Beth S. Ocko
Associate Professor of Fine Arts/Art History
Calkins Hall 224A
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Degrees: MFA, 1988, Yale Univ; BA, 1977, Oberlin Coll
Prof. Ocko earned a B.A. in Art and Art History at Oberlin College and an M.F.A. at Yale University’s School of Art, specializing in Graphic Design. Upon graduation she received the Alexey Brodovich Prize from Yale in 1988.
Prof. Ocko is a professional graphic designer and typographer. She is a partner in Hyland/Ocko Associates . Their clients have included the Bass Museum of Art, The New World Symphony, The University of the Arts, TosoHaas Corporation and the Winterthur Museum. She has also worked professionally at Imaginary Forces, New York Magazine and Jo Bonney and Co.
Prof. Ocko presented the papers “WPA Poster Project in Perspective” at the 1935 Reality and the Promise Conference at Hofstra University in 2011. She also presented “Reading the Moving Picture” at the St. Bride Library Conference in Birmingham, U.K in 2006 and “Some Thoughts on Rules and Engagement in Typographic Education” at the College Art Associations Annual Conference in 2001. Her interview with Paul Rand from “On the Rand Book” is included in the book Paul Rand: Modernist Designer published by the Center for Art and Visual Culture, University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Prof. Ocko is a former director of the department’s Rosenberg Gallery where she presented fine arts and design exhibitions. In 2002 she curated the exhibition The Swiss Poster: Art of Ten Masters for the Hofstra Museum. She also wrote the catalog essays for the exhibition that featured over forty large-scale posters from ten internationally recognized Swiss poster artists.
Prof. Ocko has also worked in various art and design areas Including photography, printmaking, textile and apparel.