is a Cuban-American designer, researcher, artist, and educator whose work explores the intersection of cultural identity, equity, and diversity within the field of design. Elaine acquired her BFA from the University of Florida (2007), and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (2019), both in graphic design. She is currently a faculty member in the Communication Design program at Pratt Institute's School of Design. Elaine has been awarded the AICAD Postgraduate Teaching Fellowship at the Maryland Institute College of Art where she taught in the undergraduate and graduate Graphic Design programs.



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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Faculty in Graduate and Undergraduate Communication Design
School of Design
Pratt Institute
2021-current

Faculty in Graphic Design
AICAD Fellowship
Maryland Institute College of Art
2019-2021

Pre-Press and Risograph Printing Workshop
Rhode Island School of Design
Spring 2019

History of Graphic Design—Teaching Assistant
Rhode Island School of Design
Fall 2018

Artistic Practice in Public Space—Teaching Assistant
Rhode Island School of Design
Rome, Italy
Summer 2018

Design Fundamentals
Chicago Portfolio School
2012-2017



EDUCATION

Teaching as Art
School For Poetic Computation
Summer 2020

The Op-Ed Project
Write to Save the World
Spring 2020

Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, RI
2017 - 2019


Werkplaats Typografie—ISIA Summer School
Urbino, Italy
Summer 2018


Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
2003 - 2007





AWARDS

2019 AICAD Post Graduate Teaching Fellowship, MICA
2019 GD USA Designers to Watch
2019 Hispanic Scholarship Foundation
2018 AIGA Worldstudio Coyne Family Foundation Award 
2018 Henry Wolf Scholarship



SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Making Common
Otis College of Art and Design
February 22, 2021

Bound Together Workshop
Boston University
February 19, 2021

Making Common: Using Design to Work Towards a More Just Society
and Bound Together Workshop:
In/Visible Talks
January 14, 2021

The Power of Community Panel
with Jazmin Johnson and Katalina Mayorga
moderated by Margaret Rosario
Samsung's Global UX Studio
November 30, 2020

Art + Design Talk: Elaine Lopez
Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
November 20, 2020

Making Common Lecture
Intercultural Discourse
Maryland Institute College of Art
October 30, 2020

Artist Talk: Elaine Lopez
Be Here Now
The College of New Jersey
October 19, 2020

Hispanic Heritage Talks: Education Panel
AIGA Unidos
October 14, 2020

Designing Change:  How to Advocate for Diversity in the DC Design Space
Breakout group: Mental Health in the Design Industry
DC Design Week
September 2020

What’s Next Panel
moderated by Roxane Gay
featuring Antionette Carroll, Kelly Walters, Chris Livaudais,
Alexandra Graham Cunninham-Cameron
Where Are The Black Designers?
June 2020

Diversity in Design Survey
Where Are The Black Designers?
June 2020

Making Common
SFSU Designspace
San Francisco State University
February 2020

Graphic Design Was Never Colonized...It Is a Tool of Colonization
Maryland Institute College of Art
November 2019, October 2020

Making Common
Thesis Presentation
Rhode Island School of Design
May 2019

Parsons CD Symposium: Authenticity
Parsons School of Design, The New School
May 2019

Thesis Position Presentation
Rhode Island School of Design
October 2018

Graduate Student Orientation
Rhode Island School of Design
September 2018

Design for Good: Exploring Diversity
AIGA Chicago
November 2016

Designing Diversity: Insights for Building More Inclusive Teams
AIGA Chicago
July 2017

Design For Good: Celebrating Creativity in the Black Community
AIGA Chicago
February 2017

Introduction to the Design Community
AIGA Chicago
October 2016

What Makes a Great Creative Director?
SheSays Chicago
March 2016



EXHIBITIONS

On The Edge of Normal, MFA Biennial
Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, RI
April 2019

Graphic Design Triennial
Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, RI
October 2018

Souvenirs From The Futures Exhibition
Global Futures Lab
Rome, Italy
March 2018



PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Jacobin, Prophet, 3st Design, Greater Good Studio, gravitytank, Leo Burnett, Geometry Global, closerlook




COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Student Leader
Graduate Student Alliance
Rhode Island School of Design
2017 - 2018

Graduate Student Representative
Vice President of Social Equity and Inclusion Search Committee
Rhode Island School of Design
2017 - 2018

Diversity and Inclusion Co-Lead
AIGA Chicago
Chicago, IL
2016