Cindy Buckley Koren Faculty Photo 2016

Cindy Buckley Koren

Professor Communications Design





Courses Taught:

  • Typography & Information Design
  • Research, Analysis and Process

B.F.A. - Communication Design, University of Buffalo
M.A.L.S. - Educational Strategies and Curriculum Development in Visual Communications Empire State College

Currently the principal of the {meetinghouse} creative collaborative, Cindy launched her career at Steve Phillips Design—a small but prolific editorial design firm in New York City working on award winning projects with clients including: AT&T, Runner’s World Magazine, and the U.S. Open. She expanded her practice by freelancing for advertising agencies and design firms including Pushpin Studios with Seymour Chwast.

While she thrived and was energized by the city, she could not resist the calling to teach and raise her family in the Mohawk Valley. She established two successful B.O.C.E.S. vocational programs in Visual Communications and has taught and lectured for the last 24 years at colleges and universities including; Newhouse School of Public Communication, Syracuse University, and Hamilton College. As a featured speaker at TEDx Utica, her presentation on Creative Educational Strategies and Community Collaborations challenged today’s educational institutions to stop being “instistupid” and “do shit that matters.”

Other career highlights include the “Couch Utica” project—and her extraordinary experience and unusual relationship with reclusive American artist Robert Indiana.

“Autism Across the Ages” is series of large format prints on permanent display at the Kelberman Center. 

“Mother of Outcasts” a steamrolled print honoring Saint Marianne Cope in the permanent collection at St. Patrick, St Joseph Church in Utica, NY.

“Truth – Black and White” on display at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Library.

Her work has been recognized by AIGA the professional association for Design, Print Magazine, the New York Times, and GD USA.

 “My goal at PrattMWP is to nurture the convergence of the fine arts with design to enhance student growth, artistic potential, and lasting relationships.”

Link to Cindy speaking at TEDxUtica