Joseph Schaeffer

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design/Art Gallery Director

Joe Schaeffer (b. 1990) is a graphic designer, artist and educator. He was born in Santa Barbara, CA, raised and currently resides in Sioux Falls, SD. Currently, Schaeffer is a co-owner of Made By Thaw, maintains his own painting practice and is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Sioux Falls. 

His work is grounded in his background of design. He works intuitively with ink, oil, acrylic, and various other media to create works that reference elements of calligraphy, typography, and lettering. Schaeffer’s use of black ink is a primary graphic element of his compositions and distinctive feature of his visual language. 


  • M.F.A., Graphic Design, University of South Dakota, 2019
  • B.F.A., Graphic Design, University of South Dakota, 2013


  • Graphic Design
  • Typography
  • Branding
  • Publication Design
  • Environmental Graphics
  • Information Graphics
  • Packaging Design
  • Painting
  • Entrepreneurship