Internationally Renowned Designer to Participate in RSU’s Art on the Hill

Internationally celebrated graphic designer Robynne Raye of Modern Dog Design Co. in Seattle, Wash., will participate in the 4th Annual Art on the Hill festival to be held Sept. 20-21 at Rogers State University in Claremore.

While on campus, Raye will participate in two public events on Sept. 20, including a 1 p.m. screenprinting demonstration with RSU faculty member Denny Schmickle and a 5 p.m. gallery talk about her works on exhibition at RSU’s Foundations Gallery in Baird Hall.

Both events are free and open to the public, but space will be very limited for the screenprinting demonstration.

Raye will meet privately with RSU students earlier in the day and will judge the Art on the Hill art competition during the two-day art show and sale.

Since co-founding Modern Dog Design Co. in 1987, Raye has created packaging, identity and poster design for clients in the entertainment and retail companies, both at the local and national level. Modern Dog has counted among its clients international firms Coca-Cola, Swatch, The New York Times, Warner Bros. Records, Oakley and Adobe Systems, alongside many smaller firms.

Raye and Modern Dog have been honored by every major design organization in the U.S. Her posters are represented in the permanent archives of the Louvre (Rohan Marsan wing), the Library of Congress, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Museum Fur Kunst und Gewerbe, the Warsaw National Museum and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, among others. A gallery of Modern Dog’s work can be found at

“Robynne Raye has been a powerful and influential voice in the design community for more than two decades,” said Peggy Rice, RSU first lady and co-chair of Art on the Hill. “We are appreciative that she will be coming to campus to share her talents and insights with RSU students and Art on the Hill attendees.”

Raye is the co-author of “Modern Dog: 20 Years of Poster Art” (Chronicle Books, 2008), “Inside the World of Board Graphics: Skate, Surf, Snow” (Rockport Books, 2011) and the upcoming “1000 Dog Portraits” (Rockport Books, 2014). She contributes regularly to the design blog, RockPaperInk.

For more than 20 years, she has lectured and taught workshops, both nationally and internationally. Currently, she serves as an adjunct instructor at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where she teaches design classes on typography and packaging design.

Raye and Modern Dog also have made national news for its 2011 lawsuit suit against Target Corporation and Walt Disney Company, alleging some of the companies’ subsidiaries and vendors improperly used 26 of the design firm’s previously published dog illustrations on apparel sold and distributed as part of a marketing campaign for the movie, “Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure.” The suit is scheduled to be heard in federal court in September.

During her time in Tulsa, Raye also will be speaking at the Art Directors Club of Tulsa on Sept. 19. For more information on that appearance, visit

The exhibition of Raye’s works will be on display Sept. 5-27 at the Foundations Gallery on RSU’s Claremore campus. The gallery, open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, is free and open to the public. The exhibition also will be open on Saturday, Sept. 21 during the art festival.

For more information about Art on the Hill, please visit Art on the Hill, or call 918-343-7740.