EDUCATION - Northern Illinois University, May 2005 BFA in Illustration
RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE – 4 years as professional graphic designer, illustrated one book for teenage audience, illustrated logos for products
FREELANCE ARTIST: KITTENS OF INDUSTRY 2010 to present
Started a freelance art business, find and interact with clients, create art and designs, create art for gallery shows, prepare digital files, design logos, layouts and other items for print, illustrate fictional or editorial stories, photography and photo editing, participate in art festivals and exhibitions, create handmade jewelry pieces
DESIGN ASSOCIATE / EVENTS HELP: KIO KREATIONS, NAPERVILLE IL Dec 2010 to 2011
Photograph floral bouquets for website, assist with floral and decoration set up at event locations, photograph floral pieces and décor in the event setting, assist in creation of for print design materials such as name tags, programs, place cards, Etc. as needed
PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT: J. ANDERSON PHOTOGRAPHY, SYCAMORE IL 2010 to Oct 2011
Assist with prop set up during photo shoots, second shooter at weddings, photo editing in Adobe Photoshop, layout photos into book form for publishing.
VOLUNTEER: THE ART ATTACK, SYCAMORE, IL May 2008 to 2010
Volunteer for community wide activities sponsored by The Art Attack School of Art
GRAPHIC DESIGNER: TSC NORTH AMERICA, MARENGO, IL Feb 2006 to Dec 2009
Design and prepare for print marketing and decorating materials for bimonthly store promotions to be sent to 44 stores. Follow monthly schedule in order to prepare all promotional materials for timely shipping. Create flyers, mailers, gift certificates, logos and other promotional items. Work closely with clients to prepare materials for two annual beauty festivals and seasonal mailings. Prepare art for use on e-commerce web sites as updates are needed.
STORE ASSOCIATE: COLOR ME MINE, WHEATON, IL Sep 2005 to Jan 2006
Consult customers of a paint-your-own ceramics studio on the design and execution of hand painted pottery pieces. Glaze finished pieces, operate kilns. Design and paint samples of ceramics for display. Assemble store and window displays. Combine customer service skills with creative ideas in an artistic environment.
CIRCULATION CLERK: DEKALB PUBLIC LIBRARY, DEKALB, IL Sep 2004 to Aug 2005
Checking in/out library materials, shelve returned materials, answer phones, shelf reading, leading art and decorating projects for youth services department. Lead summer art classes for young patrons.
NIU CAMPUS ACTIVITIES BOARD CONCERTS COMMITTEE Aug 2008 to May 2004
Volunteer position involving booking and advertising for university funded concerts, design show posters and flyers
ARTS & CRAFTS DIRECTOR: CAMP O’FAIRWINDS, MICHIGAN May 2003 to Aug 2003
Spearhead summer arts program for school aged campers at a summer long Girl Scout camp, schedule projects, instruct campers in arts and crafts projects, order supplies and maintain inventory.
SHOWS & EXHIBITIONS
Northern Illinois Senior Illustration Portfolio Show, DeKalb, IL - May 2005
Rockford Spring Art Scene @ Kryptonite Bar, Rockford, IL - spring 2010
Emerging Visual Artists Project July Show, Rockford, IL - July 2010
Aurora Alley Art Fest exhibiting artist/vendor, Aurora, IL - August 2010 & Aug 2011
Group Show @ Bad Dog Gallery, DeKalb, IL - April 2011
Molded Heroes Group Show, Aurora, IL - April 2011
Aurora Art Walk 5: Art Is Raucous venue, Aurora, IL - June 2011Molded Heroes II: The Villains Strike Back group show, Rockford, IL - September 2011