Maine College of Art & Design
Adds Award-winning Graphic Designer Peter Alfano to Faculty

Peter Alfano, new Assistant Professor in Graphic Design at Maine College of Art & Design

PORTLAND, ME December 6, 2021Maine College of Art & Design (MECA&D) today announced Peter Alfano will join its faculty as an Assistant Professor in Graphic Design beginning in Spring 2022. 

Alfano comes to the College from Ringling College of Art & Design, where he has been teaching in the Motion Design department for five years. He has also taught at both The New School’s Parsons School of Design in New York and Rhode Island School of Design.

“In Peter, we have found a colleague who brings not only the breadth and depth of his own education and experience but also one who exudes—in the classroom and out—a genuine passion for the full panoply of possibilities in Design,” said Ian Anderson, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College. “We are very excited that Peter will be here in January to commence teaching in and contributing to the Graphic Design Program.”

In addition to Alfano’s work as an educator, he holds deep industry experience as a creative and technical lead. Alfano has produced award-winning design and animation for BBC, Google, Apple, Nike, World Science Festival, TED, AIGA, A&E, and Nickelodeon. His work spans television, film, installation, web, mobile, and print media. He has been honored by the Type Directors Club, Broadcast Design Awards, and the Art Directors Club. 

Alfano’s design career began at Trollbäck + Company in New York before joining Creative Director Joe Wright at Sibling Rivalry. Alfano is also the co-founder and partner at the creative studio Attachment Division, where he explores visual systems, branding, typography, and enriching visual communication through space, light, and motion.

Alfano holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design as well as a BFA from Tufts University and The School of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Alfano’s hire comes after a national search for talented Graphic Design professors earlier this year that also resulted in Zenab Bastawala joining the College in the Fall 2021 semester. 

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