Mary Banas,
Design Education


An ongoing record of teaching & related activities, 2007–now.




CONTACT

For speaking engagements, workshops and critic appoinments, drop me a line here.



BIO
Currently teaching at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, California. 

Mary Banas has taught graphic design since 2009, notably as Visiting Assistant Professor in Residence at the University of Connecticut, Rhode Island School of Design, University of Bridgeport, and California College of the Arts.

She has led design workshops for the Center for Creative Solutions (Vermont), Dolby Labs (San Francisco), OTIS College of Art and Design (Los Angeles), the Berkeley Art Museum + Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley) and Cranbrook Academy of Art (Michigan). She has been a visiting critic at MICA, Pratt Institute, and San Jose State University.

Mary has been invited to talk about her creative practice at California Institute of the Arts (Valencia, CA), Cranbrook Academy of Art (Michigan), and University of Georgia (GA). 

Mary develops conceptual and informed designs for brands, institutions, and artists with her independent creative practice YES IS MORE.


Education
Rhode Island School of Design
MFA Graphic Design, with Honors
May 2009

University of Connecticut
BFA Communication Design
May 2003

Original photo: Hunter Kelly. Image manipulation: Derrick Schultz





Leadership + Service

Academic activities / University service / memberships / volunteering

2020
• Co-founded with Darian Newman COLLECTIVE POWER, a volunteer collective of creatives who donate creative services to BIPOC-owned businesses and organizations.
• Member, “Adjunct” an informal teacher club via Kelly Walters, Ojus, Michael, + Diane Lee

2019
• Member, Colophon Club
• Participant, “On Beauty” via Rachel Berger, Meg Bisineer, Sara Dean, and Janette Kim. Point Area, CA, May 31–June 2

2018
• Participant, “FREE 2018: Humanism vs. Post-Humanism”, a pedagogy workshop by Workshop Project via Yasmin Khan + Jessica Wexler, July 12–15

2017
• Volunteer for AIGA New Orleans
• RISD Portfolio Day, West Coast

2016
• Volunteer Coordinator, AIGA SF Design Week, studio crawls
• Representative, RISD Portfolio Day, West Coast

2015
• Scholarship Show Committee at UConn: design, promotion, planning, jury
• National Portfolio Review representative for University of Connecticut
• University Scholar Advisor at UConn
• Visiting Artist & Scholars Committee at UConn
• Counterproof Press faculty at UConn
• Advisor, Print This! Student club at UConn

2014
• National Portfolio Review representative for University of Connecticut
• University Scholar Advisor at UConn
• Visiting Artist & Scholars Committee at UConn
• Counterproof Press faculty at UConn
• Advisor, Print This! Student club at UConn

2013
• Counterproof Press faculty at UConn
• Advisor, Print This! Student club at UConn
• Co-leader, RISD NorCal. Rhode Island School of Design Northern California alumni chapter, with Heather Phillips.

2012
• Co-founder, UCCD. UConn’s alumni club for the Communication Design concentration.
• Co-leader, RISD NorCal. Rhode Island School of Design Northern California alumni chapter, with Heather Phillips.