Professor, Graphic Design
Director, Idaho Center for the Book
M.F.A., Brooklyn College 1994
B.A. with Special Honors, University of Chicago, 1987
Stephanie Kathryn Bacon is an artist and designer with additional research and writing in visual culture and design history and theory.
Having worked as a graphic designer on a long and diverse list of projects prior to accepting an academic appointment, Stephanie Bacon is interested in the complex interactions between text and image, as well as the visual dimensions of written language. Her studio work comprises letterpress and relief prints on handmade paper, handmade books and publications, and large-scale collages. These works have been featured in solo exhibitions at the Portland Institute of Art (2006) and the Missoula Art Museum (2007). In 2008 she completed a permanent public art project for the Boise Public Library! at Collister, a new branch library, which was commissioned by the Boise City Department of Arts and History.n 2009 she completed letterpress illustrations for a limited edition chapbook called Apology for the Book of Creatures by Dan Beachy-Quick (Ahsahta Press.) Apology for the Book of Creatures has already been placed in several public collections, including the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, the Houghton Library at Harvard University, and the Permanent Art Collection at Miami-Dade Public Library. In 2008 Stephanie Bacon was elected to a two-year term as co-chair of the Visual Culture Caucus, a national affiliated society of College Art Association; she has presented her research and chaired panels at numerous academic conferences including College Art Association, Society for the History of Technology, Modernist Studies Association, and Mid-Atlantic College Art Association.
Stephanie Bacon is the senior faculty member in the Graphic Design Program, which is the largest program in the Art Department at Boise State. Since arriving in 1996 she has pioneered courses in Visual Rhetoric and New Media, and has recently developed a Hand Process course and facility where students are introduced to papermaking, letterpress printing and bookbinding. She is a member of the Graduate Faculty, and works actively with M.F.A. students across studio disciplines.
In 2009 Bacon became the Director of the Idaho Center for the Book, an organization chartered by the Library of Congress to promote books, reading, and the literary heritage and character of the state. She plans to continue the ICB’s groundbreaking work with artist’s and eccentric books made in Idaho