Renowned illustrator exhibits at MTSU

Illustrator Jessica Hische
She designed the titles for the Wes Anderson film Moonrise Kingdom and Jessica Hische’s (center) work will be on display at MTSU this week. (Images Provided)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — She’s illustrated for famed director Wes Anderson and The New York Times and her works will be on display through Saturday, September 16 at MTSU’s Todd Art Gallery.

The Middle Tennessee State University Department of Art and Design will welcome visiting artist Jessica Hische with the opening of her exhibit, Covered – on display through Saturday, September 16 at the Todd Art Gallery.

Covered highlights three of Hische’s popular and award-winning children’s books: Tomorrow I’ll be Brave (2018), Tomorrow I’ll be Kind (2020), and Who Will U Be? (2023).

A native of Charleston raised in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, Hische attended the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, graduating in 2006 with a BFA in Graphic and Interactive Design.

Talents Beyond Children’s Books

However, her talents are widely known beyond children’s books. Her clients include famed director Wes Anderson, American Express, The New York Times, Penguin Books, Starbucks, Target, Tiffany & Co., the United States Postal Service, and Wired Magazine.

“I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with amazing clients — creating custom lettering artwork for established brands, classic books, postage stamps, and so much more,” Hische said.

Early in her career she worked at Headcase Design in Philadelphia and Louise Fili Ltd in New York City before starting a freelance career and embarking on several fun projects.

One notable project was Daily Drop Cap, which featured a new illustrative letter every day and has since worked through the alphabet more than 12 times. The project’s popularity energized her career as a letterer and inspired other designers to start similar projects. Daily Drop Cap letters are found everywhere, from postcards to smartphone cases.

Accolades include being named an ADC Young Gun, an Adweek “Creative 100,” one of Forbes 30 under 30 in Art and Design, a “Person to Watch” by GD USA, and a Print Magazine New Visual Artist (20 under 30). In addition to design work, Hische is the author of In Progress, which details her creative process.

If you are interested is seeing her work, the Todd Art Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. During Saturday’s Todd programs, hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Click here to learn more. •

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