Jeff Glendenning



Conceal/Reveal:  New Work from the Faculty of the College of Visual and Performing Arts


November 6, 2014 – January 18, 2015


Artist Statement


The pieces I am showcasing illustrate two very different ways I have gone about making work in the field of graphic design.
The initial several years of my career I was an editorial designer and art director. For the majority of these years I worked at The New York Times Magazine. I learned from masters in the field of art direction, photography and illustration. The covers and interior spreads on display exemplify the exciting range of content and visual storytelling that I was able to work on.
In the world of editorial design, it is all about the collaborations with photographers, illustrators and designers (mostly offsite). So in the classic sense of art direction, I did not take the photographs or make the artwork in most of the pieces you see from The Times. However, I hired the appropriate person to bring my vision to life for that particular story.
The reality of working at a place like The Times is that I could call (or email) the most talented people in the world and they would most likely say yes to a collaboration. The resources of talent and money were relatively abundant. (Although the resource of time does get tricky at a weekly) Following my years at The Times, I came to enjoy the challenges of creating great work with a fraction of the resources I had come to be familiar with. The projects on the right side of the wall showcase design solutions with my own typography, graphics and image making.