Faculty Profile

Ronald Riksen M.A.

Graphic Design

Interim Dean of the College, Professor

Ron joined KCAD as a faculty member in 1971, having earlier earned a Graphic Design degree from Kendall, then a B.S.D and an M.A. from the University of Michigan. During his long tenure here, Ron has served as Chair of Graphic Design and as Chair of Illustration. He has also served on the Faculty Evaluation, Tenure, Promotion, and Sabbatical Committee for the past ten years, eight of which he served as Chair.
In addition to his teaching, Ron has extensive advertising experience, including experience with Drury Lacy, Inc., Harley Wagner and Associates, and Ad Logic. As owner for forty years of his own free-lance graphic design and advertising business, Ron has designed advertising and promotional material for various clients, including American Seating, Arthur Anderson, Conveyor Logic, Everett Piano, Gerald R. Ford International Airport, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Howard Miller Clock, Kendall College of Art and Design, Kraft, National Nail, Perrigo, Rite Aid, Tropicana, United Way, Yamaha, Windquest, and Zondervan Publishing. Ron has also designed and fabricated trade show exhibits for clients throughout the United States. Ron has been recognized with numerous awards for his design abilities and has served as a judge for local, state, and national competitions.

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