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Nancy A. Bernardo


  • Professor of Instruction

MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

213 Morey Hall


Curriculum Vitae

Research Overview

My artistic scholarship is driven by a fascination with seamlessly blending old and new technologies within print, digital, and motion platforms. I reimagine vintage imagery and ephemeral objects in a contemporary context, delivered with a touch of irony, humor, and unfiltered honesty. My work serves as thought-provoking exploration of societal constructs, body image issues, social norms, and popular culture.

Through my constructed fusion of vintage and modern elements, I challenge conventions and redefine the boundaries of graphic design. My work invites viewers to question the status quo and embrace a new perspective on the world, hoping to leave an indelible mark on the visual storytelling landscape.

Research Interests

  • Graphic Design
  • History of Graphic Design (1850-1995)
  • Typography
  • Collage
  • Victorian ephemera
  • Dada
  • Punk culture
  • Letterpress printing
  • RISO printing
  • Motion Design

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  •  Graphic Design 1 and 2
  •  Digital Media Senior Capstone
  •  History of Graphic Design


  • PRINT Magazine, Best of Region Regional Design Award (East Region)
  • PRINT Magazine, Regional Design Award (East Region)
  • 50 Books 50 Covers, 50 Best Covers Category
  • AIGA New York State of Design Contest, Judges Choice
  • HOW Magazine In-House Design Awards, Outstanding Achievement
  • HOW Magazine Best of International Design, Merit Award
  • Graphis Design Annual Award
  • Society of Typographic Arts 100 Design Award


  • NEH Summer Institute: History of Modern Design: The Canon + Beyond
  • Kolaj Institute: The Awakening: Collage as Illustration Residency, New Orleans, LA
  • DesignHer, Hollins University + Old Dominion University
  • AIGA Design for Democracy: Get Out the Women’s Vote, Online Gallery
  • Visual Studies Project Space, Rochester, NY
  • Cut + Paste, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, NY
  • Decorative Debris, UMass, Lowell, MA
  • Material Interruptions, Gallery R, Rochester, NY