Assistant Professor
Year Started at JMU: 2020
Contact Info

M.F.A. University of Baltimore
B.A. Wheaton College

Elisabeth Kvernen is a graphic designer and communications specialist with more than a decade of experience working in multiple design disciplines. She has worked with non-profit organizations, cultural institutions, universities, and small businesses — both locally and globally. Past clients include the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, the Louvre Museum, the New York Public Library, and the Kennedy Center.

Elisabeth earned her M.F.A. in Integrated Design from the University of Baltimore in 2009. Her M.F.A. thesis project on Arabic, Ottoman, and Persian calligraphy http://calligraphyqalam.com received international acclaim. Films from her thesis were screened at the Rubin Museum in New York City, and the Louvre purchased portions of her thesis video footage for a multimedia exhibit about calligraphy in their Islamic Arts wing. 

Elisabeth grew up a global citizen, living in Ethiopia, Nepal, India, and the United States. As an adult, she has lived in Syria and Vietnam and has spent extended time in the Netherlands, Thailand, Lebanon, and Turkey. These international experiences continue to shape her perspective and approach to communications and design.

Before joining SMAD, Elisabeth taught at both the University of Maryland and the University of Baltimore, developing and teaching courses in media literacy, web design, and design principles and software.

Teaching/Creative/Research Interests: Design for social change, cross-cultural design, study abroad


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