Ryan Lewis

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Ryan Lewis
Associate Professor of Graphic Design
(269) 387-2441
R3108 Richmond Center, Mail Stop 5213
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Gwen Frostic School of Art
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5213 USA
  • M.F.A., Graphic Design, Ohio University
  • B.F.A., Graphic Design, Utah State University

Ryan Lewis is an associate professor of art in graphic design at Western Michigan University's Gwen Frostic School of Art. He teaches courses in color, handmade books, advanced problem solving, typography and self-directed design research projects. Before joining the Frostic School of Art, he taught design courses at the School of Art + Design at Ohio University as a teaching assistant where some of his students’ work was featured on designingwithtype.com. Lewis also taught as a guest lecturer at Marietta College in Ohio.

In professional practice, Lewis worked as a web and information designer at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs designing for grant-funded energy, economic and environmental projects. Previously, he also worked as a graphic designer, interactive designer, and senior designer for the dental software division of the Fortune 500 Company Henry Schein, Inc. in American Fork, Utah.

Lewis earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Art + Design at Ohio University, Athens and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Utah State University where he also attended the Summer Design Academy in Leysin, Switzerland.

 Lewis’s current research interests include typeface design, handmade books and time-based media projects exploring the dimensions of human personality. His time-based work has been exhibited at galleries throughout the United States. He is also a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts.


Ryan Lewis. Everted Sanctuaries II, digital video diptych, 2014.

Ryan Lewis. Everted Sanctuaries II, digital video diptych, 2014.