Kansas City Art Institute Appoints Ann Willoughby as Joyce C. Hall Distinguished Professor of Design

23 January 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO. (Jan. 23, 2011) – Ann Willoughby of Willoughby Design, a nationally recognized brand innovation and identity design firm, has been appointed as the Joyce C. Hall Distinguished Professor of Design at the Kansas City Art Institute, a private four-year college of art and design. Having aided in launching the pilot AIGA design leadership program at Harvard, Willoughby will significantly enrich the school’s graphic design program and the experience of its students.

“The design faculty have great admiration for Ann's design leadership and what she has accomplished through her studio,” said Tyler Galloway, chair of graphic design at KCAI. “Ann has built a national reputation for great branding work, and we can't wait to expose our students to her expertise and longstanding professional experience.” Willoughby will lead a design workshop and will be scheduled to deliver a lecture to the graphic design student body during the spring semester.

Established in 1978, Willoughby Design has seen the development of brand identities and campaigns for a multitude of national and international companies, including Kauffman Labs, Hallmark Cards and Lee Jeans. As president and chief creative officer of Willoughby Design, Willoughby is a nationally recognized, prominent figure in the design community. She co-chaired the 2004 Business & Design Conference in New York and, after serving on the National Board of Directors for AIGA, was named Kansas City’s first national AIGA Fellow in 2006. In 2009, she was recognized as one of the Top 20 International Identity Designers in the book Master of Design. Willoughby Design won the Green Award for packaging design in Print Magazine’s 2010 Creativity and Commerce Competition.

Willoughby has a fine arts degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and lives in Kansas City, where Willoughby Design is based. She serves on the board of the Kansas City Architectural Foundation and as a founding board member of the AIGA Center for Sustainable Design.

In honor of Joyce C. Hall, founder of Hallmark Cards, the design professorship is underwritten by the Hall family. The position has been held previously by a distinguished line of design professionals including Katherine and Michael McCoy, Mary Lou Brous, Ivan Chermayeff, Milton Glaser and Emilio Ambasz, each of whom has helped contribute to the shape of the School of Design’s curriculum.

About the Kansas City Art Institute

The Kansas City Art Institute is a private, independent four-year college of art and design awarding the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with majors in animation, art history, ceramics, digital filmmaking, digital media, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and studio art with an emphasis on creative writing. The college also offers certificate programs in Community Arts and Service Learning and in Asian Studies for students enrolled in the B.F.A. program. KCAI hosts “Current Perspectives,” a free public lecture series; free exhibitions at the H&R Block Artspace gallery; and evening, weekend and summer classes in art, design, multimedia studies and desktop publishing for children, youth and adults. Founded in 1885, KCAI is Kansas City’s oldest arts organization. For more information, visit KCAI on the Web at www.kcai.edu.


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Cat Szalkowski, communications assistant, at 816-802-3458 or cszalkowski@kcai.edu