Professor of Art, Distinguished University Scholar
University of Northern Iowa
At age seventeen, Roy R. Behrens studied in California with Bauhaus master potter Marguerite Wildenhain; then at the University of Northern Iowa (where he is now a Distinguished Scholar) and at the Rhode Island School of Design. For nearly forty years, he has taught graphic design and design history at American art schools and universities. A writer and artist-designer, his art-related writings (including those on art and camouflage) have appeared frequently in international publications. He was a major contributor to Hardy Blechman's DPM: An Encyclopedia of Camouflage (2004). His own most recent books include FALSE COLORS: Art, Design and Modern Camouflage (2002); CAMOUPEDIA: A Compendium of Research on Art, Architecture and Camouflage (2009); and SHIP SHAPE: A Dazzle Camouflage Sourcebook (in press, 2011). Described by Communications Arts magazine as "one of the most original thinkers in design," he was recently a nominee for the Smithsonian Institution's National Design Awards.