Robert Kostick is an associate professor of graphic design in the Art Department. He completed his Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Vermont College in Montpelier, VT, and his B.A. in Liberal Studies from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. Before coming to Keene State, he was employed as a graphic designer and creative director in select design studios and advertising agencies. His client history includes Ocean Spray Juice Drinks, Motorola, MassMutual Financial Services, Tidewater Community College, and Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center.
Since joining the KSC faculty in 2001, Professor Kostick has taught all levels of graphic design, including first year foundational classes and the senior portfolio seminar. He also served as coordinator of the graphic design program and chair of the Art Department. His scholarship and teaching interests include the history of graphic design, design education as a liberal art, and a growing interest in international studies and its effect on student learning. Professor Kostick is currently serving a three-year term as director of the College Honors Program and, as a result, his graphic design course load has been reduced while he directs this college-wide initiative. He is currently at work developing a strategic plan for this growing program and preparing a presentation (“How Does Global Engagement ‘Engage’ the Student/Citizen after the Trip Is Over?”) for the 50th Anniversary Conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council in Chicago where he and a colleague will share survey results and interviews gathered while traveling with honors students to Poland and Germany in May 2015. Professor Kostick recently returned from the Lorenzo de’ Medici Italian Institute in Florence, Italy where he studied the history of the Renaissance through his research of Florentine art, architecture, and design.
Professor Kostick is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), the College Art Association, the Design Management Institute, and the National Collegiate Honors Council. He was elected to serve on the KSC Strategic Planning Council and is an active member of the KSC Global Education Advisory Board.