George Corsillo & Susan McCaslin, Graphic Designers/Visual Artists
George Corsillo is the co-owner and art director of Design Monsters, a small design studio in Westville, New Haven, CT. He has worked with well-known people in the entertainment and literary communities for over 30 years. Wildly exceeding his clients’ expectations is his goal (and having fun while doing so)!
George studied Graphic Design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY where he earned his BFA.
His first job out of Pratt was at Warner Paperback Library. From there he moved to Paul Bacon Studio where he was exposed to all of the major New York publishing houses. He had been Paul’s assistant for three years until he moved to Los Angeles to work for Gribbitt! Design Studio. At Gribbitt! he worked with major record labels (RCA, Casablanca, Soul Train, Columbia, etc.) designing album packages such as Grease, The Original Movie Soundtrack.
After moving back to the New York area, George started Design Monsters, designing book jackets and book interiors –– Brett Easton Ellis’s Less Than Zero, Ultra Violet’s biography of Andy Warhol, Famous for 15 Minutes, Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove (as well as the logo and title graphics for the TV mini-series). And also designing album packages for Bob Dylan, Jefferson Starship, Dolly Parton, Yoko Ono, Pat Benatar, Bon Jovi. Luther Vandross and John Mellencamp were both musicians with whom he collaborated for many years, creating posters, tour merchandise, videos, etc. as well as designing over a dozen album covers for each of them.
Since moving to New Haven, George has focused his career on posters, products, books and typography. Currently, he is the graphic designer for Garry Trudeau (He colors the Sunday comic each week) designing his books and posters. He has had the opportunity to produce books for David Levinthal’s exhibitions in DC and NY.
Living and working in New Haven has given George true artistic freedom and artistic camaraderie. George is a hard-working, gregarious person who enjoys pitching in for a common goal.
Susan’s interest lies in (re)creating memories, experiences, histories and observations. She pulls from an endless store of moments from her own life and friends’. Being the youngest child and grandchild in her family, she was the empathetic bystander in the crowd. She says, “Watching my family’s dramas unfold was like watching a play onstage or reading a story in a book.”
Her interest in nostalgia began with hours spent exploring the rooms and the walls of her grandmother’s house. It was a wedding gift from her parents, a large brick house, almost a mansion, built in 1909. It held generations of family treasure, and so did her grandmother. Her grandmother loved her family and would share stories from their past and hers. Each room had a nickname, each floor a purpose and each closet, a box or two of family memories.
Susan’s own house was filled with memories, but the memories of strangers. Her mother collected simple, utilitarian antiques, from barns and attics, not dealers and decorators. She appreciated a used piece of furniture or a simple utensil over the fine carvings of Chippendale or Hepplewhite. It was not until her mother passed away that Susan’s mother owned family heirlooms.
Susan’s current artwork involves rocks, boulders, trees and nature in general and is an exploration of memories and landscapes that comfort and literally ground her.
Susan has exhibited in California, New York, Connecticut and Ohio. Since 2006, she has had seven solo exhibitions and have been included in nineteen group exhibitions.
Susan was born and raised in southeastern Pennsylvania, earned her BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and is currently working on a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. With her husband George Corsillo, she shares ownership of a graphic design studio specializing in publishing and entertainment. Susan lives and works in New Haven, Connecticut.
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