Guenet teaches in the Visual Art department in the Graphic Design concentration. She teaches primarily courses that focus on typography and visual communication. Her studio practice is mainly in book design, and has been recognized and exhibited by national design organizations such as AIGA, UCDA, MMA, and Paris/Photo.
She was born and partly brought up in Ethiopia, and travelled back to her home country for the first time after about 42 years as a Fulbright fellow to teach at the Alle School of Art and Design. She is interested in how graphic design can be used to engage the community and create a collaborative environment; she combined teaching to create community-based art projects to revitalize public space. She also collaborated with the art school director to propose a first and new public museum dedicated to showcasing Ethiopian modern and contemporary art. The project was approved and built by the prime minister's office, and on the museum's opening day, over 7,000 local guests were welcomed.
She is currently collaborating with her host institution to bring in a new exhibition on visual literacy in 2023. Additionally, she is working with her host institution to create a more robust Graphic Design degree program. The school primarily leans towards traditional Fine Arts practices.
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