Chris Neyen


B.F.A.  School Of Visual Arts • Communication Arts

M.F.A.  Academy of Art University • Painting

Solo Exhibitions

2012  Loft Gallery at SteelStacks • Bethlehem, PA

2011  PROXIMITIES A.J. Eastwood Art Gallery • Gaffney, SC

2010  Inside View • Jason Groupp Studio • Chelsea Arts Building, NYC

2009  UNSEEN • C.A.N. Studio • Allentown, PA

Group Exhibitions

2012  Search The Surface • Lachaise Gallery

2011  Soft Machine Gallery • Allentown, PA

2010  Salon de Refuge • 625 Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2010  AAU Annual Spring Show • 79 Gallery • San Francisco, CA

2010  Birthday Suite Show • C.A.N. Studio • Allentown PA

2010  Emergence • The Antonio Salemme Foundation Gallery

2010  LUMINATIONS • Touchstone Theatre Gallery • Bethlehem • PA


2009  VELOCITY • Allentown Art Museum, Community Gallery

2009  HAMILTON FOR RENT, The Second Leg • Allentown, PA


2009  MOMENTUM • Expanding the Dialog of Contemporary Art in Allentown
(Curated by Kiki Nienaber)

2008  INAUGURAL SHOW • Chen Arts • Allentown, PA


Professional Experience

Professional Artist and award winning Visual Communicator and Educator with 20 years of experience as a Graphic Designer, Art Director, and Creative Director.

FUSE Founding Member; Artist Collective is dedicated to create an infrastructure for the arts that embraces, directs and presents ideas; bridges community, artists and institutions; and develops Allentown, PA as a great destination for artists and supporters of the arts.

Chen Arts Group Founding member. The Allentown Chen Arts Group has successfully held group art shows, events, and activities to bring the community together, educate the public, and help revitalize downtown Allentown through the arts.

Circle of Stones Ritual Theatre Ensemble Board of Directors. Professional, non-profit theatre company.

Perfect Pitch Creative Creative Director and partner.

Judge Garden Design Association Awards

Guest Lecturer

2009  Moravian College • Sophomore Review

2008  Moravian College • Senior Portfolio Review

2007  Moravian College • Senior Portfolio Review

2006  Moravian College • Graduates

2005  Moravian College • Graduating Graphic Design Majors

2001  Moravian College • Senior Portfolio Review

2007, 2008  Sheridan School • 'Art and Design as a Career'

2009  Wescosville Elementary • 'Being an Artist'


Limestone College, Gaffney, South Carolina
Assistant Professor of Art •¬†Fall 2011–Present

Planned and revised syllabuses for Graphic Design, Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking sections of the Studio Art program. Responsible for re-structuring the Design Lab, Painting Studio and Woodshop.

Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Adjunct Faculty 2002–2011

Planned syllabus and lectures for all classes in Communication Design. Emphasis on conceptual design within editorial design and marketing structures, while real world applications are explored. Principal focus is placed on developing student relationships with design and the business world with concentrations in both historic and contemporary viewpoints. Classes include Introduction to Design, Publication Design, Typography and Portfolio Seminar. Studio Classes-Foundations.

ArtsQuest Instructor: Photo Design Program, A work-study program for At Risk Youth in Photography and Graphic Design with a central focus and positive life decisions and productive work habits.

Curriculum Development

Typography and Information Design: This course was initiated by my own experience in direct relation to the needs of the students. The study of typographic fundamentals is necessary as a base for communication arts students. A syllabus was created that would investigate typographic design as rhetoric, information, and artwork. Along with a strong historic analysis, current type revivals are thoroughly explored.

Portfolio Seminar: I was chosen to develop this new course within the existing curriculum. It's purpose being to enable senior level students to enter the field of their chosen discipline with the preparation, knowledge, and understanding of how to present themselves as capable creative professionals.
A review of each students work is given along with new assignments with the purpose of developing a cohesive visual language.

Honors Panelist: Upon request, for numerous honor student applicants.

Senior Portfolio Review Panelist: Part of a group of select professional reviewers of graduating student portfolios.

Advisement: Throughout my teaching career I have taken a considerable role in advising students in both preparation for entering the workplace, and job searching. I have been contacted by art directors and human resources professionals for recommendations to fill positions for interns and full time designers. I have also provided letters for graduate applicants.

Honors And Awards

Communication Arts Magazine • Award of Excellence

Print Magazine's Design Annual

Media Industry Newsletter

2005 Integrated Marketing Awards Print/Online Westin Workout Program

Bicycling Magazine Employee of the Year

Pam McFadden Memorial Art Scholarship

Technical Abilities

Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media:Figurative and Abstract, all media, including Oil, Acrylic and Encaustic

Printmaking: Monotype, Chine Collé, Woodcut, Linocut, Monoprint and Collograph

Design Software: Proficiency in the Adobe Suite, both Macintosh and PC platforms