Launch of the Lunder Institute for American Art

With Peter and Paula Lunder’s recent gift of over $100 million, including over a thousand works of art, Colby College and the Colby College Museum of Art have launched the Lunder Institute for American Art. The Lunder Institute will support scholarly research and exhibitions of American Art, and collaborative initiatives with artists, curators, scholars, students, as well as museums and art institutions across the country. This tremendous gift of art and the endowment of the Institute helps the Colby Museum reach and engage a wider, more diverse audience.

Projected on screens, emblazoned on tote bags, mugs, ads, etc., Colby unveiled the Lunder Institute’s visual identity — designed by Malcolm Grear Designers. The design of the Lunder Institute logotype provides a distinctive look for the Institute while maintaining a clear visual connection to the Colby College Museum of Art brand —also created by Malcolm Grear Designers. Our studio developed the identity for the Lunder Collection as well as print collateral pieces such as the Museum’s visitor guide, media kit, ads, etc. We designed the signs, wayfinding, and donor recognition for the Museum’s new Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion, each expressing elements of the overall Colby Museum brand. We also developed the branded bumper graphics for the Museum’s videos.


Signs of Good Things to Come


The Nature Conservancy RI is proud to announce that the overhaul of their statewide sign system is nearing completion. At each of The Nature Conservancy's preserves across the state, visitors will be welcomed by new entrance signs, trail maps and education panels. The system of signs, designed by Malcolm Grear Designers, creates a consistent brand presence throughout the diverse ecosystems of Rhode Island. From the Carter Preserve, to Tilllinghast Pond, Goosewing Beach, and all the preserves, people coming to enjoy these natural treasures will have a greater understanding of The Nature Conservancy of RI's role in both protecting and providing access to these areas. The education panels provide a clear point of engagement as visitors learn and decide which trails to explore. The signs are designed to blend into the natural environment and at the same time, stand out as clear and inviting “welcome mats” to all visitors. It may be surprising to some just how many lands—wooded areas, coastline, and waterways are managed by The Nature Conservancy.


Malcolm Grear Designers has developed the look of The Nature Conservancy’s brochures, annual report, trail guides, newsletter, signs and exhibits–see more.


The American Art Fair 2016

The American Art Fair celebrated its ninth year from November 18–21, 2016 at the Bohemian National Hall in New York City. Inaugurated in 2008, The American Art Fair focuses on American 19th and 20th century works and features hundreds of landscapes, portraits, still lifes, studies, and sculpture exhibited by 17 premier specialists.

Malcolm Grear Designers created the visual identity and website, and continues to design their print collateral–including brochures, invitations, posters, outdoor banners and ads.


And men turned their faces from there | Fatma Bucak

The David Winton Bell Gallery presents And men turned their faces from there | Fatma Bucak, on view until February 5, 2017. Fatma Bucak’s video performances, photographs, and installations grapple with the poetics, pragmatics, and human consequences of borders. This exhibition presents a selection of Bucak’s recent video performances alongside new works addressing media censorship, state violence, and mass migration. Opening reception and artist conversation will be held Friday, November 18 at 5:30pm in the List Art Auditorium.

Malcolm Grear Designers created the exhibition identity, promotional materials, and installation graphics.


Tiverton Public Library wins Gold in Rhode Island Monthly’s Annual Design Awards

Photo: Nat Rea

Rhode Island Monthly has announced this year’s design award recipients. The new Tiverton Public Library, designed by Union Studio Architecture and Community Design, received a gold award for its fresh approach to the notion of a “public" library. The 24,000 square-foot space includes several community spaces, a spacious children’s library, a teen library with collaborative spaces, reading rooms and public courtyards. The library has become a vital center of activity for the Tiverton community.

In collaboration with Union Studio and the Tiverton Public Library, Malcolm Grear Designers created a system of interior and exterior signs, graphics and donor recognition that greatly enhances the experience of the library. One the most engaging graphical applications is the treatment of the “glass box” entrance to the Children’s Library which displays large excerpts from some of the most popular children’s books in rows of frosted letters interspersed with colorful letters that become more numerous towards the bottom — at eye level of the youngest children that enjoy the space. The signs also employ translucent mesh, large dimensional letters, and colors and materials that complement to the building’s character. The signs, like the architecture itself, achieve a balance between recognizable, traditional motifs and unexpected contemporary interpretations.

Photo: Nat Rea

Another project that received a gold award was the Physician Assistant Learning Center at Bryant University. The new facility, designed by Lerner Ladds Bartels Architects, is integrated into one of the campus’ largest buildings, the Unistructure, connecting the new space to the existing brick structure with open views through glass curtain walls, exposed stairs, and illumination. The building features new lounges, classrooms, labs, and simulated exam rooms. Malcolm Grear Designers designed the interior and exterior signs and donor recognition in keeping with the campus sign system, which they also developed. This addition is one of many capital improvement projects that Malcolm Grear Designers has been involved with at Bryant University.


DESIGNxRI Honors Malcolm Grear with Lifetime Achievement Award

DESIGNxRI will be inducting four members of the design community into the Rhode Island Design Hall of Fame, and honoring three of the honorees with Lifetime Achievement Awards for their contributions to the industry on local, national and international levels. The inductees include Malcolm Grear (posthumously), Nancy Taylor, Peter Twombly, and Eliza Squibb. Join DESIGNxRI to celebrate the 2016 honorees with design friends, colleagues, creatives, and leaders Thursday, September 22 at 6:00pm on the rooftop of the Providence G, 100 Dorrance Street, Providence. Tickets can be purchased for the event here.


Diana Al-Hadid | Phantom Limb

The David Winton Bell Gallery presents Diana Al-Hadid | Phantom Limb, on view until October 30, 2016. The selected works highlight the artist's distinctive style and experimental use of materials. Opening reception and artist talk will be held Friday, September 16 at 5:30pm in the List Art Auditorium.

Malcolm Grear Designers created the exhibition identity, promotional materials, and installation graphics.


Guggenheim Museum Re-Releases Original Poster Icon for Summer Campaign

The Guggenheim Museum recently approached Malcolm Grear Designers for a limited-release of the iconic image the studio created for a poster in 1970. The poster conveys the symbolic power of the monumental building, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, while remaining a viable piece of art on its own. Originally designed as a series of four one-color posters, in bold versions of red, green, blue and yellow, the poster was later printed in additional colors. The museum is using the image in a current campaign promoting its summer exhibitions.

For twenty years, from 1970-1990, Malcolm Grear Designers designed all of the catalogues, brochures, posters, invitations, calendar of events, newsletters, stationery, gift bags, and promotional items for the Guggenheim Museum.


Campus Wayfinding Program installed at The Fessenden School

The Fessenden School campus, located in West Newton, MA, is experiencing a complete makeover. Along with several improvements to the school’s facilities, their new campus wayfinding system, designed by Malcolm Grear Designers, is nearing completion. In addition to providing clear directional information, the sign system has transformed the feeling on campus — giving students, staff, families, and visitors a sense of enthusiasm and pride in the Fessenden experience. From the large stone main entrance sign, to the athletics entrance, wayfinding signs, campus map kiosks, parking and traffic safety signs, the school’s brand is communicated through the careful arrangement of color, typography, proportion, and materials. Entrances to Fessenden’s new athletic fields are graced by donor recognition plaques built into stone pillars, also designed by Malcolm Grear Designers.

Malcolm Grear Designers is currently designing the interior signs and donor recognition program for Fessenden’s new Center for Innovation which is slated to open in September. This new innovation lab, by CBT Architects, will feature flexible makerspaces, 3-D printing and prototyping spaces, a collaboration/meeting room and a “testing zone” courtyard/garden. 


On View at BigTown Gallery: Director’s Choice

Director's Choice is on view until July 7, 2016 at the BigTown Gallery in Rochester, VT. Curated by director Anni Mackay, this group exhibition includes the work of seven artists, each with a clear voice and mature practice: Varujan Boghosian, Pat dipaula Klein, Helen Matteson, Ira Matteson, Nicholas Santoro, Hugh Townley and John Udvardy, featuring 60 works of varying color, texture and shapes. Read more about the exhibition at Seven Days.

Malcolm Grear Designers created the invitation and web banners for the exhibition.


John C Gonzalez | Works well with others

The David Winton Bell Gallery presents John C Gonzalez | Works well with others, on view from May 7–June 12, 2016. The exhibition premiers a garden built inside the Bell Gallery with landscapers who often work with Brown University. Gonzalez is a Providence-born artist concerned with the processes of collaboration, visibility of labor, and exchange relationships. His project-based artworks involve painting, sculpture, and performance. Opening reception is Friday, May 6, 2016, 5:30pm and is open to the public.

Malcolm Grear Designers created the exhibition identity, promotional materials, and installation graphics and continues to enjoy collaborating with the Bell Gallery.

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Student Exhibition 2016

The David Winton Bell Gallery and the Department of Visual Art at Brown University present the work of student artists in the 36th annual Student Exhibition, on view at the Bell Gallery from Wednesday, April 13 through Sunday, April 24. A closing reception will be held on Friday, April 22 from 7pm until 9pm.

Malcolm Grear Designers created the exhibition identity, promotional materials, and installation graphics.

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Malcolm Grear 1931–2016

James Malcolm Grear, 84, of Wakefield, Rhode Island, died peacefully on January 24, 2016. He was born in Wayne County, Kentucky, on June 12, 1931 to Carl and Elizabeth (Canada) Grear. He is survived by his loving prairie flower, Clarice Simpson Grear, his brother Glenn Grear, his sister Paula Burkett of Kentucky, four beloved children Joel Grear, Amie Grear Ray, Jason Grear, Leah Grear, their spouses and partners, nine grandchildren, one great grandchild, and many loving nieces and nephews, countless friends and devoted colleagues. Malcolm served four years as an aircraft carrier metal smith in the US Navy. After attending the Art Academy of Cincinnati and teaching at the University of Louisville, he joined the Rhode Island School of Design faculty in 1960 and opened Malcolm Grear Designers, Inc., in Providence. During his nearly four decades at RISD and his continuing work at his studio, he was a devoted teacher and mentor and received numerous honors, honorary doctorates, and teaching awards. Malcolm loved his family, friends, and the people and community he served.

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