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Dan Kistler

Associate Professor of Studio Art

Teaching Area



  • MA, Webster University
  • BA, Principia College


Dan Kistler teaches courses in graphic design, web design, illustration, and photography. He has also led several Principia study abroad programs to Greece and Turkey. Prior to joining the faculty in 1995, Kistler worked for 10 years as a commercial illustrator in Detroit. Among his clients were Mercedes, Jeep, Big Boy, and Detroit Edison. He also managed the Graphics Department in a marketing and communication firm. 

Scholarly Interests

  • Graphic design
  • Photography

Contributions to Your Field

  • Designed and produced materials for the College, including the book Bernard Maybeck and Principia College: The Historic District by Charles Hosmer Jr., published in 1998
  • Directed or co-directed five study abroad programs to Greece, Turkey, and Italy


  • Horace Edwin Harper Jr. and Evelyn Wright Harper Award for Teaching Excellence, 2016

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Institute of Graphic Arts
  • College Art Association

Dan Kistler CV