Tim Hossler

Tim Hossler
  • Associate Professor

Contact Info

Marvin Studios, room #136


As the former in-house art director for photographer Annie Leibovitz, Tim helped Ms. Leibovitz create her most memorable images, books and exhibitions of the late 90's through the early 2000's. Tim holds a degree in Architecture from Kansas State University, 1993, and a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, 2005. He has held the positions of Director of Design at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) and Art Director of The Wolfsonian-Florida International University in Miami Beach. He currently teaches design history, photo culture and visual communications at the University of Kansas. His academic research focuses on working with photographers, artists and cultural institutions to produce experimental forms of visual narratives.


Architecture, Kansas State University, 1993, Manhattan, Kansas
2D Design, Cranbrook Academy of Art, 2005, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan


Research focus: Collaborating with artists and cultural institutions to create visual narratives.

Selected Publications

Hossler, Tim, Gary McLeod, Mikko Itälahti, and Tyrone Martinsson. 2015. “Rephotographic Powers: Revisiting Rephotography at Photomedia 2014.” Journal Articles. Edited by Mika Elo and Marko Karo. Photographic Powers–Helsinki Photomedia 2014, 45–83.

Hossler, Tim. 2014. “Designing Tim Walker: Story Teller Book and Exhibition.” Journal Articles. Edited by Patricia Hunt-Hurst and Sabrina Ramsamy-Iranah. Fashion and Its Multi-Cultural Facets, 179–184.

Selected Presentations

Hossler, T. (9/9/2013 - 9/12/2013). Designing Tim Walker: Story Teller Book and Exhibition. 5th Global Conference-Fashion: Exploring Critical Issues. Mansfield College, Oxford, UK

Awards & Honors

An Artist on the Eastern Front: Feliks Topolski, 1941, exhibition catalogue, selected for the AIGA KC AXII Exhibition for its outstanding design



New Farmers, exhibition design, selected as a winner in the 2016 Print Regional Design Annual

Print Magazine


New Farmers, newspaper, acquired by the Spencer Museum of Art

Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas


The Hereditary Estate, artist monograph, recognized in the PDN Photo Annual as one of the best designed photo books of 2014

Photo District News


Tim Walker: Story Teller, artist monograph, acquired by the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library

Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut