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Barbara Geoghegan presents ‘Rona’

Rona is a selkie, a young woman who can turn into a seal. Lonely and isolated within her own selkie pod, Rona grows interested in a nearby island inhabited by …    More
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Jon Bero presents ‘Yuki’

There is beauty in the broken, but Yuki, a deer plagued by anxiety, isn’t able to see it. As a result of a misguided attempt by his closest companion Michi …    More
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Alexandra Beguez presents ‘The Offering’

The Offering is a cautionary tale about how relationships change over time, facing the consequences of your actions, and finding your place in the universe. Maite lives on Talus, the …    More
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Setting up the 2016 thesis show, ‘And Then…’

2016 is shaping up to be an excellent example of immersive storytelling. Each graduating student has been charged with showing their story in a way that engages the audience. You’ll …    More
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Welcome to our new students! Profile of Shannon Oertle.

Shannon Oertle is the latest new MFAVN student under the spotlight. Shannon’s work struck us as whimsical, with a wonderful sense of childhood. Her application’s imagery and storytelling give us …    More
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Welcome to our new students! Profile of John Baker

We’re welcoming our incoming class, the Class of 2018! We’re so fortunate to be working with such a group of talented storytellers. Next up is John Baker, whose work is eye-catching. …    More

2016 MFA Thesis Exhibit

  RSVP for free tickets to the reception here Join us for the next showcase of our third year students. We’ll see work by Alexandra Beguez, Jon Bero, Anelisa Garfunkel, Barbara …    More
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Pepo Pérez talks to us about story

We were delighted to discuss story with cartoonist, illustrator and MFA Visual Narrative International Scholar Pepo Pérez. He spoke about his work and process and discussed the making of his …    More
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The Visual Narrative Thesis Projects: Jenny Goldstick

Jenny Goldstick has impressed students and faculty alike with her perspective on the world, and her ability to visualize that perspective with her work. From her fantastic Sketchbook Notes, to …    More
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MFAVN talks to photographer (and alum) Anna Eveslage

We had the pleasure of sitting down with Anna Eveslage to talk about photography, constructed visual narrative and her thesis project, Eating Alone. In the podcast we discuss one piece …    More
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Alison Paul and students mural up UConn

Alison Paul, Class of 2015, was a fantastic student who happens to also be an excellent teacher! Here’s a video showing off one of her class projects at UConn. From …    More
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Thanks for coming to our Riso PRINT SLAM show!

We had a blast hanging out with you at the PRINT SLAM show! “It was really inspiring to see RisoLAB take shape over the past few months,” Nathan Fox, Chair …    More
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Welcome Lisa Cron!

We’re delighted to announce the newest member of the MFAVN family, Lisa Cron! Lisa has worked in publishing at W.W. Norton, as an agent at the Angela Rinaldi Literary Agency, …    More
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Join Nathan Fox at our next Info Session

Come one, come all! We’re running an Info Session for the 2016 registration period. Info Sessions are designed to give you a deep look at what MFAVN is all about. …    More
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We have one second to get your attention.

As storytellers, one of our ongoing tasks is to stay aware of what our audiences are up to. Apparently, a lot of us multitask between 2+ screens so it can …    More
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High Fidelity virtual reality is coming

Right now you and I are sitting in three dimensional space, moving through the fourth dimension and interacting in…what? The digital dimension? Yes, don’t worry, this is going somewhere. The …    More
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Our inaugural class! Looking back (Part 1)

We’ll be doing some reflection in the coming weeks as our inaugural class, the class of 2015, finish their theses. I’m a sentimental guy, so I spent an hour browsing through …    More
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NEW CLASSES ALERT! Workin’ on the Riso.

We have some exciting plans in store this Fall and they have a lot to do with RISO! Two, two-color Risograph (Riso) Duplicators to be exact! What’s a Risograph? Can you eat …    More
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Tell stories together

One of the lessons we live by every day at MFAVN is often overlooked by many…“Work on your stories with other people.”It’s risky. It can be painful. It can also …    More
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NO|ON 2014: Walter Tyler’s “Jonas and the White Bear”

What is NO|ON? Short for “Narrative Object, Objective Narrative” it embodies the idea that every object contains its own narrative and every successful narrative strives for a unique objective. For the annual …    More
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NO|ON 2015: Thomas Slattery’s “Appendage”

What is NO|ON? Short for “Narrative Object, Objective Narrative” it embodies the idea that every object contains its own narrative and every successful narrative strives for a unique objective. For the annual …    More
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NO|ON 2015: Ella Romero’s “Breach”

What is NO|ON? Short for “Narrative Object, Objective Narrative” it embodies the idea that every object contains its own narrative and every successful narrative strives for a unique objective. For the annual …    More
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NO|ON 2015: Jie Ren’s “Cocoon Rebirth”

What is NO|ON? Short for “Narrative Object, Objective Narrative” it embodies the idea that every object contains its own narrative and every successful narrative strives for a unique objective. For the …    More
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NO|ON 2015: Michelle Nahmad’s “Adrift”

What is NO|ON? Short for “Narrative Object, Objective Narrative” it embodies the idea that every object contains its own narrative and every successful narrative strives for a unique objective. For the annual …    More
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NO|ON 2015: Cady Juarez’s “Intervention”

What is NO|ON? Short for “Narrative Object, Objective Narrative” it embodies the idea that every object contains its own narrative and every successful narrative strives for a unique objective. For the annual …    More
NO|ON 2015: Mary Georgescu's “Undercurrents”

NO|ON 2015: Mary Georgescu’s “Undercurrents”

Mary GeorgescuWhat is NO|ON? Short for “Narrative Object, Objective Narrative” it embodies the idea that every object contains its own narrative and every successful narrative strives for a unique objective. For the …    More
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NO|ON 2015: Liz Enright’s “The Lonely Beatrice Baum”

What is NO|ON? Short for “Narrative Object, Objective Narrative” it embodies the idea that every object contains its own narrative and every successful narrative strives for a unique objective. For the annual …    More
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NO|ON 2015: Christina Mattison Ebert’s “Ginseng”

What is NO|ON? Short for “Narrative Object, Objective Narrative” it embodies the idea that every object contains its own narrative and every successful narrative strives for a unique objective. For the annual …    More
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Spilt Milk: a thesis presentation by Nadia DeLane

Spilt Milk BY Nadia DeLane Please join us for a special gallery presentation by Nadia DeLane, the creator of Spilt Milk . The event takes place at 7pm on July 21st at the …    More
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MFAVN Podcast: Benjamin Marra

“I’d like every panel of my comic books to change the story,” Benjamin Marra (Blades & Lazers) tells us. Reading Marra’s comics is like being swept down a water slide. …    More