For an illustrator, the cover of The New Yorker is the pinnacle in an editorial career. For a recent graduate to receive such an opportunity is unheard of.
Shortly after graduating, University of the Arts alum Loveis Wise BFA ’18 (Illustration) accomplished a professional feat that eludes many illustrators over the entire course of their careers: they were commissioned to illustrate the cover of The New Yorker magazine.
Their illustration, “Nurture,” graced the June 4 – 11, 2018 issue of the publication, which also featured a Q-and-A style interview with the Washington, DC-born, Philadelphia-based artist.
“For an illustrator, the cover of the New Yorker is the pinnacle in an editorial career,” said Mark Tocchet, director of the UArts School of Design. “For a recent graduate to receive such an opportunity is unheard of.”
Wise was recognized with UArts’ President’s Award at the May 2018 commencement ceremony. During their senior year they completed commissioned work—motion graphics, hand lettering, surface design, product design and editorial illustration— for clients as wide-ranging as The New York Times, Vice, Cartoon Network, Buzzfeed, Penguin/Random House books, and Planned Parenthood.
In addition, they also completed a large-scale mural for The March of Dimes in Washington, DC, and their work was selected for inclusion in the 2017 and 2018 Student Award Competitions at The Society of Illustrators, the leading organization for professional illustrators.