Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be highlighting one particularly unique internship opportunity, along with the students who’ve completed it thus far.
Dig Boston, a free weekly alternative newspaper graciously interns one AIB Illustration student per semester. Over the course of a 14 week semester, the student works closely with Art Director, and AIB Illustration Alum, Scott Murry, to complete one illustration for the “Oh Cruel World” column per.
Recently, Murry agreed to answer a few questions for us, here’s what he has to say about AIB’s internship program.
What do you see as a benefit to hiring student interns? Why do you continue to do it?
During my time at AIB, I enjoyed the classroom setting and projects we did, but always yearned for something that felt more official. That "official" experience is what I'm hoping the illustrators get out of this experience. It's always fun to see your own work in print, knowing that it’s reaching thousands of readers. And outside of the academic environment, it's much more comfortable to draw a vomiting dog and be proud of it. I love seeing what students come up with each time when they're given assignments that reach a new audience. And it's awesome for us to have good looking illustrations in the paper, of course!
Have there been any drawbacks?
Nick Nazzaro. Next question. I kid, everyone has been a lot of fun to work with. There have been assignments where both the illustrator and I are facing a hard deadline that can make meeting goals tricky, but that pressure is all part of the job. There have also been weeks where an illustrator wants to go all out with details, and I have to bring up the hinderances of reproduction in newsprint at a smaller size than they're working. Tiny detail lines can get lost very quickly scaled down.
How has your experience been working with the students at AIB?
I quite enjoy it. Seeing new styles and clever solutions from each new student is always enjoyable. From the beginning of an internship to the end, I enjoy watching the work grow and get more daring both in content and skillz. (The "z" shows their exceedingly proficient skills.)
What has the response been from colleagues or customers since this programs inception?
There have been a number of illustrations that catch the attention of readers on our site, twitter, etc. Whenever I hear excitement around a student's illustrations in the office or through social networking, it gets me all worked up. That's an all-around victory.
Like any art form, letterpress printing ranges broadly from the
traditional to the experimental, and right now, several printing shops
are working with illustrators and artists to make editions of beautiful
work. Check out these people and places: Mama's
Sauce, Ladies of Letterpress,
Heroes & Criminals Press, Mikey Burton,
Barbara Tetenbaum...and there are so many more.
Right now, we are putting the finishing touches on the new studio, located centrally at UHall in Cambridge. Our plan is to run introductory workshops in the fall for interested folks and then run a semester-long course, Letterpress Studio, in the spring. In the meantime...maybe it's time to start thinking about a student-run letterpress club? If you have any questions or are interested in participating in letterpress things, feel free to get in touch with Margi Kimball: mkimbal3[at]lesley.edu
Illustrator Anna Jo Beck, Art Institute of Boston Alumni, will be hosting a silk screen workshop and demo on Saturday February 16th at AIB. The workshop is free to attend and watch. Workshop participents will have the opportunity to print your own design - please be prepared to pay $15 and purchase a few of your own supplies.