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Zimbabwean graphic designer Chaz Maviyane-Davies to speak March 30

Acclaimed dissident artist and educator hosted by Stuckeman School

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Internationally acclaimed graphic designer Chaz Maviyane-Davies will deliver a talk titled "Creative Defiance" as part of the Stuckeman School lecture series from 6 to 8 p.m. March 30 in the Stuckeman Family Building Jury Space. The lecture will be followed by a gallery reception for Maviyane-Davies' concluding exhibit in the Stuckeman School's Rouse Gallery. Both events are free and open to the public.

Maviyane-Davies has been described by the United Kingdom's Design magazine as “the guerrilla of graphic design.” For more than three decades the award-winning, controversial designer's powerful work has taken on issues of consumerism, health, politics, social responsibility, the environment and human rights. He has studied (MA, Central School of Art and Design, London) and worked in Britain, Japan, Malaysia, the United States, and Zimbabwe, his country of origin. From 1983 until just recently he ran The Maviyane-Project, a renowned design studio, in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Due to adverse political conditions in his homeland and the confrontational nature of his work, Maviyane-Davies moved to the United States in 2001, where he is currently a professor of design at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. In addition to being published in numerous books, international magazines, and newspapers, his work has been exhibited extensively and is included in several permanent collections at various galleries. In 2009, he was conferred an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

His recently published book, "A World of Questions: 120 Posters on the Human Condition," is available at or

Last Updated March 29, 2016