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  • Kelly Walters

    Assistant Professor, Communication Design

    Email
    kelly.walters@newschool.edu

    Office Location
    L - 2 West 13th Street

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    Kelly Walters

    Profile

    Kelly Walters is the Director of the BFA Communication Design program and an Assistant Professor of Communication Design at Parsons School of Design. As an interdisciplinary designer and research scholar, her work engages with histories of Black American print publishing, material culture and archival practice. She explores these themes in her studio practice Bright Polka Dot, and looks closely at the impact of colonization on the formation of the Black image in design. In 2021, Kelly was selected as a Graham Foundation award recipient for her curated exhibition With a Cast of Colored Stars, which highlighted the evolution of racialized iconography in early 20th century Black American popular entertainment, and informs her doctoral research in the Media, Culture and Communication program at New York University. Her publications include Black, Brown + Latinx Design Educators: Conversations on Design and Race and the award-winning The Black Experience in Design: Identity, Expression & Reflection. Kelly has taught at RISD, University of Bridgeport, University of Connecticut, and University Arts London: Central Saint Martins. From 2015–2016, she was an inaugural AICAD Postgraduate Teaching Fellow at California College of the Arts. Kelly holds an MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a dual BFA Communication Design and BA Communication Sciences from the University of Connecticut.


    Degrees Held

    MFA Graphic Design, Rhode Island School of Design
    BFA Communication Design, University of Connecticut
    BA Communication Sciences, University of Connecticut


    Recent Publications

    The Black Experience in Design: Identity, Reflection & Expression, Creative Director + Co-editor with Anne H. Berry, Kareem Collie, Penina Laker, Lesley-Ann Noel, Jennifer Rittner (2022)

    Black, Brown + Latinx Design Educators: Conversations on Design and Race (2021)


    Portfolio

    Bright Polka Dot


    Current Courses

    Core 5: Thesis 2
    PUCD 4210, Spring 2024

    Future Courses

    CD Studio: Books and Archives
    PSAM 3035, Fall 2024

    Past Courses

    CD Studio: Books and Archives
    PSAM 3035, Fall 2023

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