TWU Department of Visual Arts Receives National Design Award | Susan kae Grant and Jana C. Perez

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Congratulations to Texas Woman’s University Professor in Photography and Book Arts, Susan kae Grant and Alumna and Associate Professor in Graphic Design, Jana C. Perez for being among a group of three faculty members in the Texas Woman’s University Department of Visual Arts who received a 2015 American Inhouse Design Award from Graphic Design USA for their exhibition catalog design.

The catalog “Seductive Alchemy/Books by Artists” was recognized for outstanding design in a competition with almost 6,000 entries nationwide, and only a few hundred projects selected as winners.

Michelle Hays, chair of the Department of Visual Arts, and Jana Perez, associate professor of visual arts, provided the art direction and design for the catalog. Susan kae Grant, professor of visual arts and Richard Klein created the photographs, along with a team of 10 TWU photography student assistants.

“Earning this national award validates the talent and creativity of our visual arts faculty,” Hays said. “We consistently push our students to exceed expectations in their work, and also do the same ourselves. We are thrilled by this honor.”

“Seductive Alchemy/Books by Artists” documents the Seductive Alchemy exhibit at TWU in January 2013, which featured 98 works by 80 artists from the United States, Great Britain, Europe and Australia. Ruth R. Rogers, curator of special collections at Wellesley College, served as the guest curator of the exhibit. For more information or to order a copy of the catalog visit

Among the other 2015 American Inhouse Design Award winners are the AARP, the American Heart Association, American University, Bank of America, Boeing, Capital One, Emory University, Gannett, LEGO, Marriott, McDonalds, Nike, PepsiCo, MTV, the United Nations, the University of Michigan, the U.S. Marine Corps and others.

Graphic Design USA, which publishes a monthly magazine for creative design professionals, has organized the Inhouse Design Award competition for nearly five decades. For more information, visit

Susan kae Grant received an MFA in Photography and Book Arts in 1979 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since 1975 she has produced 13 limited edition handmade books. Her most recent book, “Shadowed Memory” was created during a 2005 residency at Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester New York. She taught at Wayne State University from 1979-1981 and joined the faculty at Texas Womanʼs University in 1981 where she is currently Professor and Head of the Photography area. She is on the staff of the International Center of Photography where she teaches bookmaking workshops. In 2003 and 2005 she was the recipient of the Society for Photographic Education “Freestyle Crystal Apple Award” and “The Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award” in 2004 from the Santa Fe Center for Photography.


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