Maine College of Art & Design
Hosts Author, Illustrator, and Screenwriter Jonny Sun
PORTLAND, ME — October 20, 2021 — Maine College of Art & Design (MECA&D) today announced its plans to host New York Times and international best-selling author, illustrator, and screenwriter Jonny Sun for a private reading and discussion with first-year students at the Portland Museum of Art on Wednesday, November 3, 2021.
In addition to his award-winning book Goodbye, again, Sun also wrote everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too and illustrated Gmorning, Gnight! by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Sun also wrote for the Emmy-nominated sixth season of the Netflix Original Series BoJack Horseman. His work has also appeared in The New Yorker and McSweeney’s.
“Jonny Sun is an inspirational writer, illustrator, and creative researcher who will bring a world of collaborative experience when he comes to Portland, ” said Laura Freid, President at Maine College of Art & Design. “He is an outstanding role model for how to push the boundaries of art, and he challenges us all to question our ideas and perspectives. As we approach our 140th anniversary, Sun’s visit is a timely opportunity for the College to come together, reflect, and expand our notion of what is possible for our community of artists and designers.”
Sun has been profiled on NPR and in The New York Times and was a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers. TIME Magazine named Sun one of the 25 Most Influential People on the Internet of 2017, and in 2019 he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Sun’s TED Talk has been viewed online over 3.5 million times, and in 2021 he was named to Adweek's Creative 100.
In addition to his literary and artistic achievements, Sun is a doctoral candidate at MIT and a creative researcher at the Harvard metaLAB, where he studies social media, virtual place, and online community. Sun received his master’s degree in architecture from Yale and his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Toronto.
This year, Sun’s Goodbye, again was featured as the common read for MECA&D first-year students. The common read program is a community-building opportunity to explore fresh perspectives when it comes to art and academic goals at the College. The 2021-2022 academic year choice to review essays, reflections, and illustrations from Goodbye, again stemmed from the communal desire to meditate on how the pandemic has reshaped our world through the series of hellos and goodbyes Sun weaves into his book.
Following his reading for the College’s first-year students at the Portland Museum of Art, Sun will meet with professional studio students at MECA&D in a live conversation with moderator and MECA&D alum Evelyn Wong ’19.
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Maine College of Art & Design (MECA&D, pronounced "Maine College of Art and Design”) has been activating students of all pursuits to make art, make an impact, and inspire change since its founding as Portland School of Art in 1882. Located in Portland's thriving Arts District, students have access to state-of-the-art facilities, 24-hour-a-day studios, a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio, and a community-based Artists at Work program—making MECA&D the right-sized school in the right-sized city for every student who wants to make their mark and be seen. MECA&D offers BFA Majors and Minors, Graduate Programs, Continuing Studies, Pre-College, and includes the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and the Institute for Contemporary Art. Follow us at @mecaart.
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