The Hixson-Lied College of Fine & Performing Arts hires three designers to build a new design curriculum
July 31, 2013 – The Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts welcomes the following new faculty this fall:
Stacy Asher is Assistant Professor of Art and will be teaching in visual communication. Asher is dedicated to the study of visual culture and the creation of social art, which engages the public in reflecting how people exist in public space. She has previously taught at the University of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, Ohio University, the University of Dayton and Metropolitan State College of Denver. She earned her M.F.A. in design from the California College of the Arts, and has collaborated on the design of several, large, outdoor signage campaigns for HIV prevention, as well as the promotion of the cultural arts in San Francisco.
Colleen Syron is Assistant Professor of Practice in Art and will be teaching in visual communication. Syron has worked as a creative director in New York City and has designed for organizations like The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones, IBM, Merrill Lynch, GE, Pfizer, Merck Pharmaceuticals, Nextel and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She has designed everything from boutique wine bottles to the rebranding of international corporations. Her experience includes work at print design firms, PR agencies, interactive design agencies, advertising agencies and strategic branding companies. She received her master’s degree at the School of Visual Arts and has taught there and at Parsons School of Design.
Aaron Sutherlen is Assistant Professor of Art and will be teaching in visual communication. Sutherlen began his career creating printed collateral for restaurants and hotels for the Walt Disney World Resort, before transitioning into merchandise and package design for the various properties, including the Disney Cruise Line. This experience strengthened his understanding of retail and merchandise graphic design, which evolved into art direction and conceptual design for the Abercrombine and Fitch, Co. He earned his M.F.A. from Savannah College of Art and Design.