Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

Dalvero students Julia Sverchuk, Danielle McManus, Rosa Lee, SiYeon Lee, Laura Vila and Todd Rawson are featured on the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund website. The Fallen Heroes Fund provides financial support for the dependents of US military personnel lost in performance of their duty.

The assignment Ronnie gave the digital class last fall at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum was to design a poster commemorating the Fallen Heroes Fund and highlighting the patriotism of the soldiers and their families. The poster above (by Julia Sverchuk) and the others featured on the website were the results of that day at the Intrepid. The work is also on the fund’s Facebook page.

From the website:

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund was established in 2000 to provide financial support for the dependents of United States military personnel lost in performance of their duty.This continued an effort begun in 1982 byZachary and Elizabeth Fisher, founders of the Intrepid Museum Foundation and the Fisher House Foundation.  Following the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut in 1982, the Fishers sent contributions of $10,000 to every child who lost a parent in the attack.  Until Zachary’s passing in 1999, the Fishers made hundreds of similar contributions following military losses.  These gifts, usually of $25,000, were intended to assist military families through any financial hardships they might face following the loss of their loved ones. This tradition was carried on by Zachary’s nephews, Arnold, Richard and Tony Fisher, who quietly supported these efforts through the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and the United States’ involvement in the war on terrorism, the need for this support greatly increased and this effort was expanded to the public to help generate the growing need for funds. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund was established officially as an independent not-for-profit organization in 2003.”

If you would like to contribute to the fund, please visit them at

Beautiful work everyone – a wonderful contribution to a wonderful cause!

Evan Turk: A Picture For A Thousand Voices


Hello fellow illustrators!

I’d like to inform you about a project that I have been working on called “A Picture For A Thousand Voices.”  Through all the constant talk about the gay marriage amendments across the country, I feel like there has been very little conversation about WHY the LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) equal rights movement is important.  I’ve even had friends of mine who support gay rights ask me “If a civil union can afford all of the same rights as a marriage, then what’s the big deal if the name is different?”  The point that I would like to make is that marriage equality is not the end goal of the equal rights movement, it is merely a stepping stone.  The road to equality means something different to each individual across the country as part of a move towards acceptance and equal treatment within the community.

“A Picture For A Thousand Voices” is a project that seeks to help establish a dialogue between members of the LGBT community and the straight community about why the equal rights movement is a fight worth fighting.  Since words have often been falling on deaf ears, I would hope that perhaps through art and illustration, these ideas can be better understood by both the straight and LGBT communities.

That’s where you all come in!  I want to invite you all to participate in this project by asking someone you know who is gay or transgender (or yourself, if you are gay or transgender) what they hope to see achieved in the fight for equal rights, and creating a piece of illustration to convey this hope.  If you don’t know someone you can ask, send me an e-mail and I’ll help you find someone.  Also, if you don’t feel that this is a fight worth fighting, I ask you most of all to start this dialogue with someone.  Whether it changes your mind or not, at least you will understand someone else’s point of view.  I hope that this can be a way for you all to use your talent as visual communicators to help educate those who might not have heard these ideas in the past!

If you are interested in participating, please send me an e-mail at or at

The idea of equal rights is about understanding others, not just tolerating them. If we can show others, and remind ourselves, why this fight is important, it will be that much easier to win.

Thanks everyone!

Evan Turk

Here is a link to the blog:

Dalvero Academy Members Launch Site!


Dalvero Academy members Danielle McManus, Rosa Lee and Sara Dilliplane (pictured, left to right) announce the launch of their professional website – the 1104 Studio!

Visit the site here: There you will see their illustrations, design, photography, fine arts and textile work – some terrific stuff!

Congratulations and we wish you much success with it!!

Cassandra Berger’s Books

Dalvero student Cassandra Berger has recently illustrated two books for Nick Jr. and Noggin. The cover above is for the book, “Let’s Find Colors”, the one below is for the book “Bengal Tiger”. She is currently working on a series called Wonder Pets and these books are just a part of her involvement.

Congratulations Cassandra – keep up the good work!!

(All artwork copyright 2008 by Cassandra Berger. Please do not use without permission.)