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Professor Patrick Dooley named KC AIGA Fellow

Friday, August 29, 2014

LAWRENCE — AIGA Kansas City, a professional association for design, has announced that Patrick Dooley, University of Kansas professor of design, is the winner of its 2014 Fellow Award. It will be presented at the the organization's awards gala and exhibition Sept. 20 in Kansas City, Missouri.

The annual award recognizes a designer with 15 years or more experience who has made a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within the local and regional design community, and chapter. When evaluating candidates the jury gives equal consideration to the areas of education, writing, leadership and reputation, as well as their accomplishments in the design field.

Dooley has been teaching at KU for more than two decades, and he has influenced legions of designers practicing in Kansas City and beyond. He is widely known for his accomplishments in the field of book design and typography, and he has several works in the National Design Archives of the AIGA. He has won more than 80 awards, and the New York Type Directors Club, Communication Arts Magazine, Print Magazine, Los Angeles Club of Art Directors and others have recognized and published his achievements.

“I think the essence of Dooley's legacy is captured in this thought shared with me by a KC design leader: "‘What I know about type, I owe to Patrick,’” said Kathy Kelley, president of AIGA KC. 

After receiving a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship in 2003, Dooley lectured at the Trier University of Applied Sciences in Trier, Germany. As a result of that lecture, a KU Study Abroad program was started. To date more than 80 students from Germany and KU have studied at each other’s universities.

Dooley received a 2008 Ideas that Matter grant from the Sappi Fine Paper North America. He and a group of KU students developed a print campaign benefiting the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a partnership between the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association. 

AIGA KC strives to inspire talent, engage thinking and connect designers through events, an annual awards program and partnership in Kansas City Design Week. More than 500 members strong, AIGA KC is in its 25th year as a chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, a national organization that is itself celebrating its centennial.