Matthias Kemeny Lecture Series Presents Maria Doreuli / Contrast Foundry

Posted on Feb 17th, 2020 by Kate Bingaman-Burt


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.

Join us on April 2nd at 7PM in the Shattuck Hall Annex to welcome Maria to PSU!

Grab your free ticket over on EVENTBRITE!


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

About the Philanthropist

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, to 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 catalogue 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.