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Monna Morton

Monna Morton

Monna Morton is an award-winning graphic designer and artist who has won and been recognized for more than 50 design and communication awards during her four decade career. She has designed graphics and advertising for major transit agencies, airports and airlines, retail outlets, hospitals as well as public and private agencies. 

Her approach to design is to engage, entertain, and educate the viewer. This is accomplished by developing concepts with the understanding of the audience using language and behaviors they understand.

Monna has an interest in creating works that last, works that will outlive her. She can be found working on paintings, designing and molding hand made ceramic tile and mosaics, and hammering and hand tooling intricate copper repousse. Her pieces of art are part of museum collections as well as privat collectors.

She has exhibited her art in various outlets and small galleries in the Philadelphia area. Monna has studied ceramic tile design is developing a portfolio of designs for textiles, and other home decor. She has collaborated on articles for local publications on craft and applied design for the home. She was a participant in a national quilt project, Fiber Artists for Obama. Her quilt square was selected the first square on the quilt. The quilt has traveled internationally and has been in discussion to become part of the National Archives.

Monna is a sought after mentor and guide for young design students looking to find a career in various disciplines of design. She has been an adjunct Instructor at Moore College of Art in the Department of Continuing Education. She is currently a senior lecturer at the University of the Arts where she has developed and teaching the following courses: Verbal and Visual Persuasion, Concept Development for Advertising, Brand Communications and Experience, Advertising Strategy and teaching Introduction to Advertising. Monna has worked with students at the various Philadelphia public schools exposing them to advertising and design as a career. This effort is a diversity project of the Philadelphia Advertising Club addressing the under representation of minorities in design and advertising. 

Monna holds a BFA with a concentration on communications design, art direction and advertising, from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, and lives in Philadelphia, PA.