Moo.com + RockPaperInk
‘Take the Edge Off’ is a challenge created by the card company Moo.com and the blog Rockpaperink for illustrators and designers to use rounded MiniCards’ as a tiny canvas to create something special. My version was called Come Together, consisted of 25 characters which are designed to join together in a variety of amusing combinations.
Atomic Books / Baltimore
An exhibit featuring pieces that are 5 x 7 inches or smaller.
Featuring work by 30 Baltimore artists.
My handcast porcelain piece is entitled Squirrel Pope.
United States Postal Service / Washington DC
In 1998, the US Postal Service asked me to illustrate the upcoming Breast Cancer Research Stamp. It was to be the first semi-postal stamp issued in the US, collecting money on each stamp sale for research.
After many sketches, one idea was taken to final, the image of Artemis, the Greek goddess of the hunt in line over a field of vibrant color. I struck on this idea of mythology to help represent a figure larger than any one nationality, race or age. After developing the line work of Artemis reaching back for her arrow [to strike the disease], I realize she was also mimicking the stance taken to do a breast self-examination, a real visual bonus.
As of 2018, the stamp has raised over $87 million in research dollars. The stamp is the longest running issue in US Postal Service history. Several European countries have printed their own stamps with the same artwork.
Included in the exhibit The Art of the Stamp at the National Postal Museum/Washington, DC.
In 2008, I was asked to contribute a dress design to the Steps to the Cure held at the Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. I worked with graphic designer, Bryn Freeman, to hand-dye and construct a dress inspired by the stamp.The event was held at the Visionary Art Museum/Baltimore with Christian Siriano as the Master of Ceremony.
Post Typography Lettering & Type book launch / MICA Falvey Hall / Baltimore
This work, entitled F is a Four-Letter Word, was created for the event Fan Letter: 26 Artists and Designers Present Their Favorite Letter or Typographic Character, featuring designers, artists, and musicians giving a two-minute ode to an alphabet letter or typographic character.
My Fanstallation included two hundred thirty four letter F words, hand printed on white paper fans and installed outside Falvey Hall. Attendees were invited to take a fan home with them after the presentation, which they did!
I created the branding for the 5th illustration conference, ICON5, The Big Picture. The Big Picture theme and location in NYC allowed quite a bit of creative latitude. We, as illustrators, are always at our best when given latitude to be creative and to take charge of our professional lives.
Here is some of the buzz on ICON5: Step Inside Design
Curator: Patrick JB Flynn
MICA Decker Gallery/Baltimore
This exhibition of over 100 pieces commissioned for The Progressive represented many of the best editorial illustrators of the late 20th century under the art direction of Patrick Flynn.
As part of the Another Voice exhibition, political illustrator Steve Brodner was invited to MICA Illustration to work with students on their caricaturing abilities, to critique an assignment and to give a lecture. As usual, Steve was generous with his time.
I designed the Reading Room to include a quiz on contemporary politics, books and seating area. Located outside the gallery, the space design including the marquee wall, wall graphic and flag-inspired bookshelf and custom stool covers I designed using Mike Duffy’s art. I also wrote an essay for the exhibition catalog entitled A Lesson Worth Repeating.
Varnish Fine Art Gallery / San Francisco
II curated this show for ICON4 in San Francisco and included the work of Christopher Silas Neal, Sara Varon, Andrew Liang and Yuko Shimizu. These young illustrators were selected to represent the variety of directions illustration has spread to and to reflect similarities and differences in cultural influences in the 21st century.
At the opening, I also premiered an animation by Brian Biggs [Stop Metric Madness by One Ring Zero], continuing the show concept of illustration practice being interdisciplinary.
Curator by Paul Candler
MICA Decker Gallery / Baltimore
Originally called Raw, Boiled and Cooked. I discovered a comics exhibition at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco while looking for a comics show to bring to MICA. After contacting René de Guzman, the Center’s then director, I asked if the show could travel to the east coast and if I could add east coast comics artists. de Guzman was excited about this idea and I made the presentation to MICA’s Exhibitions Committee. The reaction was so enthusiastic that the exhibition became the content for George Ciscle’s Exhibition Development course.
Public programming included the Comics Weekend: A Symposium on an Art Form; an artist talk by Peter Kuper; and the panel Personal Art Histories with Dan Nadel as Moderator for the Artist Panel: David Sandlin, David Mazzucchelli, Ted Stearn, Jonathon Rosen, Renee French; and art historian Jane Elkinton.
Doctors Without Borders / Spur Design
Here are my 2 donated works to 100 Heads for Haiti, an fundraising exhibition of original drawings, paintings and collages donated by invited artists. 100% of proceeds will be donated to Doctors Without Borders.
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Israel Museun / Jerusalem
My studio identity was included in this international traveling exhibition at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. This is the book published by Joshua Marcus fdocumenting the exhibition.