The Studio Museum in Harlem

10 Years of Championing Black Art

The Studio Museum in Harlem is a global leader of Black artistic culture and research. Since its founding in 1968, the museum has championed artists of African descent and provided a cultural hub for the Harlem community. When Champions was founded in 2010, our working relationship with the Studio Museum began almost immediately and has continued through today. 

We started by partnering on individual projects and grew to be close collaborators. At the time, the museum had a logo, but not a system. With each project, we challenged ourselves to build the brand by implementing consistent and meaningful logo placement, typeface selection, and layout. Our role became almost that of an in-house design team, responding to the needs of curatorial, communications, and development departments. 

We have chosen Harlem as the place for this more experimental, less institutionalized Museum.

The Studio Museum in Harlem Founders

“Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art” explores how artists today use the once leading African American magazines as a resource and an inspiration. Champions created the visual identity for the exhibition, communications materials, and a catalog. 

The job of a curator is to make exhibitions that both ask and answer questions about art and artists.

Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator

September 2, 2011 marked the centennial of Romare Bearden’s birth; it was also the beginning of a year of international celebration. “The Bearden Project” collected one hundred pieces of art inspired by his life and legacy. This was our first project for the Studio Museum, and included an overall visual identity for the exhibition, a website, and a catalog. 

“Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art” explores how artists today use the once leading African American magazines as a resource and an inspiration. Champions created the visual identity for the exhibition, communications materials, and a catalog. 

“Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art” explores how artists today use the once leading African American magazines as a resource and an inspiration. Champions created the visual identity for the exhibition, communications materials, and a catalog. 

“Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art” explores how artists today use the once leading African American magazines as a resource and an inspiration. Champions created the visual identity for the exhibition, communications materials, and a catalog.