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Whether you're seasoned through years of art school and experience, or as wet behind the ears as I was, taking part in the residency program will impact your creative life in a profound way.

Country of origin: USA

In which Residency Program(s) did you participate?
Illustration and Visual Storytelling: Art and Industry, 2011

What led you to participate in the Summer Residency Program? 
I had little formal training as an artist and at the time had only recently begun working as an illustrator. I wanted to take part in a program that would improve and inform both my creative process as well as my business acumen and understanding of the industry. 

What was the best part of your experience at SVA?
I most enjoyed networking with my fellow classmates. Having the opportunity to meet and share ideas with such a diverse and wonderful group of illustrators was an invaluable experience. We supported each other and fed off each other's creative enthusiasm, resulting in an exciting and artistically charged atmosphere that encouraged us to challenge ourselves and take our work to the next level.

How did the Residency Program contribute to your development as a professional artist, designer, etc?
It pushed me in the most positive way, helping me to hone in on what I wanted from a career as an illustrator, what kind of work I did and didn't want to do. I'm ultimately a better artist and wiser illustrator because of the supportive and stimulating environment.

What's going on in your studio now?
At the moment I'm working with a local band to develop their brand and create their first album cover. I recently finished their first gig poster and I'm ecstatic to see it plastered around town. I'm also working as an Assistant Illustration Editor for Juxtapoz Magazine, writing blog posts and conducting interviews with artists. I continue to experiment with different forms of art making, from sculpture to video editing to graphic novels... I want to try it all!

Is there anything else you'd like to share about your experiences in the program or after?
The program is a marvelous entryway into the professional world of illustration. Whether you're seasoned through years of art school and experience, or as wet behind the ears as I was, taking part in the residency program will impact your creative life in a profound way. The talented people you'll meet, the fabulous art you'll encounter, and the incredible work you and your classmates will produce will follow you for years to come; it certainly has for me.

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