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Experience summary
– 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

EDUCATION
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


WORK EXPERIENCE

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
Instructor (2005-2006)
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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SKILLS SUMMARY
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


EXHIBITIONS
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.

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ASSOCIATIONS

AIGA – American Institute of Graphic Arts

UCDA – University & College Designers Association

Art Directors of Iowa Association

College Art Association

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