Ms. Paula Curran | American University of Sharjah


Teaching areas

Visual Communication

Research areas

Typographic education; Artists books


MFA, Art And Design, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, United States, 1993
BFA, Visual Communication, Parsons School of Design, United States, 1982
BA, Psychology, Westfield State University, United States, 1976

Professional experience

Associate Professor Emerita, Graphic Design, Iowa State University, Iowa, United States, 1999 - 2019
Assistant Professor, Art And Design, Iowa State University, Iowa, 1993 - 1999
Manager, Media Services Department, Media Services Department, New York City Transit Authority, New York, United States, 1990 - 1991
Manager, Service And Planning Department, Service And Planning Department, New York City Transit Authority, New York, United States, 1987 - 1990
Associate Graphic Designer, Service And Planning Department New York City Transit Authority, Service And Planning, New York City Transit Authority, NY, United States, 1986 - 1988
Associate Graphic Designer, Systems And Information Management, New York City Transit Authority, NY, United States, 1982 - 1986


Minnesota Center for Book Arts, MCBA, Regional, Founded in 1983, Minnesota Center for Book Arts is a nonprofit visual arts center that celebrates the art of the book. Their mission is to lead the advancement of the book as an evolving art form. MCBA is committed to book art, artists and appreciators. They lead the field by promoting innovation, sustaining traditions, educating new enthusiasts, inspiring creative expression and honoring artistic excellence., 2008
Guild of Book Workers, National, Founded in 1906, the Guild of Book Workers (GBW) is an organization founded in New York City to promote the craft of bookbinding, conservation, and the book arts. GBW was created “to establish and maintain a feeling of kinship and mutual interest among workers in the several hand book crafts.”, 2006
University & College Designers Association, UCDA, International, The University & College Designers Association (UCDA) inspires designers working in academia in North America and around the world by delivering relevant programming and benefits in a personal and thoughtful way. The organization provides for the professional and personal growth of its members, and advocates for designers’ and educators’ roles within their institution. UCDA works to elevate the importance of design overall., 2000
Art Directors Association of Iowa (adai), ADAI, State, ESTABLISHED IN 1957, ADAI HAS BEEN IOWA'S PREMIER ART AND DESIGN ORGANIZATION FOR OVER HALF A CENTURY. ADAI is most recognized for hosting an annual exhibition in which creatives are given the opportunity to compete and establish themselves as exemplary professionals and respected artists within their fields., 1996
American Institute of Graphic Artists, AIGA, International, The professional association for design was founded in 1914 as a small club of graphic artists, printers, publishers and illustrators in New York City. Since then, it has grown into a national network of more than 25,000 professional designers, educators, students served by 68 chapters. AIGA is largest professional association of designers in the world. It is committed to advancing the value and impact of design, both locally and globally, and working to inspire, support and learn from designers, at every stage of their careers., 1995
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