In recognition of Malcolm Grear's impact on design education at RISD, an endowed scholarship has been created in his name. Each year, the fund will provide financial assistance to a junior or senior majoring in Graphic Design. The studio is so proud of this honor given to Malcolm and delighted that future graphic designers will benefit from the generosity of fellow alumni, friends, and clients. Contributions to the Malcolm Grear Endowed Scholarship Fund can be made here.Read More
Currently on view at BigTown Gallery in Rochester, Vermont is the exhibition titled Artist Community: Rhode Island. For the gallery, it is the first in a series of mixed media group exhibitions that explore the artwork and relationships of artists from a local, creative community. Malcolm Grear will exhibit several works from his personal art collection including a piece he designed for musician Scott Hamilton.Read More
On Father's Day, Malcolm Grear and his daughter Leah Grear will open their exhibition titled "Art and Influence" at Green Gallery in Carolina, Rhode Island. The exhibition is a look at the flow of ideas and inspiration that drive artists to create and communicate. Viewing art as a collaborative effort, Leah Grear says that her father "teaches me different ways of seeing things, at the same time completely believing in the way I see things."
Combining his professional work with his personal, Malcolm will exhibit art alongside Leah's collection of work from her impressive career as an artist. Malcolm Grear, an internationally recognized graphic designer, began his career at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and went on to teach graphic design for thirty-eight years at the Rhode Island School of Design. Leah Grear, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design in painting and printmaking, has taught for over eleven years at the Wheeler School in Providence, Rhode Island.
An opening reception will held on Sunday, June 20th from 2 to 5pm and will continue until July 11th. The Gallery is open by appointment only and may be contacted by calling 401.741.1574 or 401.491.9298.
The Art League of Rhode Island (ALRI) will display its 10th Anniversary Member's Exhibition at the RISD Museum of Art from June 17 through July 25th. An honorary member of the ALRI, Malcolm Grear will exhibit his silkscreened poster titled "Earth Zero" which was commissioned to be shown in Hiroshima on the anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb.
The ALRI was formed to share a common vision to "encourage and foster artistic recognition and growth among Rhode Island Artists." The exhibition will encompass the work of over eighty artists in all mediums. An opening reception will take place on June 17 at 5pm.
On Saturday May 1, the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame will add eight inductees to its list of influential Rhode Islanders in ceremonies to be held at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston.
The honor goes to “any individual who has brought credit to Rhode Island, brought Rhode Island into prominence and contributed to the history and heritage of the state,” provided that they have either been born, lived, studied, or worked in Rhode Island for a significant amount of time.
Joining the ranks of 647 other influential Rhode Islanders, including such notables as Roger Williams, Gilbert Stuart, and Samuel Slater, will be Malcolm Grear, nationally prominent graphic designer, Professor Emeritus at the Rhode Island School of Design, and CEO of Malcolm Grear Designers. For over fifty years, Grear has generated some of the more prominent visual identity systems in the nation. His clients have included the 1996 Centennial Atlanta Olympic Games, the Veterans Administration, U.S. Health and Human Services, The Guggenheim Museum, Presbyterian Church USA, Vanderbilt University, and Mayo Clinic. Local clients include Lifespan, Brown University, New Bedford Whaling Museum, Rhode Island Department of Health, and Salve Regina University.
The Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame is currently located at the Rhode Island Historical Society on Benelovent Street in Providence and is expected to move to the as-yet-unopened Heritage Harbor Museum, for which Grear also designed the identity.
Malcolm Grear received the Graphis Poster Annual 2010 Gold Award for his Frida and Diego poster design. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Frida Kahlo and 50 years since Diego Rivera's death, The Fine Arts National Institute in Mexico organized a year long celebration. An invitation went out to 100 world-known graphic designers who are members of the AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale) to design a poster as an international visual homage to this iconic couple, Frida and Diego.
Malcolm Grear's Frida and Diego poster will be featured in the 2010 Graphis Poster Annual. The colors rendered in each artist's name suggest their unique characteristics and palette. Integral to the poster's design is its large scale—it was printed at 120 x 180 cm and displayed at the opening reception at the Club de Banqueros de México A.C.
Denise Perrault's article in today's Providence Business News includes Malcolm Grear Designers as proof that design can indeed thrive in Rhode Island. As Grear points out, "People have no idea how much business designers bring to this part of the country".
Graphic Design: The New Basics is a must read for those wishing to educate themselves in the arena of visual design. Published by Princeton Architectural Press and co-authored by Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips, the book presents a rich and thorough examination of graphic design, “for people who want to understand graphic design in a critical, rigorous way, informed by contemporary media, theory, and software systems.”
Jennifer Cole Phillips includes a dedication to Malcolm Grear, her lifelong mentor and friend. Among the diverse span of work featured in the book are several projects by Malcolm Grear Designers, including the visual identity for Vanderbilt University (shown above).
Yesterday, the Rhode Island School of Design awarded 50 retired professors the first ever Professor Emeriti Medallion. Malcolm Grear, who taught at RISD for over 35 years, was honored along with other distinguished professors including Lorraine Howes, Richard Merkin, Jack Pripp, Dean Richardson, Friedrich St. Florian, and Marc Harrison (posthumously). The term “retired professor” is not an entirely accurate description of Malcolm Grear, who regularly invites classes to his design studio (Malcolm Grear Designers), occasionally teaches graduate courses at RISD, and maintains a busy national/international lecture schedule. RISD President, Roger Mandle, who is leaving this leading art and design institution after 15 celebrated years, also received an honorary Emeritus Medallion.
April 24th is the last day to view the exhibition Inside/Outside: Process and Design, Malcolm Grear Designers in the Bannister Gallery at Rhode Island College. The gallery is open Wednesday from 11am to 5pm and Thursday from 12pm to 9pm.
In conjunction with the exhibition “Inside/Outside: Design and Process, Malcolm Grear Designers” at the Bannister Gallery, Malcolm Grear will give a lecture on April 17, from 7 to 9pm at Rhode Island College.
In the Providence Sunday Journal (March 30), Bill Van Siclen’s in depth and insightful article covers the upcoming exhibition “Inside/Outside: Design and Process, Malcolm Grear Designers” at the Bannister Gallery.
The opening reception for “Inside/Outside: Design and Process, Malcolm Grear Designers” will be held Thursday, April 3, from 5-8pm at the Bannister Gallery. The exhibition will be on view April 3-24. The Bannister Gallery is located in Roberts Hall, Rhode Island College, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Providence, RI. Regular Gallery hours are Monday-Wednesday and Friday 11am-5pm, and Thursday Noon-9pm.
Visit the Bannister Gallery web site.
Malcolm Grear has been nominated for the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s 2008 National Design Awards program for Lifetime Achievement. As the only awards of their kind in the nation and the Museum’s largest education initiative, the awards celebrate design excellence and innovation. The Awards serve as a critical gauge of the impact of design on the quality of American life. Visit the National Design Awards web site. Visit the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum web site.
John Cohen, the photographer, filmmaker, artist, and musician, lectured at the RISD Auditorium yesterday evening (October 2, 2007) in conjunction with the RISD Photography Department and the RISD Museum. Malcolm Grear, a long time friend and colleague of John’s, introduced John Cohen to the audience of interested students and professionals. John Cohen’s lecture coincided with the Henry Horenstein exhibition “HONKY TONK: Portraits of Country Music 1972-1981.”
The New York Times' Carol Kino reviews the exhibition “Harry Callahan: Eleanor” on view at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. Malcolm Grear Designers designed the book that accompanies the exhibition.Read More
Inside/Outside: From the Basics to the Practice of Design, Second Edition by Malcolm Grear has been published by the AIGA and New Riders, an imprint of Peachpit Publishing.
Renowned artist and design legend Malcolm Grear has permanently shaped the design world with his work, lecturing, writing and teaching. This fully updated second edition of his classic bestseller, Inside/Outside: From the Basics to the Practice of Design, combines the practical with the philosophical and the concrete with the abstract. Deftly and sparingly capturing the essence of his subject matter, Grear offers unique insight into the design process with images and forms drawn from nature, typography, art and design. These examples from both his teaching (inside) and professional practice (outside) begin with design problems and illuminate the processes by which the best solutions are found. Grear skillfully bridges the gap between design theory and real-world practice.
Be sure to check out the book review by Safoura Rafeizadeh on the AIGA website.