Abbey Kleinert
Adjunct Faculty
MFA, University of Minnesota

Abbey Kleinert is a graphic designer, printmaker, and visual scholar who lives and works in the Twin Cities. After finishing her BA she founded the artist collective and print studio Recess Press with five buddies from the printmaking department. Kleinert spent the six years between her BA and MFA teaching art and working on creative projects around the Twin Cities. 

For her MFA, she researched the connection between traditional printmaking technology and the newer technologies of graphic design; worked on print, event, and exhibition design for the Goldstein Museum of Design; and wrote a thesis to prove that making is a form of research. 

Kleinert has won awards from the Duluth Art Institute and the University of Minnesota College of Design, exhibited around the US and in Brazil, and led art and design activities at a range of places from homeless shelters to college classrooms.

Abbey currently teaches graphic design at MCAD and at the U of M. An ever-curious explorer and adventurer, her strong belief in the wisdom of experiences, and life-long interest in the natural world inspire her printmaking, design, and teaching.