Divergent Design for the Creative Community
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Michael Motley practices two and three dimensional design in New Mexico and regionally, working with galleries, museums and other cultural institutions on branding and identity, collateral and books, as well as exhibition catalogs, signage and educational materials.
Past and current clients include the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, The University of New Mexico Art Museum, The McNay Museum of Art, James Kelly Contemporary, TAI Gallery, Shiprock Santa Fe, The Santa Fe Museum of Art, The Museum of International Folk Art, Carney Sandoe & Associates, Cornerstones Community Partnerships, The Center for Contemporary Arts, SITE Santa Fe,  Santa Fe Preparatory School, Santa Fe Pro Musica and the Santa Fe Railyard.

At the O’Keeffe Museum, he developed and implemented the original visual identity, creating print materials, lobby signage, banners, and advertising as well as a variety of exhibition and education materials over five years. He designed two books which were published by Yale University Press and the Museum of New Mexico Press. He also worked with the Museum Shop to develop proprietary print collections and specialty products.

He designed exhibition guides and a book for the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio and a visitor’s guidebook and holiday gift book
for the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Recently he has worked with the Santa Fe Railyard Community Corporation and the Santa Fe Convention and Visitor’s Bureau to map the Railyard properties and create visitor kiosks, signage, and printed and digital maps. He is also developing wayfinding materials for future implementation. 

His pro bono work has been devoted primarily to community social services and arts organizations such as Literacy Volunteers, Youth Shelters & Family Services, Monte Sol Charter School, Roots & Shoots New Mexico, Creative Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Opera Guild.

Current and recent projects include John Connell, Works 1965-2009, a monograph with Radius Books, a commemorative volume on
the 50th Anniversary of the University of New Mexico Art Museum, and an upcoming monograph on the artist Paul Pletka for Yares Art Projects, as well as a 50th anniversary magazine for Santa Fe Preparatory School, typography with Tom Joyce for the 9-11 Memorial
in New York City, branding for the Santa Fe Art Trifecta and a series of books for Cira Crowell and In Light Arts. 


2010-2015   University of New Mexico Art Museum. Graphic design of exhibition materials including gallery guides,
catalogs, banners, wall graphics, invitations and advertisements.

2014-2015   John Connell, Works 1965-2009. Monograph designed in collaboration Brendan Connell and David Chickey
for Radius Books.

2013-2015   Santa Fe Preparatory School. Magazine design, including a re-design of the annual magazine,
and the 50th Anniversary edition.

2012   Georgia O'Keeffe in New Mexico. Book designed for the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum,
published by the Museum of New Mexico Press.

2010   Monograph on Frederick Hammersley with Joseph Gugglietti and SNAP Editions for Art Santa Fe

2008-2015    Santa Fe Railyard Community Corporation. Graphic design including logo, branding, advertisements,
mapping, visitors kiosks and wayfinding development.

2007   Chicago Botanic Garden. Design of a visitor's Guide Book and The Wonderland Express, a holiday gift book.

2004-2014    TAI Gallery. Graphic design of print materials including national advertising and exhibition catalogs.
Designed the book Indonesian Textiles in collaboration with Richard Tuttle, who curated the exhibition for TAI Gallery.
Book was included in his traveling retrospective exhibition to 5 venues in the US.

1996-2015   The Pushkin Group. Responsible for publication and advertising designs, as well as gallery signage, banners
and exhibition texts. Designed six casebound volumes on 20th century Russian artists for the Pushkin Gallery in Santa Fe.

2003-2007    Cornerstones Community Partnerships. Design of logo and implementation. Also designed Annual Reports,
and other print materials including newsletters and event announcements.

2001-2005    McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas. Design of exhibition materials. Projects include High Drama:
Eugene Berman and the Legacy of the Melancholic Sublime
, published by Hudson Hills Press in 2004.

1999-2004    The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Responsible for publication, exhibition and educational material designs,
as well as proprietary product designs. Projects won American Association of Museums awards in 2002, 2001 and 2002,
and include the catalog Georgia O’Keeffe and the Calla Lily in American Art, published by Yale University Press.

1999-2003    Santa Fe Pro Musica. Responsible for new branding including logo and all graphic materials from advertisements,
posters and brochures to season program books.

2000-2003    Earth Ear Records. Responsible for brand identity from company name to logo and CD packaging,
including the bookWhy Do Whales and Children Sing? by composer David Dunn.

1996-1999:    Aromaland, a cosmetic company in Santa Fe, NM. Responsible for redesign of entire product line as well as
advertising, promotional and point-of-purchase materials, in collaboration with Daniel Bish.

1993-1996    The Santa Fe Reporter. Conceived, designed and produced over 75 weekly covers.

1994-1995    New Mexico Designer/Builder, a monthly magazine; Designer/Art Director responsible for magazine logo
and original format. Designed and produced a dozen issues.  

1992-1995    Designer of Preview, the bimonthly publication of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation.

1991-1993:    Designer for El Palacio, the magazine of the Museum of New Mexico.

1991-1993    Designer for Museum of New Mexico Public Relations Department, responsible for brochures,
posters and a range of print advertising.

1985-1989    Jonson Gallery, University of New Mexico. Design of exhibition publications including exhibition catalogs
for Raymond Jonson and Lee and Matt Mullican.

1986-1989    Stereophile Magazine, an international audiophile magazine based in Santa Fe.
Art Director, designed magazine feature articles, commissioned artwork and photography, and art directed covers.
Also responsible for the design of record covers and other collateral material.

1984-1996    The Center for Contemporary Arts of Santa Fe. Designer of posters, gallery publications, advertising & other materials.

1984-1991    SOUNDINGS Press, Santa Fe, NM. Creative Director, designed books, book covers, Soundings, an international music journal, and various collateral materials.

Other Clients & Projects
Various color catalogs for Zaplin-Lampert and the Allene Lapides Galleries; Logo and collateral materials for The American Geriatric Society’s Foundation for Health in Aging; Gallery Guides for The Museum of International Folk Art Hispanic Heritage Wing and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture; Catalogs for shows at The University of New Mexico, The Museum of Fine Arts and the Wheelwright Museum in Santa Fe; Book and cover designs for volumes on Paul Bowles, Conlon Nancarrow, Lou Harrison and Jamie de Angulo for SOUNDINGS Press and Compact disc packages for What Next? Recordings, Vox Lox, Earth Ear and The Smithsonian Institution.