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Associate Professor

University of Central Oklahoma


Like many of the students at UCO, Sam Ladwig’s formal education was definitely “nontraditional.” He studied Engineering, Business, Fine Arts, Industrial Design, and Furniture Design at several different institutions across the nation before receiving his BFA in Interior Design from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2009. He received his MFA in Visual Arts from the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis in 2014.

He has worked as a graphic designer, web designer, hi-tech project manager, business consultant, and even an ice sculptor. Sam played guitar for the industrial metal band Ministry during the 1992 Lollapalooza Tour, and he was an audio and video producer for Rolling Stone Online in the late 90s. More recently Sam has presented his research on creativity and pedagogy at local, regional, national, and international conferences, and over the last few years, he has collaborated on projects with faculty and students at UCO that have won local, regional, national, and international design awards. His furniture design work has been exhibited at Dwell on Design in Los Angeles, Marco Polo Gallery in the greater Chicago area, and Flux Gallery in Indianapolis. In the summer of 2017, he was a participant at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts on Deer Isle in Maine during their Open Studio Residency.

He continues to produce design work across many disciplines and media, and his broad experience and technical acumen are his main assets to the UCO Department of Design. His current role as the Director of the Design Foundations Program allows him to guide both interior design and graphic design students through their educational journey, and he is inspired by both his students and colleagues at UCO.

Classes Taught

2018-19 Academic Year
Design Foundations 2
Design Foundations 4
Innovation and Inquiry
Pre-Press for Graphic Design
Advertising Design
Package Design (with Amy Johnson)

Previous Years
Design Foundations 2
Design Foundations 4
Innovation and Inquiry
Information Design
Package Design (with Amy Johnson)
Computer Graphics 1
Computer Graphics 2
Graphic Design Practice (team taught with other faculty members)

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