Vincent Di Fate

2008 Distinguished Educator in the Arts: Vincent Di Fate

Vincent Di Fate continues to enjoy an extraordinary career at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Since he began teaching fifteen years ago, Vincent has taught a wide array of classes from Color Theory and The Art of Science Fiction through the History of Illustration.

He has written curriculum for an endless number of courses and in collaboration with colleague Melanie Reim he co-authored an M.A. in Illustration program that is both wonderfully innovative and already a resounding success. Vincent is also responsible for designing an innovative program in Film Studies designed for illustration majors.

Vincent is among the most accessible and supportive teachers I have ever had the privilege of knowing. He is generous with his time for any student who needs a constructive critique or a sympathetic ear.

As former student, Nathaniel Gold states, “Vincent Di Fate is the most inspirational teacher I have ever had. He always goes that extra mile and is always in perfect tune with a student’s needs.”

Former departmental chairperson Jane Bixby Weller says “Vincent is truly exceptional. He is wonderfully aware and he knows the field of illustration thoroughly. He knows the history, the present and has an eye to the future. Vincent is truly a visionary.”

Vincent brings his forty plus years as an internationally acclaimed illustrator, respected author, public speaker and commentator on Pop Culture to the lecture hall and studio with a profound sensitivity and a wicked sense of humor.

In every sense, Vincent Di Fate is a truly distinguished educator.

Words and illustration by Murray Tinkelman