Allison B. Allen Residency, 2019

November 15, 2019

Each year, the Allison B. Allen Visiting Artist Fund provides resources for an artist residency at Central College. This program brings in artists who excel in work outside the expertise of Central’s art professors, thereby expanding the scope of students visual art experience at Central. Outreach is a key element of the Allison B. Allen Fund. During the residency, the artist provides opportunities for the broader community to interact with art and artist.

This year’s recipient was storyboard artist, director, and graphic novel illustrator, Rafael Rosado. Rosado’s work was exhibited in the Mills Gallery in a show entitled, “Crafting Moving Stories” from October 25 through November 15. Gallery Director, Joe Hoksbergen, worked closely with the artist to hang the show. Says Hoksbergen, “We arranged the artwork to walk the viewer through Rafael’s process from rough initial concepts through the final polished pieces from the graphic novel, Dragons Beware.” Within the gallery space, viewers could also browse a kiosk displaying Rosado’s animation process, including many of the elements that go into one episode of Warner Brothers’ Batman, Brave and Bold. In another section of the gallery, viewers enjoyed animatics -animated storyboards- from Curious George and Story Corps..

Rosado spoke about his process to students in a number of classes at Central including 2D Design, Drawing and Painting, and Art Education Methods. While here, Rafael demonstrated his process to elementary students at Madison and Lincoln schools in Pella.  Rosado also presented in Central’s Maytag Center to middle to high school students from Pella Christian and local home school families. Even a girl scout troop who were working on their comic book badge visited with the artist.


Rosado answers questions from professor Mat Kelly’s 2D Design class.

Rosado engaging students at Lincoln Elementary

Rafael meeting with students from Professor Clark’s Art Education Methods course

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