Paul Tosh

Associate Professor, Studio Art

Office: Fine Arts Building, 8B
Ph: 816-235-2994


Paul Tosh has been teaching at UMKC since 2001, and after nearly twenty years in academia, he still has a southern accent. Along with teaching a full range of graphic design and typography courses, he oversees the student graphic design group, Egghead Design Agency, is involved with the national and local chapters of AIGA, and is a long term member of the Kansas City Chapter of the American Advertising Federation, the Freelance Exchange of Kansas City, the University & College Designers Association and the Society of Typographic Aficionados. His graphic design work and teaching focuses on branding design, print, marking communication design, typographic design, and traditional & digital illustration. Tosh’s current research interests are vernacular typography and urban art.

Tosh continues his professional design practice through PDG* [*pretty darn good] Design, Crazy Shirley Design(s) and Buzz New Media. Tosh has received local, regional, and national awards for his design and illustration work in his 32 years as a professional artist.


M.F.A. in Visual Communications from University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
B.S. in Mass Communications from Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Courses Taught

  • Graphic Design I
  • Advanced Typography
  • Graphic Design II
  • Design Seminar
  • Graphic Design III
  • Independent Studies in Graphic Design (Egghead Design Agency)


  • The Fletcher Exhibit: Social & Politically Engaged Art, The Reece Museum, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
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