Rob Carter was born in 1949 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. He lives and works in Richmond, Virginia, USA.
From 1994 to 1995 Carter attended Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education in Cheltenham, UK. Here he obtained his diploma in Foundation Studies, Art and Design. From 1995 to 1998, he went to Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Worcester College, and Oxford University where he received his BFA and was first class honors in fine art. From 2000 to 2003, he finished his education and received his MFA in Studio Art from Hunter College in New York, New York.
Residencies and awards
Carter has received numerous awards for his work from organizations such as the American Institute of Graphic Arts, New York Type Directors Club, Society of Typographic Arts, Creativity, and Print regional annual.
- 2010–2012: Art in General New Commission, New York
- 2011–2012: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace residency program, New York
- 2010: New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship
- La Alquería de los Artistas, Valencia, Spain
- AIR artist-in-residence, Krems, Austria
- 2008: Art Omi International Artists Residency, Ghent, NY
- Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Studio Space (Sept 2008 – Aug 2009)
- 2007: McColl Center for Visual Art (residency), Charlotte, NC
- 2003: Atlantic Center for the Arts (residency with Vik Muniz), New Smyrna, FL
- Estelle Levy Award, The Hunter College Alumni Association
- 2002: Graf Travel Grant, Hunter College
- 1998–2000: Tonbridge School Artist in Residence, Tonbridge, Kent, U.K.
- 1996: Scholarship awarded by Worcester College, Oxford
- The Geoffrey Roads Bursary, Oxford University
He is the author of American Typography Today, the five-volume Working with Type series, Digital Colour and Type, Typographic Design: Form And Communication ISBN 0-471-38341-4 (this one along with Ben Day and Philip Meggs), and Typographic Specimens: The Great Typefaces (along with Philip Meggs).
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