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Andrew Blauvelt is Curator of Architecture and Design and Chief of Communications and Audience Engagement at the Walker Art Center, a contemporary arts museum in Minneapolis. From 1998-2010 he served as Design Director of the Walker, where he oversaw its in-house design studio, progressive cultural identity, and publishing program.
As Curator of Architecture and Design, he has organized several major traveling exhibitions for the Walker on a variety of topics. In 2011, he co-organized the exhibition Graphic Design: Now in Production with the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York. He is currently working on exhibitions about the modern multilevel city and its elevated pedestrian networks and the architecture and design of the counterculture.
Prior to his tenure at the Walker Art Center, Blauvelt taught graduate level graphic design at several institutions in the U.S. and abroad, including Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, the Netherlands. From 1991-1998 he was Associate Professor of Graphic Design at the College of Design at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, where he also served as department head and director of graduate studies.
Blauvelt received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication from the Herron School of Art of Indiana University in Indianapolis and his Master of Fine Arts in Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art and practices both graphic design and interior architecture. He has been a practicing communications designer for more than twenty years and the recipient of more than 100 design awards.
He writes about design and culture for various publications including DesignObserver.com, Visible Language (U.S.), Emigré (U.S.), Eye (U.K.), IDEA (Japan), Items (the Netherlands), and Perspecta (U.S.).
Blauvelt serves on the National Board of Directors of AIGA, the professional association of design in the United States, and is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI).
AIGA Chicago thanks event chairs and chapter members, Jonathan McGlothin and Vida Sacic, for planning our 2013 Design Thinking Series.
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