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Tricia Hennessy

Frostic School of Art Director

M.F.A. International Equivalent in Graphic Design, Basel School of Design, Switzerland

B.F.A. in Graphic Design, Ohio University


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Tricia Hennessy is a graphic designer and design educator and is presently serving as director of the Frostic School of Art. She was director of the Design Center and graphic design program coordinator at Western Michigan University from 1988 to 2011. Before coming to the Frostic School of Art she taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and was a partner in Adleta and Hennessy Designers in Providence.

She has lectured, taught workshops, and exhibited nationally and internationally including presentations for AIGA and CAA. She was represented by Sointu Gallery in New York and her calendar designs were available for purchase at the MOMA design store and numerous design venues internationally. She taught four summer workshops for color and drawing in Bali, Indonesia through Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. She has a body of design work including posters and books in the permanent collection of the Zurich Museum of Design, Switzerland, and her art direction and book designs have been recognized with the Ben Franklin Award and the Editor's Choice Award received by New Issues Press for the best small press book series. Most recently her work has been included in the Wolfgang Weingart Archive at the Zurich Museum of Design.

Tricia began her education in graphic design at University of Cincinnati, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University and completed the Master of Fine Arts international equivalent in graphic design at the Basel School of Design, Switzerland. Her research is centered on color, typography, photography, animation and video.