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Gretchen Schisla

Gretchen Schisla teaches graphic design and branding as an assistant professor at University of Missouri-Saint Louis. Both a practitioner and educator, Gretchen has 30 years of experience in the graphic design profession. She is the principal of Schisla Design Studio, a visual communications firm servicing national and international companies. Areas of expertise include corporate design, branding & positioning, annual report design, print collateral, packaging, exhibit/trade show design, advertising, signage and event materials. Previously, Gretchen was Vice President & Creative Director for 17 years with a St. Louis corporate communications firm. She has also held positions at firms recognized for outstanding design.

Her work has received national and local recognition. In 2006, she was honored to receive the first AIGA St. Louis Design Legends Award for her contribution in advancing excellence in graphic design as a discipline and profession. Other awards include: UMSL–College of Fine Arts and Communication Faculty Excellence Award 2006,  AIGA 11 & 12 Shows 2006, 2007, New York Art Director’s, CLIO, PRINT Annual, AAM (American Association of Museums), IABC Bronze Quill and American Advertising Federation of St. Louis FLAIR. 

She is an active member of AIGA (The American Institute of Graphic Arts), founding member and former co-president of AIGA St. Louis. Gretchen received a BFA in Graphic Design at Missouri State University and an MFA in Graphic Design from Boston University.

Focus at UMSL: Foundation courses: Graphic Design I, Graphic Design II;
Program completion: Senior Seminar Graphic Design I, Senior Seminar Graphic Design II. Portfolio review coordinator for Advanced Problems Graphic Design II participants.

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Gretchen Schisla
Assistant Professor
201 Fine Arts Building