Whim, Senior Thesis 2, Frank Olinsky (faculty)



Student of the Week: Kristin Chae

This week’s student of the week is Kristin Chae. She enjoys working in the contexts of both illustration and design, and specializes in pattern, illustration, and hand-drawn typography.

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Kristin Chae, Underground Type, Sketchbook Warehouse, George Bates
(Chosen for the Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition 2013)

undergroundKristin Chae, Cake and Plant Pattern, Illustration Design Studio, Noel Claro


Kristin Chae, Christmas Type, Beyond the Page, Noel Claro


Artist Statement:

Inspired by both illustration and design, Kristin Chae enjoys creating work that embodies elements of the two worlds. She enjoys working with traditional mixed media as well as digital tools for her illustration, design, and hand lettering works. Often very minimal in design and limited in color palette, Kristin’s works are playful and light.

To view more of Kristin’s work, please be sure to visit her website: