Alston Purvis


Professor Emeritus of Art, Graphic Design


BFA, Virginia Commonwealth University; MFA, Yale University


Instructor, Cooper Union, 1969–1970; associate professor, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, The Hague, 1971–1982. Several solo and group exhibitions in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, London, New York, and Paris, among others. Freelance graphic designer and translator for major galleries, corporations, and publishers. Published extensively in leading graphic design journals. Author of numerous books, including Dutch Graphic Design, 1918–1945Wendingen, 1918–1933Graphic Design 20th CenturyA Century of PostersH.N. Werkman; Creative Type; The Vendetta; Meggs’ History of Graphic Design (co-author); Dutch Graphic Design: From the End of the 19th Century and Beyond. Has presented lectures at the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Wolfsonian Foundation at Florida International University, and many others. Chair, Graphic Design department. School of Visual Arts Director ad interim, 1998–2002.