Student of the Week: Eliza Bender

“Isis Bucket Challenge” / courtesy of Eliza Bender

Eliza Bender is a junior illustration major from Sugar Loaf, NY. Employing a hyper-realistic style, she recontextualizes the spaces in which icons and phenomena exist to provide a polarizing, insightful, and often clever viewpoint that’s unmistakably clear. Eliza’s politically-fired illustrations often provoke heated commentary amongst viewers, as evidenced in a reddit post that spent a fair amount of time atop the site’s front page.

Her animatic “The Water Tower” received the very first Hammie Award for Best Character Design, a prize instituted within the program to recognize the best student work in Animation.

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