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In the news: Married School of Art and Design alums open new gallery space in Rockford

In the news: Married School of Art and Design alums open new gallery space in Rockford

NIU alumni Iga Puchalska, and her husband Jason Judd recently opened New Genres Art Space in Rockford.

They met in graduate school at NIU’s School of Art and Design.  Puchalska earned her MFA in Time Arts, and Judd in Fine/Studio Arts.  The couple says the mission of New Genres Art Space is to be a diverse and inclusive contemporary art space that considers digital and emerging art as a form of expression, education, and social change. (more…)

Alumni spotlight: Korkut Akacik, illustrator, animator, and educator

Alumni spotlight: Korkut Akacik, illustrator, animator, and educator

Korkut AkacikKorkut Akacik earned his Master of Fine Arts in animation from the NIU School of Art and Design in 2018.  He is currently the creative director at Econ Illinois, a non-profit organization through NIU that has been developing interesting and interactive ways to help Illinois teachers educate students so they are better prepared for their financial futures.

He is also an adjunct faculty member at College of DuPage where he teaches courses in digital animation, digital illustration, Sequential Art and cartooning.  He worked for many years as an animator and instructor illustrator in his native Turkey, and in 2007 co-founded Akacik Advertising & Design Ltd. in Istanbul and operated it for more than a decade. (more…)

Oona Holtane uses “illustration to tell stories and evoke emotion” and it’s led to a dream summer

Oona Holtane uses “illustration to tell stories and evoke emotion” and it’s led to a dream summer

Oona Holtane

Oona Holtane

Oona Holtane says her love of art and illustration goes back as long as she can remember, when as a three-year old she was watching Disney’s The Aristocats while, “holding a pudding spoon in one hand and a crayon in the other.”  The junior illustration major from Sycamore has been developing that talent ever since, and the results are impressive.

For the second year in a row, one of her works has been selected by the Society of Illustrators in their Student Scholarship Competition.  It was one of only 300 accepted from more than 8700 entries submitted by 2,114 students from 72 colleges and universities. (more…)