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



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


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.


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.

When & Where
Tue, Jan 18, 2022 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM