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Bethlehem, Pa., January 27, 2010— Renowned graphic design artist Roger (Rajie) Cook will visit two art classes at Moravian to discuss his work as a designer and activist. He will present “Design is a Problem” to a class of senior design students on Monday, February 1, from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the HILL, Room 310 on the Hurd Campus. The second lecture, “An Eye eyes ‘An Eye for an Eye’ in the Middle East,” is part of the Artists and Activists class and will be held Tuesday, February 2, from 9-11 a.m. in Comenius Hall, Room G5. Those interested in attending should call 610-625-7880 for seating availability.
Cook, born Rajie Cook in 1930, is an internationally known American graphic designer, photographer, and artist. He graduated from Pratt Institute, where in 1997, he was selected as alumnus of the year, and has served on the Pratt Advisory Board. He has also been a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts.
Shanosky Associates, the graphic design firm he founded in 1967, has produced all forms of corporate communications for major international corporations, such as IBM and AT&T. Cook received the Presidential Award for Design Excellence from Ronald Reagan and Elizabeth Dole in 1984, and in 2003, "Symbols Signs," a project designed by his firm for the US Department of Transportation, was accepted by the Acquisitions Committee to the collections of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and The Smithsonian Institution.
Inspired in part by the work of Joseph Cornell, Cook is also an artist-activist who creates sculptural assemblage. He applies his “skills, experiences, and a lifetime of artistic perspective to create statements with [his] assemblages,” seeing them as a “series of performances” much like theatre. Many of the assemblages that he has created are expressions of his deeply felt concern for human rights and for the tragic conditions in the Middle East. They were created to articulate the circumstances and experiences he encountered during the ten years he has served on the Task Force for the Middle East, with whom he has traveled on fact-finding trips to Israel, Jordan, the West Bank, and Gaza. To view Cook’s work, visit his website at http://www.rajie.org/home.php.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.