Craig Eliason portrait

Craig Eliason

Associate Professor of Art History
Degree
B.A., Amherst College
M.A., Ph.D., Rutgers University
Office
44 N. Cleveland Ave.
Phone
(651) 962-5595
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5595
Fax
(651) 962-5861
Mail
44C

Specialization: Modern art, design, and aesthetics

Craig Eliason’s current research focuses on the history of typography and type design. He is developing a history of the labels used to classify printing types in the modern period. His earlier research investigated the theoretical and practical relationships between the Dada and Constructivist movements in the 1920's, particularly in the career of Dutch artist Theo van Doesburg.

Publications

“Roger Excoffon et la Fonderie Olive by Sandra Chamaret, Julien Gineste, and Sébastien Morlighem” [book review] Design and Culture 4 no. 2 (July 2012): 254-256.

“Uppercase, Lowercase, Unicase: The Making of Ambicase Modern,” Codex: The Journal of Typography no. 1 (Spring 2011): 94–105.

“Adrian Frutiger Typefaces: The Complete Works by Heidrun Osterer and Philipp Stamm; José Mendoza y Almeida by Martin Majoor and Sébastien Morlighem” [book review] Design and Culture 3 no. 1 (March 2011): 130–33.

“‘All the Serious Men are Sick’: Van Doesburg, Mondrian, and Dada,” Simiolus 34 no. 1 (2009-2010): 50-55.

“Theo van Doesburg: Italian Futurist?” In The Low Countries: Crossroads of Cultures, ed. Ton Broos, Margriet Bruyn Lacy, and Thomas F. Shannon (Münster: Nodus, 2006), 47-56.

“Manifestoes by Mail: Postcards from the Theo van Doesburg Correspondence,” Visual Resources, 17 no. 4 (Dec. 2001): 449–458.

“De conferenties van 1922: Tristan Tzara als Van Doesburgs saboteur” [The Conferences of 1922: Tristan Tzara as Van Doesburg's Saboteur], Jong Holland (The Hague) 16 no. 2 (Spring 2000), 31–37, 66–67.

Published Typeface Designs

Ambicase Fatface, produced by Teeline Fonts, distributed by FontShop and MyFonts, 2011.

Ambicase Modern, produced by Teeline Fonts, distributed by FontShop and MyFonts, 2010.

Exhibitions

"Insights into Modern Art: Dolly Fiterman Collection."
OEC Lobby Gallery, University of St. Thomas, January 17-May 26, 2013

“Founding Zero.”
Harry Ransom Center for the Humanities, University of Texas, Austin, October-November, 2010 

“Face the Nation: How National Identity Shaped Modern Typeface Design.”
Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, July 12–September 21, 2008 

“Renovation: UST Chapels After Sacrosanctum Concilium.” 
OEC Lobby Gallery, University of St. Thomas, October 11-31, 2003

Fellowships and Grants

Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas
Limited Editions Club Endowment Fellowship, 2009–10

Houghton Library, Harvard University
Katherine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography, 2009–10

Recent Research Presentations 

Association Typographique Internationale (ATypl)

Amsterdam, 2013

"The History of 'Humanist' Types" 
 
College Art Association Annual Meeting
New York, 2013
“Typeface Classification and the Chinese Encyclopedia of Borges"
"Putting Design in Boxes: The Problem of Taxonomy" panel chair 
 
American Printing History Association
Chicago, 2012
“Inventing ‘Ambicase’ Letters"
 
TypeCon2012

Milwaukee, 2012

“Students as Rasterizers"
 
TypeCon2010

Los Angeles, CA, 2010

“Type History in Transition: The Emergence of the 'Transitional' Label for Type Designs”
 
TypeCon2009

Atlanta, GA, 2009

“Why ‘Humanist’ Type?”
 
Modernist Studies Association

Long Beach, CA, 2007

“Eric Gill and the Humanist Sans-Serif: For and Against Modernism”
 
College Art Association Annual Meeting

New York, NY, 2007

“Building an Understanding of Architectural History”

Recent Lectures

Selim Center
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, 2011
“Painting in the United States”

Collectors' Forum
Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN, 2011
“Classifying Printing Types: Maximilien Vox and the Power of Suggestion"

Design Lecture Series
University of Texas, Austin, TX, 2010
“Classifying Printing Types: Maximilien Vox and the Power of Suggestion”

Book Arts Roundtable
Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN, 2008
“The Place of Letters”

ACTC Art History Symposium
Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities, St. Paul, MN, 2008
“Equivocally Modern Letters: Gill Sans and the Origin of the Humanist Sans Serif”

Professional Affiliations 

American Printing History Association
Ampersand Club
Twin Cities Type Tuesdays (Founder and Director)

 

Spring 2016 Courses

Spring 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ARHS 545 - 01 Design Across Cultures - - - R - - - 1730 - 2030 OEC 414
CRN: 22594 Instructor: Craig D. Eliason

Schedule Details

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ARHS 593 - 03 Qualifying Paper Prospectus - - - - - - - -
CRN: 22843 Instructor: Craig D. Eliason During the semester before the student plans to make application for graduation and to graduate, the student must prepare a 10-page typed, double-spaced prospectus. This prospectus must be submitted to the advisor of the qualifying paper, and to the other two faculty members of the Graduation Committee. Prerequisite: ARHS 500. Completion of the language reading requirement. Permission of the department.

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ARHS 594 - 04 Qualifying Paper &Presentation - - - - - - - -
CRN: 22846 Instructor: Craig D. Eliason As a demonstration of the ability to formulate and carry out original and scholarly work in the discipline, all students are required to submit a qualifying paper during the last semester of study. The qualifying paper must also be presented at the annual graduate forum sponsored by the department. Prerequisite: ARHS 593

Schedule Details

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ARTH 110 - W19 Introduction to Art History M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 OEC 311
CRN: 21104 Instructor: Craig D. Eliason Through a series of case studies, this course examines the importance of art as cultural expression across time and from a global perspective. In each course section, students will analyze the style, subject, and patronage of works of art, and will explore art's relationship to religion, ideology, society and economy, gender roles, and the interaction of cultures. Case studies will include architecture, sculpture, painting, and other arts, such as ceramics, textiles, and photography. This course fulfills the Fine Arts and Human Diversity core requirements. Consult the department website for details about the specific sections offered.

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ARTH 481 - 02 Senior Paper Presentation - - - - - - - -
CRN: 22851 Instructor: Craig D. Eliason During the senior year, art history majors are expected to write a major research paper with an abstract and to describe the results of their research in an oral presentation to a departmental symposium to be held prior to graduation. The purpose of this paper and presentation is to allow the student to demonstrate competency in art historical methodology and to gain experience from presenting the results to a group of peers and faculty. The topic and instructor must be chosen in consultation with the department chair during the semester prior to writing the senior paper. Prerequisite: ARTH 110 (or 151 and 152 from previous catalog) and 211

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