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Kali Nikitas

Kali Nikitas
Chair, Associate Professor
Teaches In
MFA Graphic Design

Master of Fine Arts, Graphic Design, CalArts


Kali Nikitas has an unconventional practice by wearing many hats. She is an academic administrator and trained graphic designer. She is a curator of events, a connector of talent to opportunity and she has worked with cities to enrich the lives of their citizens through art and design.

Since 2006, Kali has been the Chair of the Communication Arts and since 2007, Founding Chair of the MFA Graphic Design Program at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. She has taught and or been in administration at Northeastern University, Minneapolis College of Art and Design and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Kali has curated international design exhibitions, has facilitated Typo Berlin and Typo San Francisco, and she has given lectures, hosted workshops and special events in the States and abroad. Over the years, her studio, Graphic Design for Love (+$), has been recognized in numerous publications and competitions most recently Shoplifter and Slanted.

Kali currently serves on the CalArts Alumni Council and The Inglewood Open Studios Board. She formerly served as the Arts Commissioner at Large for the City of Inglewood from 2015-2019. 

Instagram @knikitas



Lectured internationally, received awards from the ACD, AIGA, Graphis, and Type Directors Club

Clients/Employment History:  

Principal of Graphic Design for Love (+$).

Co-programmed international symposia: “Just the Type”; “What Matters”; and “Untitled:Variations in Design Practice”.