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Antonio Alcalá graduated from Yale University with a BA in history and from the Yale School of Art with an MFA in graphic design. After working as a book designer and freelance graphic designer, Antonio opened Studio A in 1988. Since then, Studio A has won awards of excellence from design institutions including AIGA, Print, Communication Arts and Graphis. Antonio teaches in MICA’s MFA Graphic Design program and is a past president of the Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington. He is also responsible for the design of US postage stamps as an art director for the United States Postal Service. Antonio’s work and contributions to the field of graphic design were recognized with his selection as the 2008 AIGA Fellow, Washington DC. In 2011, he was nominated for two National Design Awards from the Cooper-Hewitt Museum. His work is represented in the Smithsonian Institution National Postal Museum, AIGA Design Archives, and the Library of Congress Permanent Collection of Graphic Design.
Dr. Maribel O. Gray entered the field of graphic design as a second career. She graduated with a BFA in graphic design from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in 2013. That year, she joined the faculty as an adjunct instructor and Studio A. Prior to working as a designer, she was as an emergency physician at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, VA after completing her residency at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC. She obtained her BA in chemistry at Goucher College, MD from Georgetown University School of Medicine, and MPH in international health at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. Although her primary interests are web design, user experience, and user interaction design, Maribel is also a printmaker whose work has been included in several juried exhibitions.
Helen McNiell hails from a small Tennessee town near the Smoky Mountains. Growing up as the daughter of a college history professor and a public school administrator, she dreamed of being an author and illustrator of children’s books. McNiell graduated from the Atlanta College of Art at the High Museum (now SCAD) with a BFA in graphic design. After working for Time-Life, Helen joined Studio A as a Partner in 1998. She enjoys publication, book, and exhibition design because the process is like assembling a giant puzzle and the subject matter tends to be so interesting. Helen lives in Old Town, Alexandria with her husband, two daughters, and two cats.
Ricky Altizer graduated from The Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at GWU with a BFA in graphic design, joining Studio A in January 2016. Prior to working at Studio A, he worked in technology startups as a design intern for NoiseTrade in Brooklyn, NY, and as a product design intern for Pathwright in Greenville, SC. After hours, Ricky enjoys going to concerts, visiting museums, picking up new skills, and spending time with his community in the D.C. area.