Steven Assael was born in New York, NY in 1957. He attended Pratt Institute and presently teaches at The School of Visual Arts in New York. Mr. Assael balances naturalism with a romanticism that permeates the figures and surroundings of his paintings and drawings. The focus of his work is the human figure, either individually or in a group, rendered in glowing relief by gentle beams of warm and cool light.

Mr. Assael is represented by the Forum Gallery in New York and his work is in the collections of The Hunter Museum of Art in Chattanooga, TN; The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art & Design, MO; The Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.

Mr. Assael was a Visiting Artist in the Department of Communication Arts in 2006.

Jerome Witkin is well known for his historical narratives, particularly those dealing with atrocities of the Holocaust. He skillfully depicts the passage of the time – simultaneously fast and slow – using panels to divide the picture plane like a storyboard, a technique familiar to screen writers and stage directors. Within the panels, figures are repeated in altered poses to suggest the sequence of time and movement. His paintings are often unsettling and difficult to look at, and once seen impossible to forget. Witkin’s extraordinary composition and skillful handling of the paint surface add a strange beauty to an otherwise disturbing subject.

Mr. Witkin was a Visiting Artist in the Department of Communication Arts in 2005.

Alice Carter is an award winning illustrator and a professor in the Animation/Illustration Program in the School of Art and Design at San Jose State. Her illustration clients have included Lucas Film Ltd., Rolling Stone Magazine, and The New York Times. Her illustrations have been exhibited at the New York Society of Illustrators, in the Communication Arts Art Annual, and the Print Regional Design Annual. She has won Best of Show Honors from the AR Show USA: 100 Best Annual Reports, the Hatch Awards of the Boston Ad Club, Simpson Printed Paper, and the Western Art Directors West Coast Show. Her recent publications include: The Art of National Geographic, The Red Rose Girls: An Uncommon Story of Art and Love, Thomas Eakins, and Cecilia Beaux: A Modern Painter in the Gilded Age.

Ms. Carter was a Visiting Artist in the Department of Communication Arts in 2005.

Born in Dallas, Texas, Barron Storey was educated at Art Center School in Los Angeles. He has worked for Ziff Davis, Time, Boys Life, The New York Times, Saturday Review, The Franklin Library, National Geographic, American Heritage, as well as corporate clients and the United States Information Agency and NASA. His awards include the gold medal of the New York Society of Illustrators, and its Distinguished Educator Award. He is represented in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, The American Museum of Natural History and the Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institute. He received the Eisner Award for his work for DC Vertigo’s Sandman comics. He is a painter, a musician and has worked in theater and the performance art in San Francisco for the past twenty years. Barron’s visual journals, a daily endeavor since the 70’s, are in their 137th volume. He has taught at SVA, Pratt Institute, Syracuse University in New York and at Art Center, the Academy of Art, Pixar, and the California College of Art and San Hose University in California.

Mr. Storey was a Visiting Artist in the Department of Communication Arts in 2005.

Jon Foster is an internationally known illustrator & painter. His work has graced the covers and interiors of books and magazines by publishers such as National Geographic, Del Rey, Harcourt, Tor, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, White Wolf, and Wizards of the Coast. He has won a Gold and two Silver Awards for Excellence from Spectrum, the standard of excellence in contemporary fantastic art. He is also a recipient of the David P. Usher Award/Greenwhich Workshop Memorial Award at the Society of Illustrators in New York in 2001.

His work has been in both the Society of Illustrators and the Spectrum annuals. He has exhibited at the Society of Illustrators in New York, the Attleboro Massachusetts Museum of Fine Art, and the Warwich Rhode Island Museum of Fine Art.

“I am an illustrator based in Providence, Rhode Island. Life is filled with getting work done and trying to improve little by little. In-between time is filled with walking dogs along with the occasional nap. Most of my learning seemed to have happened after art school, but I did indeed graduate form Rhode Island School of Design way back in 1989. There were many years of jobs in retail stores, or trudging through the stacks at the local library as a circulation clerk, before I was able to make a living with my art.

One great help in getting work and feeding the cycle of being seen to get work has been Spectrum, the best in contemporary fantastic art. I have been included in many of the volumes and have won awards on a few occasions. I have also been included in a couple of the Society of Illustrators volumes, one in which I received the David P. Usher Award.
The kind of work I am currently doing can vary from movie storyboards and concept work to editorial illustration for such magazines as National Geographic. In-between these two I find some of my most satisfying work, that being paperback and comic book covers, as well as interior art. In these worlds of symbol and metaphor, I find the spring of imagination and, well, it just seems more satisfying.”

– Jon Foster

Mr. Foster was a Visiting Artist in the Department of Communication Arts in 2005.

George Pratt was born in Texas. He earned a BFA cum laude in Drawing and Painting from Pratt Institute in New York, where he taught Sequential Storytelling, Methods and Media for seven years. George is also one of the nationally and internationally known faculty who teach in the Illustration Academy summer program.

He is an internationally acclaimed artist/writer whose graphic novels have been translated into eleven languages. George’s first novel, Enemy Ace: War Idyll, DC Comics/Warner Books, has seen four American editions, has been translated into nine languages, and was on the required reading list at West Point Military Academy. The book was nominated for both the Eisner and Harvey Awards for Best Graphic Novel, as well as Best Foreign Graphic Novel in Angoulême, France where it won the prestigious France Info Award for Best Foreign Graphic Novel. Wolverine: Netsuke a four-issue mini-series written and painted by George for Marvel Comics became the bestselling mini-series during its release and won George the coveted Eisner Award for “Best Painter/Multimedia Artist.” It was also nominated for “Best Mini-Series” by Wizard Magazine. His documentary film, See You In Hell, Blind Boy, about his travels through the Mississippi Delta researching his blues novel of the same name, won “Best Feature Documentary” at the New York International Independent Film Festival, and was shown in the Santa Barbara, Nashville, and Hot Springs Film Festivals.

George was included in Walt Reed’s book The Illustrator in America 1860 – 2000. He was also awarded a Gold Medal in the Spectrum Awards of 2002 and has had his work exhibited many times at the Society of Illustrators in New York.
George continues to illustrate and design books and book jackets for various publishers, including: Random House, Henry Holt, Inc., Warner Books, Clarion Books, and Columbia Studios.

Mr. Pratt was a Visiting Artist in the Department of Communication Arts in 2005.