Rick Valicenti has a BFA from Bowling Green State University, and an MA and MFA in Photography from the University of Iowa. He has juried countless design awards, including the President’s Design Awards, National Endowment for the Arts. His work is included in the permanent collection of The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum; has been featured, critiqued and lauded in design publications worldwide. He has lectured extensively and exhibited his work around the world. He is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI), has served as President of the Society of Typographic Art and was awarded the AIGA Chicago Fellows Award in 2004 for his steadfast commitment to the education of design’s future generations.
In Rick’s personal work, all of his love, humor, angst and anger come to the fore. Slyly political, visually sarcastic, aggressively angry, sorrowful and lonely, the work both repels and attracts, toying with our reactions to a bloody heart pinned, still pumping, to his virtual sleeve. And while he is a master of wordplay, the communication in Rick’s work is ultimately visual. If graphics are a language, Rick uses it to Shakespearean levels—with abundance, exuberance and sheer delight in visual play.