Words and Pictures 2017

WORDS & PICTURES: An Evening with Senior Illustration Students from University of the Arts, Featuring a Keynote Address by Wendy MacNaughton

This evening honors the work of graduating illustration seniors. Please join us as we begin with the inspiring words of our guest speaker Wendy MacNaughton, and move on to a reception featuring food, drink, and most importantly, the portfolios of our soon to be graduates. This event is a joining place for Philadelphia’s design community and The University of the Arts academic community. We welcome design professionals, alumni, and faculty to mix with our seniors and speak to them about their work in a casual atmosphere.

Lecture: 6 to 7 / Reception: 7 to 10

Wendy MacNaughton is a NYT best-selling illustrator and graphic journalist based in San Francisco. Her books include Meanwhile in San Francisco, The City in its Own Words (Chronicle), Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology (Bloomsbury),Pen and Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them (Bloomsbury), The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and most recently, The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

In early 2017, Julia Rothman and Wendy launched Women Who Draw to highlight illustration by women, women of color, LBTQ+ and other less visible groups and make it impossible for any publication, art director or editor to ever again say “I’d hire more ____ if i only knew where to find them.”

Before she was drawing full-time, she studied art and social work, worked as a copywriter in advertising, a campaign director for non-profits, a bookseller in a used bookstore, and a counselor on a suicide hotline. She also created the national sensitization campaign for the first democratic elections in Rwanda. She lives in Potrero Hill with her partner (and frequent collaborator), the writer Caroline Paul, two cats and a dog.


New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Print magazine, Lucky Peach, Pop-Up Magazine, AFAR, IDEO, Time Magazine, Bon Appetit, NPR, Cartoon Movement, Gizmodo, 7×7, Edible SF, Gastronomica, Bitch magazine, Colorlines, GOOD Magazine, DELL, International Rescue Committee, Forest City, San Francisco Public Library, 826 Valencia, Behance, Notre Dame, Gump’s, City Arts, Genentech, La Kagu Japan, AJCP Graduate Hotels, Basecamp Hotels, California Sunday Magazine, Print Magazine, Mother Jones, Tosca Cafe, Bonny Doon Wines, TED, JCCSF, Edward Tufte, Bloomsbury, Simon & Scheuster, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Chronicle Books & Lectures, Techsoup Global and stuff like that.


When & Where
Tue, May 2, 2017 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
University of the Arts. Terra Hall, Caplan Center for the Performing Arts
211 S. Broad Street
17th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107