Prof. Miles DeCoster is a tenured associate professor in the Communication Design Department at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. His full-time teaching career began at Kutztown University in the fall of 1993. He teaches a variety of classes for the department, but his main area of expertise is interactive design which includes web design and other forms of computer-based experience design. He has served on numerous university and department committees, including a stint as chair of the University-wide Strategic Planning and Resources committee and currently serves on the Academic Technology Committee and the Sharadin Gallery Advisory Committee. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Moore College of Art and Design, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Prof. DeCoster is a painter, photographer, printmaker, book artist, web artist and designer. He received his formal training at the Washington University School of Fine Arts in St. Louis (BFA 1972) and the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA 1979). His work is in numerous collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the California Museum of Photography, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Washington University Rare Books and Special Collections and private collections. He has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, The Headlands Center for the Arts, Post-Newsweek Stations, Nexus Press and the Chicago Arts Council. Mr. DeCoster has a studio at the GoggleWorks in Reading, PA, an arts center with studios and exhibition spaces and one of the largest facilities of its kind in the USA.
Mr. DeCoster is also a professional designer, having served as art director for In These Times (from 1983 to 1993), a national news magazine published in Chicago, and has designed numerous print projects and web sites for clients including the American Heart Association, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Freedman Gallery at Albright College, Harcros Pigments, Trattoria Mario in Florence, FESTA, First Books, Yellow Press and others. While on sabbatical in Italy for the 2007-8 academic year he designed and coded a computer application to aid in learning Italian verb conjugations that is available online and as a stand-alone application. He has subsequently created a Spanish version and French and Catalan versions are in the works.
MFA, Art Institute of Chicago
BFA, Washington University School of Fine Arts