State honors Ulster County’s luminary graphic designer

Posted 8/7/20

To commemorate the life and legacy of graphic designer and cultural icon Milton Glaser, Assemblymember Kevin A. Cahill (D-Ulster, Dutchess) introduced a memorializing resolution passed unanimously by …

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State honors Ulster County’s luminary graphic designer

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To commemorate the life and legacy of graphic designer and cultural icon Milton Glaser, Assemblymember Kevin A. Cahill (D-Ulster, Dutchess) introduced a memorializing resolution passed unanimously by the Assembly on Monday July 20, 2020.

“Milton Glaser was a luminary in the field of graphic design, shifting the discipline from the realm of advertising to that of fine art,” said Cahill.  “He used his many aesthetic talents to create timeless works for numerous state agencies, community organizations, businesses and icons of popular culture.  Many of his pieces, including the famous I ❤ NY, were designed at no charge.  Mr. Glaser’s creativity, generosity and passion for New York shall serve as an inspiration to us all.”

In addition to being an essential part of the cultural zeitgeist of New York City, Milton Glaser and his wife Shirley kept a home in Woodstock. In popularizing the community’s thriving arts and music scene, they introduced numerous artists and performers to the area, including Bob Dylan who lived in the town for several years.  During his time in the Catskills, Milton Glaser would donate his compilations for auction to a variety of local organizations and artisanal groups that continue to flourish as a result of his kindness. 

“The Hudson Valley owes much to the Glaser family,” said Cahill.  “Their spirit and drive helped shape our region into a unique place that compels residents to become engaged participants in their neighborhoods and prompts visitors to turn into full-time residents.”

Dan Bates, Studio Manager of Milton Glaser, Inc said, “Since Milton’s passing a few weeks ago, we’ve heard from friends, fans and colleagues of his from all corners of the world. The numerous stories and condolences shared have been a testament to both the influence of his designs and his enormous spirit. While acknowledging the genius and expansiveness of his work it should be said that he was perhaps an even greater person than he was a designer. To know him was a delight.” 

The Assembly adopted the resolution during its legislative session on Monday July 20, 2020.  To read more about the life of Milton Glaser and the full resolution, please visit our website at nyassembly.gov/mem/Kevin-A-Cahill/story/93392.

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