Jennifer McKnight

associate Professor, design


Jennifer McKnight earned her BFA at Washington University in Printmaking and her Masters in Graphic Design at California Institute of Arts (CalArts) She is currently an Associate Professor in Studio Art at University of Missouri–St. Louis. Her work is recognized in publications such as Print Magazine, :Output, and “Becoming a Graphic Designer: A guide to Careers in Design” by Steven Heller and Theresa Fernandes. Her design writing is published in the AIGA National Education Archives, Redaction Magazine, No Tasarim, as well as in Means by Which we Find our Way, edited by David Gardner and Andrea Wilkinson and Robin Landa’s Graphic Design Solutions 4th ed.

Projects include work for Touhill Performing Arts Center, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Saint Louis City Museum, Humane Society of Missouri, and Molloy College. Her posters have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Exhibits include the 2010 Golden Bee International Poster Biennial, Moscow. Her posters are and have been published in the Messages to the World exhibition catalogue, Shanghai, and the 4th and 5th United Designs catalogues.

Jen has lectured and taught workshops in design, new media, and printmaking nationally and internationally, as well as instigating alternative learning venues and opportunities for students.

Sticking to Love

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I think the most empowering kind of activism is linked to education. The cornerstone of this kind of teaching is love and empathy for students from many walks of life. I teach a mile from where the riots took place in Ferguson, and have been yearning to create a response to all the hate that the many chapters of that story represent. Fear turned in to so many colors of hate in that saga. I wanted to send a strong message with MLK's words, set in Geometric Italic, a brand new strident typeface designed in St. Louis, that love, and knowledge can and must win over fear and hate.