Department: Graphic Arts
Phone Extension: 8975
(518) 736-FMCC (3622)
Building: L 009
Joe Marcuccio, Professor of Visual Communications Technology, grew up in Amsterdam, NY learning his father’s family printing business. “My dad started his ‘mom and pop’ letterpress print shop in 1950,” says Joe. “My dad ran the shop for 48 years. My brother and I would help my dad during summers and when it was busy. We printed and set a lot of type in our time.” Joe continued learning the trade at Amsterdam High School. Upon graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy.
Upon completing his tours of duty, Joe attended Rochester Institute of Technology and graduated with a B.S. in Print Management. Joe maintained his status in the Naval Reserve and served aboard other ships and at various naval stations over a 20-year period. He received his retirement citation from the office of former Governor George Pataki and retired as Lithographer First Class in 1998.
After graduating from RIT, Joe settled in Saratoga Springs with his wife Elizabeth whom he met at RIT. Joe and Liz have a son, Joseph, and a daughter, Andreia. In 1985 Joe began his teaching career at FM. His task was to build the Visual Communications Technology program, develop new curriculum and move forward with technologies.
In the late 80s and early 90s, Joe completed his Masters degree in Curriculum Development and Planning at SUNY Albany. In 2000, he developed a new program at FM called Graphic Communications Sales & Marketing.
Joe has helped many community organizations with graphic design projects. His graphic design students have designed logos, posters, and invitations. Because of Joe’s involvement with the industry he has raised over $13,000 in donations for the FM Graphic Arts Fund. As a result of these long time relationships with the printing industry a new scholarship for graphic arts majors has been developed with collaboration between Joe and the Foundation of FM.
“As a veteran I hold dear the US Marine Corp’s annual campus ‘Toys for Tots’ program,” says Joe, who serves on a variety of campus committees including Advisor to FM’s Graphic Arts Club.