Faculty & Staff SpotlightJohn DuFresne

John DuFresne

Term Faculty of Graphic Design Art

John DuFresne, new to Concordia in May 2013, has been brought on as a full-time faculty member in its graphic design program. DuFresne brings 25 years of higher education experience in visual communications, including the development of award-winning design programs at two previous academic institutions.

Before his arrival at Concordia, DuFresne served as Chair of the graphic design program at St. Paul’s College of Visual Arts, where he had been a faculty member since 1995. DuFresne also taught all levels of graphic design at the University of Wisconsin-Stout from 1988-95.

Before beginning his teaching tenure, he was Senior Designer for Norwest Corporation (now Wells Fargo), a $50 billion international financial corporation formerly based in Minneapolis. He also owned and operated Pig’s Eye Design in St. Paul, and has served as a national board member and officer for the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) as well as president and education director for AIGA Minnesota.


  • M.A., Advertising Design, Minnesota State University, Mankato (1989)
  • B.F.A., Graphic Design, University of Wisconsin-Superior (1983)


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