Chris Garvin

Member, NASAD Board of Directors
Re-Elected October 2023, term ends October 2026

Chris Garvin currently serves as Dean of the College of the Arts at the University of South Florida. Prior to this appointment, he served as Director of the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia. He also served previously as Dean of the College of Media and Communication at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dean Garvin has had an active professional career as a user experience designer and creative director with his firm Educated Guess Work. A selected list of former clients includes Vogue, Talk magazine, Infiniti, The Museum of Modern Art, AT&T, Showtime, Klip, Motorola, National Geographic, Syracuse University, and the American Lung Association. He has spoken internationally on art, design, technology, and education. In 2014, his work was published as a contributing author in 72 Assignments: The Foundation Course in Art and Design Today.

Dean Garvin serves NASAD as a visiting evaluator. He was first elected to the Board of Directors in 2019.

Dean Garvin received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Ohio State University, where he studied painting. His research was further focused at the Advanced Center for Computing and Design, and he completed additional study at the Harvard Business School’s Creative Leaders Program, co-sponsored by AIGA, the professional organization for design.

Updated November 2020