RMCAD Visiting Artist, Scholar and Designer Program presents Cheryl D. Miller


Tuesday, January 18, 2022 6:00 p.m. MT


4:30 p.m – 6 p.m. MST
This designer talk will be hosted virtually via Zoom here.


Cheryl D. Miller is recognized for her outsized influence within the profession to end the marginalization of BIPOC designers through her civil rights activism, industry exposé trade writing, research rigor, and archival vision. Miller is a national leader of Minority Rights, Gender, Race Diversity, Equality, Equity and Inclusion advocacy in Graphic Design. Miller was named Design Visionary for the 2021 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award and is a 2021 AIGA Medalist.

She is the founder of Cheryl D. Miller Design, Inc., N.Y.C., a Social Impact Design firm; she is a designer, author, trade writer for PRINT Magazine, and theologian. Cheryl has an MS in Communications Design, Pratt Institute, a BFA in Graphic Design, Maryland Institute College of Art, completed Foundation Studies, Rhode Island School of Design and the Doctor of Humane Letters, the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a MDiv, Union Theological Seminary. A countless awards recipient, she is dedicated to Visual Arts advancement. The Cheryl D. Miller Collection at Stanford University is her legacy professional firm’s archive, including her memoir research and manuscripts. The collection features, D&I initiative, Corporate Communications developed for Fortune 500 corporations and Corporate Communications for National African American organizations, developed post Civil Rights Era 1974-1994. She is an activist, decolonizing graphic design professor, lecturer, and revisionist historian. She is a Distinguished Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas, Austin Design. She is a member of The Board of Trustees, Vermont College of Fine Arts and The President’s Global Advisory Board, Maryland Institute College of Art.


Designing In The Dark
4:30 p.m – 6 p.m. MST
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Free and open to the public.

Dr. Cheryl D. Miller offers critical design insight into one of the best-regarded eras of contemporary Graphic Design History, “Eclectic Modernism.” This is the era of Push Pin Studios and is further known as the “Psychedelic Era.” Uniquely, Miller’s childhood and teenage years during the Civil Rights Era run parallel to this iconic age. In spite of the lingering Jim Crow era obstacles she endured, she has been successful in reaching her educational goals and industry practice. In this Designer Talk, Miller will discuss her advocacy and her design practice. She will share her current scholarship in Decolonizing, De-centering whiteness, and Dismantling any white supremacy ethos which remains present in the structures of our Graphic Design practice, academy, and industry.



Tuesday, January 18, 2022, and Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Hosted at various times
Deadline to sign up: January 12, 2022

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RMCAD students have the opportunity to meet and share their work one-on-one with visiting designer Cheryl D. Miller. This opportunity is available to any interested student looking to gain insight and perspective on their own work from our visiting designer.

To reserve a one-on-one meeting with Cheryl D. Miller RMCAD students are required to fill out this form by Wednesday, January 12, 2022.

Students will receive a confirmation email after submitting a request. The VASD Program Committee will review submissions and selected students will be notified by Friday, January 14, 2022.

Next-Day Q+A

Wednesday, January 19, 2021
11:45am – 12:45pm MST
Hosted Virtually Here. 

RMCAD students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us for a casual conversation with legendary visiting designer Cheryl D. Miller. Take this opportunity to ask questions about her work, career, and get professional advice from an accomplished and innovative contemporary designer, educator, and advocate. 

Be sure to learn more about Miller by attending her Artist Talk on January 18, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. MT.

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Recommendation List

VASD Program guests provide a recommendation list that gives insight into their work, practice, and research. Designer Cheryl D. Miller’s recommends:

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power (book)

Beyond Diversity: 12 Non-Obvious Ways To Build A More Inclusive by Rohit Bhargava and Jennifer Brown. (book)

Extra Bold: A Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-racist, Nonbinary Field Guide for Graphic Designers by Ellen Lupton, Farah Kafei, Jennifer Tobias, Josh A. Halstead, Kaleena Sales, Leslie Xia, and Valentina Vergara

Madison Avenue and the Color Line: African Americans in the Advertising Industry by Jason Chambers (book)

Black, Brown + Latinx Design Educators: Conversations on Design and Race by Kelly Walters (book)

The Black Experience in Design: Identity, Expression, & Reflection edited by Anne H. Berry, Kareem Collie, Penina Acayo Laker, Lesley-Ann Noel, Jennifer Rittner, Kelly Walters (book)

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations for these events, please contact Gretchen Marie Schaefer at gmschaefer@rmcad.edu or 303-995-8353. Requests should be made as soon as possible but no less than 5 business days prior to the scheduled event.


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