Ivan Chermayeff
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Mrs Lovell at the Window 2015 IC collage
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Ivan at Garrison Art Center
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In 2009 Ivan Chermayeff exhibited his collage works in the galleries at Garrison Art Center. Later that year he made an offer that the Board of Directors and then-Executive Director Carinda Swann had no intention of refusing: New York’s most famous and distinguished logo designer offered to create a new logo and identity program for the Art Center. The logo you now see at the top of this page was created by the same designer credited with iconic trademark designs for Mobil, MoMA, NYU, Grey Advertising, and countless other national and international corporations. (See more of the work by Ivan’s design firm on the Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv website) It was an offer of incalculable value from a highly respected designer to his community art center.


By the end of 2009, Ivan presented his new logo design, which included a suggestion for signage on our building: the red stripe on the front fascia board with the Garrison Art Center logotype reversed out in white that you see today is Ivan’s design. The Art Center has used Ivan’s logo design continuously since then, and in 2014, Ivan updated our letterhead as we celebrated Garrison Art Center’s 50th Anniversary. 


Garrison Art Center hosted additional solo shows of Ivan’s work of 50 Collages in early 2014, and Transparencies, Collage works, and Sculptures in January 2017. Ivan never stopped working. He died in New York on December 2, 2017.  

See a video of Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar talk about logo design


IVAN CHERMAYEFF exhibitions at Garrison Art Center

Collages, Sculpture, and Prints March 6 – 29, 2009

50 Collages  January 11 – February 9, 2014

Transparencies and other Collages  January 28 – February 26, 2017



New York Times obituary


Smithsonian American Art Museum

ADC Hall of Fame

1979 AIGA Medalist—Chermayeff & Geismar

Click to see a larger version of Ivan Chermayeff's logo design for Garrison Art Center