CANCELED -- Matthias Kemeny Lecture Series Presents Maria Doreuli of Contrast Foundry
Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 7:00pm
CANCELED -- Matthias Kemeny Lecture Series Presents Maria Doreuli of Contrast Foundry

Out of an abundance of caution, and due to the uncertainly surrounding the COVID-19 virus outbreak and public gatherings, we are sad to announce we have decided to cancel our Kemeny Lecture Series event. Please stay tuned for future events and thanks to all for your support.


Maria Doreuli is the founder of an independent studio Contrast Foundry. In 2018, craving for new challenges, she relocated to San Francisco. Focusing on type design, Maria believes in the power of emotion and working with passion. She’s open to new opportunities and aims to experiment more to find unexpected forms of expression.

The Matthias Kemeny Design Lecture Series is coordinated and managed by the Portland State Graphic Design program. This series brings internationally celebrated design professionals annually to Portland to give a lecture for the benefit of the students and faculty in the Graphic Design program, as well as the broader design community. This series is free and open to the public and highlights a wide range of design practices in an attempt to facilitate a community-wide dialogue about design and related fields. 

Made possible by the Matthias D. Kemeny Charitable Fund of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, Future Fonts and Counter Culture.

Reserve your tickets

This talk is free and open to the public but you must reserve you seat!

Shattuck Hall Annex*
Portland State University
1914 SW Park Avenue
Portland OR 97201

*Entrance at the corner of Broadway and Hall Street

About Matthias Kemeny

Matthias Kemeny was born on July 25th, 1942 in Auxerre, France to a Hungarian father and German-Polish mother. He was educated as an artist and designer, earning his Bachelor of Science degree from Portland State University in 1973. Matthias combined his talents in the arts with his entrepreneurial skills to build a very successful exhibition and display business, producing fine and commercial art for more than 40 years. His work can be found across the globe, from museums in his home state of Washington, too as far away as Pakistan. He was never at a loss for ideas and authored several patents, many of which are still in use. He was talented, creative and innovative. 

A world traveler much of his life, Matthias would sketch in pen and ink on table napkin drawings of the people he saw on his travels. Late in his life, he culminated his dream of transforming these line sketches into a catalog of painted drawings which he called “Collecting Souls.” These portraits speak to the commonality of the human race. These works conveyed a simple yet powerful message of his love for humanity.

A powerful yet gentle man, Matthias was intensely focused and strongly committed to making the world a better place. His intellectual curiosity was remarkable, as was his genuine, deep interest in every person he met. He continued life-long friendships with diverse people from all over the world.

Matthias Kemeny passed away from ALS in March of 2007.