With a career spanning over 25 years as an arts educator, designer,
and author, JEFF BELLANTONI is Dean of the College of Visual + Performing Arts at Winthrop University, serving as the chief academic and executive officer of the college.

Prior to his current appointment, Jeff was Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Ringling College of Art and Design, where he held responsibility for academic programs, collaborative enterprises, communications and marketing, and continuing studies and lifelong learning. From 2008-2014, he was Chair of the nationally-ranked Graduate Communications Design Department at Pratt Institute in New York, where he established an MFA program, Pratt Press, and the Graduate Design Guild. Jeff previously held faculty and administrative positions at the University of Connecticut, VCU School of the Arts, Mercy College, and Wanganui School of Design in New Zealand. He earned an MFA in Visual Communications from VCU School of the Arts and a BFA from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Jeff is co-author and designer of several internationally published titles on Typography and Media – including the best-selling titles Type in Motion and Moving Type, Designing for Time and Space – and he has written on graphic design for How magazine and various other design publications. Jeff's design work has been recognized by Print magazine, the AIGA (50 Books/50 Covers), and Connecticut Art Director’s Club, and he presented at conferences, events and educational institutions around the world. Jeff previously held faculty positions at The University of Connecticut, VCU, Mercy College (where he was also Chair), and The Wanganui School of Design in New Zealand.

Portfolio | contact: jbellantoni@me.com

MATT WOOLMAN has navigated his 20-year career between multiple identities: graphic designer; design consultant, professor, writer and publisher. His education includes MFA and MBA degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a BA degree from Oberlin College. Currently, Matt is the Director of Design Entrepreneurship and Industry Affiliations at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. Prior to that, he served as Chair of the Department of Graphic Design, School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond for 6 years. 

Matt's primary research and professional practice addresses the influences of information and communication technologies on the evolution of language and learning. He has authored and co-authored ten books related to this, including such defining topics as kinetic typography, motion design, music and the visual arts/design, and information visualization. His other writings and art/design projects have been published internationally in design journals and books; exhibited internationally; included in private collections; and have received awards from PRINT Magazine, AIGA and Art Director’s Club. 

Matt founded PLAID Studios in 1996 as an output channel for his design research, professional practice, and consulting activities with creative agencies in the areas of design, typography, and ideation; and universities and colleges in design curriculum development and evaluation. As Principal and Creative Director, Matt possesses the unique combination of deep design expertise with strong roots in quantitative research and analysis. Most importantly, Matt is passionate about design and its vital role as a strategic business asset.

VCU Arts | contact: mwoolman@vcu.edu