Professor of Art and Head
Office: Willard 111/112
MFA Yale University, 1988
BA Yale University, 1982
Matthew S. Gaynor received his MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University prior to beginning his teaching career at the University of Kansas. He later accepted teaching positions at California State University at San Bernardino followed by the University of Cincinnati, where he was promoted to associate professor. In 1999, he took a hiatus from teaching and served as creative director for F+W Publications before returning to academia at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). At UIC, Gaynor taught at all levels of the curriculum, as well as developing courses in introductory graphic design and photography for designers.
Gaynor's leadership portfolio includes having served as interim director of the UIC School of Art and Design and served for five years as associate dean for faculty affairs for the College of Architecture and the Arts at UIC. In this role he was part of campus committees that shaped the three most recent major campus policies initiatives on diversity, assessment and mentoring at UIC. Over the course of his career, Gaynor has won many awards for his design work, which is focused on the intersection of type and image, and continues his practice of typographic design, as well as new modes of photographic portraiture.