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December 15, 2016

Ground-Breaking Designer Comes to Moravian College in January

World-renowned graphic designer and artist Seymour Chwast is this year’s Ackerman Visiting Artist and will give a talk in Prosser Auditorium on the evening of January 18, 2017. Chwast is regarded as one of the most influential designers of the 20th century and is co-founder of the world-famous Push Pin Studios (now the Pushpin Group), whose work shaped the course of graphic communication in the 1960s and continues to influence design today.

The breadth of Chwast’s work stuns the imagination. His designs and illustrations grace posters, ads, album covers, packaging, and more. He has authored more than 30 children’s books, 4 graphic novels, and several typefaces, and his prints, paintings, and sculptures have been exhibited in major galleries and museums across the United States and abroad.

For the depth and excellence of his work, Chwast has been richly acknowledged and awarded. He is a member of the Art Directors Hall of Fame and a recipient of the American Institute of Graphic Arts medal. He holds honorary doctorate degrees from Parsons School of Design and the Rhode Island School of Design.

Chwast’s posters reside in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, both in New York City; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Library of Congress; and the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Germany.

Moravian College is very fortunate to be hosting Chwast’s show, ”Poster Power,” curated by Assistant Professor Camille Murphy, which opens in Payne Gallery, Thursday, January 19, 2017. Come meet a legend and see his work.


The Ackerman Lecture Series was begun by Rudy S. Ackerman, chair of the art department for 37 years (1963-2002). Upon his retirement, Ackerman and his wife Rose, a Moravian College graduate in arts administration, created the Ackerman Lecture Series and attended many of the lectures. Dr. Ackerman, also long-time Executive Director of The Baum School of Art in Allentown, PA, passed away in May 2015 at the age of 82. Everyone who knew him remembers his sense of humor, his passion for the arts, and his dedication to his students.

 

The Moravian College Annual Senior Thesis Exhibition

Don’t miss an opportunity to view the work of our graduating senior art majors beginning April 23, 2017. The Senior Thesis Exhibition runs through

May 23.