Terresa Moses

Assistant Professor, Graphic Design

Director of Design Justice

Terresa Moses (she/her) is a proud Black queer woman dedicated to the liberation of Black and brown people through art and design. As a designer and illustrator, her work focuses on race, identity, and social justice. She advocates for positive change in her community using creativity as tools of community activism like her recent solo exhibition, Umbra.

Terresa is the Creative Director at Blackbird Revolt, a social justice-based design studio. She is also an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Minnesota’s College of Design (CDes) and the Director of the CDes Design Justice Network. Her design research interests include; Project Naptural, which creates spaces to educate, connect, and empower Black women about their natural hair and self-identity, and Racism Untaught, a curriculum model that reveals ‘racialized’ design and helps students, educators, and organizations create anti-racist concepts through the design research process.

She serves as a core team member of African American Graphic Designers (AAGD) by helping to organize and craft organizational structure. She also works as a collaborator with the Black Liberation Lab to co-create solutions that support Black liberation.



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Selected Scholarship

  • “Racialized Design: Developing A Vocabulary for A Shared Intention in Design” by Terresa Moses & Lisa Mercer, Participatory Design Conference Volume 3, May 2020
  • “Project Naptural: A Socio-Cultural Initiative for Naptural Living” by Terresa Moses, Navigating the Black Hair Phenomenon in a White World, 2019–2020
  • “Identifying Racialized Design to Cultivate a Culture of Awareness in Design” by Lisa Mercer & Terresa Moses, European Academy of Design, January 2019


  • GDES 3353 | Packaging and Display
  • ART 4922 | Senior Design Studio I
  • ART 4897 | Visual Culture Internship
  • ART 3937 | Typography II
  • ART 3933 | Graphic Design III
  • ART 3922 | Graphic Design II
  • ART 2911 | Graphic Design I
  • ART 2907 | Typography I
  • ART 1002 | Introduction to Art

Professional, Institutional, and Community Leadership and Service

Juried Exhibitions

  • Justice, Civic Engagement, and Bringing the Law to Life, Obsidian Arts at Gerald W. Heaney Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse and Customhouse in Duluth, MN, September 2020–April 2021
  • Breathing While Black, Augusta Savage Gallery, Digital Exhibition, September 2020–November 2020
  • "WTF (What the Feminist) Artist Exhibition,” Feminist Action Collective at PrØve Gallery in Duluth, MN, March 2020
  • Umbra Solo Exhibition, Zeitgeist Arts, Duluth, MN, November 2019
  • "WTF (What the Feminist) Artist Exhibition,” Feminist Action Collective at PrØve Gallery in Duluth, MN, March 2019
  • Minnesota Black Fine Art Show, Traveling, January 2019–September 2020
  • Project Natural, Purdue Black Cultural Center, West Lafayette, Indiana, November–December 2018
  • Project Naptural Exhibition & Symposium, Dr. Powless Cultural Center, Duluth, MN, September 2018
  • "Phenomenal Woman Art Show," Dr. Powless Cultural Center, Duluth, MN, March 2018
  • "WTF (What the Feminist) Artist Exhibition,” Feminist Action Collective at PrØve Gallery in Duluth, MN, March 2018
  • "Fine, Refine, Define Faculty Art Show," Tweed Museum of Art, February 2018

Refereed Presentations

  • “Design for Liberation,” Midwest Design Week Keynote Speaker, AIGA Cincinnati, Louisville, & Indianapolis, September 2020
  • The State of Black Design Panel, Texas State University, September 2020
  • NAACP Pride Forum: Blackness & Queerness Panelist, Anchorage NAACP Branch, June 2020
  • Racism Untaught Workshop Accepted [Canceled due to COVID-19], National Conference on Race & Ethnicity, May 2020
  • Racism Untaught Workshop, Participatory Design Conference, Columbia, May 2020
  • “Designing Outside the Binary,” Trans(gender) Justice Teach-In Talk, Duluth, Minnesota, November 2019
  • “The Mistakes That Have Made Me Distinct,” Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony Keynote Speaker, Duluth, Minnesota, October 2019
  • Justice,” Creative Mornings Minneapolis Keynote, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 2019
  • Blackness & Socially Conscious Design,” Design + Diversity Conference Keynote Speaker, Chicago, Illinois, August 2019
  • Celebration of Community Peacemakers Keynote Speaker, Men As Peacemakers, June 2018


  • terresamoses.com
  • blackbirdrevolt.com
  • racismuntaught.com
  • projectnaptural.com
  • umbraexhibit.com

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Award for Transformative Work in our Arts Community, Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, April 2020
  • Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Public Service Award, University of Minnesota Duluth, 2019–2020
  • Artist Project Grant for Umbra, Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, January 2020
  • Chancellor's Faculty Small Grant, University of Minnesota Duluth, October 2019
  • Employees of Color & American Indian Development Grant, University of Minnesota Duluth, May 2019
  • Linda Larson Faculty Woman of the Year, University of Minnesota Duluth's Commission on Women, April 2019
  • International Travel Grant, University of Minnesota, January 2019
  • Regional Design Awards for 'Heart Strings,' Print Magazine, October 2018
  • Woman of Distinction Award, YWCA Duluth, October 2018
  • 20 Under 40 Award, Duluth News Tribune, August 2018
  • Outstanding Achievement in Academic Equality, Superior African Heritage Community, May 2018
  • Drum Major for Peace Award, Duluth NAACP, January 2017

Specialties & Expertise:

Race and Racism, Black Liberation, Black Women and Social Identity, Black Women and Natural Hair, Anti-Racism in Design Curriculum, Design as a means of protest and culture change, Design Justice


240 McNeal Hall
1985 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
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