Missouri State University
Tyler Galloway

Tyler Galloway

  • Graphic designer
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Graphic Design, BFA
  • Graphic Design, MGD

Designing positive change

Tyler Galloway may not have seen himself coming back to his alma mater to present his artwork after establishing his career in the design world.

His early experiences as a college student included playing in local bands in Springfield, going to shows and taking naps in Ellis auditorium during his art history lectures. Galloway defends those naps, though. "Those were due to my late nights doing design and not to the awesomeness brought by Dr. Diane Strickland," said Galloway.

Galloway graduated with his BFA in design in 1995 and hit the ground running when it came to his career. He started in Kansas City working at a three-person ad agency. Galloway eventually found the right fit doing print and Web design at a small studio called D3. He was the first full-time employee, and felt the growing pains of a new business when he managed to break his arm before D3 provided health insurance. "It was a great learning experience," said Galloway.

The next step for Galloway was teaching, a true trial by fire. Galloway was offered the opportunity to teach for a year appointment. "I literally pulled out my old professors' project sheets and my old projects and started to figure out how to design curricula for these students. It was hard and a lot to learn, but it has been an amazing experience," said Galloway. Galloway went on to earn his master's degree in 2006, and began teaching full-time at the Kansas City Art Institute.

His Missouri State education helped him to accomplish his goals. "I owe so much of who I am as a professional designer to my first set of teachers and mentors: Roman Duszek, Maria Michalcyzk, Cedomir Kostovic and Eric Pervukhin. Those four instilled in me a conceptual approach to design, strong work ethic, high standards in every sense- everything I needed to start my career," said Galloway.

When Galloway got the chance to exhibit his work at MSU and sit on classes this fall, he couldn't pass it up. "It's an important milestone to me – to be publicly acknowledged by my professors- because it's an obvious affirmation that I'm doing something that is worth their attention, as well as their students."

When Galloway isn't designing to inspire positive change, you can find him riding his bike and spending time with his wife and daughter. "I want to raise an amazing and brilliant daughter and be a better dad and husband each day. I'd also like to do a century ride (100 miles) on my bike."