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Look for SVA Continuing Education (SVACE) faculty and students at the MOCCA Arts Festival this weekend. Manhattan's largest independent comics, cartoon, and animation festival, the 2-day multimedia event draws more than 7,000 attendees each year. SVACE faculty members Natalya Balnova, Matt Rota, and Steve Brodner will participate. You’ll also find faculty members and students from the RisoLAB, who are offering a complete Risograph experience.

Natalya Balnova will exhibit artwork at table H250, shared with Ada Price, under the name Dancing Bears. We’re excited about Natalya’s work, especially after "SVA Portfolios: Five Most Discussed Projects” recently highlighted her designs and illustrations. “Hand Lettering and Design” is Natalya’s course here at SVACE, beginning again in June.

The cover of "Moon Beach" by Matt Rota
Preview images of Moon Beach by Matt Rota
Painting of a book containing a painting of a house.
Preview images of Moon Beach by Matt Rota
the men sunrise
Preview images of Moon Beach by Matt Rota
winter and summer in a book
Preview images of Moon Beach by Matt Rota

Matt Rota will be selling his new book, Moon Beach, at table C138. Matt has had a busy season, producing illustrations for Vice, Barron’s, and more. Follow his updates on Instagram, and check out his upcoming course, "Digital Coloring for Illustrators and Comic Artists.”

Steve Brodner will participate in "Political Cartooning: Now, More Than Ever,” a panel discussion on day two of the event. MOCCA describes it: "In turbulent political times, when the stakes are high, a political cartoonist can visually dramatize complex situations and clarify core issues in artful ways. Just when we need them most, political cartoonists, like journalists, find themselves in an increasingly precarious position in American culture. Nevertheless, a cohort of dedicated artists continue to accept the challenge of commenting visually on current events.”

Steve’s presentation and commentary were a valuable part of our "Art & Activism" event last fall, and he’s offering three courses this summer.

Aya Kakeda debuts her new book, printed in SVA’s RisoLAB. It looks beautiful, rich with references to artists like Wyeth, Rousseau, Magritte, and more; and at only 50 copies, it won’t last long! Find Aya at table B126.

Our friends at MFA Visual Narrative and the RisoLAB will present artwork, while offer Risograph experimentation, at tables J302-305. They’ll also be ready to discuss SVA’s Artist in Residence Summer program at the RisoLAB.

Stay tuned for a review of MOCCA Fest, written by Tom Motley, faculty member here at SVACE. See more updates and stories on our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram pages!

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