So what exactly is an "Unprofessional Designer?" No doubt it's worth heading to the Stuckeman School Jury Space on Wednesday, September 20, at 6:00p.m. to find out from the designer who carved out Seattle-scene "grunge." This event is free and open to the public.
Raised in Tacoma, Art Chantry worked in Seattle for nearly thirty years. Art has won hundreds of design and advertising awards, including a Bronze Lion at Cannes and the Poster Laureate of the Colorado International Invitational Poster Exposition. His work has been collected and exhibited by some of the most prestigious museums and galleries in the world: the Louvre, the Smithsonian, and the Library of Congress, to name a few. In 1993, the Seattle Art Museum honored him with a one-man retrospective of his work; during the summer of 2003, PS1/MoMA did the same. In 2017, Chantry was awarded the AIGA Medal for his contributions to graphic design.
While in Seattle, Chantry carved out a style that took hold of the popular underground music scene in the early 1990s. Dubbed “grunge” by culture mavens, it was a look developed at an alternative newsweekly named The Rocket, where Chantry began his art direction career. His ideas extended beyond The Rocket to the fledgling record label, Sub Pop, where the style became history.
Through his work at The Rocket and the classes he taught at the School of Visual Concepts and other universities and colleges, including workshops, Chantry influenced an entire generation of young graphic designers in the Northwest, and eventually across the county. He has contributed writings to a number of books about graphic design, and his own books, Instant Litter, Some People Can’t Surf, and art chantry SREAKS (Speaks) are considered classics in their field.