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Stephen Frykholm (born 1942)
U.S. Ocean Promotion
National Offshore Powerboat, 1982 Racing Circuit, 1982
screenprint
100 x 64 cm (39 2/5 x 25 1/5 in.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, gift of the artist
© Ocean Promotion/Stephen Frykholm

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Biography of Stephen Frykholm

After his Peace Corps service in Nigeria in the mid-1960s, Stephen Frykholm earned an M.F.A. degree in 1969 from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Since 1970 he has been employed as a graphic designer by furniture manufacturer Herman Miller, Inc., of Zeeland, Michigan, and is currently the chief creative officer for its subsidiary, Miller SQA. Frykholm's work has been published in books and periodicals nationally, and was honored by a 1985 AIGA Design Leadership Award presented to Herman Miller for outstanding contributions to the design field. His posters are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Library of Congress, and have been exhibited in Posters for a Picnic at the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., The Modern American Poster at the Museum of American Art in Tokyo, and Graphic Design in America: A Visual Language History at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

"I've only a few gray hairs," says Frykholm, "but my wider perspective only seems to make trouble for my colleagues. To me, that means keeping on top of things in my profession, my new job at Miller SQA, and learning faster than ever."

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