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Meet Gloria Kondrup

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gloria Kondrup.

Hi Gloria, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I came to ArtCenter in the early 1990s from NYC, leaving behind a thriving, small design studio that specialized in corporate identity and packaging to pursue a master’s degree in design. Although my undergraduate degree was in fine art, it was at ArtCenter that I fell in love with typography, letterpress printing, and how letterforms converge to make the shapes we know as words.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I was supposed to re-enter the professional design arena after obtaining my graduate degree, but my mentors persuaded me to give teaching a try. It has been more than a try. For more than 20 years, I have been an educator, a letterpress printer, and now, in addition to being the director of Archetype Press, ArtCenter’s vibrant letterpress studio, I am the Executive Director of the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography [HMCT]. Founded in 2015 and funded by the Lowell Milken Family Foundation with the continued support of ArtCenter, the HMCT continues the legacy of Leah Hoffmitz Milken, dedicated ArtCenter professor and educator, renowned typographer, and letterform designer, and a close friend and colleague.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I have been incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by and work with some of the most creative and talented students, educators, and professionals in the fields of art and design. It has been an unexpected journey that has allowed me to follow my passions.

Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
The mission of the HMCT is to advance and elevate typography on a global scale. Home to a dynamic program of workshops, lectures, exhibitions, and symposia, the HMCT looks toward the impact that culture, technology, and education have on the future of language and its forms, from the hand-written word to emojis, memes, and machine-based learning. Our programs serve not only ArtCenter, but engage the greater professional, educational, and public community.

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Image of Gloria Kondrup/ HMCT: Juan Posada Images of building facade and gallery interior: Joshua White, Steven Heller

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