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2600 Roseland Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

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elevate design

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Biography/Work Experience

Kelly Salchow MacArthur is Professor of Graphic Design at Michigan State University. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. Before joining the faculty at MSU, she was Program Head of Graphic Design and Assistant Professor at Kansas City Art Institute. Other previous teaching experiences include RISD and The College of New Jersey.  She is President of the international design organization, United Designs Alliance. She is a member of the UCDA Design Educator's Advisory Committee, and former member of CAA's Committee on Intellectual Property. She served as President of the Detroit Chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design, 2009–2011—which followed five years of service as Education Director for the Detroit and Kansas City Chapters.  Her concepts and design work have appeared in several publications, including SustainAble: A Handbook of Materials and Applications for Graphic Designers and Their Clients; Mapping the Intelligence of Artistic Work: An Explorative Guide to Making, Thinking, and Writing; Typography, Referenced: A Comprehensive Visual Guide to the Language, History, and Practice of Typography; Designing for the Greater Good: The Best in Cause-Related Marketing and Nonprofit Design; and Atomic Ranch Magazine. Kelly has presented at AIGA, European Academy of Design, International Institute for Information Design, International Design Principles and Practices, College Art Association, University College Designers Association, Foundations in Art: Theory & Education, and Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design conferences. She has guest lectured at several universities. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and selected by Graphis Poster Annual, Print, Creative Quarterly, GD USA, IIID, Type Directors Club, Society of Typographic Arts, American Alliance of Museums, United Designs, AIGA Kansas City, and AIGA Detroit competitions.  A retired two-time Olympian, she balances her passion for design and education with miles of rowing on the Huron River.

Graphis Awards

2020 Silver Poster 2018 Gold Poster 2017 Merit Logo 2016 Gold Poster 2015 Silver Poster 2012 Gold Poster 2011 Gold Poster


MFA, Rhode Island School of Design with Honors BS, University of Cincinnati Magna Cum Laude


UDA, United Designs Alliance AIGA, the professional association for design UCDA, University & College Designers Association