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Chair’s Statement

Where Artist Meets Author

When words and images come together, they can create powerful visual narratives — stories that can touch hearts, change minds and even change the way we see our world - Story First.

The Visual Narrative MFA at SVA responds to the needs of today’s evolving creative markets by merging the artist and author. It’s an evolutionary process that puts story first and gives you the tools you need to craft your own stories and to help others craft theirs.

More than just a degree program, the MFA Visual Narrative program is a school of thought that immerses you in story. A select group of artist/authors, we are a diverse, tight-knit community where you learn in small classes and are mentored by top professionals who know how to navigate today’s competitive creative markets.

Part of the extraordinary appeal of the program is that it is low-residency. Three intensive eight-week summer semesters at SVA in New York City give you the chance to connect with your peers and professors, to create in-studio and to absorb the Visual Narrative process. Additionally, you are able to access the myriad of creative opportunities in the city and to build a community of colleagues and mentors that supports and inspires. Four semesters of on-line coursework, critiques, discussions and interactive projects give you the freedom to pursue your passion and live your life — without uprooting it.

In today’s workplace, storytelling is in increasing demand. At MFA Visual Narrative, you’ll develop a fluency in what we call “Visual Writing.” We think of it as a whole new language that can take your creativity to the next level and give you the competitive edge in today’s creative economy. If you’re ready to dig deep, uncover universal truths and live and breathe story, come join us. The world needs compelling stories, now more than ever.

What’s yours?

Nathan Fox

Chair, MFAVN




Andrea Morningstar, Filmmaker and Multimedia Storyteller
Andrea Tsurumi,
Author, Illustrator and Cartoonist
Benjamin Marra,
Illustrator, Cartoonist and Art Director
Bob Walles,
Caitlin Skaalrud,
Cartoonist, Comics Educator, And Self-Publishing Artist
Catya Plate,
Visual Artist, Animator, Filmmaker, Producer
Clara Fernandez-Vara,
Associate Arts Professor at the NYU Game Center
Daniela Sherer, Animation Director, Illustrator & Painter
John Benton,
Artist and Storyteller
Kyle Strahm,
Comic Book Storyteller
Liz Wong,
Picture Book Author and Illustrator
Ru Xu,
Comic Artist and Illustrator
Sarah de Gaudemar,
Sara Varon,
Illustrator and Children's book author
Summer Pierre,
Cartoonist and Writer


Anna Eveslage, Photographer & Writer
Anelisa Garfunkel, Filmmaker, Writer and Educator
Ben Zackheim, Writer and Game Producer
Bill Kartalopoulos, Editor and Curator
Christina Roussos, Theatre Director
Diego Vainesman, Design Director
Jim Rugg, Comic Book Artist
Jenny Goldstick, Infographics and Narrative Designer
Jonathon Rosen, Artist and Animator
Lee Aaron Rosen, Actor and Film Expert
Leonard Marcus, Author, Historian and Critic
Mark Sable, Author
Matt Rota, Illustrator
Nathan Fox, Chair, Illustrator and Comic Book Artist
Robert Thill, Artist, Author and Independent Scholar
Stacy Renee Morrison, Photographer
Tak Cheung, Nerdy Derby Inc.
Tim Szetela, Designer and Animator


Andrew Alexander, Illustrator & Riso Technician
Anthony P. Rhodes, Executive Vice President, SVA
Carrie Atkins, Learning Technologist
Chester Dols, Director, Visible Futures Lab
Christopher Cyphers, Provost
David Rhodes, President
Emily Ross, Associate Provost
Evan Peltzman, Exhibitions Coordinator
Francis DiTommaso, Director, SVA Galleries
John Heida, Former Director, Visible Futures Lab
Julian Oddman, Learning Technologist, Office of Learning Technologies
Thomas Benton, Learning Technologist, Office of Learning Technologies
Jennifer Philips, Director, Office of Learning Technologies
Michael Falk, Manager, Academic IT
Pan Terzis, Artist, Illustrator, Printer


Nathan Fox, Chair
Joan McCabe, Director of Operations
Lucea Spinelli, Manager of Communications and Special Projects
Ben Zackheim, Director, Web and Social Media

AND THEN . . . 2020 SITE

Ella Romero
, Graphic Designer, Class of 2017
Lucea Spinelli, Design and Development
One Trick Pony, Development Support