Distinguished Design

April 7, 2006


As a part of the Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series, renowned artist, former recipient of the Masters Series Award and SVA alumnus Paul Davis (G 1959 Illustration) spoke on Thursday, April 6, in the Amphitheater. Surveying his career as a graphic designer and illustrator, Davis told the audience about how he became an artist and examined the creative impact of his student years at SVA. Davis went on to explain elements of his creative process, specifically his method of intertwining photography of city street signs and other urban subjects with his graphic design and illustration. He also presented a broad survey of his work—from memorable images for Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, such as Hamlet and The Threepenny Opera, to illustration work done for Playboy and Rolling Stone. Currently, Davis is best known for his work as the principal of the Paul Davis Studio.


The Amphitheater, 209 East 23rd Street, 3rd floor, will also be the location of the next big on-campus lecture. As the final 2005 – 06 installment of the ongoing Critics Series, MFA Art Criticism and Writing Department Chair Thomas McEvilley will deliver a lecture, entitled From Breakthrough to Cul de Sac: Recent Developments in the Social History of Art, on Monday, April 10, 7pm. This event is free and open to the public.


Image: © 2006 Paul Davis.

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