|Known for||Communication design, design education|
Her work includes projects for the Henry Art Gallery, Rizzoli International, San Francisco International Airport, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Symphony, the Stanford University Art Museum, and the University of California, Berkeley.
Tenazas was born December 17, 1953 in the Philippines and raised in Manila. As a child, she won national painting contests. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the College of the Holy Spirit Manila.
In the mid-1970s, her aunt in Michigan offered to pay for postgraduate tuition in the United States. Unable to find a closer school to her aunt and misunderstanding the country's geography, she enrolled at the California College of Arts and Crafts (now CCA), and moved to San Francisco in 1979. While visiting her aunt in Michigan in December 1979, she stopped by Cranbrook Academy of Art to show Katherine McCoy her portfolio. McCoy accepted Tenazas as a mid-year transfer student at Cranbrook, receiving an MFA in 2-D Design.
In 1985, Tenazas moved to San Francisco for a faculty position at the California College of Arts and Crafts and founded her practice, Tenazas Design. In 2000, she founded the graphic design MFA program at CCA. She felt that the new graduate program ought to develop student’s ideas through a process of self-discovery. This process of self-discovery is evident in the program’s interdisciplinary focus which brings together theory and practice to develop the individual’s personal voice in design.
She was the President of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) from 1996 to 1998, becoming the first to be based outside of New York. In 1996, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art held a retrospective of her work.
She moved to New York in 2006 with Richard Barnes, her husband, and their two children. She is the Henry Wolf Professor and Associate Dean of the School of Art, Media and Technology (AMT) at the Parsons School of Design.
Tenazas was awarded the AIGA Medal in 2013 for "her prominent role in translating postmodern ideas into critical design practice; her exploration of the relationship between type, photography and language; and the development and leadership of highly-respected design education programs—always with exquisite execution."
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