Alan Caballero LaZare

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Alan Caballero LaZare is a Colombian American graphic designer, artist, and educator. He is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at George Mason University where he teaches Graphic Design History and Visual Communication Theories.   Alan began his career as a graphic designer at the renowned architecture and design firm Michael Graves where he played an important role in designing packaging for the revolutionary Michael Graves / Drive Medical partnership of assisted living products as well as for the Target / Michael Graves partnership. He also was part of the team that redesigned the Wyndham Hotel and Resorts brand.   After leaving Michael Graves, Alan attended the Rutgers University MFA program. In response to his research on the rise in the number of international border walls being built, his performance \"Tow\" at White Box in New York City illustrated our propensity as human beings to create division amongst ourselves by weaponizing religion, sexual preference, skin color, nationalism, and country of origin instead of finding ways to coexist with one another.   Alan is currently working with educators in Colombia near where his family lives to help raise money for local children who are in need of clothes, toys, and school supplies. His work in Colombia is scheduled to be published in 2023 by AIGA in Shift{ed}.   Before joining George Mason, Alan was an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN where he instituted an anti-racist, inclusive Graphic Design curriculum as well as restructured and updated the curriculum so it aligned with contemporary graphic design discourse, practice, and education.   Alan received his BFA from Pratt Institute and his MFA from Rutgers University.