Where is the Black in Graphic Design at CalArts? at REDCAT

Where is the Black in Graphic Design at CalArts? at REDCAT

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REDCAT: In this salon, organized in conjunction with the exhibition Inside Out & Upside Down: Posters from CalArts 1970-2019, designers and CalArts alumni Tasheka Arceneaux-Sutton and Silas Munro will gather with former classmates and colleagues Lorin Brown and Cameron Ewing to discuss their experiences as Black graphic designers and educators. 

This is the final public talk of a series of conversations that critically address the exhibition in relation to issues of inclusion and representation in the field of graphic design and graphic design education. Organized by Arceneaux-Sutton and Munro, these salons host CalArts alumni, guest designers, artists, and educators in a lively set of virtual conversations.  


Lorin Brown is a designer, educator, and illustrator. His work is an unafraid exploration of shape and color, usually paired with some playful references. It has taken form as editorial illustration, graphics for apparel, album cover art, and more. Lorin grew up in Wayne, Pennsylvania and now lives in New York City. He currently teaches at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and works at Los Angeles based Parallel Brands. In his spare time he enjoys comedy and spending time with his dog Oskar. Brown graduated from the graphic design program at CalArts in 2010.

Currently an Executive Creative Director at Facebook, Cameron Ewing is a creative brand leader with 15+ years of experience. An innovator whose work reaches across multiple mediums, including VR, film, digital, and integrated brand campaigns, for the past seven years Cameron has helped craft the creative and strategic vision for the brands across Facebook’s Family of Apps (Facebook App, Messenger, What’s App, Instagram, Facebook Company). Leading up to Cameron's tenure at Facebook, he ran his own boutique digital creative shop in San Francisco, and before running his own studio Cameron was a Creative Director at Landor San Francisco where he was hired to usher in the office's digital era of brand work. In addition to having worked in-house at Apple he has worked with global brands including, Starbucks, Nike, Facebook. He holds an MFA in Graphic Design from California Institute of the Arts, a Post-Baccalaureate degree in Design at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design and a BA from Princeton University. Cameron stays active in the world of design academia by giving talks and leading a variety of design, typography, branding and other creative workshops.   


Tasheka Arceneaux-Sutton is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at Southeastern Louisiana University and faculty in the MFA Program in Graphic Design at Vermont College of Fine Art. Tasheka is the principal of Blacvoice Graphic Design Studio who does work for small businesses, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations. Tasheka’s research focuses on the discovery of Black people whose work has been omitted from the graphic design history canon. She’s also interested in the visual representation of black people in the media and popular culture, especially through the lens of stereotypes. Tasheka holds an MFA from CalArts, where she also worked as a graphic designer in the office of Public Affairs and a BA from Loyola University New Orleans.

Silas Munro is a partner of Polymode, a bi-coastal design studio that creates poetic, and research-informed design with clients in the cultural sphere and community-based organizations including MoMA, The Phillips Collection, The New Museum, Mark Bradford at the Venice Biennale. Munro’s writing appears in the book, W. E. B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America published by Princeton Architectural Press. The project is featured in articles in Smithsonian Magazine, The New Yorker, Black Perspectives. He has been a visiting critic at MICA, RISD, and Yale University. Munro is an Associate Professor at Otis College of Art and Design and Advisor, and Chair Emeritus at Vermont College of Fine Arts.