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Mar 2018

Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago


The 7th China International Poster Biennial

Dec 2015

Hangzhou, China

The 7th China International Poster Biennial (CIPB) was held in November 2015 at the West lake of Hangzhou, China. This exhibition of posters chosen from throughout the world provides a review of the current state of international poster design.


Jul 2015


CHGO DSGN partnered with LVL3 Gallery in Chicago to co-present WHEREVER, a group exhibition celebrating fourteen contemporary Chicago designers and their expansive influence. A selection of designers who previously exhibited in CHGO DSGN were invited back to join several new inductees to show work that blurs the line between art and design.

10th Korean Society of Typography Exhibition: Intersection

Jul 2015

Seoul, Korea


Feb 2015

Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago



Apr 2014

Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago

CHGO DSGN: Recent Object and Graphic Design

Jan 2014

Cultural Center, Chicago

The City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events invited Rick Valicenti to curate a major exhibition of recent object and graphic design. CHGO DSGN showcases over 200 designers and more than 300 works.



Aug 2013

Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago

100 Typographic Posters, International Invitation Exhibition

May 2013

Shenzhen City Hall / Halcyon Gallery / International Exhibition Center / China

The exhibition invited 100 outstanding designers from across the globe to encourage new and innovative typographic design, promote the international exchange of ideas and cultural experiences, and inspire new typographic approaches.

As You Are: A Decade of You Are Beautiful

Feb 2013

Green Exchange, Chicago

Over the month of February, You Are Beautiful will fill the raw spaces of The Green Exchange, culminating in a one night public gala. Various Dabble workshops and programming will take place throughout the month. The exhibition will survey the project from inception to present day. It will also act as a catalyst, offering to a new breed of artists and designers who will develop & reinvent approaches to this positive intervention.


US Ark of Archetypes: The Politics of Projection

Nov 2012

Inland Steel Building, Chicago

Rick Valicenti’s US, Ark of the Archetypes: The Politics of Projection superimposes the President’s face onto archetypical images—including “The Coach,” “The Neighbor,” “The Special Force” and “The Heartthrob”—to comment on the different personas he embodies when representing the United States.

Curiosities: Rick Valicenti and a 21st Century Thirst 2012

Oct 2012

Bowling Green State University, Ohio

Beauties and Beasts

Aug 2012

Robert Jefferies Salon / Post Family, Chicago

Inspired by the majestic palm trees, reggae rhythms, and island motifs while visiting Jamaica, Rick Valicenti created a series of automatic Picasso-esque drawings that took the form of beauties and beasts.


Apr 2012

Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago

TYPEFORCE is the annual showcase of emerging typographic artists.


Columbia University Rare Books Collection

Oct 2011

Columbia University, New York

The Library's collection holdings are devoted to literature on modern and contemporary art, dating from the 1880s to the present. The strength of the collection lies in its exhibition catalogues and artists' monographs. 

Write Now: Artists and Letterforms

Sep 2011

Cultural Center, Chicago

This exhibition presents recent works using letters and text in painting, printmaking, sculpture and video.

Graphic Design: Now in Production

Aug 2011

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York / Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Co-organized by Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and the Walker Art Center, Graphic Design—Now in Production explores some of the most vibrant sectors and genres of graphic design in 2012.

Architecture & Design Film Festival

Aug 2011

Tribeca Cinemas, New York

The largest US film festival celebrating the creative spirit of architecture and design featured a dynamic selection of feature length films, documentaries and shorts screened at the Gene Siskel Film Center.



Dec 2010

Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago

The Annual Chicago Show of Emerging Typographic Allstars

Curiosities: Rick Valicenti and a 21st Century Thirst 2011

Dec 2010

York College of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania


Oct 2010


Aug 2010

Chicago Tourism Center, Chicago

Inspired in part by Works Progress Administration posters, this large group show features prints designed to “raise awareness of social and political issues of our day.”

Chicago Calligraphy Exhibit

Mar 2010

Newberry Library, Chicago

Rick Valicenti was the featured speaker for the 26th annual Juried Exhibition of the Chicago Calligraphy Collective.

Curiosities: Rick Valicenti and a 21st Century Thirst 2010

Feb 2010

Schmidt Center Gallery, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton


Feb 2010

Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago

The Annual Chicago Show of Emerging Typographic Allstars


Chicago International Poster Biennial 2010

Dec 2009



Post-Contemporary International Poster Exhibition

Dec 2008


Lubalin Now

Dec 2008

New York

Inaugural exhibition curated by Mike Essl

Chicago International Poster Biennial 2008

Jun 2008



Social Issues in Graphic Design

Dec 2006

New York

Sound in Print

Dec 2006

New York

Curated by Chris Ashworth + Mark Fraser


The Urban Forest Project

Dec 2005

Times Square, New York

Curated by AIGA/NY, Times Square Alliance

25 Above Water

Dec 2005

New Orleans

Chocolate: The Irresistible Communicator

Dec 2005

New York

Design Life Now: National Design Triennial

Dec 2005

New York


Emigré Covers

Dec 2004

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Light of Hope for Indonesia: Alleviating Crisis Through Propaganda

Dec 2004

New York

A Tribute to Mr. Rogers

Jan 2004

New York

Curated by Colin Metcalf


Adversary Show

Dec 2001

New York

Curated by Kenneth Fitzgerald

Seoul International Poster Biennale

Dec 2001



Selected Thirst Digital Imagery

Dec 1996

Ginza Gallery, Japan


Rick Valicenti/Thirst

Dec 1990

Ginza Gallery, Japan

One-person exhibition


Mendini, Starck, Geiman, Rotundi, Valicenti

Dec 1989


Group exhibition

Ultra Slick Rick

Dec 1989

Ginza Gallery, Japan

One-person exhibition

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