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artist , graphics designer

Robert Norvel Essman, American artist, graphics designer. Recipient Volunteer of Year award League for the Hard of Hearing, 1990, Excellence of Design award Advertising Club New York, 1977, Art Directors Club of New York, 1978, General Excellence National Magazine award American Society Magazine Editors, 1973, Real Masson Founders award, Vermont Gay Social Alternatives, 2004.


Essman, Robert Norvel was born on February 6, 1937 in St. Louis. Son of Paul M. and Rose (Solinsky) Essman.


Bachelor of Fine Arts, State University of Iowa, 1959.


Artist, Simplicity Pattern Company. New York City, 1961-1962; artist, Life Magazine, New York City, 1962-1968; art director, Life Magazine, New York City, 1969; art director, Show Magazine, New York City, 1969-1970; art director, Business Week Magazine, New York City, 1970-1974; logo designer, creative director, New York City Bicentennial Commission, New York City, 1974-1976; art director, People Weekly Magazine, New York City, 1974-1982; art director, president, Bob Essman: Design, The Cricket Press, New York City, since 1982.


  • Other Work

    • Public, design director: Revival: Theatrical History Revisited, 1992-1994. Designer Time-Life Alumni Society Newsletter, since 2006.


Member steering committee Vermont Gay Social Alternatives, 2007. Member board directors Vermont Mozart Festival, since 2010, Time Life Alumni Society, since 2010. Board directors League for the Hard of Hearing, 1977—1999, recording secretary, 1987—1995, honorary board, since 1999.

Board directors Hampton-Booth Theatre Library., 1993—1994, secretary, 1994. Board directors, associate executive director public relations Champlain Adaptive Mounted Program Champ, since 2005. Member of Overseas Press Club (Designer Dateline 1991-1992, New Club Logo 1994), Society Public Designers (board directors 1972-1979, president 1976-1979, Excellence of Design award 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1978), American Institute Graphic Arts (Excellence of Design award 1980), Dutch Treat Club (annual book designer since 1989, compiled membership history The Whole Who 1995, Gold medal 2003), The Players Club (board directors 1979-1985).


Paul M. Essman

Rose (Solinsky) Essman