Abbey Kleinert is a graphic designer, printmaker, and visual scholar who lives and works in the Twin Cities, MN. After finishing her Bachelor’s in Art (fine art & journalism) at the University of Minnesota, she founded the artist collective and print studio Recess Press with five buddies from the printmaking department. In 2012, Recess Press was featured in the Minnesota Museum of American Art’s DIY Printmaking Exhibition.
Besides being involved with Recess Press, Abbey spent the six years between her B.A. and MFA teaching art and working on creative projects around the Twin Cities. She finished her MFA in 2017, during which she researched the connection between traditional printmaking technology and the newer technologies of graphic design, worked on print, event, and exhibition design as Graphic Designer at the Goldstein Museum of Design, and wrote a thesis to prove that making is a form of research. She has won awards from the Duluth Art Institute and the University of Minnesota College of Design, exhibited around the US and in Brazil, and led art and design activities at a range of places from homeless shelters to college classrooms.
Abbey currently teaches Graphic Design at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the University of MN. An ever-curious explorer and adventurer, her strong belief in the wisdom of experiences, and life-long interest in the natural world inspire her printmaking, design, and teaching.