Lisa Congdon Lecture + Book Signing

Presented by the Design division and Adobe
April 26, 2016 7:00 pm
Lisa Congdon headshot
Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus

Free and open to the public
Book signing and reception to follow
More info: Vikki del Rosario,

Portland (Oregon)-based fine artist, illustrator, and bestselling author Lisa Congdon, named one of 40 Women Over 40 to Watch in 2015, is best known for her colorful abstract paintings, intricate line drawings, pattern design. and hand lettering.

She is the author of six books including Art Inc: The Essential Guide to Building Your Career as an Artist; and the illustrated books Fortune Favors the BraveWhatever You Are, Be a Good OneTwenty Ways to Draw a Tulip, and A Collection a Day.

Her clients include the MoMA, Harvard University, Martha Stewart Living, Chronicle Books, The Land of Nod, Simon & Schuster, and Cloud9 Fabrics, among many others.

She exhibits her work around the country including shows at the Contemporary Jewish Museum and Bedford Gallery. 

Joy of Swimming

Congdon's latest book, The Joy of Swimming: A Celebration of our Love for Getting in the Water (Chronicle Books), is a thoughtful collection of words and imagery about one of the world’s most treasured pastimes and athletic endeavors.

Filled with brightly colored illustrations, hand-lettered quotations, profiles of swimmers from all walks of life, photographed collections of vintage swimming ephemera, and hand-drawn infographics with fascinating facts about swimming history and culture from around the world, Congdon will share the process of creating the book -- from its inspiration to the research and stories to rendering the 120+ color illustrations. 

Congdon will also welcome Adobe employee Kimberley Chambers to the stage for a short conversation about her inspiring journey.

Chambers -- an avid open-water swimmer from New Zealand living in the San Francisco Bay area -- discovered swimming in October 2009 while rehabilitating a life-threatening leg injury. A mere five years later, and at great personal risk, she became the sixth person in history to complete the Oceans Seven challenge, the open water equivalent to the Seven Summits of mountaineering.

Continuing with her new found love of adventure, in 2015 Chambers set a new world record becoming the first woman to swim 30 miles through shark-infested waters of the Farallon Islands.

Her profile is featured in The Joy of Swimming.

A book signing and reception sponsored by Adobe will immediately follow the lecture. (Arch Supplies will be on hand to facilitate book sales.)