by Aaris Sherin
Preus Library (upper floor)
February 1 - March 30, 2005
This web-based and informational panel exhibit was created under the direction of Aaris Sherin to address the serious lack of existing information on influential women in the history of design. It looks at the role technology can play in enhancing the visibility of and access to under-represented individuals and groups in the field, and provides a prototype that can easily be expanded as a vital and growing educational design resource. The database can be accessed at www.womendesigners.org.
Aaris Sherin is assistant professor of graphic design in the art department at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls. She holds an MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has worked as a professional designer for Northwestern University Press, Evanston, IL, and Sassafras Enterprises Inc, Chicago. She has also served as a designer for a variety of freelance clients. Examples of her work can be found in the permanent collections of the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Chicago, IL,and the Calumet County Archive, Gary, IN. She presented Women Pioneers in Design: A New Learning Resouce for Students of Graphic Design History at the 2003 International Visual Literacy Association Annual Conference at the University of Rhode Island. Her work was subsequently published in Changing Tides, the IVLA 2003 conference publication produced by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA.