Thomas Wedell began his education as a photo major at Layton School of Art in Milwaukee, WI. He went on to the University of Michigan to complete a BFA in photography and then to Cranbrook Academy of Art, where he received an MFA studying both graphic design and photography. He then started a practice in Boston with his partner, graphic designer Nancy Skolos, whom he met at Cranbrook. The two designers work to diminish the boundaries between graphic design and photography—creating collaged, three-dimensional images influenced by modern painting, technology and architecture. With a home/studio in Providence, they balance their commitments to professional practice and teaching at RISD. Both have been awarded the AIGA Medal in recognition of their exceptional achievements in advancing design as a respected craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force.
The studio’s client list has included Boston Acoustics, Cambridge Arts Council, Digital Equipment Corporation, EMI Music Publishing, Steelcase Design Partnership, Walker Art Center, US Department of Health and Human Services, and the US Postal Service. The work has received numerous awards and has been widely published and exhibited. Skolos/Wedell’s posters are included in the graphic design collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Library of Congress, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN. They’re also included in the collections of such international venues as The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; the Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich, Switzerland; Bibliothéque Nationale de France, Paris; Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg; the National Museum in Poznan, Poland; The Poster Museum at Wilanów, Poland; and The Victoria and Albert Museum in London.