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Meredith Kachel

Freelance Illustrator & Children's Book Illustrator

Location:Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Meredith Kachel

I'm a recent graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with a concentration in Illustration and Animation. I have a background in animation, as well as painting, sculpture and bookmaking. I'm proficient with Adobe PhotoShop and Illustrator, Final Cut Pro, Open Table, TimeSlips, Prezzi, MS Word, Excel Powerpoint, and both Mac and PC platforms. My work ethic is efficient, I'm a stickler for deadlines and I love new challenges.


2005 – 2010
School of the Art Institute, Chicago IL
• BFA with concentration in Art Education, Illustration, and Animation

Work Experience

Freelance Illustrator - Chicago, IL
• Designing logos, and animating music and comedy videos

Social Media Coordinator - Frei Designs and WorkShop, Chicago, IL
• Managed all aspects of marketing and social media, utilized Photoshop and Tumblr

2010 Receptionist - Garretson, Santora, Urgo & Nurgent LLD., Chicago IL
• Indexed mail, answered phones, brought cheer to otherwise mundane workplace

Illustration Intern - Planning and Design at the John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago IL
• Scientific Illustration for Amazon Rising exhibit; drawings remain in the permanent collection

• Flat Iron - The Inconvenience Presents: The Little Things 2012
• Sidetracks, Chicago IL 2011
• SAIC Fall BFA Exhibition, Sullivan Gallery, Chicago IL 2010
• The Inconvenience, Chicago IL 2010
• Curator and Visual Presentation Coordinator for "Strapped: A Down and Out Festival" The Inconvenience, Chicago IL 2010
• The Inconvenience Chicago IL 2009
• Swimming Pool Gallery, Chicago IL 2009
• The Sweatshop Gallery, Chicago IL 2007; highest seller to date
• SAIC "Art Bash", Ryerson Gallery, Chicago IL 2005
• Lockport Street Galleries, Plainfield IL 2004

• Proficient in Adobe PhotoShop and Illustrator, Final Cut Pro, Open Table, TimeSlips, Prezzi, MS Word, Excel Powerpoint,and both Mac and PC platforms
• Working artist with experience in painting, print, bookmaking, recyclable sculptures, animation, woodworking and fibers
• Experience in workshops and with power tools


• Featured on front page of CollegeHumor, TheDailyWhat, TodaysBigThing, and Reddit for animation "The Best Tattoo Idea in the World", 2010
• Featured on front page of FunnyOrDie for short sketch "Schmear Campaign", 2010
• Commissioned by NBC's "The Office" for watercolor paintings (S.3 ep16), Feb 2007
• Basset Certified Bartender, 2007