• Profile:

    James A. Reeves is a writer, designer, and educator whose work examines the role of dignity, beauty, and myth in the digital age. Trained as a graphic designer, his work often addresses the relationship between the image, philosophy, and the psyche.

    After traveling fifty thousand miles along the backroads of America, James A. Reeves’s first book, The Road to Somewhere: An American Memoir, was published by W. W. Norton. His second book, The Manufactured History of Indianapolis, is a collection of fables about the city that was published after a four-week writer’s residency in partnership with the Indiana University Center for Urban Ecology. Reeves has collaborated with the artist Candy Chang on three narrative-driven public art projects, including the new interactive mural The Atlas of Tomorrow in Philadelphia which is currently featured in the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.

    Since 2004, James has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in philosophy, the history of art, and the politics of design at Bard Early College, Parsons School of Design, and Pratt Institute. He is the principal designer at Motorway, a creative studio that creates print and digital materials for non-profit organizations and educational institutions. He has exhibited his work and lectured in New York, Helsinki, Indianapolis, Detroit, Philadelphia, Hong Kong and Grenoble.

    Degrees Held:

    M.S. Art & Design Education, Pratt Institute. New York, NY.

    B.F.A. Graphic Design, University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, MI.

    Recent Publications:

    • The Atlas of Tomorrow. City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. Collaboration with Candy Chang. Exhibited in By the People: Designing a Better America, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum New York.
    • She Dreamed of a Place Called Fat City. Arts Council of New Orleans. Collaboration with Candy Chang. New Orleans, Louisiana.
    • Love Destroys Time. Public art installation for Exhibit Be, the largest collection of street art in the south. Collaboration with Candy Chang. Prospect 3 satellite exhibition. New Orleans, Louisiana.
    • The Road to Somewhere: An American Memoir. New York: W. W. Norton.
    • The Manufactured History of Indianapolis. Indianapolis: We Are City.

    Awards And Honors:

    • Artist-in-Residence, Lakkos Artist Residency. Heraklion, Greece.
    • Writer-in-Residence, We Are City: Import Residency in partnership with the Center for Urban Ecology at Butler University and Indiana University’s Center for Art + Design. Indianapolis, Indiana.

    Current Courses:

    Graphic Design History (Open Campus)

    Graphic Design History (Fall 2019)

    Graphic Design History (Open Campus)