Marian Amies Associate Professor, Graphic Design
Marian Amies is an associate tenured professor and joint head of the graphic design area of the BFA program at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. She is an international exhibiting artist and a dual national of the UK and the US. Her design,illustration, book arts and print work has been shown in over 130 exhibitions since 1986. She received a BFA in Graphic Design from Webster University and an MFA in Printmaking from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville in 1997. Her commissions include book illustration for Viking Penguin New York, US tour materials for the Royal Airforce Red Arrows Aerobatics Team; projects for Mallinckrodt Medical Inc.; Holland American Lines; Sheraton Hotels; AT&T; American Standard; Ethyl Corporation; Girl Scouts' the National Children¹s Cancer Society and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. She has received seven fellowship awards from the Center for International Studies and a UM System Research Board Award as well as other University of Missouri–St. Louis research awards in recognition of her international research and teaching activities. She is the founder and Series curator of a University of Missouri–St. Louis The Art of the Book series of exhibitions (2000; 2005; 2010).
The work of over 350 artists and scholars were in the exhibition series. An 84 page color catalogue with essays and images by participating artists and scholars accompanied each exhibition. Proceeds from the catalogues and other fundraising activities created The Art of the Book Scholarships which help fund student book art studies overseas. In collaboration with artists from many countries students made artist books in Senegal, West Africa (2004) and in an atelier program in London (2008). Both study abroad experiences were part of a 3 credit special topics book arts curriculum designed and taught by Amies. The London atelier program included lectures and studies at major museums including Tate Britain, the British Library, the Victoria and Albert National Art Library and St. Brides Library. Amies collaborated with invited curators and book artists at universities in Britain who participated in The Art of the Book series of exhibitions. Books produced by the study abroad students were also included in the series exhibitions and catalogues.
In addition to curatorial activities, Amies' personal artist books include installation, projected animation, digital and traditional processes including hand bookbinding. An ongoing work series entitled UK/US compares and contrasts life experiences in both countries on issues of race, gender, equity and the environment. In 2002 and 2003 she served on the board of the St. Louis Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)as Education Chair. She lives in the city of St. Louis in the neighborhood of Benton Park in an 1890¹s bakery building which houses the English Cave book arts press and her graphic design and printmaking studio.
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