Lesley’s Art and Design Students featured in the American Illustration 32 Competition Collection.
For three talented students at Lesley University, it took a mere stroke of a pen, a dash of color, and a heap of creative motivation to reach recognition.Three Illustration students Coner Corbett, Anna Beck, and Tom Wiklund have been selected out of 8742 submissions for inclusion in the prestigious American Illustration 32 Competition Collection of 2013. Their chosen artwork will be permanently archived on the exclusive American Illustration website and available to industry clients searching for new talent.On learning of her selection in the American Illustration 32 Competition Collection, Corbett affirms that, “This opportunity not only tells me that I am on the right track towards my future career, but that other people have noticed the potential I have as well.” Anna Beck sees this accomplishment as validating her intense efforts having been chosen from such a large group of talented American Illustrators.
“With my work being thrown in a pool of hundreds of illustrations, and judged by people who've never met me, to have it selected is really something that affirms that the work I made was worth something.”Corbett lists Eastern and European folk art along with fantastical video games as influential. Social media outlets also inspire the attitude and personality within her art. She appreciates the friendly, supportive, and nurturing environment of Lesley which offers the opportunity to learn advanced techniques and establish her own artistic voice.
“I have never had a negative experience, but rather a constructive insight towards a stronger approach. The relationships I have created with the Illustration Department have truly shaped and inspired my motivation towards entering the art world.” Beck draws inspiration from her childhood passions which include I-SPY, adventure chapbooks, and homemade forts and is appropriate considering that her selected artwork was intended as a design for an adolescent’s duvet cover. Keith MacLelland of the Illustration Department, who encourages and prepares his students to submit entries to American Illustrator, beams at the mention of his 2013 students’ varied accomplishments. His illustration students are encouraged to participate actively in community arts opportunities, such as the SOWA Open Market, in order to foster networking skills and early exposure to industry. These formative experiences of dipping pens in the Boston art scene pre-Commencement prove vital to the development of not only a student’s portfolio, but also his or her confidence as a professional artist.
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Renee Kurilla, Illustration BFA ’04, Lead Artist - Fablevision, www.kurillastration.com - “From Art History to Hyper Culture and Figure Drawing to Printmaking, every class I took at Lesley helped shape who I am as an artist.”
Susan LeVan, Department Chair - “The only criterion that matters: Does it work? The only way to get there: Make more work.”
Keith MacLelland, Core Faculty - “Teaching feeds my art. I’m constantly inspired by my students’ creative energy.”