Fritz Eichenberg was an internationally recognized graphic artist, illustrator, and author whose achievements are documented in the Library of Congress. He held several honorary degrees, including one from URI, where he served as professor and Chair of the Art Department. He became a well-known author, with texts that became standard for the field. He was also a member of several prestigious design and art academies and societies, among them the National Academy of Design, which honored him with the F.S. Lee Morse Medal. He emigrated from Germany in 1933, and made Rhode Island his home.