Ferris Crane, M.Ed, M.F.A.
Associate Professor of Media Arts
Office WHE 215
W 3:30p-6:00p, 9:00p-9:45p
Ferris Crane is a design practitioner, educator and author living in Pittsburgh. Her work explores the relational areas of technology, culture, perception and aesthetics. Interested in transdisciplinary research and expanded media experiences, she has collaborated with a range of professionals including poets, scientists, photographers and physicians. She is especially interested in antebellum typography and worldwide early calligraphy.
Before teaching full-time, Ferris Crane was on staff at Primo Angeli, Inc. eventually becoming a principal of FCCD. Her work has been exhibited in Japan, Europe and the United States. Awards, exhibitions and publications include, but not limited to, The New York Art Directors Club (4 times), Best in the West, The Type Directors Club (New Finds in Typographic Excellence), the Carnegie Library’s exhibition hall, Three Rivers Festival Gallery Exhibition, The Winners (San Francisco), Typography, Communication Arts, Graphis, Print, NO-aH (Japan Creators’ Association), Best Letterheads, Along These Rivers and Teaching Motion Graphics. Her students have won more than seventy awards including those from AIGA, The American Advertising Federation, the Art Directors Club of Houston, the Graphic Arts Association, including Best of Category: Student, for 4 years, and have appeared in Print and Graphis’ Best Shopping Bags. Additionally, her RMU student work has been exhibited in Chile and China. Prof. Crane has received grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Komen Foundation, the Printing Industries of America and recently completed a grant project from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, entitled, “Diversity in the Letter A,” which focuses on cultural diversity and the classroom that goes beyond traditional walls.
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