Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and PerformanceDepartment of Art and DesignCollege of Liberal Arts

Dennis Y. Ichiyama

  • Professor of Visual Communication Design
  • Post-graduate studies in design at the Allgemeine Gewerbeschule, Basel from 1976-1978
    M.F.A. Graphic Design, Yale University, 1968
    B.F.A. University of Hawaii-Manoa, 1966

Department Information

Visual Communications Design // VPA // Faculty
Art and Design // VPA // Faculty
Visual and Performing Arts // Faculty

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  • Specialization

  • Visual Communications Design


    Dennis Y Ichiyama is a designer, professor, and former administrator at Purdue University. His designs are in the collections of the Lahti Museum of Poster Art (Finland) and the Kunstgewerbemuseum in Zurich. They have also been published and exhibited in the US, Canada, Czechoslovakia (the Czech Republic), France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Poland. In 2016 he was elected to a 3-year term on the SECAC Board of Directors (Southeast College Art Conference. Though regional in name SECAC is a national non-profit organization devoted to post-secondary support of art and design. In the spring of 2016 he was invited to participate in a Typography Workshop at the Instituto Superior De Deseno (ISDi)  in Havana, Cuba. The institute also invited the students in his design class to participate in the first US/Cuba Poster Exhibition in Havana.

    He has been awarded five Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) Individual Artist Fellowships for design arts, and was the first Artist-in-residence at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Wisconsin in the spring of 2000. In 1990, he was a visiting scholar at the University of Iowa’s Center for the Book. And in summer of 2005 and 2006 he was a resident artist at the Center for Book & Paper Arts (Columbia College Chicago) and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis. These experiences have had a direct impact on his current research and experimental work with historic wood type, letterpress printing, bookbinding, and book arts. His typographic prints and designs have received national awards from the Type Directors Club (NY), and The Mohawk Show. Both awards include an extensive national and international exhibition venue. His typographic works are in the collections of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Columbia University, the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, the San Francisco Public Library Special Collections Center, the Cary Library of the Rochester Institute of Technology, and the Arts of the Book Collection at Yale University Sterling Library.

    Ichiyama has served on several boards and been a member of ICFAD (International Council of Fine Arts Deans), NCAA (National Council of Arts Administrators) board, IAC Advisory Panel, the Lafayette Art Museum Board, and state council member of “Arts Indiana”. He served on the national and executive boards of the College Art Association and has served as Vice-President of Committees. Memberships include CAA, AIGA, ISTD (International Society of Type Designers, UK). CAA Committees include the Professional Practices, International Committee, the Education Committee, and the CAA Nominations Committee. He has also been an active participant in the CAA Career Development and Mentoring Workshops since its inception in l995 and currently a member of the CAA Student and Emerging Professionals Committee and reviewer for the CAA  Professional Development Fellowship awards. He has received two Global Initiative Faculty Grants from Purdue, fifteen Faculty Incentive Grants from the College of Liberal Arts, and three Center for Artistic Endeavors Fellowships from Purdue University. In 2006 he received the Rome Prize in Design from the American Academy in Rome and continued his creative works and research in typography at the Tipoteca Italiana Fondazione (TIF) in Cornuda, Italy. In the spring of 2009 he completed his third fellowship from the Center Creative Endeavors to continue research in typography. In August 2009, he received an Individual Artists Grant from the Indiana Arts Council (the fifth award since 1995).  In 2009, Professor Ichiyama received an invitation to give the 2010 commencement address at the Art Institute of Atlanta.  In the spring of 2011 Professor Ichiyama was a visiting faculty in graphic design at Central South University (Changsha, China) and the National Academy of the Arts (KHiO) in Oslo, Norway.

    His creative works are in the following libraries and collections (selected list):

    • American Academy in Rome, Barbara Goldsmith Rare Book Room
    • Columbia College Chicago, Center for Books & Paper Arts
    • Columbia University, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
    • Library of the Tipoteca Italiana Fondazione, Cornuda, Italy
    • Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis
    • Rochester Institute of Technology, Cary Library
    • Sackner Archive of Concrete & Visual Poetry, Florida
    • San Francisco Public Library, Stern Book Arts & Special Collections Center



    Professor Ichiyama received the BFA degree from the University of Hawaii-Manoa, and the MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University, School of Art & Architecture in l968. He continued post-graduate studies in design at the Allgemeine Gewerbeschule, Basel from l976-l978. He has participated in administrative management and leadership programs at Cornell (1997), California State Polytechnic University (1997), Carnegie-Mellon University Heinz School of Public Policy and Management (1996), and San Jose University (1996). He is currently professor in the Visual Communications Design Program in the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue University, West Lafayette campus.


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