20 Academy BFA Graduates Showcased Their Goods at 2013 Illustration BFA Show



Owner of Kosart Effects Studio & Gallery, J. Anthony Kosar (3rd from left) with the 2013 Illustration BFA Graduates & Instructors.


The Academy's Annual Illustration BFA show was hosted at Kosart Effects Studios & Gallery in Westmont Illinois. The gallery show was from August 2-23, 2013, with more than 100 people attending the opening reception on the evening of August 2nd.

The studio and gallery are owned and run by Academy graduate J. Anthony Kosar – famous FX artist and grand-prize winner of season four of the Syfy Channel’s FaceOff show.


Academy students, graduates, faculty, staff and guests enjoy the opening reception.


The artwork exhibited was for sale and three pieces were sold at the opening reception--two to the owner of a major make-upbrush company. Kosart Gallery graciously opted from any commission on the sales.

Attendees included Academy instructors Tom Herzberg, Rich Kryczka, Tony and Marcia Thomas and Academy alumni, designer and staffer Aron Gagliardo.


Academy Instructor Tony Thomas with J. Anthony Kosar.


“It was a very nice-quality show for the 20 BFA students who participated,” commented Kryczka. “I think it was excellent that Anthony offered his space to help promote the graduates. I expect the exposure hopefully also helped his business.” 

Any 2013 Academy BFA Illustration graduate was welcome to exhibit at the show.


2013 Illustration BFA Graduate Khafre Liggens.


“It is always exciting to see new graduates’ artwork,” stated Kosar. “I really enjoyed having the opportunity to showcase their artwork in a professional gallery setting and look forward to seeing their future accomplishments.”

The featured Academy BFA graduates / artists included:

Roberto Almanza
Christine Cortez
Jordan Eskovitz

Gabrielle Esposito
Kristy Fleming

Lauren Gacek

Christian Gordon
Paul Han
Justine Herrera
Emily Iacullo

Jane Labowitch
Theresa Lammon
Kate Lavin
Khafre Liggens
Patrycja Palkia

Eric Rose
Michelle Siemionkowicz
Melanie Spana
Sarah Turkowski
Anna Valente







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