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2021 Graduating Student Exhibition Awards

                                      First Place: Melanie Loperena    Magnolia's guidance

                                                        Magnolia's Guidance


       Second Place: Jemin Ren    Lengend of White Snake

                              Legend of the White Snake


                                                      Third Place: Caitlin Taduran   R.E.M.



Honorable Mention: Carolyn Castagna     Alice in Wonderland

                   Alice In Wonderland


Honorable Mention: Jasmine Tsang     Death of Turtle

                                  Death of Turtle


                      Honorable Mention: Emily Fidler    Ophelia



WE are so proud to Spotlight the very first four recipients of The FIT Black Student Illustrators Award. 

The FIT Black Student Illustrators Awards are intended to help Black 8th semester FIT illustration students bridge the gap between graduation and professional success. This year a small jury chose 4 students whom each received a $1000 no-strings-attached award. 

We also want to give a big thank you to our instructor Jason Raish who created and funded this award.





Student Scholarship Competition

The Illustration program is very proud to announce our FIT Illustration winners of the Society of Illustrators 2021 Student Scholarship Competition. In response to the COVID-19 situation, this year the Society featured all artists and their works within the SOI's online gallery.  

Title: Ophelia

Student: Emily Fidler

Medium: Digital Paint and Pencil


Title: Making Luck

Student: Marella Albanese

Medium: Digital

Making Luck

Title: Puss in Boots

Student: Peidong Lin

Medium: Digital

 Puss in Boots

Title: Plant Obsolescence

Student: Faythe Stone

Medium: Gouache

Plant Obsolescence

Title: depict food in a nonconventional way

Student: Kamila Tlemissova

Medium: Acryla gouache on watercolor paper

depict food in a nonconventional way


CBS This Morning Saturday show did a piece on the exhibition at the SOI.

Fashion Illustration: The Visionaries
A Century of Illustration from the Frances Neady Collection
January 7th to March 7th at the Society of Illustrators
Anthony Mason interviewed our prestigeous and prominent faculty Bil Donovan at the SOI as he took Mason through the show, CBS then filmed Bil at his studio drawing live.
The program will include Glenn Tunstull and Sara Singh.


This month-long study abroad program is held in Florence, Italy and focuses on bridging the art of the Italian Renaissance to the contemporary artist. Participating students, sophomore through senior years, are from programs in the Fine Art, Illustration, Packaging Design, and Graphic Design departments within the School of Art and Design at FIT. Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and home to many famous artists such as Michelangelo, Botticelli, Brunelleschi and Leonardo da Vinci. The program offers students a rich opportunity to spend the majority of class time on location, exploring the city’s magnificent architecture, paintings and sculptures of the era. Visits to museums, churches and nearby towns give inspiration to the group. On view in the exhibition are paintings and sketchbooks that reflect the rich culture, and history of the region. Students are taught to paint with egg tempera, a medium of choice of many Renaissance artists. The egg tempera medium was used to create all of the paintings in this exhibition. The choice and instruction of this medium was designed to bridge the students and their painting experiences to the artists of the Renaissance. The goal was not to have a finished painting, but to give each student a first-hand experience of what the artists of the Renaissance did to create their masterpieces. Through the process, students gained a better understanding of and appreciation for the craftsmanship in the work of artists in 15th century Italy.