Jan Fairbairn is a graphic designer, artist and educator, based in Rhode Island.
Ms Fairbairn’s education includes receiving an MFA degree in Graphic Design from Yale University School of Art, a BFA degree in Graphic Design from Maine College of Art. She also studied Advertising two years at the School of Visual Arts, two years studying Fine Arts at the University of Maine, and one summer abroad in Yale’s Summer Graphic Design Program in Brissago, Switzerland.
She has lectured nationally & internationally, most recently at: Higher Education Press, Beijing, China; The 4th International Conference on Arts in Society, Stream: Arts Theory and Criticism, Venice, Italy; DesignInquiry, Pass•Port: Identity in the Information Age, Vinalhaven, Maine.
She has worked as Principal of Fairbairn & Company, a graphic design studio for over 20 years that produces a range of print publications, identities, branding and exhibition catalogs. Ms Fairbairn concurrently holds the positions of Senior Critic at Rhode Island School of Design and Lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth; previously held the position of Assistant Professor at SUNY Fredonia; Visiting Lecturer at Rhode Island College and at Yale University School of Art.
Academic Research/Areas of Interest
Being a teacher, designer and artist allows me to move among many worlds. My academic and design work remain within a contemporary, academic dialogue while my art is mostly inspired by nature—eliciting and transforming memories of the past within contemporary compositions.
Agritec Americas Corp
Barry Goralnick Architects
Brockton Symphony Orchestra
Cork Wine & Tapas Bar
European Auto Specialists
Faxon Animal Rescue League
Friends or Reed Library, SUNY Fredonia
Independence Jazz Reunion
State of Maine
Old Main inn
Pegasus Art & Frame
Raffle’s Martini Bar
Rhode Island Philharmonic & Music School
State University of New York, Theatre Department
State University of New York
Summer Time Dream
UMASS Dartmouth, Design Department
UMASS Dartmouth, Women’s Studies Program
Voice and Speech Trainers Association
The Women’s Fund
Yale University School of Art
Yale University School of Architecture