Chris Corneal
(517) 355-7612

113 Kresge Art Center
600 Auditorium Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824

FacultyArt, Art History, and Design

Associate Professor
Graphic Design


Chris Corneal is Associate Professor of Graphic Design in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design at Michigan State University. In addition to his regular teaching duties, Prof. Corneal also serves as the Faculty Advisor for Design Center and the Director of Graphic Design Internships. He received his BFA in Graphic Design from Western Kentucky University and his MFA in Graphic Design from University of Memphis.

Throughout his career Prof. Corneal has continued to work as a freelance graphic designer, while also volunteering his design services for several non-profits. His work has been published in numerous award annuals and books, including: Graphis, Logo Lounge, Logoliscious, HOW International Design Annual, The Designer as… Author, Producer, Activist, Entrepreneur, Curator, and Collaborator: New Models for Communicating, American Corporate Identity, American Graphic Design and Advertising, The Means By Which We Find Our Way, The Creativity Awards Annual, 1000 Handmade Greeting Cards, Graphic Design USA, The New Big Book of Layouts, The Big Book of Design Ideas, and The Big Book of Logos. Prof. Corneal’s work has also been shown nationally and internationally in several juried exhibitions including: I Profess: The Graphic Design Manifesto, New Views 2: Conversations and Dialogues in Graphic Design, The Means By Which We Find Our Way, De:(Kon’strukt’), United Designs International Designs Alliance Exhibition, UCDA Annual Design Exhibition, A Mad Tea (Towel) Party, Sound and Fury: The Fine Art of Rock Posters and Adversary: A Touring Exhibition (of) Contesting Graphic Design.

Prof. Corneal has presented refereed papers at national and international conferences hosted by College Art Association, University of the Arts-London, University and College Designers Association, and University of Minnesota. Student projects completed in Prof. Corneal’s design courses have been recognized nationally in Print Magazine, How Magazine, Presenting Shakespeare: 1100 Posters From Around the World, American Corporate Identity, Letterhead and Logo Design, and Big Idea Magazine.

Artist Statement

My work in the field of graphic design shares an underlying theme: My belief in the social relevance and social responsibility of graphic design. When design is effective, it initiates and contributes to the greater social dialogue. With the power to create work to be mechanically reproduced to be viewed by mass audiences, graphic designers have an obligation to use that power responsibly.

I attempt to integrate my design philosophy of social responsibility with my freelance work, my pro-bono work and my more personal social-justice works. I am very lucky in my current position, as it allows me the luxury of accepting commissions with which I identify in some way. I especially enjoy projects that require me to condense challenging layered subtext of social justice themes into focused visual metaphor.

University News

MSU Graphic Design Graduate Crowned Miss Michigan 2023
Published June 20, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
Maya Schuhknecht, a Spring 2023 Michigan State University graduate with a BFA in Graphic Design, was crowned Miss Michigan 2023 on Saturday, June 17, at the Frauenthal Theater in downtown…Read now »
Graphic Design Students and College Marketing Staff Earn Multiple ADDY Awards
Published March 6, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
Some of the top American Advertising (ADDY) Awards presented this year by the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Lansing went to Michigan State University students majoring in Graphic Design in…Read now »
Graphic Design Student Designs Logo for National Organization
Published June 22, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
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On June 6, the 78th anniversary of D-Day, the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art (Foundation) officially changed its name to the Monuments Men and Women Foundation to honor all the…Read now »
Graphic Design Graduate Is a Business Owner and ADDY Award-Winner
Published April 27, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
MSU senior Maddison Chaffer will graduate this May with a BFA in Graphic Design and already has a lot of professional experience working as a freelancer on various graphic design and…Read now »
Two Student Works Awarded District ADDY Awards
Published April 15, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
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Matthew Gillespie earned Gold at the District 6 American Advertising (ADDY) Awards competition for his Amber Air Adventures Campaign that he completed as a Graphic Design student at Michigan…Read now »
College of Arts & Letters Students Take All Judge’s Choice ADDY Awards
Published March 3, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
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Three of the top awards presented at this year’s Mid-Michigan American Advertising (ADDY) Awards went to College of Arts & Letters students. Altogether, 13 students from the…Read now »
Graphic Design Students Receive ADDY Awards
Published February 27, 2019 in College of Arts & Letters
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Six Graphic Design students, all seniors, received 2019 Mid-Michigan American Advertising (ADDY) Awards, including one Gold, three Silver, and one Bronze, honoring their outstanding work on…Read now »
Graphic Design Students Bring Home 17 ADDY Awards
Published March 3, 2017 in College of Arts & Letters
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Nine Department of Art, Art History, and Design students came away with 17 Mid-Michigan American Advertising Awards (ADDYs), including one Judge’s Choice Award, four Gold ADDYs, six Silver…Read now »
New MSU Union Art Gallery Opens
Published October 13, 2016 in College of Arts & Letters
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A new art gallery on Michigan State University’s campus is breathing new life into the second floor of the MSU Union. Managed by the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, the MSU…Read now »
New Graphic Design Major Popular with Students
Published January 26, 2016 in College of Arts & Letters
The MSU Department of Art, Art History, and Design (AAHD) has rolled out a new Graphic Design undergraduate major this Spring 2016. To date, 42 students have enrolled in the new BFA program…Read now »
(SCENE) Metrospace Reopens to the Community Featuring Local and National Artists
Published September 23, 2015 in College of Arts & Letters
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Current exhibition: Place in Proximity East Lansing’s (SCENE) Metrospace reopened at an evening reception, Friday, September 18, at 110 Charles Street under operation of the Department of…Read now »