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Updated 11.27..2014
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DRAW-A-THON 2.0 – The Wrap Up


The 2014 Art and Design Draw-a-thon 2.0 on November 15 was a total… smash! First off, big thank you to ALL the participants, sponsors, donors, student and alumni volunteers, FAD and Art & Design high school. Over 460 attendees including 91 middle school students with their parents, the draw-a-thon was again a huge success. Manhattan borough president Gail Brewer dropped by to lend support for the school and for the student. Big thank you to illustration teacher Richard Weinstein who again supervised the “ebb and flow” of the draw-a-thon and the models. Another score for team Art and Design! See photos.




Saturday, October 11, 2014 Upfront Gallery
War & Peace — Sculptures by Janet Rutkowski (’70)


Upfront Gallery- 31 Jersey Ave., Port Jervis, NY 12771
For more information and directions, BFDstudios@gmail.com or call 917-667-8754



Exhibition in the Kenny Gallery at the High School of Art and Design, from September 4 through October 4, 2014 at the new A&D building is 245 East 56th Street, NYC. All are invited to attend!

We’re Getting Closer… Missing 1973 Year Book

Yearbook Production Update via Joseph Notovitz– Several weeks ago we received a printed proof from the printer, based on the PDFs we provided. Laurie and I looked through it, found a dozen or so items that needed correction (several were mistakes by the printer), and Laurie has been working on those fixes and creating a new high resolution PDF of those pages. One of those fixes were scans that I needed to redo in higher resolution and retouch. I sent those to Laurie this past Monday.

I anticipate tomorrow I will have those fixed pages ready for the printer. I will upload them and follow up with getting one more finished printed proof (printer said they would be ready in one week). I hope and trust that this proof will be close to perfect and I can give the OK with minimal further corrections.

If that happens, yearbooks will begin shipping by July 21.
Thank you all for your patience.

Thank you for your patience, and enjoy the summer!

Congratulations to the Newest Art & Design Alumni…
Class of 2014!


A&DAA congratulations Art & Design HS class of 2014. A&DAA President Edward Valendria, Vice President Myrna Perez-Fung and 2nd Vice President George Alonso were in attendance to witness the next “crop” of budding artist. This year’s keynote speaker was James Parris (Class of 1987). James was one of the speakers at the TEDxYouth@Hewitt Conference in November 2013, at the Hewitt School in Manhattan. Class of 2014 valedictorian Lisa Li and Salutatorian and Class President Kreg Franco.

Senior Night


BIG CONGRATS to Our A&D Film Students
Winners of the 2014 ABC/Disney Get Reel With Your Dreams


Congrats to Art & Design film/video teacher Mr. Hanan Harchol and to his wonderful students who won this year’s 2014 ABC/Disney Get Reel With Your Dreams competition presented by ABC news anchor Sade Baderinwa. The Art & Design student won 1st prize ($12,000) for “Don’t Judge a Book by it’s Color” and 3rd prize ($5,000) for “Human Trafficking.” With less than a year of film study, both films were entirely written, filmed, and edited by the sophomore class. A&D Rocks Again!


open-for-businessThe alumni association is featuring a new blog section titled “The Marketplace.” This blog section will feature the goods, products and services for paid members. Market your events, specials and updates to the art and design community. Let us, help you get the word out.

Alumni In The News

Lisa Leone — Class of 1982


From RollingStone Magazine

Lisa Leone was still a student at New York’s High School of Art and Design in 1982 when she began photographing the burgeoning hip-hop movement, which at that time was confined almost entirely to the city. “It was a time of graffiti and breakdancing,” she says. “There would also be park jams and you’d run into artists like Afrika Bambaataa. It was an innocent time and I just started taking photographs.”

She went on to become one of the most prominent photographers of the scene, and she soon got into film, working with everybody from Spike Lee to Stanley Kubrick. She recently went through her hip-hop archives to assemble the book “Here I Am – Photographs By Lisa Leone” (click here to order it by July 31st) and an exhibit at the Bronx Museum of the Arts that runs from September 13th, 2014 through January 11th, 2015. Here are the stories behind 11 of her photographs.

Imo Nse Imeh Class of  1998
Summer Issue of Transition Magazine
Issue No. 114


Imo Nse Imeh’s large scale drawing  “Flying Home with Laura Nelson,” is one of the featured artist in 2014 summer issue of Transition Magazine alone with artists Barkley L. Hendricks, Kehinde Wiley, Allison Janae Hamilton, Brianna McCarthy, Meshac Gaba, Marcia Kure, and Mickalene Thomas. Imo Nse Imeh’s drawing of “Flying Home…” was previously installed in 2013 for the “I Dreamed my People Were Calling But I Couldn’t Find My Way Home” exhibit at the Rush Arts Gallery in NYC. For more information and Imo Nse’s work visit his facebook portfolio page.

Help Us Support the Next generation of A&D Artists, Designers, and Architects:

If you are an A&D alumnus or supporter of the arts, you know what it takes to succeed in the artistic fields. With money even tighter these days, it is not only difficult for students to get the supplies they need, but it has become increasingly difficult for them to further their education as well. The Art and Design Alumni Association is committed to supporting every A&D student by providing the best resources to help them succeed in the future. We need your help to support the students and school. You can help by: Donations – Your donations fund professional development workshops for A&D students and much needed art supplies for A&D classrooms. Scholarships – You can choose an existing A&DAA scholarship to donate too or start a new scholarship fund. Mentors and Speakers – Art and Design students need YOU! Nothing is more inspirational to a student than a mentor with experience in the arts. As former Art and Design students, we have all shared similar experiences and struggles as we tried to break into the field. The Art and Design Alumni Association would like to provide the current A&D students with invaluable opportunities such as internships, workshops, and lectures. Join us in our efforts to inspire, support, and encourage the next generation of artists. Click here to help. This page will bring you to our donation page. Thanks