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Warren Lehrer

Professor of Art+Design

Warren Lehrer is a writer, artist, and performer known as a pioneer of visual literature and design authorship. Acclaimed for capturing the shape of thought and reuniting the oral and pictorial traditions of storytelling with the printed page, Lehrer has received numerous awards for his books and multimedia projects, including the Brendan Gill Prize, the Innovative Use of Archives Award, three AIGA Book Awards, a Media That Matters Award, and grants and fellowships from the NEA, NYSCA, NYFA, Rockefeller, Ford, and Greenwall Foundations. His work is in numerous collections, including MoMA, the Getty Museum, Georges Pompidou Centre, and Tate Gallery. He is a 2016 Honoree of the Center for Book Arts (NYC) for his “pioneering work” and for “extending the field of book arts to the broader worlds of contemporary art and literature.” 

With Judith Sloan, Lehrer co-founded EarSay, an arts organization in Queens, N.Y., dedicated to uncovering and portraying the lives of the uncelebrated in print, on stage, on the radio, in exhibitions, concert halls, electronic media, and through educational programs. Lehrer is also a playwright, performer, and frequent lecturer and keynote speaker. His recent illuminated novel, A LIFE IN BOOKS: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley, has received nine awards, including the International Book Award for Best New Fiction, the IPPY Outstanding Book of the Year Award, and a Print Magazine Design Award.