NHIA Announces Epic Illustrator Lectures

Jennifer Robertson on 09.18.15

New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) is very excited to announce three new lectures that will take place this fall featuring renowned illustrators Kyle Webster, Rudy Gutierrez, and Alyssa Nassner. All three events are free and open to the public. They will take place at NHIA’s French Building, 148 Concord St, Manchester NH.

“An integral component to our programming and its success at NHIA has been to incorporate exceptional guest lectures for our students, and the community,” said Jim Burke, Chair of the Illustration Department at NHIA. “Each of our upcoming guests; Kyle Webster, Rudy Gutierrez, and Alyssa Nassner are major talents, providing significant contributions within the field of illustration. By design, the visiting artists not only cover a broad range of genres within visual communication, but also represent three distinct periods within an artist’s career; emerging, mid-career, and veteran. From the creator behind the world’s best-selling Adobe Photoshop brushes, to a young NYC publishing designer, to a heralded Brooklyn, NY Professor---each of these illustrators’ careers encompass and integrate transferable skills beyond the traditional expectation of a studio artist. This is essential in today’s creative fields, which we emphasize with all of our students.”

September 25, 11:30am-1:00pm

Kyle T. Webster is an international award-winning illustrator, living in North Carolina, who has drawn for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Entertainment Weekly, Scholastic, Nike, IDEO, and many other distinguished editorial, advertising, publishing and institutional clients. He has created two top 50 mobile games, and he is the founder of KyleBrush.com, the company behind the world's best-selling Photoshop brushes for professional illustrators, animators, and designers.

October 16, 11:30am-1:00pm

Rudy Gutierrez's art has been described as Wall Medicine, ancient yet contemporary, urban in a sense and musical in feel. His distinctive spirit driven paintings are recognizable for their energy and passion and speak to the ills of inhumanity as well as celebrate the Divinity of us all.

Rudy believes that the highest honor and fulfillment is to inspire and uplift and is passionate about breaking down labels, categories and borders with the notion that art should also live outside of the Gallery. To this end Gutierrez has used various corporate commissions and this has led to his highly recognizable presence in the art world. His paintings have been seen and exhibited worldwide and he has been commissioned for various periodicals, book covers, magazines, records, CDs, and children's books. 

The award winning artist includes the Dean Cornwell Recognition Hall of Fame Award, Distinguished Educator in the Arts Award, International Labor Communications Association Honor and a Gold Medal from the NY Society of Illustrators. His children’s books have earned him a Pura Belpré Honor, Américas Book Award, Africana Book Award and a New York Book Award. His work has been featured by Communication Arts, Step by Step, Society of Illustrators, Art News, American Artist, and Art Direction Magazine.

November 20, 11:30am-1:00pm

Alyssa Nassner is an illustrator and hand letterer from Baltimore, based out of New York, NY. By day she is a designer for ABRAMS Kids, and in her spare time she dabbles in repeat pattern making and food illustration. Her passion for surface design has led her to develop projects and products for a wide array of clients including Target, Hallmark, Studio Oh, Trader Joe’s and many more. Her trademark is her use of bright colors and hand rendered typography.

Alyssa is also quite fond of dogs, donuts, her family, and traveling, which is evident in her work. Her biggest inspirations include vintage botanical prints, Scandinavian design and mid-century illustration. Alyssa is also co-owner and designer for Hooray Today paper goods.