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Kristin Sommese
Emeritus Professor
Portrait of Kristin Sommese
Graphic Design Program
24B Borland Building

Kristin Breslin Sommese received her M.F.A. from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in Graphic Design in 1989 and immediately joined the faculty at Penn State. She and her husband Lanny are partners of the award-winning firm Sommese Design, which specializes in corporate, print, and packaging design.

Over 50 of her students’ pieces have been featured in Graphis New Talent, a book that features the best student work produced in universities and design schools internationally. Her student work has been recognized with numerous Gold, Silver, and Merit awards from the ADCMW, Art Directors’ Club of Metropolitan Washington and has been reproduced in HOW, Print, and Critique magazines.


  • MFA, Temple University 1989

Honors + Awards

Breslin Sommese’s work has been featured in hundreds of highly selective books including: Graphis Packaging, Graphis Logo Design 4 & 5, Graphis Design, Graphis Corporate Identity, Graphis Poster Annual, Graphis Ephemera, Graphis T-shirt,1,000 Type Treatments: From Script to Serif, Letterforms used to Perfection, Color graphics: The Power of Color in Graphic Design; Logo Lounge, Maximum Page Design: Pushing the Boundaries of Page Layout Under Real World Conditions, Color Graphics: The Power of Color in Graphic Design, Graphic Design Solutions, Logo World, 1,2, & 3 Color Design Collection, Minimal Graphics: the Powerful New Look of Graphic Design, Branding: the Power of Market Identity, Art Forms, Corporate Identity Designs, Creativity, Logo 2000, Cool Cards, American Corporate Identity, Package and Label Design, Smile in the Mind, Logos for American Restaurants, Logos and Trademarks, The New American Logo, Print’s Best Logos and Symbols, and Trademarks and Symbols of the World.

Her work has also been included in some of the world’s most renowned design magazines such as Communication Arts Design Annual, Print’s Regional Design Annual, How’s International Annual of Design, Step Inside Design Magazine, and has been the subject of articles in Graphis and Novum magazines.

Breslin Sommese is a recipient of the “Blair L. Saddler International Healing in the Arts Award” from the Children’s Hospital in San Diego. She has also received numerous Awards of Excellence from competitive design arenas such as the AIGA, Communication Arts Magazine, Print Magazine, and the Art Directors’ Club of New York. She has been invited to serve as a juror for the AIGA, American Institute of Graphic Arts Communication Graphics Exhibition and a panel member for the ADCMW, Art Director’s Club of Metropolitan Washington.

Exhibitions + Presentations

Breslin Sommese’s work has been internationally exhibited: The International Biennial of the Poster in Mexico; The International Toyoma Invitational Poster Triennial, Japan; The Ogaki International Poster Exhibition, Japan; The Shanghai International Poster Exhibition, China; The Korean Poster Biennale, Republic of Korea; Golden Bee, Moscow International Biennale of Graphic Design, Russia; The International Poster Biennale, Warsaw, Poland; The Annual Type Director’s Club Exhibition, New York; and The Colorado International Poster Exhibition.