Thu, Sep 20th, 4:30pm - 5:50pm

Pivot The Lustigs: A Cover Story

This Pivot is hosted by the College of Visual Arts. The Pivot portion of the Leaders of Design Series is a special, exclusive gallery preview and guided discussion for student members of the AIGA Minnesota community. Get a sneak peak of CVA’s Leaders of Design exhibition The Lustigs: a cover story before the opening reception, where CVA faculty member Michael Skjei will discuss his collection of over 500 works by legendary designers Alvin Lustig and Elaine Lustig Cohen.


College of Visual Arts Gallery 173 Western Avenue North, Saint Paul map » Students are separately encouraged to register and attend The Lustigs: A Cover Story lecture, featuring legendary design critic Steven Heller, on Wednesday evening. The CVA Leaders of Design The Lustigs: a cover story exhibition runs through October 14. Free parking is available on the street and in the CVA lot.

THE LUSTIGS: a cover story, 1933-1961

Alvin Lustig (1993 AIGA Medalist) and Elaine Lustig Cohen (2011 AIGA Medalist) created a distinctive body of design work that melded the ideas of European modernism with a uniquely American approach to graphic design. THE LUSTIGS: a cover story exhibition will include covers designed and illustrated by Alvin and Elaine Lustig between 1933 and 1961. Guest lecturer for the series is renowned design historian Steven Heller (1999 AIGA Medalist), author of Born Modern: The Life and Design of Alvin Lustig. Heller was senior art director at The New York Times for more than 30 years, the author, editor, or co-author of over 130 books on design, and currently co-chair of the MFA Designer as Author department at the School of Visual Arts in New York. View the Lustigs’ design work.

Presented by the College of Visual Arts Leaders of Design Series

Sponsored by AIGA Minnesota Michael Skjei Design Mike Arney Image by Michael Skjei

About Pivot

The Pivot Series is designed as an opportunity for AIGA student groups to develop programming for their fellow students who reside and study in the upper Midwest. Contact student representative Abby Kallas for more information.

About Leaders of Design

The annual CVA Leaders of Design Series showcases exemplary design through a public lecture and exhibition program, demonstrating past accomplishments and current trends in graphic, interactive, product, furniture, and industrial design. The College of Visual Arts is a private, accredited, four-year college of art and design offering a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in fine arts, graphic design, illustration, interdisciplinary design studies, and photography. Founded in 1924, the college is located in the thriving urban residential areas of historic Summit Avenue and Ramsey Hill in Saint Paul, Minnesota. CVA began the Leaders of Design Series in 2005. Past lectures and exhibitions have featured Larsen Design, Michael Vanderbyl, Steven Heller, Blu Dot Design and Manufacturing, and Communication Arts magazine.

Contact Leadership

Amanda Martin
Amanda Martin
Director of Membership
Amanda was introduced to AIGA in 2012 through the Minnesota chapter’s mixer, Cocktails with Creatives, and has been involved ever since. She has served on the for two years on Portfolio 1-on-1 as well as Design Show committee. Currently, she serves on the board as Director of Membership and organizes Cocktails with Creatives. Being a part of the design community, especially this local chapter, has been a stellar part of her life and she looks forward to making a positive difference.

During the work week, Amanda is a committed in-house Creative Advisor and Sr. Web Designer at Gradient Financial Group in the Twin Cities, primarily performing account management, while also building responsive websites for clients. She’s a lucky lady to be on a team of 20+ creatives, from designers to developers to videographers to copywriters.

Amanda loves the outdoors, people, and having lots of fun! During her time away from work, she takes full advantage of being active during all seasons. Her favorite activities include golfing, kayaking, camping, motorcycle trips and is always up for connecting over a good cup of coffee for great conversation.