Faculty portfolios

  • Palimpsest (2015), silkscreen and digital printing.
    Palimpsest (2015), silkscreen and digital printing.
  • Palimpsest (2015), silkscreen and digital printing.
    Palimpsest (2015), silkscreen and digital printing.
  • Palimpsests (2015–2019), silkscreen and digital printing.
    Palimpsests (2015–2019), silkscreen and digital printing.
  • Thank You. I’m Sorry., spread (2017), digital printing
    Thank You. I’m Sorry., spread (2017), digital printing
  • Poster for Zizek (2018), digital printing.
    Poster for Zizek (2018), digital printing.
  • Ís, spread (2018) digital printing with white toner.
    Ís, spread (2018) digital printing with white toner.

Aggie Toppins

Associate Professor

Chair, Undergraduate Design

Campus Box 1031
Biography 

Aggie Toppins is a graphic designer who writes. She is an associate professor and chair of undergraduate design in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. Previously, Toppins taught at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she served as the first female department head in art. Before her academic career, Toppins spent a decade in the industry working at agencies in Cincinnati and Chicago.

Through her studio practice and scholarship, Toppins addresses questions of graphic design’s complicity with power. She is interested in social justice, critical histories, and their intersections with studio-based making. Her current writing investigates design historiography and its bearing on referential practices. In recent visual work, she explores social life from the standpoint of transience and becoming. Toppins earned her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012 and her BS in Graphic Design from the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning in 2003.