Graphic Design Visiting Designer Lecture Series: Sheila De Bretteville
ART: Sheila Levrant de Bretteville is a graphic designer, artist and educator whose work reflects her belief in the importance of feminist principles, user participation in graphic design, and diverse local community issues. Since 1990 she has been the director of the Yale University Graduate Program in Graphic Design, one of the oldest and most important design programs in the country.
De Bretteville studied art history at Barnard College, and chose graphic design at Yale University School of Art, thinking that it would satisfy her thirst to connect with people in regular situations, and her love of what is thoughtfully made.
In 1971 she founded the first design program for women at the California Institute of the Arts, and two years later co-founded both “The Woman's Building,” a public center for female culture, and its Women's Graphic Center in Los Angeles. In 1981 she initiated the communication design program at the Otis Art Institute of the Parsons School of Design.