We hope you can join us this Wednesday, March 19, to hear the excellent Brothers Hilts talk about illustration and life. There will be refreshments and the talk is free and open to the public, as all of our talks are. Here are the details:

  • Wednesday, 3/19
  • 601 Newbury Street, Boston, Room N340
  • Starts at 7pm

We hope you can make it!

AuthorMargaret Kimball

We are once again delighted to announce that several of our students have been accepted into the NY Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition. From top to bottom, our winning entries are by Lindsay Blevins, Coner Corbett (again!), Danielle LaCasse, and Robin Haefeli. Keep up the fantastic work, everyone! 

All images link to the students' websites, so feel free to explore more of their work! 

We are so happy (and proud) to announce the acceptance of several of our students into the Society of Illustrators LA, specifically the Illustration West 52 Competition. Students Coner Corbett, Kristen Musser, Courtney Knight, Monique Morin, and Nick Nazzaro have all had work accepted into the competition, which was judged by a prestigious panel.

Great job, illustrators! We look forward to seeing more outstanding work from you.


SPACE 242 , Boston’s lowbrow destination, proudly announces its March 2009 exhibition: "The Miracle 5 Presents HOLY GDYDHAD!". The exhibition, on view March 27 through April 17, features new work by Yassy Goldie. The opening reception, Friday, March 27, runs from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Boston’s South End, 242 E. Berkeley Street, 2nd floor (between Albany Street and Harrison Avenue). Mr. Goldie will also host an artist talk Thursday, April 16, from 7:00 to 8:00p.m. RSVP required for attendance at either event at www.space242.com. Regular gallery hours are Friday evenings, 6:30-8pm, and by appointment. No RSVP is necessary for visiting during regular gallery hours.

To attend the opening reception, 
Friday, March  27, 6-8pm, RSVP here.

To attend the artist talk,
Thursday, April 16, 7-8pm, RSVP here.


The Miracle 5 Present Holy GJYDhad!
When two set out to dine or duel together a third appears--tritium quid, parasite, witness, prophet, escapee. GJYD art sabotage strives to be perfectly exemplary but at the same time retain an element of opacity--not propaganda or aesthetic shock--appallingly direct yet also subtly angled-- action-as-metaphor.

GJYD is the dark side of Perceptive Terrorism--creation- through-destruction--but it cannot serve any party, nor any nihilism, nor even art itself. Just as the banishment of illusion enhances awareness, so the demolition of aesthetic bling sweetens the air of the world of discourse, of the Other. GJYD serves only consciousness, attentiveness, awareness.

GJYD goes beyond paranoia, beyond deconstruction--the ultimate criticism--physical attack on offensive art-- aesthetic jihad. The slightest taint of petty ego-ocity or even of personal taste spoils its purity & vitiates its force. GJYD can never seek power--only release it.

Individual artworks (even the worst) are largely irrelevant- -GJYD seeks to damage institutions which use art to diminish consciousness and profit by delusion. This or that poet or painter cannot be condemned for lack of vision--but malign ideas can be assaulted through the artifacts they generate. SVGT is designed to hypnotize and control--its machinery can be smashed.

Don't picket--vandalize. Don't protest--deface. When ugliness, poor design, and stupid waste are forced upon you, turn luddite, throw your shoe in the works, retaliate. Smash the symbols of the Empire in the name of nothing.

Mr. Yassy Goldie
Mr. Yassy Goldie is the Master Representative for various art projects and groups including but not excluding the Golden Jasmine Yeti Dancers, GJYD.org, CRCG, and W.W.I.I.G.G.S.S. He is a member of Start-UP Biz and is the proud new owner of The Miracle 5. Know that it does not matter where Yeti are from, but only where Yeti is now.

The Miracle 5
The Miracle 5, established in 2005, are a group of artists whose work involves the often spiritual transformation that takes place in making and witnessing art. The art of The Miracle 5 has roots in comics, animation, coloring books, and hand-painted signs – and other places such as voodoo, workout videos, American history, and boxing. The Miracle 5 suggest that the magic/spiritual rituals that different cultures have sought out over time are not far removed from each other and can be channeled directly into physical spaces, wherever they may be. In light of these processes, the artist and the viewer leave the art space transformed. The Miracle 5 symbolize the artist's transformation with an alter ego. It takes many forms (superhuman, demigod, cartoon) and is unleashed both within the private art-making space and when The Miracle 5 exhibits their work together.

HOLY GJYDHAD! is sponsored in part by Scion, Harpoon, The Weekly Dig and ArtScope Magazine.

SPACE 242 Mini Theatre
-Screening: Friday, March 27, 6-8pm
-Screening and Artist Talk: Saturday, March 28, 12noon-1pm

Neovoxer: An Experience on the Frontier of Filmmaking
with director Michael Pope

Neovoxer is an experimental non-dialogue film directed, written, edited, and composed by Michael Pope between the years of 1997 and 2004 in collaboration with hundreds of artists, performers, and musicians. The film was shot on a variety of media ranging from 35mm film to digitally-manipulated video. Live screenings of the film often feature pre-show performances from body painted living statues, musicians, and art installations. Workshop performances and screening events have taken place in Boston and New York. Nevoxer earned Michael Pope an award from the Tanne Foundation in 2001. In 2004, Neovoxer travelled to the Czech Republic to work with local musicians as a part of the Festival of Czech Films Finale Plzen 2004. Presented by Boston Underground Film Festival.

Click here to RSVP for the next opening!

AuthorMargaret Kimball

Hostelling International USA is looking for some creative hands for their Community Walls project. The project consists of painting a 3x4 canvas mural of how local kids see their community they live in. The Community Walls project works with groups of kids throughout the Boston schools and community centers, teaching them about culture and community. The kids would also really enjoy working with older mentors. This is a volunteer opportunity. Painting begin the middle of April.

For more information email:
Nessa Mogharreban, Community Walls coordinator at Hostelling International.
Hostelling International USA, Eastern New England Council
218 Holland Street, Somerville, MA 02144
Tel: 617.718.7990 x18

AuthorMargaret Kimball

The Short Attention Span Digital Video Festival (SASDVF) is now seeking entries from students. The SASDVF is an international film festival that features the work of both undergraduate and graduate students from around the world. The festival accepts films in all genre; Animation, Fiction, Documentary, Performance, etc. For more information: sasdvf.org.

The SASDVF is sponsored by AIB's Animation, Illustration, and Foundation Departments. The festival culminates in screenings in both Boston and California. Please feel free to contact Stuart Steck if you have any questions.

AuthorMargaret Kimball

AIB Alumni Derrek Coss (Illustration & Design '04) and Charles Moody (Fine Arts '03) team up to create a super gift!


This project had come about through the request of Charles's sister, Alissa. She has a dear friend who lives in London, England with her 6 year old son named Jack Taylor. Alissa thought it would be a great idea to make a custom piece for Jack. She recruited Charles for the project and he quickly suggested that he and I collaborate and make this piece into a "pho-comic book cover". Alissa quite liked the idea and added a few perimeters to the project.

She wanted the piece to include the themes outer space, super hero's, firefighters, and New York city. All of these suggestions were based on Jacks actual interests. Both Charles and myself were very excited for this project as we too were once little boys who loved comics. However the project did include one major challenge: A long distance collaboration. Charles lives in New York city and I live here in Boston. As a result many hours were spent scanning and e-mailing sketches back and forth.

We worked for weeks developing the story behind our new character, Jack Attack. Once we understood the world that Jack Attack lived in we began to develop the actual character and his costume. Never losing sight of the perimeters set, Jack Attack is outfitted in spandex with a cape and fireman's gloves and boots. He and his sidekick are perched on top of a New York like skyline beneath the transitioning night sky speckled with glowing stars. The piece also includes a logo reminiscent of the original Action Comics logo, a barcode, an issue number, a price (in euros) and a DC/CM logo to give the piece the authenticity of an actual comic.

As a final product we produced a mock up comic book which included both front and back covers and blank pages inside so that Jack could fill in his own story. We placed this mock up comic in a clear plastic sleeve with a cardboard backer to give it that "right off the comic book shelf" feel. We also produced a large poster of the cover. The poster was matted and framed and sent to the Taylors with the mock up comic book just in time for Jack to receive them for Christmas. Again this was long distance so we were not able to be there when Jack received the work. However the report we got back was that Jack was more then ecstatic. Which was of no surprise... after all what 6 year old boy wouldn't love his own custom comic book cover?

Special thanks to Alissa Moody for suggesting such a fun request and of course to little Jack Taylor for being the inspiration behind the project.

AuthorMargaret Kimball

1. Your current location?
Cambridge, Mass.

2. The last thing you have eaten?
Leftover Thai Food


3. How would you describe your work and/or style?
Illustrative Design

4. What do you like to do when not working?
Biking, drawing, exploring a new museum


5. Favorite color?
“Boston Blue” – which is actually the green color of the Green Monster, but I like alliteration.


6. Who and/or what are some of your influences?
Ben ShaunTim BowersSterling HundleyJohn HendrixMarshall ArismanSeymour ChwastBob GillHopperKleeRauschenbergKline and the rest of the New York School artists.


7. If you could work with another artist on a "dream project", with who and on what would it be?
Probably be anyone listed above – but if I had to pick a dream project it would probably be Bob Gill and Seymour Chwast because I’d probably learn the most.


8. Last book you read?
Beyond the Brillo Box by Arthur C. Danto


Artist website: www.russgossett.com

AuthorMargaret Kimball
AIB 2009 Pre-College Poster, Design by: Michelle Vaira '07  

AIB 2009 Pre-College Poster, Design by: Michelle Vaira '07

Great news! Our Summer Session courses are now live on the web and we offer many courses, workshops and credit options to fit your travel and work schedule.  Summer Session tuition rate is lower AND it's a great way to get some requirements out of the way. Check it out! 


Study art this summer in a college environment with professional artists. Our Pre-college program is especially designed to challenge your imagination and encourage your creative growth.


2009 AIB Pre-College program information:

AuthorMargaret Kimball

1. Your current location?
I spend half the week in Cambridge MA, and half the week in Westford MA. I’m always on the move.

2. The last thing you have eaten?
Trix. I live on cereal and diet coke.


3. How would you describe your work and/or style?
I guess I would say cheesecake, you know, tongue-in-cheek girlie art, with a retro flair. It’s fun and spontaneous. I have a good time.

4. What do you like to do when not working?
Sleep! Can’t beat it. Other than that, I listen to a lot of music (my other love) I read a lot of comics, play a lot of Tetris. That kind of stuff.


5. Favorite color?
I don’t know if I have a favorite color. I have favorite color combinations, purple/orange/gold and maybe black/magenta/gold, that’s one I’ve been liking a lot lately.

6. Who and/or what are some of your influences?
I like a lot of the old gag pinups that were in girlie mags in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Artists like Dan DeCarloBill WenzelJack Cole, etc. They have always been a huge inspiration to me. As well as feeding my love for all things vintage, they have found a way of focusing on that female savvy I love in a funny, sexy way. I’m Also inspired by a lot of Contemporary Artists, “Batman: The Animated Series” creator Bruce Timm, and character designer Shane Glines, are definitely up there. And of course “Love and Rockets” co-creator Jaime Hernandez, I love his storytelling, and writing, but more importantly, I love his art! His characters have such life in them, their expressions are always perfect. The smooth lines of his inks flow from page to page, as the story plays itself out. An admittedly bad inker myself, I really look at his work in amazement.    

Aside from Artists I’m into I think that another thing that has a huge influence on my art is history. I love to focus on different eras in my pieces. Normally I gravitate to the 1920’s, flappers, prohibition, moonshine and all that fun stuff. I also love the old west. Bluegrass music is another thing that inspires me. I just love that wild and free spirit!


7. If you could work with another artist on a "dream project", with who and on what would it be?
I have been working on designing a group of lady superheroes, that I’ve tentatively called “Team Wilderness” because they’re all named after woodland creatures, The Raccoon, La Ardillita (the chipmunk) and The Skunk. I would love to see something become of that project because it has become very near and dear to my heart over the last year. I would love to create comics of them. I Would love to see them animated! I would love to see action figures, or maquettes or some sort of 3D version of them. That’s my dream project. I guess I would have to find lots of people willing to help me out animators, sculptors, and such, but it’s a dream project, right?

8. Last book you read?
Do comics count? If so, Love and Rockets: Ghost of Hoppers by Jaime Hernandez. Brilliant!!

Artist website: www.tracyleequinn.blogspot.com

AuthorMargaret Kimball

This is cool! Richard Phung, AIBCPULAB, has put togther a Photosynth of the recent Artpocalypse Illustration Show. Photosynth creates a full interactive 360 degree view based on a composite of multiple still images— Its like being in a video game! The AIB Photosynth is made of 212 different images!
Thanks Richard!

AuthorMargaret Kimball