Robert Brinkerhoff was born in Okinawa to American parents and raised in Virginia. Since his arrival at RISD in 1996, his teaching has focused on illustration concepts classes and the synthesis of illustration and design. As an illustrator and designer, Brinkerhoff’s clients have included corporations, institutions of higher learning including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brown University and Brandeis University, and regional and national magazines. His illustrations have been included in numerous competitions and publications, including Print and How, the University and College Designer’s Association and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally and has been awarded artist residencies in both the United States and the Republic of Ireland. Brinkerhoff has served as both the head of Illustration and chief critic for RISD’s European Honors Program in Rome.
Academic research/ areas of interest
- Editorial illustration
- Corporate and institutional illustration
- Illustration/graphic design history
- Artists' books
- Design process
- Interdisciplinary studies