CVPA Faculty Janet Fairbairn

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Ms Fairbairn’s education includes an MFA degree in Graphic Design from Yale University School of Art in 1991, a BFA degree in Graphic Design from Maine College of Art in 1988, two years of study at the School of Visual Arts, two years at the University of Maine, and one summer abroad in Brissago, Switzerland. She has worked as Principal of Fairbairn & Company for the past 20 years, a graphic design studio that produces a range of print publications, identities, branding and exhibition catalogs. Her work has been shown in numerous juried shows including: AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers, AIGA Design of Understanding 2, New York is Book Country festival, The International Platform Association and Maine Coast Artists among others. Recent lectures and workshops include: Higher Education Press, Beijing, China; 4th International Conference on Arts in Society, Stream: Arts Theory and Criticism, Venice, Italy; DesignInquiry, Pass•Port: Identity in the information age, Vinalhaven, Maine. Publications include: Methodology: Teaching of Visual Arts Design in the US, Higher Education Press, Beijing, China, 2010; The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Number 3, Common Ground Publishing, 2009; DesignInquiry Journal 2007, DesignInquiry, Portland, Maine, 2008, Design Culture: An Anthology of Writing from the AIGA Journal, Allworth Press, New York, 1997; AIGA  Journal of Graphic Design, Volume 10, Number 1, 1992, AIGA, New York, 1997.


Being a teacher, designer and artist allows me to move among many worlds. My academic and design work remain within a contemporary, academic dialogue while my art is mostly inspired by nature—eliciting and transforming memories of the past within contemporary compositions.