– over 8 years of working experience in the graphic design/website design field
– 4 years of teaching experience in graphic design, drawing, painting and advanced graphic design
– Accomplished painter experienced in acrylic, encaustic and mixed media with a record of shows and awards
1991-1995 | Grand View College – Des Moines, Iowa. BA in Graphic Design and Fine Art.
2004-2007 | Iowa State University – Ames, Iowa. MFA in Integrated Visual Arts
Des Moines Christian School, Urbandale, Iowa
Junior High and High School Art Teacher (2015- present)
Responsibilities: Teach 6-12 grade art classes which includes: Art Foundations, Drawing I-III, Painting I-III, Ceramics, Digital Photography I-II and Graphic Design. Drawing and Painting II are college credit courses. Coordinate annual art show and manage the student Art Club.
Graceland University, Lamoni, Iowa
Chair of Visual and Performing Arts Division (2013-15) / Associate Professor of Fine Art (2007- 20015)
Responsibilities: Teach all levels of Graphic Design which includes: Design Fundamentals, Typography, Graphic Design History, Website Design, Portfolio Development, and Illustration. Coordinator and oversee the art department budget, class schedules and adjunct faculty. Also implemented and oversee a student run graphic design studio which works on projects that will benefit the community.
Grand View College, Des Moines, Iowa
Adjunct Instructor (2006)
Responsibilities: To teach a 400 level advanced graphic design course. Students in this course are preparing work for their portfolios.
Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
Responsibilities: To teach a 300 level course in 3d Modeling and Virtual Photography utilizing the software Cinema 4D. The class includes a variety of students from all of the majors in the college of design.
Relationship Marketing, West Des Moines, Iowa
Assistant Art Director (2001 – 2003)
Responsibilities: Created marketing materials for various clients. Included working closely with sales representative staff members and writers. Worked on projects for a variety of clients including Volvo, JCPenney, Sony and Southwest Bell Communications. Types of media created for these clients included Flash movies, website designs, logos, packaging design, and the design of various direct mail pieces.
Meredith Corporation, Des Moines, Iowa
Assistant Art Director (2001)
Responsibilities: Developed web site designs for, and maintained, BHG.com. Included working closely with writers and the art director, creating digital designs and layouts as well as working under weekly deadlines.
garden.com, West Des Moines, Iowa
Assistant Art Director (1999 – 2001)
Responsibilities: Developed web site designs for, and maintained, the online magazine section of garden.com. Included working closely with writers, art directing photo shoots, creating digital designs and layouts as well as working under weekly deadlines. Page layouts for the print magazine Garden Escape and other various print pieces were also a part of these responsibilities.
USWeb Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa
Creative Director / Project Manager (1998 – 1999)
Responsibilities: Develop internet strategies for various clients. Includes: webpage design and layout, project management, site map creation and development of estimates.
Universal Systems & Technologies, Johnston, Iowa
Graphic Designer / Animator (1997 – 1998)
Responsibilities: Develop user interface, 3d animations and 3d models for interactive cd roms. Managed a group of 4 graphic designers/animators. Included working under tight deadlines and project management.
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Design: Print and digital layout and design / prepress production / estimate and proposal writing / ability to take concept to finished art.
Computer/Software Knowledge: Mac and PC platforms – Adobe CC (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Muse, Dremweaver), WordPress, HTML, CSS, Cinema 4D, Maya
HONORS AND AWARDS
Work published in:
1998 Best of Business Card Design 3, Rockport Publishers
1998 Letter Head and Logo Design 5, Rockport Publishers
2012-present Pedal Art Poster Show – I have a poster in this annual show that supports the Des Moines Bicycle Coalition
2013 Fast, Cheap & Easy group faculty exhibit, Graceland University, Lamoni, Iowa
2011 WORD solo show – Graceland University, Lamoni, Iowa
2008 ReView group show – Grand View University, Des Moines, Iowa
2008 Full Circle solo show – Graceland University, Lamoni, Iowa
2007 Food Fight solo show – Ames, Iowa
2007 Art Dive Gallery, group show – Des Moines, Iowa
2007 Snap to Grid, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, group show – L.A., California
2006 Painters Anonymous, group show – Ames, Iowa
2006 Octagon Arts Center, Juried art show – Ames, Iowa
2006 Avenue Art Gallery, group show – Omaha, Nebraska
2005 College of Design Review, faculty juried art show, Ames, Iowa
2005 FOCUS grant show, juried art show (honorable mention), Ames, Iowa
2004 Social Injustice, juried art show – Ames, Iowa
1996 Cave Paintings – Ames, Iowa
1995 Solo Show – Grand View College, Des Moines, Iowa.
AIGA – American Institute of Graphic Arts
UCDA – University & College Designers Association
Art Directors of Iowa Association
College Art Association