Happenings: James Victore Lecture

Designer James Victore to speak
on art, career in ‘Illegal’ lecture

By Catherine Harper

Award-winning artist and graphic designer James Victore will give a presentation called “Lecturing is Illegal” at Texas State University’s School of Art and Design on Friday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m. in the Joan Cole Mitte Building, room 2121.

Currently teaching at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Victore has imprinted his work on the arts scene in international art institutions and has captured both style and emotion in his work with a distinctive eye for design.

As a “self-taught” designer, having attended but never graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Victore says that it’s not necessarily the work a designer does in the studio that makes it come alive.

“This is stuff I learned from heroes. It’s the work you do before you ever put pen to paper. That’s the important part,” Victore said in a past interview with 99% magazine.

Throughout his career, Victore’s designs have made their way into the world’s premier permanent collections, including those of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Louvre in Paris, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and the Museum für Gestaltung in Zurich.

Victore’s work has represented world-renowned clients, including Moët & Chandon, Target, Amnesty International, the Shakespeare Project, the New York Times, MTV and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and Portfolio Center.

Students received a graphic design lesson from James Victore on their summer trip in May 2011.

In May 2011, students enrolled in Texas State’s MFA in Communication Design program toured Victore’s studio in New York City, where they had a chance to view his eye for the creative process.

“Everything two degrees off normal drives people nuts,” Victore told students on the trip, as quoted on the MFA program blog. “Do it anyway.”

To learn more about the School of Art & Design or the MFA program, visit the program’s website.

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