Rebuses and letterpress printing – it's a match made in heaven...or at least it's a match made by Frank Baseman, and it's on display in the Stuckeman School's Willard G. Rouse Gallery from 22 September through 27 October 2017. Baseman will open the exhibition of his intriguing, charming, and incredibly visual work with a gallery talk and reception starting at 4:00 p.m. on September 20 in the Rouse Gallery. This event and the ongoing exhibition are free and open to the public.
The Rebus Quotes and Other Typographic Explorations project brings together two of graphic designer Frank Baseman’s favorite long-term interests: letterpress printing, a centuries-old method of putting ink to paper, and rebuses, visual puzzles combining words and images (think “I Heart NY” and “America Runs on Dunkin”).
Baseman is an alumnus of the Penn State Graphic Design program (BA, ’81) and a member of the Stuckeman School Advisory Board. Upon graduation, he received a Creative Achievement Award from the College of Arts and Architecture.
He earned an MFA in graphic design at Tyler School of Art and is creative director and principal of Baseman Design Associates, an award-winning interdisciplinary graphic design firm providing strategic design thinking through visual communication solutions to a variety of businesses, corporations, and institutions. Baseman also is a Professor and Director of the Graphic Design Communication Program at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University).
In 2013, Baseman was named one of the “Most Influential Graphic Designers Working Today” by Graphic Design USA magazine. In 2008, he was awarded the AIGA Fellow Award by AIGA Philadelphia.