Melanie Reim, USA
Melanie Reim, MFA, Illustration, is an award-winning illustrator with a sketchbook never far from her side. Melanie has taught drawing and illustration on both graduate and undergraduate levels both in the US and abroad for over 18 years. She is the chairperson of the MFA in Illustration program and Acting Assistant Chairperson for the undergraduate Illustration program at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Her visual journals have been the subject of articles published out of London, UK, as well as Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic, her documentary work is part of the US Air Force Art Collection in the Pentagon in Washington, DC and is also featured in several books about drawing and illustration. Her work has appeared in many solo and group exhibitions.
Melanie is a Fulbright Scholar and is the recipient of a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Faculty Service and FIT President’s award for Student Centeredness, as well as being a charter member of the SUNY Leadership Initiative. Melanie is on the Board of Directors at The Society of Illustrators in New York City as Education Chair, a judge for the Society of Illustrators West Annual Exhibit, a co-chair of the Educator’s Symposium, SI, NY, and has served on the Board of Directors for ICON: The Illustration Conference 6, 7, 8, as Volunteer Chair, where she advocates for the rich and well-rounded education of illustration students everywhere, as they are the future of the industry.