RIT’s University Gallery hosting Milton Glaser exhibit through February

Iconic posters come from collection in Vignelli Center for Design Studies archive




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The University Gallery at Rochester Institute of Technology is preparing to host an exhibit featuring the work of an artist considered among the most celebrated graphic designers in the United States.

The RIT gallery will host Milton Glaser: Posters from the Vignelli Center for Design Studies Archive from Nov. 30 through Feb. 26. An opening reception will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10.

Glaser, born in the Bronx in 1929, is the embodiment of American graphic design during the latter half of this century. At the age of 86, he continues to produce a prolific amount of work in many fields of design to this day.

“We are very fortunate to have Glaser’s iconic posters in our collection,” said R. Roger Remington, Vignelli distinguished professor of design at RIT. “They represent his artistic genius and they add tremendously to the creative environment on the campus.”

Glaser has had the distinction of one-man-shows at the Museum of Modern Art and the Georges Pompidou Center. He was selected for the lifetime achievement award of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum (2004) and the Fulbright Association (2011), and in 2009 he was the first graphic designer to receive the National Medal of the Arts award.

As a Fulbright scholar, Glaser studied with the painter Giorgio Morandi in Bologna and is a spokesman for the ethical practice of design. He opened Milton Glaser, Inc. in 1974. Among the notable highlights of Glaser’s career, he designed the “I Love New York” logo for an advertising campaign to promote New York City and New York state. Used since 1977, the innovative pop-style icon became a major success and is in use today.

The University Gallery, located on the RIT campus in James E. Booth Hall, features exhibitions comprised of works that inspire creativity and spark the imagination. Exhibitions showcase work from RIT’s extensive archives, the work of professional alumni and traveling exhibitions. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For information, call 585-475-2866 or go to finweb.rit.edu/gallery.