Maura Cluthe, assistant professor of illustration and acting chair of graphic design
An impressive collection of stripey socks, funky watches, bottlecaps and vintage robots are just a few things that make up the world of...Read More
An impressive collection of stripey socks, funky watches, bottlecaps and vintage robots are just a few things that make up the world of Maura Cluthe. This silly world was first discovered by Hallmark in 1991. Still a student in illustration, Cluthe first interned at Hallmark at age 19 and has continued to work there since.
Blurring the lines between fine art, illustration and design, Cluthe has spent much of her career as a collaborator, combining all three disciplines. Hallmark career highlights include helping to launch the "Fresh Ink" alternative card line, the redesign of Kaleidoscope (a creative fun place for kids), being the art director for Shoebox Cards and a member of the Blink Studio. Cluthe currently works as an illustrator in the Kids Studio at Hallmark.
In addition, she has shown her personal mixed media work in various cities including Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Calgary, London and Atlanta. These mixed media pieces integrate text, drawing, photography, painting and other “stuff” she has collected into her art. These collected fragments take on new meaning and live on within her work.
When she isn't hanging out with her husband, she might be doting on her two dogs and cat, digging in the garden, spending time with family and friends or making stuff in her studio.
Kelly Ludwig has been designing professionally since graduating from the University of Kansas with a B.F.A. degree in visual...Read More
Kelly Ludwig has been designing professionally since graduating from the University of Kansas with a B.F.A. degree in visual communications. Before she joined the Kansas City Art Institute, she launched Ludwig Design, a graphic design and marketing agency for clients ranging from new businesses to major pharmaceutical firms. The firm also handles book design, publishing and app development.
Her design work has been recognized in many national and international publications and award shows, including Print Regional Design Annuals, the Rx Club of New York, Print’s Best of Logos and Symbols and Society of Illustrators, as well as Kansas City’s Art Directors, Omnis and ADDYs.
She has also blended her passion for photography, design and travel experiences with the latest technology and has developed two travel apps for the iPhone, the award-winning “Best Road Trip Ever” and “Road Trip 66.”
Her photographs have been featured in the SFO Museum in San Francisco and are in the permanent collection at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum in Colonial Williamsburg, Va. They have also been published in Raw Vision and Public Art Review magazines and numerous books.
Paul Diamond is co-founder and co-creative director of DMH in...Read More
Paul Diamond is co-founder and co-creative director of DMH in Kansas City, Mo. Diamond has helped DMH achieve creative success that has been recognized by the Kansas City AIGA and the Kansas City Ad Club. He has been published in several industry publications, including Communication Arts, Print Regional Design Annual and Graphis & Creativity. His creative work has earned him a National ADDY award, several regional ADDYs and quite a few more ADDYs presented by the Kansas City chapter of the American Advertising Federation.
Throughout his 25-year career, Diamond has worked on and directed a myriad of prestigious accounts, including Ascend Learning, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. The Smithsonian Institution, UMB Bank, Helzberg Diamonds, the Missouri Lottery, the Syfy Channel, Shatto Milk Company, H&R Block, Payless ShoeSource, Las Vegas Sands Corp., Swiss Re and G.E., to name a few.
Diamond is a Kansas City native and a graduate of the University of Kansas, where he received his bachelor of fine arts degree in visual communication. He also attended Syracuse University in New York, where he received a master of arts degree in graphic design. Prior to co-founding DMH, he worked at Barkley and Sullivan Higdon & Sink, both in Kansas City.
He serves as president on the board for Friendship Inn, whose mission is to provide affordable accommodations for families of patients at the University of Kansas Hospital, so that no family in need is turned away.
His personal measure of business success comes from helping his associates stay challenged, satisfied and motivated so that, ultimately, DMH’s clients succeed.
Diamond lives in Kansas City, Mo., with his wife, Kathy, their three children, Mary, Evelyn and John, and their dog, Gertrude. When not working, he enjoys watching his kids’ sports teams and cycling.
Emmy Rice started her teaching career at a high school in Marseille, France, and has spent the past five years teaching...Read More
Emmy Rice started her teaching career at a high school in Marseille, France, and has spent the past five years teaching in academia. She has extensive experience creating graphic design programs, having done so at two universities, and believes in fostering a culture of design to empower students. Rice regularly obtains grants to fund student workshops facilitated by visiting professionals, supplementing classroom learning. The most recent workshop focused on STEAM initiatives, using microcontrollers with design solutions to craft experiences.
Rice graduated from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in textile design, and from Kansas State University in Manhattan with a Master of Fine Arts degree in graphic design. Her graduate research focused on ethnography in design, and her professional work aims to connect her analog past with her love for digital spaces. She operates a letterpress business that feeds her inner typography demons while repeatedly teaching her the ins and outs of accounting.
She serves on the board of AIGA Kansas City, the professional association for design, helping to organize and create design programming for the greater Kansas City community.
Martin Venezky, Joyce C. Hall Distinguished Professor of Design
Martin Venezky first gained renown in 1995 for the design of Speak magazine. With his firm Appetite Engineers, Venezky continues...Read More
Martin Venezky first gained renown in 1995 for the design of Speak magazine. With his firm Appetite Engineers, Venezky continues his dedicaton to craft, process and detail while colliding the handmade with the digital. In 1997, he was among I.D. magazine's "ID40" list of influential designers. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has honored Venezky with a solo exhibition, and his monograph "It is Beautiful ... Then Gone" is published by Princeton Architectural Press.
Recently, Venezky has crafted illustrations for The New York Times and Wire and installations at the Facebook and Adobe campus. Since 1993, Venezky has taught at California College of the Arts, where he is currently associate professor in the graduate design program.
Named in honor of Joyce C. Hall, founder of Hallmark Cards, the Joyce C. Hall Distinguished Professor of Design position at KCAI is underwritten by the Hall family. The position has been held previously by a distinguished line of design professionals including Jamie Koval, Ann Willoughby, Katherine McCoy, Mary Lou Brous, Ivan Chermayeff, Milton Glaser and Emilio Ambasz, each of whom has helped contribute to the shape of the KCAI graphic design curriculum.
Merrick Henry joins the graphic design department after teaching at the Savannah College of Art Design from 2004-2014. His academic...Read More
Merrick Henry joins the graphic design department after teaching at the Savannah College of Art Design from 2004-2014. His academic interests include Typography, Digital Page + Web Design and Branding.
Henry was born in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, West Indies. He received his B.A. degree (2000) from Kansas Wesleyan University and his M.F.A. degree (2004) from Kansas State University in Visual Communication with emphasis on typography and 3D graphics. During his graduate studies, Henry was a Research and Teaching Assistant. Upon completing his B.A. degree, Henry served as a Production Assistant with Arliss Studios in Burbank, Calif. Henry's responsibilities included art direction and other on site duties with the studios. In 2001, he was hired as Public Coordinator/Creative Designer for Middle Georgia College, Cochran, Ga.
In 2003-2004, Henry was part of the design team which designed and developed the Mesa National Verde Park Services website, http://www.nps.gov/meve/orhttp://www.mesaverde2006.org/. During the summers, Henry has traveled with several nonprofit organizations including, Amaranth Foundation and People to People Sports Ambassador Program, to Australia, Austria, Brazil, Germany, New Zealand and Peru.
While at SCAD, Henry escorted graphic design students, graduates and undergraduates to different workshops and lectures in Denmark, France, Spain, Sweden and the United States.
Henry is a member of the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) and UCDA (University and Colleges Designers Association). He has worked with Hope for the Blind in Zaria, Nigeria alongside the Amaranth Foundation from Salina, Kan.
As a Motion Graphics artist, Scott McCarthy continuously finds it exciting and rewarding to be in the field of motion graphics. “Every...Read More
As a Motion Graphics artist, Scott McCarthy continuously finds it exciting and rewarding to be in the field of motion graphics. “Every day is a new opportunity for me to learn something new about myself or within the industry; between different design/animation techniques, new programs, using multiple disciplines and having to creatively problem solve an idea for the client. I originally didn't start off as a Motion Graphics Artist, but went to school to studying 3D Character Animation and after a couple of years in the field, I realized this wasn't what I was passionate about. I ended up switching mediums on a whim and haven't been happier with that risky decision. I'm kinda glad it paid off that I followed that gut feeling.”
When Scott isn’t locked down working long hours on a tight deadline, he enjoys teaching motion graphics classes and giving back to the community. He has taught classes at the Kansas City Art Institute both within the graphic design department and the school of Continuing and Professional Studies, where he taught Applied Motion Graphics for the Master Certificate Course. “I do enjoy teaching and I'm very happy to inspire all ages, pushing students limits and their creativity. This, to me, is one of the best feelings that I get to experience in my professional career.”
Scott is currently employed as a Motion Graphic/VFX Artist with Liquid 9 Kansas City. He has also worked for a variety of creative companies including Threadless, 3st/Thirst Design, Wirestone Chicago, Bazillion Pictures, Bicmedia and Uncut Comics. Scott also works as a freelancer and has been involved in numerous animation and comic book projects.
Frank Norton is a designer and illustrator specializing in brand and identity development. He’s worked for Design Ranch in Kansas City,...Read More
Frank Norton is a designer and illustrator specializing in brand and identity development. He’s worked for Design Ranch in Kansas City, studied with Luba Lukova in New York and is currently serving Boulevard Brewing Co. as in-house art director and designer. Norton’s work has been featured in HOW, Print, Communication Arts along with exhibitions in Europe, Mexico and the U.S.
Norton's recent projects include packaging design for Boulevard Brewing Co., visual identity for The Sundry, AIGA Sintennia, International Architects Atelier and episode art for The Ozarks Explored podcast.
Ian Tirone has been a professional designer for six years. Starting his career at the world’s largest digital agency, VML, he...Read More
Ian Tirone has been a professional designer for six years. Starting his career at the world’s largest digital agency, VML, he specializes in interactive design. While at VML he worked with enterprise level brands such as Kashi, Bear Naked, Korean Air, and SAP, providing innovative digital thinking and web-design expertise. After four and a half years working for “the man” he was invited to join BIKLOPS as a partner and help improve an already sterling portfolio. He has taught Motion Graphics at the University of Kansas and several of his students have gone on to pursue careers in that field.
Ian’s recent projects include work done for Sterneck Capital, Mahaska Bottling and The American Restaurant. When Ian’s not saving the world one website at a time, he’s anxiously waiting to see how the latest Marvel movie will mess up the original comic.