Scher, Paula

Paula Scher studied at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Drawing from what Tom Wolfe has called the “big closet” of art and design history, classic and pop iconography, literature, music, and film, Scher creates images that speak to contemporary audiences with emotional impact and appeal. Three decades into her career, these images have come to be visually identified with the cultural life of New York City.

Her work has been exhibited all over the world and is represented in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, the Denver Art Museum, the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Her teaching career includes more than two decades at the School of Visual Arts, along with positions at the Cooper Union, Yale University, and the Tyler School of Art. In 2002, Princeton Architectural Press published her career monograph, Make It Bigger.