Each year, the College honors a leading visual communicator with the Masters Series Award, which includes a major retrospective exhibition at the Visual Arts Museum. This year’s honoree is Steven Heller, co-founder and co-chair of the MFA Design Department and co-founder of the MFA Design Criticism Department at SVA.
“The Masters Series: Steven Heller” will highlight the inspiration and collaboration behind Heller’s many achievements as a writer and art director. Heller is the author, co-author or editor of over 100 books on graphic design, illustration and political art, was an art director at The New York Times for 33 years and is a columnist for The New York Times Book Review. Curated and designed by Kevin O’Callaghan, chair of 3D Design at SVA, the exhibition features selected covers of The New York Times Book Review that Heller art directed and a visual anthology of his major publications, with several volumes available to peruse. An adjacent video installation will include interviews with some of Heller’s many collaborators. The exhibition will be on view at the Visual Arts Museum, 209 East 23rd Street, October 22 – December 8; an opening reception will take place Monday, October 22, 6 – 8pm, and Heller will be featured in conversation with designer Michael Bierut on Tuesday, October 23, 7pm.
Image: The New York Times Book Review, June 13, 2004. Steven Heller, art director; Milton Glaser, illustrator.