Noel Martin : An Notations

Noel Martin design in green

DATES: June 12th - August 18th, 2023 in the Meyers Gallery

The DAAP Galleries in collaboration with the UC Art Collection are proud to present the works of Noel Martin, a graphic designer whose work set the standard for museum graphics during the post war American boom. Born in Syracuse, Ohio in 1922, Martin studied at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and later taught at the University of Cincinnati. He was hired as the Cincinnati Art Museum’s first graphic designer in 1947. He worked on the museum’s logo, installations, catalog layouts and more, which put the museum on the map.

Martin’s work has been showcased in solo and group exhibitions across the nation to critical acclaim, showing how his minimalistic and modern designs, influenced by both European Modernists and classical motifs, make art more appealing to the younger museum visitor.  

A small selection of works by Noel Martin is here on display, courtesy of a generous donation from the artist’s family.  These designs, created in the last years of his life, show the exacting attention to detail and sheer abundance of creativity that changed an industry.

Virtual Exhibit

To view the 3-D tour click on the 360 link to the left.

All works are by Noel Martin, acrylic on canvas, 16" x 24", made between 2001 and 2008

Gallery A

Gallery B

Planning Your Visit

The Meyers Gallery

Hours: Sunday - Thursday 10am-5pm

Location and visiting instructions for the Meyers Gallery:

  • When visiting the Meyers Gallery, metered parking is located on Martin Luther King Dr. or in the Woodside or Campus Green Garages for an hourly fee. 
  • Enter campus from either MLK or the garages walk along Woodside Dr. past the new College of Business, and continue up the hill following the paver drive (UC Main Street). 
  • The Meyers Gallery is located halfway up the hill on the right-hand side in the Steger Student Life Center on the ground floor, directly across from Nippert Stadium. 

Directions: From ML King enter Woodside Dr. (Langsam Library) for Woodside Garage (accepts cash or credit). Walk up UC Main Street to the Steger Student Life Center. Gallery is on the right across from Nippert Stadium.

It may be helpful to view a campus map here.

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