The Deenie Yudell Fund in the Visual Arts
This fund has been established in memory of graphic designer and artist Deenie Yudell. Deenie was Design Manager for Publications at the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles from 1990 until her death in 2014, serving as principal creative director for several hundred books and catalogues, as well as programmatic and marketing ephemera, merchandise development and the Getty's branding and identity program. Under her art direction, Getty publications garnered over 150 design awards. Prior to her position at the Getty, she served as Head Designer at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; established and managed the design groups for the Mayor's Office of Communications, Boston City Hall and for Boston 200, the city's Bicentennial Commission; served as Head of Design and Production at the Boston Children's Museum; designed publications and environmental graphics for the Urban Design Department at the Boston Redevelopment Authority and for Cambridge Seven Associates, Cambridge, MA. Deenie received an MFA degree in Graphic Design from Yale University. She taught design at Boston University's School of Fine and Applied Arts and at Otis Parsons Art Institute in Los Angeles.
From her earliest childhood to her last days Deenie radiated vitality, optimism, creativity and generosity. She flourished during her time as a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome, and it was in this special place that her art and life expanded. Her friends and family have established the Deenie Yudell Fund to support visual arts residencies at the Academy so that others can share that experience.