Calee Cecconi, MFA

Assistant Professor | Graphic Design

Address: 136 Nelson Hall (NH 136)
Phone: (507) 389-6412


  • MFA in Graphic Design from Iowa State University
  • BFA in Graphic Design from Iowa State University


Originally from rural Eastern Iowa, Calee (she/they) earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from Iowa State University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from Iowa State University. She maintains an active art and design practice and is currently an assistant professor of graphic design at Minnesota State University, Mankato. They teach advanced web and interactive design classes at Minnesota State University, emphasizing creative play, code as a design medium, design thinking, and design for good. Calee’s creative interests include code as an artistic medium; design and mental health; queer and femme voices in art, design, and music; intersection of digital and physical production methods; and surface and repeat pattern design. As a designer and multimedia artist, Calee has won more than 25 awards for her work, including several Editor’s Pick awards from Minted for repeat surface pattern designs a Best in Show award for their digital mixed media piece “Formerly Occupied Spaces;” and an Excellence in Teaching Award from Iowa State University. Prior to becoming a professor, Calee was a design director, web manager, communications specialist, and community educator.

Recent Scholarly Work

"[Working Title]: Design Techniques from Minnesota’s Underground Music Scene," Exhibition (Curator). The Goldstein Museum of Design, St. Paul, MN, January–April 2022.

Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Artist in Residence, Iowa Lakeside Laboratory. Milford, IA, July 2021.

"Tokens of Kindness: Explorations in Design as a Mediator." (Presentation) Design Principles & Practices 14th International Conference—Advocacy in Design: Engagement, Commitment, and Action. Pratt Institute, New York, NY, March 2020.

“Engulfed,” (High-flow Acrylic and Watercolor Paintings Digitally Collaged with Glitch Art) 5th Annual Colorful Abstractions Art Competition (1 of 210 chosen from 559 entries). Fusion Art. Palm Springs, CA, December 2019–January 2020.

Sparking Crucial Conversations about Mental Health through Wearable Items,” ($1,000 Grant Awarded) Co-investigators: T. Hadjiyanni and C. Cecconi. Bold Ideas Grant, Office of Academic and Clinical Affairs (OACA), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, November 2019.

“Just Like Living in Paradise,” (Repeat Surface Pattern Design). Pillow Fight Quickfire Fabric Design Competition Winners (1 of 60 chosen from 1800 entries). Permanent collection. Minted, San Fransisco, CA, September 2019.


Curriculum Vitae

Calee Cecconi

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