Michelle Komie

Michelle Komie, BFA97/BA97

Michelle Komie is executive editor for art and architecture at Princeton University Press. Throughout her career, she has worked with leading scholars, artists, and designers to craft books that exemplify the best of art book publishing. Her titles range from authoritative, award-winning scholarly studies and primary materials to catalogues of work by living artists and creative projects designed to educate, inspire, and engage a wide readership.

Authors on her list include Craig Clunas, Joseph Leo Koerner, Phyllis Lambert, Eric Mumford, Alexander Nemerov, Alina Payne, Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, Robert A. M. Stern, Despina Stratigakos, Billie Tsien and Tod Williams, and Christopher S. Wood. She has collaborated on publications with artists including Ivan Brunetti, Emmet Gowin, Laura McPhee, Carrie Mae Weems, and Ai Weiwei. Her books have received awards from the AIGA, the College Art Association, the Foundation for Landscape Studies, the Society of Architectural Historians, and the Urban History Association, among others.

Komie conceived the Interaction of Color app for iPad, which was released in 2013 by Yale University Press in association with the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. This landmark app digitizes Josef Albers’ definitive book on color and features interactive exercises that mimic the experience of working with cut paper in the studio. The app was the first digital recipient of the George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award from the Art Libraries Society of North America, and also won the Spark Design Award for Best App and Best Interactive Product from Communication Arts.

Komie earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Bachelor of Arts in English from Washington University in 1997. She worked for the University’s International Writers Center before joining Yale University Press, where she worked in acquisitions for 13 years, and then Princeton University Press, where she has worked since 2014.