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Anne Galperin
Chair, Department of Art
Associate Professor, Graphic Design
Graphic Design Program Coordinator
MFA, 2D Design, Cranbrook Academy of Art

Graphic Design
Office: FAB 225A
Phone: 845-257-3830

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Anne Galperin is an associate professor of art in the Graphic Design Program at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She received her BSc in Education from Northwestern University and her MFA in Two-Dimensional Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Professor Galperin is the recipient of two merit awards from Bookbuilders West and a Print Magazine Regional Design Award; her work is in the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) archive. 

Professor Galperin's practice is comprised of editorial art direction and design, theoretical and empirical research, and writing. She has designed more than sixty books and covers for mass-market, art, university and small presses including Chronicle Books, Distributed Art Publishers and Princeton Architectural Press. Professor Galperin has presented research on topics including design education and material culture at national and international design conferences.

Her essay "Envisioning Music in the Digital Environment" was published in Spring 2009 in Coverscaping by Museum Tusculanum Press, University of Copenhagen. She is currently writing and designing a communication design textbook Page to Screen, Still to Motion.

She is currently serving as chair of the Art Department.

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Arthur Hoener
Associate Professor
MFA, Graphic Design
Rhode Island School of Design

Graphic Design
Office: OL 203
Phone: 845-257-2784

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Arthur Hoener has worked as a professional designer since 1982 and has been teaching at New Paltz since 1993. His research and professional work centers on digital typography, type design, signage, and inscriptional lettering. He received his MFA in Design from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1993. His thesis "Lettering into Type: toward an integrated approach to letterform design" investigates the relationship between hand carved inscriptional lettering and digital type design.

His writing has been published in Teaching Exceptional Children and ZED. Before coming to New Paltz, Hoener taught design classes at Rhode Island School of Design and at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. Current works include the design of a series of books on art and ecology, authored by Linda Weintraub, and inscriptional lettering and signage commissions.

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Aleanna Luethi-Garrecht
Assistant Professor
Masters Aequus, Basel School of Design, Switzerland

Office: OL 203
Phone: 845-257-2875

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Aleánna Luethi-Garrecht has over 20 years of professional experience as a practicing designer primarily in the areas of packaging, letterform and logo design. Her international corporate and non-corporate work includes such clients as: Sunkist Growers, F. Hoffman-La Roche, Nestlé, Wispride, Swatch, Co-op Supermarkets Inc., Basel Museum of Antiquities, Pro Helvetia, Cardinal Beer Inc., Swiss Milk Producers, Pillsbury, Allgemeine Gewerbeschule Basel, Purina, Mars Company, and Consolidated Foods. She established her own design practice in Basel, Switzerland in 1987. Her work has been published both in the United States and Switzerland for Letter Arts Review, Discover Magazine, Design Review, and Swiss trade magazines.

Her education has spanned two continents, receiving her Master's Aequus from the Basel School of Design, Switzerland, a Bridge-Programme certificate from Yale/Brissago, USA, a BFA from Philadelphia College of Art, and a certified chef's OS Culinary Arts degree from the Culinary Institute of America, USA.

Professor Luethi-Garrecht has over 20 years as a design instructor, working full time at the Basel School of Design, Art Center Europe, and St. Gallen School of Design in Switzerland, where she taught in the foundation, typography, continuing education, Swiss-undergraduate, and international graduate departments. Since joining the faculty of the SUNY Graphic Design Program in 2006, Aleánna has taught courses in graphic design basics, visible systems, typography, visual language, and printed books. Her creative research interests lie in the themes of lineform/letterform, type and image, letterforms in the built and free environment. She is currently engaged in creative projects that infuse sensory perception of the five human senses into design. She lectures internationally and nationally about her creative work, historical interests and pedagogical research.


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Amy Papaelias
Assistant Professor
MFA, Intermedia Design, SUNY New Paltz

Office: OL 203A
Phone: 845-257-2785


Amy Papaelias is an assistant professor of graphic design / foundation in the Art Department at SUNY New Paltz. She teaches a variety of coursework, ranging from basic 2D design principles to advanced interaction design.

In her creative research, Professor Papaelias develops experimental typography and visual representations of speech that challenge the arbitrary relationship between visual and verbal communication. A variety of tools are utilized, including font-editing software, handwriting samples, voice recordings, post-structuralist theory, sociolinguistics, and voice recognition technology. These projects have been recognized in a variety of online and print publications (including Print, Communication Arts,,, and have been used by developers at Microsoft and Adobe to demonstrate the capabilities of OpenType technology. She has presented her creative and pedagogical work at several national venues including TypeCon 2005, 2007, 2012, AIGA Design Educators Conference 2007, and UCDA Education Summit.

A faculty adviser for the AIGA Student Chapter at SUNY New Paltz and a member of the Type Directors Club of New York, Professor Papaelias is also active professionally, collaborating with artists, small businesses and non-profits on design for page and screen.

Professor Papaelias was previously assistant professor of graphic design in the BFA program at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut and was an adjunct instructor at Marist College.

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Peter Demuth
Photo and Graphic Design Technician
BFA, Photography, SUNY New Paltz
BA, Anthropology, SUNY New Paltz

Office: OL B8
Phone: 845-257-2781



Keith Ferris
Evening Photo/Graphic Design Technician

Office:  OL B8
Phone: 845-257-2824

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