Quite a Month: Two UArts Illustration Alumni Illustrate Covers of The New Yorker
July 1, 2018
UArts Illustration alumni are on a roll. In June, two of them received sought-after commissions to illustrate the cover of The New Yorker magazine.
In May, just weeks after graduating, Loveis Wise BFA ‘18 was picked to illustrate the cover of the publication’s annual Fiction issue. Weeks later, Harry Bliss BFA '90 was the cover artist.
Wise’s illustration, “Nurture,” graces the June 4 – 11, 2018 issue of the publication, which also features a Q-and-A style interview with the Washington, DC-born, Philadelphia-based artist. The artwork reflects the issue’s themes of parenting, childhood, and the ties that bind both.
“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.”
For Bliss, it was the latest in a string of more than 15 New Yorker covers and many more cartoons over the years. His illustration for the June 25, 2018 issue is titled “City Living” and features the many unique residents of a high-rise apartment building.