Gail Rubini worked with FSU for over 18 years. She was Chair of the Art Department for her first six years and moved into the classroom to teach design courses in 1995. Gail felt that designers are an integral part of our lives, and expanding use of design has come to dominate public space. She felt that her time here was a wonderful opportunity to teach students design and Gail saw many of them become successful professionals in the field.
Before coming to FSU, Gail worked for many years in New York City with professionals as clients, in workshops, seminars, and conferences. She brought to FSU her experience and a commitment to the relationship of designers to the world and how maintaining that relationship is a continuous learning process. In her teaching, she encouraged students to adapt information into a way of seeing and to develop an approach that leads them to understand our rapidly changing society. It inspired to her to see students develop a method for solving problems, to think critically and to develop a personal visual style of design. It’s the fundamental direction that she tried to take each class—then the students did the rest.Gail retired at the end of the 2012 Fall semester. The faculty of the Department of Art enthusiastically awarded Gail Rubini Faculty Emeritus status. Florida State University wishes Gail well and thanks her for her service!