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Nicholas J. Chaparos Collection

Identifier: DAAPLIB-2018-01


Personal collection of artworks by Nicholas Chaparos, as well as varying professional artists.


  • 1954-2015

Language of Materials

In the David John Flynn collection, some materials are in German.

Biographical / Historical

Nicholas James Chaparos was born March 26, 1929 in Washington D.C., the second of three children to Greek parents. Throughout his life, he was influenced by art, design, music, language, and engineering. Though never having completed an official degree, Chaparos attended night classes at the Pratt Institute of Art and Design, and visual design at the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology. In 1956 he received a Fulbright Scholarship to study visual communications at the Hochschule fur Gestaltung School of Design in Ulm, Germany. After two years of study, he returned to work with Charles Eames on a 7-film exhibition project for the American Exhibition in Moscow in 1958. This influenced Chaparos to study Film and Animation at UCLA for a year. From there, Chaparos worked all over the United States as a designer, filmmaker, photographer, and teacher. He taught design at a range of schools such as the University of Southern California, Carnegie-Mellon, University of Waterloo, Pratt, Parsons and Cooper Union before settling in 1981 as a professor of Design at the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. Through his career at the University of Cincinnati, he served as the Chair of Design from 1981-1986, and taught a variety of courses in design, most prominently in graphic design, before his retirement in 1997. Nicholas Chaparos left DAAP a generous assortment of personal artwork as well as collected works from artists including: David J. Flynn, Whitehall Ward, Diane Barr-Gordon, and most notably Rudolph de Harak.


11.95 Linear Feet (7 boxes) : Blue Heritage Archival Storage Boxes


This collection is arranged by material, size, and then type: large prints and posters, small prints and watercolors, photographs, and mixed materials.

Physical Location

Robert A. Deshon and Karl J. Schlachter Library for Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP Library)

Separated Materials

Selected artworks are now hanging on display in the DAAP Library.

University of Cincinnati Poster - Artist Unknown, c. 1996

Spring Drift - Rudolph de Harak, 1965 April

Crash - Rudolph de Harak, 1977-1990

Charles Eames in Venice, CA Studios: 1905-1977, 1959
Guide to the Nicholas J. Chaparos Collection
Edited Full Draft
Elizabeth Meyer and Sebra Debrecht
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Robert A. Deshon and Karl J. Schlachter Library for Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP Library) Repository

5480 Aronoff Center for Design and Art
2600 Clifton Ave.
Cincinnati Ohio 45221