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graphic design

To work in a managerial or freelance position using my graphic design, copywriting, art direction, teaching and organization talents.

Valerie Thatcher Design, March 1986 to present. Proprietor. Design, illustration, art direction and copywriting. Specializing in multiple-page documents such as catalogs and annual reports, ad and logo design, website design.

Austin Community College, August 1990 to August 2004. Adjunct professor, Visual Communications Design Department. Taught a variety of classes, most recently Digital Publishing I (QuarkXPress), Digital Imaging I (Photoshop and Illustrator), Web Design I (Dreamweaver and Fireworks).

Austin/San Antonio Homes & Gardens magazines, Austin, TX, February 1985 to June 1986. Freelance layout and production, promoted to Assistant Art Director. Position included magazine layout, design and production of all related print material and coordinating managerial responsibilities with Senior Art Director.

AKG&M Communications, Austin,TX, March 1984 to December 1984. Design and production for advertising agency, in-house freelance.

Atkins & Associates Advertising, Inc., Austin, TX, September 1983 to March 1984. Art Director. Responsibilities included design and production of all printed material for various clients. Creative collaboration and conceptualization for radio and TV. Hiring freelance talent.

New Texas magazine, Austin, TX, April-September 1983. Art Director. Part-time position redesigning magazine, layout and production of monthly issues. Duties also included hiring of vendors and freelance artists.

Various freelance design, illustration and production, October 1982 to September 1983.
Now Publications, Denver, CO, December 1981 to September 1982. Art Director and Production Coordinator. Responsibilities ranged from design of in-house advertising and publications to hiring of production artists, photographers and vendors.

The Lovelace Corporation, Denver, CO, April to November 1982. Illustrator and advertising artist for publishing company. Duties included production, illustration, design and layout of make-ready ads for magazines, corporate newsletters and various jobs.

Sentinel Newspapers, Aurora, CO, May 1980 to April 1981. Staff artist. Position involved ad layout, advertising and editorial illustration, and managing art department.

Various freelance illustration and production, November 1979 to April 1981.

St. Edward’s University, January 2004 to present. Communication degree, graphic design minor. Graduate May 2006, Summa Cum Laude.

Austin Community College, January 1997 to present. Various multimedia and general education classes.

Dynamic Graphics Educational Foundation's seminar, "Publication Design," Denver, CO, June 23-24, 1982. An avanced hands-on design workshop covering consumer trade and limited audience magazines, annual reports, newspapers, maganews publications and books

Colorado Institute of Art, 200 E. 9th Ave., Denver, CO 80203. Graduated September 1979, Advertising Design

Salina South High School, Salina KS 67401. Graduated January 1977

• Austin Ad Fed, 2001 Big Wig Awards. Nominated for Educator of the Year
• Laguna Gloria Art Schoo. Instructor, Blockprint Design, November 1997
• Member, National Association for Female Executives, 1997
• Who's Who in Executives and Professionals. Inducted 1996-97
• Austin Graphic Arts Society. Board of Directors, 1990-91; regular member 1987-1993
• Ad2/Austin. Board of Directors, 1985-1987; Publications committee chairperson, editor and designer of quarterly newsletter, 1985-1987
• Who's Who Among Young American Professionals. Inducted 1992-93
• University of Texas, Visual Communications Association. Portfolio review committee, Spring 1992
• Center for Marine Conservation's Beach Buddy children's poster contest. Judge, 1989, 1990 and 1991
• Mead Paper Company's Mead Top 60 of '82. Award of Excellence for the publication, Denver Now
• Aurora, Colorado Human Relations Commission/Aurora Middle Schools art contest. Judge, February 1981

references: Available upon request

portfolio: Available for review

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