Bio/CV

Education
MFA 1996: Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Design
BFA 1983: Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Ceramics

Work history
Bingo game de-installer
Grocery bagger
Grocery stockperson
Shoe-heel factory worker
Wool mill carding machine operator
Ceramics work-study
Paste-up artist
Museum docent
Janitor
National historic site building manager
Temp worker
Telephone pollster
Department store display assistant
Freelance graphic designer
Data entry
Clerk/secretary
Data/LAN manager
Adjunct art school faculty
Freelance writer
College professor

Publications
2017
Learning by numbers: eleven lessons taught only in design school,” Design Observer
“Singing the surface,” Print magazine, Winter

2016
Laura Rossi Garcia: dialectic designer,” AIGA Design Educators Community journal
Turn over,” AIGA Design Educators Community journal

2015
Thinking about teaching,” AIGA Design Educators Community journal
Fuck All,” Modes of criticism 1: critical, uncritical, post-critical, Modes of criticism
The team player,” AIGA Design Educators Community journal

2014
Yourselves: declaring ourselves,” Design Observer
“Chaos theories and uncertainty principles,” Thought experiments in graphic design education, Books from the future
The great third grade juice pouch riot,” AIGA Design Educators Community journal

2013
12 views of 120 posters,” Graphic advocacy: international posters for the digital age 2001–2012, Massachusetts College of Art Foundation

2012
All music to all (good) people: Cornershop masters time and space,” YouTube video by Cornershop music group featuring essay text

2011
“I believe in design,” Faith is trust: trust design publication 3, Premsela, Netherlands Institute of Design and Fashion

2010
Volume: writings on graphic design, music, art, and culture, Princeton Architectural Press

2009
“Skilling saws and absorbent catalogs, ” “The last wave,” “What culture wants,” Emigre no.70: the look back issue: celebrating 25 years in graphic design, Gingko Press
Design’s just dessert,” Voice: AIGA Journal of Design
I believe in design,” Design Observer

2008
Pesky illustrator,” Eye, issue 67

2007
Josef Müller-Brockmann,” Eye, issue 64
“Visual culture reader,” IDEA, issue 322
The resistance,” Voice: AIGA Journal of Design

2006
“Useless things,” Redaction, issue one
“What I don’t know about the world,” Outside in: an international poster exhibition, exhibition catalog, Visualingual
“Seeing and reading,” “I come to bury graphic design, not to praise it,” IDEA, issue 314

2005
“An instructor of concern,” The education of a graphic designer, volume 2, Allworth Press
“The end,” Emigre, no. 69
“A viewer’s guide to periodic literature,” The Norfolk index, ODU gallery exhibition catalog for Emigre in Norfolk
“Salvager,” Stefan Sagmeister, monograph, Ginza Graphic Gallery
Martin Venezky’s beautiful melancholy,” Design Observer
An instructor of concern,” Voice: AIGA Journal of Design

2004
“Buzz kill,” Emigre, no. 67
“File under nowhere,” Various types, catalog, Emigre, Inc.
“I come to bury graphic design not to praise it,” Emigre, no. 66

2003
“The total artist,” Port Folio Weekly, 23 September
Form\inform, catalog of works: The Goldstein Museum of Design, Minneapolis Minnesota
Design for communication: conceptual graphic design basics, (two class projects), John Wiley & Sons
“Quietude,” Emigre, no. 64

2002
“What culture wants,” Emigre, no. 62
(Letter to the editor), Eye, issue 42

2000
“The last wave,” Emigre, no. 54
“Seen and not seen,” Graphic design and reading, Allworth Press

 

1999
“Song cycle revisited,” Palm desert, book/CD on the music of Van Dyke Parks, Emigre Graphics

1998
“Skilling saws and absorbent catalogs,” Emigre, no. 48
“Fanfare for the common hack,” Eye, issue 27
(Letter to the editor), Critique, issue 9

1997
“Fuel full pull poll pool cool cook book,” Emigre, no. 44
“On Creem magazine: 1970–1976,” Emigre, no. 41

1996
“The angel is my floating-point!” Emigre, no. 39
(Letter to the editor), Eye, issue 23
(Letter to the editor), Emigre, no. 38

Reviews
2013
Guffey, Elizabeth. “Volume: writings on graphic design, music, art, and culture,” Design and culture: The journal of the design studies forum, 5.3, November
Shaughnessy, Adrian. “Down in the trenches with Kenneth FitzGerald,” Design Observer, 25 January
Poynor, Rick. “Books Recommended,” Design Observer

2010
Cox, James A., ed. “California Bookwatch/The Art Shelf,” Midwest Book Review, 10 October

2003
Shaughnessy, Adrian. “Emigre 64: Rant,” Eye, issue 48

2002
Dorsey, Catherine. “Adversarial art,” Port Folio Weekly, 30 July

2001
Anderson, Tim. “Whirled views,” The Ripsaw News, 11 July
Thompson, Chris. “The path of most resistance: para-graphic design at Zero Station,” The Portland Phoenix, 3–10 May

2001
Hutchins, Jennifer. “Art vs. Commerce,” Mainebiz, 30 April
Gannon, Victoria. “Graphic design as ‘Adversary,’” Casco Bay Weekly, 3 May

1999
Klefstad, Ann. “Adversary,” The Duluth News-Tribune, 17 January

1991
Nemser, Rebecca. “Lines to live by,” The Boston Phoenix, 20 September
Temin, Christine. “A strong somber show of drawings,” The Boston Globe, 6 September
Schecter, Ann. “Unique visions from 9 artists at DeCordova,” The Lowell Sun, 18 August

1990
Carlock, Marty. “9 artists/9 visions,” The Lincoln Journal, 1 August
Nemser, Rebecca. “Dead reckoning,” The Boston Phoenix, 5 July
Temin, Christine. “9 artists/9 visions,” The Boston Globe, 28 June
Sherman, Mary. “‘Nine’ reflects pros, cons of contemporary art,” The Boston Herald, 28 June

1989
Temin, Christine. “Drawing on the current scene,” The Boston Globe, June
Bonetti, David. “Drawing cards,” The Boston Phoenix, 30 June

1988
Sherman, Mary. “The 10th annual Boston drawing show,” Art New England, September

1986
Temin, Christine. “Perspectives,” The Boston Globe, 24 July

Other press
2011
Millman, Debbie. “Advice from Kenneth FitzGerald,” RockPaperInk/Brand Bible Blogumentary, 16 September

1991
“Specs,” HOW, January/February

1988
Carlock, Marty. “Haverhill art students get down to business,” The Boston Globe, 20 March

Interviews
2017
Scratching the surface, podcast by Jarrett Fuller, May

2016
Perpetual beta: the VCFA MFA in graphic design program blog, “Huh? #29,” March

2013
The designer as…author, producer, activist, entrepreneur, curator and collaborator: new models for communicating, BIS Publishers

2012
étapes: design and visual culture, issue 200, “Q & A”

2006
Design Matters with Debbie Millman, podcast, March

Lectures, papers, and presentations
2016
The Shape of Design: AIGA National Design Conference, Las Vegas NV: round-table session leader and Education Symposium presentation, “Music for metaphors,” October
Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA in Graphic Design program, Montpelier VT: Spring Residency week Guest Designer in Residence: lecture, workshop, lead thesis critic, April
College Art Association Annual Conference, Washington DC, session chair, “Designers as Writers, Authors, and Makers,” February

2015
Revival: AIGA National Design Conference, New Orleans LA: round-table session leader, “Veteran Educators,” and “About the Design Educators Community,” October
Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea, Department of Visual Communication Design: Visiting artist lecture, September
University of Kitakyushu, Kitakyushu, Japan, Faculty Exchange program: Week-long course, “Way Out West: American Graphic Design 1776–now,” August
Spaces of Learning: AIGA Design Education Conference, York University, Toronto, Canada: co-round-table leader: “For Future Administrators: the Business of Design Advocacy on University Campuses,” February

2013
Central Michigan University Art Department, Mount Pleasant MI: lecture and design criticism workshop, November
Head, Heart, Hand: AIGA National Design Conference, Minneapolis MN: round-table leader, “Academic journals,” October

2012
Here and Now Design Conference, Phoenix Design Week, Phoenix AZ: keynote presentation

2011
College Art Association Annual Conference, New York NY, panel, “What’s art got to do with it? design writing in the twenty-first century,”: paper, “Implosure”

2010
Maryland Institute College of Art, Graphic Design MFA Program, thesis critic
New Contexts / New Practices, AIGA Design Educators Conference/AIGA-Raleigh, North Carolina State University: co-author, “Social economies: enterprise and a new cultural geography”
Designing Designing: Examining how we do what we do, UCDA Design Education Summit, University of Kansas, Lawrence Kansas : paper, “First, Class”
Design, community, and the rhetoric of authenticity, North Carolina State University College of Design biennial graduate symposium: panelist, “New kids, sell outs, and celebrity suicides”

2008
UCDA Design Educators Summit, Northern Illinois University: panelist, “Gettin’ R-E-S-P-E-C-T in the academy: what constitutes graphic design research”

2007
Intent/Content: AIGA design education conference, Nashville TN: paper, “The graphic equalizer”

2006
University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign: visiting artist for art and design program

2004
Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills MI: visiting artist/critic for 2D design program
College Art Association Annual Conference, Seattle WA, panel, “Not-design, not-art: crafting and naming an interdisciplinary curriculum”: paper, “Indiscipline”

2003
Design: Refining our knowledge: International graphic design education conference, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN: paper, “Professional suicide”
Montserrat College of Art, Beverly MA: visiting artist/critic

2002
Voice: AIGA National Design Conference, Washington DC: exhibitor, “Adversary”
College Art Association Annual Conference, panel, “Fine design: can art be design and design be art?” Philadelphia PA: paper, “Dissolve/reveal”

1996
Montserrat College of Art: visiting artist/instructor in design

1995
Massachusetts College of Art: Visiting Artist, graduate seminar

1991
DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park, Lincoln MA: children’s workshop leader

1990
Art Focus Corporate Art Lecture and Exhibition Series: artist/lecturer

1988
Haverhill Alternative School, Haverhill MA: visiting artist/exhibitor

Exhibitions (curating and organizing)
2013
Mount: Baron & Ellin Gordon Art Galleries, Old Dominion University, Norfolk VA: curator

2010
Repurposes: Baron & Ellin Gordon Art Galleries, Old Dominion University, Norfolk VA: co-curator with Garland Kirkpatrick

2008
Stefan Sagmeister: a graphic designer: Baron & Ellin Gordon Art Galleries, Old Dominion University, Norfolk VA: co-curator with Jiwon Lee

2005
Emigre in Norfolk, Old Dominion University Gallery, Norfolk VA: curator

2001–04
Adversary: an exhibition (of) contesting graphic design, touring exhibition: curator
Loyola University, Colins C. Diboll Gallery, New Orleans, LA (March 2004)
University of Iowa Design Gallery, Iowa City, IA (October 2003)
Montserrat College of Art, Beverly MA (November 2002)
Old Dominion University Gallery (August 2002)
AIGA National Design Conference, Washington D.C. (March 2002)
Zero Station, Portland, ME (May 2001)
Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota Duluth (April 2001)

1992
LWD: MassArt alumni/æ in 3D fine arts, Main Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art: organizer

1989
MASSART’S MASSARTS: MassArt alumni/æ in communication and industrial design, North Hall
Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art: co-organizer

Exhibitions (participating)
2013
Yards Work!, Bolívar Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Fresh Produced: Exploring the Craft of Hand-Painted Signage, Chicago Design Museum,
Chicago, IL

2008
I WANT TO BELIEVE: Bolivar Cafe and Gallery, Santa Monica CA
The Kenneth FitzGerald album »extended play« (solo exhibition): Baron & Ellin Gordon Art Galleries, Old Dominion University, Norfolk VA

2005
NOT FOR PROFIT: Designers responding to social issues: Laband Gallery, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles CA

2004
Outside in: 301 Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA; Red Door Gallery,
Detroit MI

2003
Outside in: HallSpace Gallery, Boston MA
Form\inform: The Goldstein Museum of Design, Minneapolis MN

2000–01
Selections from 22nd annual “100 Show,” American Center for Design, Chicago IL (touring)

2000
Take cover/take over: Dietrich von Bueler Gallery, Boston MA
All system go: University of Minnesota Duluth art & design faculty exhibition: Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth MN

1999
Aerosol (solo exhibition): Tweed Museum of Art
Y2K?: Robert Clements Gallery, Portland ME

1998
The 1998 UMD art faculty biennial exhibition: Tweed Museum of Art
Tools and toys: University Art Gallery, Central Michigan University,
Mt. Pleasant MI

1996
One-eleven: Huntington Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art

1995
Midway: Huntington Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art

1994
Transformers: Alumni•æ Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art

1993
SELF-aMUSEd: the contemporary artist as observer & observed: Fitchburg Art
Museum, Fitchburg MA

1991
Inventory (solo exhibition): Laura Knott Gallery, Bradford College, Bradford MA
9 artists/9 visions: DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park, Lincoln MA
The twelfth annual Boston drawing show: Boston Center for the Arts
Mark Cooper & Kenneth FitzGerald: New England Biolabs, Beverly MA

1990
Read the sky for signs of snow: Alchemie Gallery, Boston
A multicultural valentine: Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center
Kenneth FitzGerald & Judy Ryan: ADD, Cambridge MA

1989
Artificeeditionissue (solo exhibition): Atlanta College of Art Library, Atlanta GA
The tenth annual Boston drawing show: Boston Center for the Arts

1988
A homebody’s home (solo exhibition): The Young Artist’s Gallery, Haverhill MA
Vernon Street at Brickbottom: Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville MA

1987
I don’t know much about art but I know what I like (with Marcella Stasa & Boris Bally):
Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge MA

1986
The Seventh Annual Boston Drawing Show: Boston Center for the Arts, Boston MA

1983
Elements of Landscape: Boston University Art Gallery, Boston MA

Collections
The Goldstein Museum of Design, Minneapolis Minnesota
The Museum of Modern Art/Franklin Furnace/Artist Book Collection
Atlanta College of Art Library
Massachusetts College of Art Foundation
New England Biolabs
Charrette Corporation
private collections in Minnesota, New England and New York

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