Johan Severtson

Johan Severtson
Professor of Graphic Design

Johan Severtson is full professor in the Graphic Design program. A designer and design educator with over 30 years of professional experience, Mr. Severtson is owner and co-director of the non-profit organization, as well as operating his own independent design studio.

Mr. Severtson participated in the first international invitational exhibition of computer-related art and design at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London and in the Art and Technology show at the Museum of Modern Art and Brooklyn Museum. He received a Ford Foundation grant to document and design an exhibition of the work of Kenneth Martin at Yale University Center for British Art.

Between his undergraduate and graduate degrees, Mr. Severtson served in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa, where he worked for the Minister of Culture to establish a national museum of art. Since then, he has been active in AIGA, National Endowment for the Arts in Design, Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), and American Institute of Architects (AIA), and was instrumental in the creation of the Graphic Design Educators Association. His work with the Corcoran has included curatorial work with numerous Design exhibitions, and he is Co-Director of the Design Information Alliance, a non-profit organization established to locate and document information for design research. He directed the Corcoran’s graphic design department for 20 years.

Mr. Severtson’s work has been published nationally and internationally in exhibition publications for the Institute of Contemporary Art,London, Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Yale Center for British Art.


MFA, Design, Yale University

MFA, Art, University of Chicago

BA, Art and Art History, University of Minnesota