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Daniel Abraham
JD, University of Miami
Daniel Abraham is an illustrator and attorney with a passion for copyright and contract law in the arts.

Lauren Simkin Berke
MFA, School of Visual Arts
Lauren Simkin Berke is a Brooklyn based artist and illustrator, publishing art books and zines under the name Captain Sears Press, and creating illustrations for clients such as the New York Times, Paris Review Editions, Simon & Schuster, and Rémy Martin. Berke has had six solo exhibits in NYC galleries to date, and their illustration work has been recognized by American Illustration, The Society of Illustrators, Print Magazine, and Communication Arts.

Richard Borge
MFA The University of Arizona
Richard Borge is an illustrator and animator specializing in 3D motion graphics and moving images. He has received numerous Telly Awards and his illustration work has been recognized by Communication Arts, Print, The Society of Illustrators (NY and LA), American Illustration, and 3×3 annual.

John Jay Cabuay
MFA, Fashion Institute of Technology
John Jay Cabuay is an illustrator working in editorial illustration and young reader publications. He has an extensive client list including Chronicle Books, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, The New Yorker, Washington Post, Deloitte, Louis Vuitton, Saturday Evening Post, and many others.

Dennis Dittrich
Dennis began his career as an illustrator in 1982 and earned his MFA from Syracuse
University in 1986. His clients include Sports Illustrated, Smithsonian, Field and Stream, Electra
Records, Golden Books, Reader’s Digest, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. His work has also been featured in American Artist and Print.  Presently serving the Society of Illustrators as Hall of Fame Committee Chair and Government Services Committee Co-Chair, Dittrich served as President from 2008 to 2014

Brendan Leach
MFA, School of Visual Arts
Brendan Leach is an award winning graphic novelist and comics artist. His books have been published by Top Shelf Comics and Secret Acres, and his work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, and 3x3 Magazine. He is currently serving as chair of the MFA in Illustration. 

Hyesu Lee
MFA, School of Visual Arts
Hyesu Lee is an illustrator with diverse professional practice. Her work appears in advertising campaigns, publishing projects, and in large scale public murals and site-specific art installations. Her partial client list includes Advertising Age, American Greetings, Apple, Boston Globe, Cafe Bustelo, Chobani, Dr.Jart, Microsoft, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Nissan Japan, PLANSPONSOR Magazine, Random House Kids, Samsung, Toyota,  USPS, Under Armour,  Washington Post, and many others.

Anelle Miller
BFA, Parsons School of Design, The New School
Anelle Miller is the Executive Director of the Society of Illustrators and the Museum of Illustration. She is a business entrepreneur with a background in fashion illustration, art direction and art advocacy. 

Cheryl Phelps
BFA, Memphis College of Art
Cheryl Phelps is an illustrator and designer with extensive experience in the gift, greeting card, stationery, and surface design industries. 

Ada Price
MFA, School of Visual Arts
Ada Price is a cartoonist, illustrator, and writer. She has published numerous articles for Publishers Weekly magazine about the graphic novel and comics industry and has held the position of editor of the "Panel Mania" section of the PW Comics World newsletter. 

Martha Rich
BFA, Art Center College of Design MFA, University of Pennsylvania
Martha Rich is a Philadelphia-based commercial and fine artist. Her work incorporates drawing, hand lettering, painting and cut paper and is infused with color, absurdity and humor. She works in various formats from murals to books to magazines and music videos and can be seen on products in stores around the world. Her clients include Blue Q, Fringe Studios, the New York Times, Chronicle Books, and the Natural History Museum Los Angeles to name a few. Her illustration work has been recognized by American Illustration, the Society of Illustrators New York, the Society of Publication Designers, and Communication Arts. She also shows her work in galleries here and abroad.

Barbara Rietschel
BFA, School of Visual Arts, MFA, Marywood University
Barbara Rietschel is an art director who has worked for CBS Publications, Reader's Digest and The New York Times.
She is an educator with a specialization in graphic and publication design.

Steven Tabbutt
MFA, School of Visual Arts
Steven Tabbutt is an internationally recognized Fine Artist and Illustrator who has exhibited in cities all over the world such as New York, Berlin, Paris, and Tokyo. His illustrations have been awarded medals from The Society of Illustrators, 3X3, Spectrum, Illustrative Berlin, SILA, SCAD, Creative Quarterly, and have also been recognized by American Illustration, CMYK, Leurzer’s Archive, Applied Arts, and Communication Arts.

Will Varner
MFA, School of Visual Arts
Will Varner is an experienced art director, illustrator, graphic designer, comics artist, and writer. His illustration and comics have a strong focus on personal narrative and human connection. His client list includes TNT, YouTube, HBO, BuzzFeed, Adobe, Apple, Bloomberg, Business Week, Playboy, Nylon Guys, Movado Watches, and Colgate Palmolive

Selected List of Guest Lecturers and Critics

Guest Lecturers

Peter Arkle, Chris Buzelli, Soojjin Buzelli, Joe Ciardiello, Josh Cochran, Raul Colon, Peter De Séve, Danny Gregory, Rudy Gutierrez, Don Kilpatrick, Brad Kunkle, Nora Krug, Peter Kuper, Greg Manchess, Bill Plympton, Wendy Popp, Julia Rothman, Burt Silverman, Jonathan Twingley, Yuko Shimizu, Ellen Weinstein

Critics

Richard Borge, Jon Burgerman, Todd Doney, Lauren Panepinto, Jessica Weber, James Yang

Thesis Advisors

Steve Brodner, Margaret Cusack, Dennis Dittrich, Karen Green, Brendan Leach, Jeff Menges, Monika Maniecki, Stan Mack, Anelle Miller, Ed Murr, Daniel Pelavin, Audrey Petersen, Wendy Popp, Melanie Reim, Martha Rich, Stephen Savage, Marc Scheff, Chris Spollen, Fred Taraba, Eric Velasquez, Jack Tom, Daniel Zalkus 

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