Oral History Interview with Malcom Grear, April 8, 1999

Oral History Interview with Malcom Grear, April 8, 1999


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Interview of Malcolm Grear conducted by David Strout from Grear's home in Rehoboth, MA on April 8, 1999. Grear speaks of his experiences when he first was hired by the Rhode Island School of Design and how the school and the Graphic Design department have changed over the years. Grear also recalls hiring Dieter Roth, working closely with the Photography department, and getting to know Harry Callahan. Along with this, Grear discusses the Raid the Icebox exhibition at the RISD Museum and what it was like working with Andy Warhol.

Biographical/Historical Note

Malcolm Grear (1931-2016) was a graphic designer known for high profile projects such as the official seals for the United States Department of Health and Human Services and Veterans Administration along with the graphic identity for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. Grear taught in the Graphic Design department at the Rhode Island School of Design from 1960-1995.

Grear is interviewed by David Strout on June 30, 1999. Strout is a 1948 alumnus of the RISD Painting department who was the Special Assistant to the President, Vice President, and Dean of the College between 1958-1963. In this video, Grear discusses his training and professional career development, including his years at RISD. Directed by Frank Muhly.

RISD Fleet Library Catalog Record


Oral History Interview with Malcom Grear, April 8, 1999



Date of Interview



David Strout


Malcom Grear


Graphic Design

Run Time

82 min.

Original Format(s)



Graphic Design, John Frazier, Gil Franklin, George Pappas, Danny Robbins, Dieter Roth, Photography, Harry Callahan, RISD Museum, Raid the Icebox, Andy Warhol, Brown University, Norman Ives, Aaron Siskind, RISD Portfolio, publications, Take a Break Weekend, Christophe de Menil, RISD Oral Histories, oral history, archives, interview


Graphic Design