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Jamie Mahoney

Assistant Professor

Jamie Mahoney is an assistant professor of Graphic Design. A typographer, designer, letterpress printer, book artist, and activist, she is director of the Bowe House Press, a letterpress studio that she restored at VCUarts. She is also the editor and creative director of a semiannual collaborative letterpress student publication. Mahoney teams students with published poets, local activists and incarcerated “residents” of the Richmond City Justice Center and Federal Correctional Institution in Petersburg, Va., to pro­duce artist books and zines. These artist books are among recent accessions to national special collections, including Yale University’s Haas Arts Library, UCLA’s Arts Library, Stanford University’s Art Library, UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library, the Scripps College Denison Library, Vanderbilt University’s Heard Library and NYU. Taking over author and historian Philip Meggs’ course in 2003, Jamie teaches “Graphic Design History” at VCUarts and live streams the course to Virginia Tech. Mahoney’s multiperspective research looks beyond the narrative of our textbooks and highlights designers who fall outside the margins of this story. Her work has been published in the Oxford Companion for the Book, Graphis, British Design & Art Direction Annual and recognized nationally and internationally at Cannes and the New York Art Director’s Club. She has spoken at numerous America Printing History Association Conferences, International Typography Conferences, an NEH Institute Conference, the 37th Annual Southern Graphics Council Conference, and exhibited at national and international shows. Mahoney’s primary focus is on the history, technologies, materiality, and impact design has on society.