Tricia Hennessy

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Tricia Hennessy
Professor of Graphic Design
(269) 387-2502
(269) 387-2477
R3104 Richmond Center, Mail Stop 5213
Mailing address: 
Gwen Frostic School of Art
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5213 USA
  • M.F.A., Graphic Design, Basel School of Design, Basel Switzerland
  • B.F.A., Graphic Design, Ohio University

Tricia Hennessy is professor of art in graphic design at Western Michigan University's Gwen Frostic School of Art. She was director of the design center and graphic design program coordinator at WMU from 1988 to 2011. From 2011 until 2017 she was the director of the Frostic School of Art.  She also 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, the professional association of design, and CAA. She was represented by Sointu Gallery in New York and her calendar designs were available for purchase at the Museum of Modern Art design store and numerous design venues internationally. She taught four summer workshops for color and drawing in Bali, Indonesia, through Ohio University. She has a body of design work including posters and books in the permanent collection of the Zurich Museum of Design and her art direction and book designs have been recognized with the Ben Franklin Award and the Editor's Choice Award 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.

Hennessy 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.


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