Cheryl Towler Weese

Professor of graphic design, School of Design


Cheryl Towler-Weese

Cheryl Towler Weese — Photo: Jenny Fontaine

Cheryl Towler Weese is director of graduate studies in graphic design at the University of Illinois Chicago. She is also partner and founder of Studio Blue, a graphic design firm that has done work for museums, universities and others. In addition, Towler Weese led her UIC graphic design students to create a new graphic design brand for UIC.

Recognized for her conceptual approach and interdisciplinary collaboration, her work explores design’s civic potential. Through projects that span publication, identity, interactive and environmental design, she investigates design’s ability to participate in public dialogue and shape collective consciousness. With this approach, she endeavors to foster an engaged and thinking public by encouraging discourse, participation and individual perspectives.

Her work has been widely published, honored and exhibited, including exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, medals from the Stiftung Buchkunst and the Carl Hertzog awards and recognition from AIGA, Eye, Graphis, ID, Novum, the Type Directors Club and the Webbys, among others. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Newberry Library, and the Denver Art Museum.

An AIGA Fellow and past AIGA national board member, Towler Weese is currently engaged in projects for cultural and educational institutions in Chicago and across the U.S., including the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Public Events, the Nasher Sculpture Center, and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.

She received her master of fine arts degree from Yale University and a bachelor of arts degree from Wesleyan University.

Subject areas:

  • Art
  • Graphic Arts and Design


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