Silvia Pease is an interdisciplinary artist, designer, theorist and social entrepreneur as well as a founder of Design is Change (2015-ongoing). This project features FIU Citizen Designers teaming up with non-profit organizations. Pease teaches courses in socially engaged design stimulating discussions on relevant socio-cultural issues to influence a positive change in our communal perspective. In 2018, Pease was awarded the prestigious fellowship at IDSVA Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, to become a PhD candidate in Philosophy, Art Theory and Aesthetics. Prof. Pease’s research and writings focus on empathic praxis in design and the role of the arts in society. Currently, Silvia is researching the graphic representation of Latin American women in Agitprop. Pease holds an M.F.A. in Multimedia Design and a B.F.A. in Fine Arts and Design, both from the University of Miami along with graduate design certificates from Schule für Gestaltung Basel. Silvia Pease believes that art and design should create a space of engagement and possibilities where we can negotiate a richer knowing. In 2013-16, Pease worked as a design contributor on effects of the reversal of post-colonialism and color perception in native communities to bring attention to marginalized native communities of South America creating a dialogue on color aesthetics and perceptions. Currently, Pease leads diverse design projects of integrated branding systems at Studio 1231. Starting in the year 2000, and for a decade, Pease was a co-founder, partner and Creative Director of Carregal Pease, a multidisciplinary design firm developing branding systems for Guggenheim Partners in NYC-Miami-Switzerland; and the original branding for the Pinta Art Fair in NYC and London. Before this endeavor, Silvia founded Pease Design, a boutique design firm servicing an international clientele: Publicitas, Switzerland; the Mc.Donald Foundation, USA; American Express Latinoamérica; Lufthansa Cargo, Germany-Miami; Corpevents and Varta Batteries. Her graphic identities for Selecciones Reader’s Digest as a worldwide Art Director of the newsstand covers in Spanish have become case studies for magazine design. Pease’s designs were published in Fresh Ideas in Letterhead Design by Rockport and PRINT magazine. She has received two gold awards and a silver award from The American Institute of Graphic Arts. Silvia Pease serves as the Chair of Education for AIGA-Miami (American Institute of Graphic Arts) and part of the organizing committee of Posterfest with the Wolfsonian Museum. In 2018, Pease was nominated for a Fulbright award in communication Design. Among other merits, she was awarded the “Who’s Who among International Women in Business” for her entrepreneurial contributions in the field of design (1994,1997). Pease has served on the Board of Directors of the Business Professional Women’s Club (1989-94), and on the Board of Directors at the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach. Currently, she is a member of the Art Directors Club Global, American Institute of Graphic Arts AIGA, Florida Art Education Association FAEA, and The College Art Association of America CAA.