Judy Livingston

"There is no art without design and there is no design without art."

- Judy Livingston


  • MFA: University of Michigan, 2000, summa cum laude

Specialties / Areas of Interest

  • Typography
  • Humanitarian Design


Judy Livingston is dedicated to design as a catalyst for ideation, exploration, critical thinking, visual literacy, innovation, and craft. She believes that design is the synthesis of intuitive and rational processes, balancing creativity with intellect, and experimentation with intent.

Her research focuses on creative collaborations for positive societal change. She brings to every classroom the vast experience, management, and leadership skills gained in working with commercial enterprises, cultural institutions, and nonprofit organizations. Judy’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) in Rochester, NY, Gallery IANG in Seoul, South Korea, and the Rotonda della Besana in Milan, Italy.

Judy received her Master of Fine Arts degree summa cum laude from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI). Her education includes graduate study abroad at Kyoto Seiko University (Kyoto, Japan), workshops at the Basel School of Design (Basel, Switzerland) and at the Vignelli Center for Design Studies (Rochester, NY), and continuing, non-degree studies at the College for Creative Studies (Detroit, MI).

Judy is a member of AIGA, the professional association of design, RAF, Rochester Advertising Federation, UCDA, University and College Designers Association, and Friend of ico-D, International Council of Design.

Courses Taught

  • ART 213 Integrative Graphic Design
  • ART 300 Integrative Web Design
  • ART 300 Expressive Typography
  • ART 300 Design for Social Justice
  • ART 300 Design & Marketing
  • ART 395 Expanded Media Individual Projects
  • ART 401 Senior Design Studio
  • ART 501 Studio Elective
  • ART 681 Thesis-Electronic Integrated Arts
  • Korea Women Visual Designers’ Association International 2020 Invitational, Special Online Exhibition
  • Korea Women Visual Designers’ Association International 2020 Invitational, Seoul, South Korea
  • SUNY Design Invitational, The College of Brockport, Tower Fine Arts Gallery and SUNY Cortland, Dowd Gallery
  • Extra Bold, Rowan College South Jersey Arts & Innovation Center, Millville, NJ. Curator, participant.
  • In Good Company, Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Alfred, NY
  • Artists’ Self-Portraits, Richard Margolis Gallery, Rochester NY
  • The Ubuntu Project, Rotonda della Besana, Milan, Italy

Research, Publications, & Presentations

Research & Publications

  • My current research includes working on a guidebook for adaptive bar and bat mitzvah ceremonies entitled Start with YES: Creating Inclusive B’nai Mitzvah Ceremonies. A “bar mitzvah (for boys)” or “bat mitzvah” (for girls) is a religious ceremony recognizing the transition of a Jewish child into adulthood. “B’nai mitzvah” is plural. The project has evolved from the design of the page layout to the design of a more inclusive culture, challenging social norms and advocating for dignity and respect for all levels of ability. Production and distribution processes include the principles of universal design to optimize accessibility and opportunity.


  • Graphis Poster Annual, Honorable Mention
  • Graphis Design Annual, Merit Award
  • New York State of Design Exhibition, Judges’ Choice Award
  • Massimo Vignelli Master Designer Workshop, Rochester, NY

Affiliations & Memberships

  • AIGA, the professional association for design, USA
  • Professional Organization of Design, USA
  • International Council of Design (ico-D), USA
  • Rochester Advertising Federation (RAF), USA
  • University and College Designers Association (UCDA), USA

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