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Art School: Design

A Program for Walker Art Center Members

Part of Art School: What the %#@! Is Contemporary Art?


Meet the man behind Minneapolis-based Charles S. Anderson Design and learn more about his firm’s work with French Paper, Pop Ink, and the vast digital illustration archive used by designers around the world. Joining him for this presentation is Jerry French, the fifth-generation president of the 143-year-old French Paper Company. After the program, participants are invited to take part in Study Hall, a facilitated small group discussion, as well as take advantage of the last day of Member Double Discount Days in the Walker Shop.

Art School demystifies contemporary art by putting it into context—culturally, historically, and personally. Through short, succinct sessions, you’ll come to understand what the fuss is all about—and even feel like a connoisseur yourself.

To Register

Registration is required online at members.walkerart.org, by e-mail to membership@walkerart.org, or by calling 612.375.7655.

Featured Presenters

Charles S. Anderson, CSA Design

Charles S. Anderson’s design work successfully combines the sometimes opposing elements of art and commerce. He believes that great design is about making something that adds richness to people’s lives; something inspiring, memorable, funny, abrasive, ironic, elegant, ugly, human—anything but uninteresting. Nearly 25 years ago—with a single client, the French Paper Company—Anderson formed CSA Design, envisioning products online, in virtual form, and with connections to social communities, which allows everyone to create their own products using CSA Images, type, and design elements. Not design democracy, but rather design assembly and customization. CSA Design is unique in creating what has become one of the most respected archives of licensable artwork in existence.

Jerry French, French Paper Company

Established in 1871, the French Paper Company is one of the last small, family-owned, American paper mills still thriving today. Jerry French is the fifth-generation president of the 143-year-old company known not only for its quality as the best brand in the American paper industry but also for its long history and greenest paper. Since 1922, all French Papers are made using 100 percent renewable electricity generated by the company’s own green, hydroelectric plant. French was also a pioneer of recycled paper in the 1950s. Although French is one of the smallest paper mills in America, the work of CSA Design has made it one of the most recognized brands in the industry.