A native of Ohio, Nancy began her college career in design at The
University of Cincinnati in industrial design. After two years of study,
she was accepted as one of a few undergraduate students at Cranbrook
Academy of Art where she completed her BFA in interdisciplinary design,
and then went directly to Yale and received an MFA in graphic design.
Within a year of graduation, she started a practice with her husband,
Tom Wedell, whom she met at Cranbrook. Their early projects developed a
visual vocabulary with a complexity of structure and color that
reflected the high-technology and consumer electronics clients they had
in Boston such as Digital Equipment Corporation and Boston Acoustics.
Over the years they have worked at the boundaries of graphic design and
photography, creating collaged, illusory images influenced by modern
painting and architecture. In 1983 Nancy won an Award in Progressive
Architecture’s Conceptual Furniture Competition and in the late 1980s
Skolos-Wedell’s work was featured in the book New American Design.
Nancy began teaching at RISD in the late 1980s and was appointed to the
full-time faculty in 1999. In 1998 she became an elected member of the
Alliance Graphique Internationale and in 2003 she was named an AIGA
Fellow. Skolos has won many awards with her husband including Silver
Prize in Toyama and Bronze Prize in Lahti Poster Biennials.
Academic Research/Areas of Interest
Poster Design: Combining Type and Image:
Co-authored the book Type Image Message published by Rockport in 2006; The
Creative Process: currently working on a book for Laurence King Publishers.
Nancy A. Skolos
- BFA, University of Cincinnati
- MFA, Yale University
- BFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art
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