The University of Hartford is pleased to announce C.F. Payne as the new director of the Hartford Art School’s Low-Residency Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Illustration program. Payne has been one of the country’s most prominent illustrators for more than 30 years, and has been recognized with two of the Society of Illustrators highest honors― The Distinguished Educator in The Arts Award in 2012, and the Hamilton King Award in 1995. Payne also was the recipient of the Georgette and Richard Koopman Distinguished Chair in the Visual Arts by the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford in 2012-13.
Payne’s work has received numerous gold and silver medal awards from the Society of Illustrators of New York and Los Angeles, Communication Arts, Step-by-Step Graphics, Print, How, the Society of Publication Designers, and the National Cartoonists Society. His clients include Time Magazine, the U.S. Postal Service, Rolling Stone, GQ, Sports Illustrated, Esquire, MAD Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Campbell’s Soup, Super Bowl and World Series programs, Money Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Cincinnati Reds, Boys’ Life, The New Yorker, and regular features for Reader’s Digest. He has illustrated 20 children’s books, including those by celebrity authors John Lithgow, Steve Martin, and Astronaut Mark Kelly; and his picture books have been on the New York Times bestseller list. Payne’s work is in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, and he has regularly lectured and exhibited his work across the United States.
Payne has served as Illustration Department co-chair at the Columbus College of Art and Design, and he was recognized as a “Professor of Distinction” by that institution. He was a founding board member of the ICON Illustration Conference, served as vice president of the Cincinnati Art Directors Club, and has chaired both the Society of Illustrators 38th Annual Competition and the Society of Illustrators Museum Committee.
The Hartford Art School’s MFA in Illustration program was founded in 2006 by internationally renowned illustrator Murray Tinkelman and his wife Carol, both of whom passed away earlier this year. Through their combined efforts as director and program manager, the program gained national prominence and established a low-residency model that other graduate programs would follow at the University. Payne began teaching in Tinkelman’s low-residency programs at Syracuse University and the University of Hartford in 1991, and is committed to honoring and upholding the high standard of excellence that the Tinkelmans established at the University of Hartford.