KCAI appoints Jamie Koval as Joyce C. Hall Distinguished Professor of Design

21 October 2013

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Oct. 21, 2013) — Jamie Koval, a partner with VSA Partners, an independent branding firm headquartered in Chicago, has been appointed the Joyce C. Hall Distinguished Professor of Design at the Kansas City Art Institute, a private four-year college of art and design. For nearly 30 years, Koval’s career has been steeped in design leadership, brand consulting and advocacy. As a partner with VSA Partners, he has been instrumental in its growth, helping to build an integrated organizational model and raise the visibility of this internationally recognized brand and marketing agency since its inception.

“We’re excited to welcome Jamie to the KCAI graphic design department,” said Michael Kidwell, interim chair of graphic design at KCAI. “He has built a national reputation for great branding work, and we are delighted to be able to expose our students to his expertise and longstanding professional experience.” Kidwell noted that Koval will make occasional appearances at KCAI to interact with graphic design students; he is not leaving VSA.
Over the course of his career, Koval has received more than 100 national and international design awards, including the British Design Annual and awards from Communication Arts, ID Magazine, Type Directors and art directors clubs in Los Angeles and New York. His work is in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. In 2011, he was named “one to watch” by Graphic Design USA. His office has engaged with some of the world’s most respected brands, including Converse, GAP, GE, Harley-Davidson, IBM, Johnson & Johnson and The Coca-Cola Company.
Koval is a frequent lecturer and juror, on a global basis. He chaired The Mead Show and The Mohawk Show and served as an adjunct professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is an advisory board member of the Gene Siskel Film Center and also serves on the advisory board of Project M, a creative movement that contributes collaborates and generates ideas for the greater good. He is a member of Cueball Collective, a business development and capital group that helps to fund and incubate consumer and socially driven ventures. He is a former national board member of AIGA.
Koval holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in visual communications with a minor in journalism from the University of Kansas. He was selected as one of 12 students to attend Kent State University’s graphic design program in Switzerland.

About the Joyce C. Hall Distinguished Professorship
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 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.
About the Kansas City Art Institute
The Kansas City Art Institute is a private, independent four-year college of art and design awarding the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with majors in animation, art history, ceramics, digital filmmaking, digital media, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and studio art with an emphasis on creative writing. The college also offers certificate programs in Community Arts and Service Learning and in Asian Studies for students enrolled in the B.F.A. program. KCAI hosts “Current Perspectives,” a free public lecture series; free exhibitions at the H&R Block Artspace gallery; and evening, weekend and summer classes in art, design, multimedia studies and desktop publishing for children, youth and adults. Founded in 1885, KCAI is Kansas City’s oldest arts organization. For more information, visit KCAI on the Web at www.kcai.edu.
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Contact: Anne Canfield, 816-802-3426 or acanfield@kcai.edu