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Andy Wollner

Andy Wollner


Associate Professor of Visual Communication Design


MFA, Painting, Savannah College of Art and Design
BA, Studio Art, Kenyon College

Andy Wollner brings a wide range of knowledge to the Department of Visual Communication Design from his roots as a practicing fine art painter, industry experience as a print and web designer, and current research in digital UI/UX design for web and mobile applications.

As a student, Wollner studied at a variety of institutions, such as Kenyon College, Savannah College of Art and Design, China Academy of Art, School of the Museum of Fine Art, Lacoste School of Art, and Pacific Northwest College of Art.

He began his career as a painter, represented by Conner Contemporary Art, now Conner Smith, in Washington, D.C., from 1999 - 2005. Prior to coming to  the Hartford Art School, Wollner taught drawing and printmaking at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and visual communication studies at the New Mexico Highlands University. He entered the graphic design industry in 2001, working at start-ups in Boston, Mass. He eventually started Wollner Design, an independent design consulting business, and remains involved with this business today. Wollner Design creates pieces for web and mobile apps, print collateral, and identity branding.


Career Highlights
  • Current Client: New Britain Museum of American Art, Identity + Design System Research, 2016
  • Current Research Project: Teddy and Pig, Mobile Video Game Design Development, 2016
  • Current Research Project: Color Chain, Mobile Application Design, UI/UX, 2016
  • Awarded International Center Grant, VCD Summer Abroad Program Development, 2015
  • Advisor for a Dorothy Goodwin Award Recipient, 2016
  • Directed Student Client Collaborations, including Children’s Museum of West Hartford, Conn.; Santa Fe
  • Children’s Museum, New Mexico; and New Mexico History Museum, New Mexico, 2010-2015
  • Selected to the Valley Venture Mentorship program, Springfield, Mass., 2014
  • Nominated and Served as AIGA Education Director, New Mexico Chapter Board, 2011-2014
  • Directed AIGA Statewide Portfolio Review, 2012, 2013, and 2014
  • Awarded Sabbatical, Mobile App Development Research, New Mexico Highlands University, New Mexico, 2013
  • Awarded Tenure and Promotion, New Mexico Highlands University, New Mexico, 2011
  • AIGA New Mexico Showdown Award, 2011
  • Other prior recognition includes awards such as a Drench Award, a Case Award in Digital Fundraising, and a full two-year Chinese Government Painting Fellowship