For over two hundred years PAFA has collected and exhibited works by leading American artists, distinguished alumni and faculty of its school. A commitment
Next time you are walking through the Art Institute of Chicago I would highly recommend a visit to the Gift of Edlis|Neeson Collection, located on the second floor, gallery 292A. Here you will find a tantalizing array of modern day contemporary art that delivers a sensory overload wherever you turn. Nestled in between the copiousness of talent you will find three offerings from a prominent living contemporary artist called Jasper Johns titled Alphabet (1959), Figure 4 (1959), and Target (1961). Although at times his work faced rejection from the critics of individualism of abstract expressionists his life’s journey sculptured his path to who he is as a person and who he has become as a modern day renowned contemporary artist.
While there are many accomplished artists, of all mediums, who are a part of this art movement, I was drawn to one more than any other. Her name is Clara McDonald Williamson (1875-1976). Clara, referred to as Aunt Clara, in the art world, was a Native Texan who tapped into her memory for her inspiration. Her chosen medium was oils
In Tiffany Salinas’s post, they talk about how document design is important to gain the reader’s attention.
A person who is known 20 years after their death is a legend. On November 8th, 1978, in Stockbridge Massachusetts, Norman Rockwell died. Norman was best known for illustrating the covers of multiple magazines (Encyclopedia Britannica). In 2008, he was named the official state artist of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Norman Rockwell Museum). Norman’s paintings were centerpieces at the National Museum of American Art 20 years after his death (American
April Greiman was born March 22, 1948, in New York where she was a designer during the mid-1970s. She decided to leave for something different in Los Angeles. Where according to AIGA, it “had a limited aesthetic of its own at that time. But the lack of an established design practice created a unique opportunity to explore new paradigms in communications design.”(AIGA) Ingre Druckrey, Hans Allemann and Chris Zelinsky, whom all studied in Switzerland at the Basel School of Design, introduced Greiman to Modernism. She, also, went to graduated school at Basel and studied under Armin Hoffman and Wolfgang Weingart in the 1970s. She studied International Style and Weingart’s personal experiments that he called New Wave. “New Wave was more intuitive,
Both Connie Hwang and Lucille Tenazas are not only educators in the design area, but they are also the founders of their design studios. Hwang is currently the chair of the design department at San Jose State University and teaches graphic design. Additionally, she established Connie Hwang Design. Known as one of the AIGA medalists, Tenazas is a design professor and was the Founding Chair or the MFA Design Program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. At the same time, she is the principal of Tenazas Design.
She gained a BA from Harvard and then a Master of Fine Arts in Animation from UCLA Film School. Her calligraphy and lettering has performed in the Scientific American and Fine Print, as well as other magazines and journals. She has exhibited at Mills College and Rhode Island School of Design, moreover, her work is also on permanent display at the Klingspor Museum, Offenbach, Germany and at the Melbert B Cary Collection of the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Worked with Alumni and Development to decide what type of artwork to display at the Saint Patrick’s Day reception. Went to New York to scout out location and pitch designs that will work for the venue. Designed window clings (shamrock and double cut Q), wayfinding signage and event signage.
George Tscherny was born in Budapest on July 12, 1924, and raised in Berlin. He became the citizen in the United States in 1941. Tscherny studied at Pratt Institute for graphic designer and educator. He opened his own practice with his corporate clients Ernst & Whinney, Monadnock Paper Mills, The Ford Foundation, Pan Am, General Dynamics and Johnson & Johnson. He taught successfully in the course design graphic at the School of Visual Arts over the years because he designed his first logo of SVA and first poster in 1956. Tscherny is the achievement with the highest honors among graphic designers. He has awarded the AIGA Medal in 1988, the Masters Series in 1992 at the SVA, and the Art Directors Club Hall of Frame in 1997.
Prior to becoming a graphic designer, Jessica Helfand began her career as an actress who struggled to understand how to become her character, as many aspiring actors and actresses do. In her article, Method Designing: The Paradox of Modern Design Education, Helfand focuses on actors and actresses, and more specifically how their training relates to the education of designers. She writes about a technique which became revolutionary and known for its success, as it helped actors, such as herself, to understand the characters they were portraying.
The principles used in this design include figure/ground relationship, asymmetrical contrast and repetition. Out of all these principles, contrast and repetition stands out most. In this work, there is contrast and repetition in colors. Color changed as it has moved one triangle to another. In addition, rhythm and repetition played important part in this design because the geometric shapes repeated more than once. Furthermore, there is also contrast in the size of the type and triangles. For instance, the title "The 2010 Shepley Bulfinch Summer Design Fellowship MMX" used bigger in size than other text. In this work, the figure/ground is well-balanced as well as positive and negative space. These triangles in primary colors and secondary colors are considered as figure and the white part in each rectangle considered as ground. The primary focal points are the triangle in red, blue and yellow. Then the secondary focal point is the triangle that colored in purple and light orange. At last, the tertiary focal point is the texts and the white background of the poster.
Milton Glaser: Taking inspiration from the history of art and graphic design, Glaser created a new style of graphic communication that combines visual and intellectual concepts.
Throughout the timeline of graphic design, designers have seemed to push boundaries, express passion, and create unique compositions. Alvin Lustig was born in Denver, CO in 1915. During his education days he studied at LA City college art center while working independently with Frank Lloyd Wright at his Taliesin studio. Alvin Lusig projects an overall theme of modernism within his design work. It is often that graphic design seems to repeat itself over time, but that is not the case for Alvin; his ideas were fresh, he took risks in his work by mixing typefaces and experimenting with different color pallets. Creativity sparked in 1937 when he began designing book jackets, and was eventually offered a position as the Director of Visual Research
The Art Deco movement was an international style that affected the fine art, fashion, and design of the 1920s and 1930s. A time of great social disorder, particularly for women, the period saw the culmination of the Women’s movement (Jirousek 1995); society embraced the opportunity to promote the beauty of women and the shift from traditional women’s roles. Known for its simplified geometric shapes and symmetrical patterns, and often reduced to simple black, white and silver tones, but in certain settings, bold and saturated tones such as fuchsia or apple green, Art Deco was perhaps the most eclectic of decorative art styles (Fischer 2017, 14). The Art deco style borrowed motifs from Oriental, Ancient Egyptian and African art and was