Alexander Isley: Working With Words


Exhibition: May 15–June 9, 2013
Donald & Linda Silpe Gallery
Hartford Art School
The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours for Working with Words will be Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The exhibition will be closed on the weekends.

Presentation: June 6, 2013
Donald & Linda Silpe Gallery & Wilde Auditorium
University of Hartford
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Sign in and networking reception starts at 5:30 in the Silpe Gallery. Presentation begins at 7 PM in the Wilde Auditorium.

Presentation Admission:
AIGA Members: $25
Non-members: $35
Students: Free (We kindly ask that you please register online to secure your seat)

All attendees of the presentation will all receive a limited edition commemorative poster designed by Alex and printed by Imperial Graphics

View the award-winning work of Connecticut designer Alexander Isley, on display at The University of Hartford’s Silpe Gallery at the Hartford Art School from May 14th through June 9, 2013. Then, join us on Thursday, June 6th at the Wilde Auditorium for an interactive presentation by Alex about the stories and inspiration behind his acclaimed work.

Alexander Isley uses typography in various, inventive ways to design books, magazines, exhibits, memorial inscriptions, store interiors, packaging, signage, watches, dinner trays, posters, shopping bags, catalogs, restaurants, album covers, videos, web sites, billboards, truck fleets, and so much more.

2013 marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of his firm, Alexander Isley, Inc. This gallery and presentation features work produced by Alex and his team of designers throughout this timeframe, including some rarely seen treasures from the vault, produced in his early days at M&Co. and Spy magazine.

Included in the show will be examples of the work and the artists who have influenced Alex over the years, covering a spectrum from Herbert Bayer to MAD magazine. Unlike where other designers might coyly claim homage to or inspiration from these masters, Alex will just come clean, clear his conscience, and lay out for everyone exactly where he’s stolen all of his ideas.

AIGA Connecticut recently honored Alexander Isley with the 2013 Fellow Award, recognizing those who have made a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within their local or regional design community as well as in their local AIGA chapter.

About Alexander Isley

Alexander Isley first gained recognition in the early 1980s as the senior designer at Tibor Kalman’s influential M&Co. He also served as the first full-time art director of the funny and fearless Spy magazine, for which he was awarded gold and sliver medals from the Society of Publication Designers.

In 1988, Alex founded his highly acclaimed design firm, Alexander Isley Inc. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and SFMOMA.

Alex has been a lecturer and critic in the graduate program of the Yale School of Art and has served as an instructor at The Cooper Union and the School of Visual Arts, teaching courses in design and typography.

Alexander Isley is past president of AIGA New York and has been a member of the AIGA Connecticut Advisory Board since its inception in 2008. He is a recipient of the 2013 AIGA Fellow Award, which recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within their local or regional design community.

In 1998, Alex was elected a member of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale). He was selected as an inaugural member of “The I.D. 40,” I.D. Magazine’s survey of the country’s leading design innovators, and was recently named as one of the most influential designers of the past 50 years by readers of GDUSA magazine.

Alex received a degree in environmental design from the North Carolina State University College of Design. He also holds a BFA from The Cooper Union School of Art in New York City.

About Silpe Gallery 

The Donald and Linda Silpe Gallery, a part of the Hartford Art School, is located on the campus of the University of Hartford at 200 Bloomfield Avenue in Hartford, CT.

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