Mass College of Art & AIFF…
Illustration… diversity in media design
Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) kicks off its seventh annual Poster Competition with an exclusive invitation to collaborate with an illustration class at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design to create the poster that will become the face of the 2017 International Film Festival.
After five years of high school student competitions, AIFF took a different path last year, inviting Mt. Ida College students in Steven Jurgensmeyer’s graphic design class to participate exclusively in the competition; it was a huge success. In keeping with the vision and mission of promoting the next generation of designers, it was decided this year to offer the opportunity to Massachusetts College of Art and Design and work exclusively with Robert Maloney’s Experimental Illustration class.
Founded in 1873, MassArt is the nation’s first independent public institution of higher education dedicated to the training of artists. It is one of the oldest art schools, the only publicly funded free-standing art school in the United States, and was the first art college in the United States to grant an artistic degree.
Robert Maloney, Assistant Professor of the Illustration Department at Massachusetts College of Art has partnered with the AIFF to bring junior and senior level students from the Illustration Department into the Poster Competition. When Professor Maloney was approached about his students entering a poster competition for the AIFF, the answer was a very quick, “I’m always looking for projects to engage and challenge my students. Not only would this be an excellent opportunity for students to get a glimpse into the industry, but it would offer a chance to create a beautiful portfolio piece that could help them launch their careers.”
Robert Maloney, a Massachusetts native, has a Masters of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art. His recent work focuses on the connections between the temporary materials of our man-made, urban structures and how these fragile forms relate to the erosion of memory. His work has been featured in Creative Quarterly Magazine, Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine, The Pulse of Mixed Media (North Light Books), Art Revolution (North Light Books) and Artscope Magazine and his work is held in the collection of Wellington Management, Liberty Mutual and private collections. His exhibitions, commissions and publications include the following:
Exhibitions: Gridwork: Copley Society of Art, Boston MA. I...You...We... Space 242, Boston MA. On the Street: Kingston Gallery, Boston MA. On the Grid: The Copley Society of Art, Boston MA. Spin: CVB Space, New York, NY. Contours: Dimensional Art Exhibit: Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA. Solo show Prudential Maxfield, Boston, MA. New Work: Boon Gallery, Salem, MA. Trinity Inspires: Trinity Church, Boston, MA. Big Dig Art Exhibition at the Onyx Hotel, Boston, MA. Maloney & Sons: The Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA. Manifest: The Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA.
Collections/Commission Work: Liberty Mutual, Slone Epidemiology Center, Post Office Square Dental, Acambis Biotech, Wellington Management and Private Collections in US, Germany, and Luxembourg.
Publications: The Artists Pulse: North Light Books, Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine, Art Revolution: Alternative Approaches for Fine Artists and Illustrators: North Light Books.
The illustration program at MassArt emphasizes the importance of drawing from observation, exploring a wide range of media and acquiring the skills in developing a variety of visual narrative concepts. Professor Maloney's Experimental Illustration Techniques course explores a variety of mixed media techniques that push the boundaries of the 2D/3D plane. Using contemporary mixed media artists as a jumping off point, the class investigates the possibilities of alternative image making over the course of the semester.
Poster entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges with expertise in composition, design, public relations, and marketing and evaluated based on visual appeal, content and marketability. The selected poster design will appear locally, nationally and internationally in various forms; i.e. print, TV, and web promotions. The winning artist will be announced in April 2017 at a Press Conference/Reception, open to the public, and awarded a cash prize of $500.
The Arlington International Film Festival
October 26 - 29, 2017
Capitol Theatre | 204 Mass Ave | East Arlington, MA