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Preston Moore McClanahan, III, American artist, educator. Grantee Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities, 1988, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, 1987, 88, faculty development fund Rhode Island School of Design, 1986, 87, 93, 95, Rhode Island Community Foundation; recipient Famous Person award Kanawha County Bicentennial, Charleston, West Virginia, 1988. Member American Institute Graphic Arts.


III, Preston Moore McClanahan, was born on December 23, 1933 in Charleston, West Virginia, United States. Son of Preston Moore Junior and Katherine McKee (Pierson) McC.


Student, Cincinnati Art Academy, 1955. Student, Columbia University, 1965.


Designer Public Library. Cincinnati Hamilton County, 1957-1959, George Nelson Company, New York City, 1959. Graphic designer Lester Beall, Inc., Brookfield, Connecticut, 1959-1960, Columbia Records, New York City, 1960.

Professor Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, since 1972, program head graphic design, 1987-1989. Design consultant Museum of Primitive Art, New York City, 1959-1964, New York Medical College, New York City, 1959-1964, New York Medical College, New York City, 1966-1972, Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, New York City, 1965-1966. Design associate Ladislav Sutnar, Sutnar Design, New York City, 1964-1967.

Designer exhibitions The American Museum Natural History, 1960-1971.


  • Other Work

    • Producer, director: (documentary film) Zardis, 1985-1989, Conversations with Paul Rand, 1997. Contributor articles to art journals. Exhibited at group shows at Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Whitney Museum American Art, The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Netherlands, Howard Wise Gallery, New York, The Arts Council of Great Britain, Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Institute Contemporary Art, Philadelphia and Boston, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Arts Council WM/YWHA, Philadelphia, National Autonomous University Mexico, Cleveland Art Museum, Rhode Island School Design, Woods-Gerry Gallery, Providence Opera Theatre, set design.

      Commissioned works include for International Business Machines Corporation, Textron, Incorporated, Museum Primitive Art, Museum Art Rhode Island School Design, Prime Minister Films, Rhode Island Department Health, Brown and Sharpe, Incorporated, Graphic Design Department Rhode Island School Design, Procter and Gamble, Cincinnati Art Museum, Chase Manhattan Bank, Pepsi Cola Corporation, Foster Parents National Office, Providence Public Library., Whitney Museum American Art, Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati, Champion Paper, New Republic Magazine, Rosenthal Publication Company, Standard Oil New Jersey, William S. Merrill Company, Baldwin Piano Company.


Member American Institute Graphic Arts.


  • Other Interests



Married Magdalena Maria Michels, May 16, 1959. Children: Peter Burke, Noel Martin, Eve Annual.

Preston Moore McC. Junior

Katherine McKee (Pierson) McC.

Magdalena Maria Michels

Peter Burke III

Eve Annual III

Noel Martin III