Cheryl Towler Weese


Cheryl Towler Weese  
Professor, Graphic Design
Director, MDes Graphic Design
Associate Dean, CADA Academic Programs

MFA Graphic Design, Yale University
BA Studio Art, Wesleyan University

Recognized for her conceptual approach and interdisciplinary collaboration, Cheryl Towler Weese’s work explores design’s civic potential. Through projects that span publication, identity, interactive, and environmental design, she investigates design’s ability to participate in public dialogue and shape collective consciousness. With this approach, she endeavors to foster an engaged and thinking public by encouraging discourse, participation, and individual perspectives.

Cheryl is the founding partner of Studio Blue, a Chicago-based firm that works with museums, universities, and other organizations that serve the public. Cheryl’s work has been widely published, honored, and exhibited, including exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, awards from Stiftung Buchkunst and Carl Hertzog, and recognition from AIGA, Eye magazine, Graphis, ID, Novum, the Type Directors Club, and the Webbys, among others. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Newberry Library, and the Denver Art Museum.

A past AIGA national board member and named an AIGA Fellow in 2013, Cheryl is currently engaged in projects for cultural and educational institutions in Chicago and across the US, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Public Events, the Nasher Sculpture Center, and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.