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Announcing our Guest Archivist(!) for April: Amy Auscherman!

February 28, 2020

VCFA’s MFA in Graphic Design is incredibly excited to announce our guest for the upcoming April residency: Amy Auscherman, Corporate Archivist for Herman Miller, Inc.!

Since 2014, Amy has managed the company’s extensive design archive, served as an editor for WHY Magazine, curated exhibitions, and contributed to design history scholarship through writing and lecturing. Amy co-edited the monograph Herman Miller: A Way of Living published by Phaidon Press in 2019. Amy has lectured at museums, universities, and conferences on different aspects of design history, including women in the workplace, the role of archives in design, and the work of Alexander Girard, Charles and Ray Eames, and George Nelson for Herman Miller, Inc.

She contributed to exhibition catalogs Serious Play: Design in Mid-Century America (Yale University Press, 2018) and the Eames Furniture Sourcebook (Vitra Design Museum, 2017.)

Her work has been featured in Architectural Digest, AIGA’s Eye on Design, AXIS, Curbed, Dwell, Fast Company, PIN-UP, Surface, among many others. Podcast and television appearances include TED’s WorkLife with Adam Grant and Viceland’s Nuts+Bolts with Tyler, The Creator.

Previously, Amy was Archives Assistant at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and worked on the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded project “Documenting Modern Living: Digitizing the Miller House and Garden Collection.” She holds a Master of Library Science and bachelor’s degree in Art History from Indiana University.

Amy chronicles her design research on Instagram for an audience of over 50,000 followers via @acid_free.