Photo by Mark Makela, Corbis

Photo by Mark Makela, Corbis


Presenter, 2008

Yolanda Cuomo is an experienced art director and avid educator. As Principal of Yolanda Cuomo Design, she provides the creative vision, direction, and passion behind all of the Studio’s work. Cuomo and her team work collaboratively with their clients, which include leading publishers, museums, authors, editors, artists, and photographers, to develop memorable and meaningful cultural and commercial projects.

Cuomo’s recent projects include cocurating with Melissa Harris the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, Virginia, in June 2013. Throughout 2013, Cuomo edited and designed a two-volume nine-hundred-page limited-edition box set, The Library of Julio Santo Domingo, which also included a special-edition iPad and private app celebrating this collection. In fall 2012, Cuomo coauthored with Norma Stevens the book New York at Night, a collection of photographs published by PowerHouse Books. In 2011, Cuomo’s studio designed the enormously successful Diane Arbus retrospective which was organized by the Jeu de Paume in Paris, and traveled internationally.

Cuomo’s devotion to excellence has been repeatedly recognized. In 2013, she was profiled by the New Yorker in a film called Let’s Make a Book About This and featured on Time Magazine’s LightBox in “Profile of a Curatorial Master: Yolanda Cuomo.” Cuomo’s work has also been honored by several important industry awards. She was the recipient of the prestigious National Magazine Award, in 2004, from the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) for her art direction of Aperture, the premier magazine for significant photography. She received Infinity Awards in 1990 and 2004 from the International Center of Photography. Other leading professional organizations have recognized Yolanda’s work, including the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), Society of Publication Designers (SPD), the Art Directors Club, and Magazine Publishers of America.

Outside her Studio, Cuomo teaches courses on design and book-making in the Department of Photography and Imaging at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.