Graphic design icon Milton Glaser is being honored by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum with its National Design Awards 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the most prestigious awards a graphic designer can earn. While perhaps best known for his “I Love NY” logo, Glaser’s notable and influential body of work runs a wide gamut from corporate logos (Brooklyn Brewery, Elektra Records) and posters (SVA’s Art Is…, Angels in America), to interiors (Trattoria Dell’Arte, near Carnegie Hall), book illustration (Dante’s Purgatory, Gogol’s Tales of St. Petersburg) and the cover of the newly released novel by Philip Roth, The Plot Against America. He has been affiliated with the College for over 40 years as a graphic design instructor, currently serving as a member of the Board and offering his perennially successful summer graphic design workshop.
In recognition of Glaser’s deep connection to SVA and their ongoing creative partnership, Chairman Silas H. Rhodes was asked to present the award at a gala event on Tuesday, October 19, at the Andrew Carnegie Mansion in New York City. Over 500 guests from the design and architecture worlds are expected to attend to honor Glaser.
Image: Milton Glaser, Art Is…, 1997.