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Renee Witherwax  
Creative/Print Designer/Art Director
I am a versatile and innovative art director/designer seeking employment with a graphic design studio, an advertising group, a stationery design company, or a publisher. I am also at home in the corporate in-house design setting and will gladly take on freelance projects, large and small. I have over 20 years of professional design experience in collateral and retail print media, stationery product design, display and illustration.
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{ PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE }

2007-Present :: FREELANCE ART DIRECTOR & DESIGNER
New Seasons Stationery, Publications International, Ltd., Lincolnwood, Illinois.
Sourcebooks, Naperville, Illinois.
Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights. Gold'N Pear Catering. Crepe Brothers Catering. Rogers Park Community Council. Greenleaf Arts Center. Rogers Park Business Alliance and the Glenwood Sunday Market. Duke's Bar. Senteamental Moods Specialty Teas. American Asset Management Services. The Side Project Theatre. All located in Chicago, Illinois.

1999-2007 :: ART DIRECTOR
New Seasons Stationery, Publications International, Ltd., Lincolnwood, Illinois.
I created stationery products including home office supplies, scrapbooks, photo albums and photo storage, memory books, keepsake boxes, journals, planners, diaries, note cards and invitations for the adult, infant, and tween markets. I worked with the CEO, marketing staff, creative directors, copy editors and production editors. Some of my design concepts were materials-based and many others utilized acquired art which I customized to individual projects. I also created original illustrations for several successful projects. I designed prototypes which were sent to China for fabrication testing. I extensively researched and compiled visual trend information and created presentation boards for our sales team. I hired and mentored employees who have gone on to make significant contributions to the company.

1995-1998 :: RETAIL GRAPHIC DESIGNER
True Value Company, Chicago, Illinois.
I designed circulars and point of purchase display for True Value Hardware. I created collateral materials, visual themes for special promotions and holidays, internet page design, and 3-D display units for the signature True Value Workshop Santa stuffed toy and Toys for Tots collection bins.  I collaborated with designers and manufacturers to create the Workshop Santa stuffed toy. I directed photography and style for circulars and other projects. 

1993-1995 :: RETAIL GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Montgomery Ward, Chicago, Illinois.
I designed print media advertising. I generated ideas for promotional events and graphics for print media. My designs were used for numerous logos and call-out icons. I designed POP package concepts. 

1990-1993 :: RETAIL GRAPHIC DESIGNER / DISPLAY ARTIST
Books & Co., Dayton, Ohio.
I designed and built graphics and 3-D environments to merchandise new and notable books. Display sizes ranged from table top displays to full window display environments. I actively participated in planning meetings for special events. My work was praised for contributing excitement to the culture of the store.

1985-1986 :: RETAIL GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Elder-Beerman Department Stores, Dayton, Ohio.
I designed daily newspaper ads and broadside supplements, catalogs, in-store flyers, posters, toppers, display graphics and invitations for company sponsored special events. I attended sales team meetings and worked with staff photographers, copywriters, buyers and special event coordinators.

1989-1990 :: ADJUNCT ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ART
Drawing and Visual Communication, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.
I taught three academic quarters of beginning and intermediate level drawing courses and three levels of introductory 2-D and 3-D design. I developed a new curriculum for the three academic quarters of Introduction to Design classes. I have also taught college and community level courses in printmaking and painting.

{ EDUCATION }

1989 :: Master of Fine Arts, Fellow, Printmaking. The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.
1985 :: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cum Laude, Printmaking & Painting. Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln.
Foundation Studies and 2-D Design. Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri.

{ DESIGN TOOLS }

Adobe CS5.5 and earlier :: Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. I have the ability to learn new programs quickly and easily. 

{ Further detailed chronological job history and excellent references available upon request. }
Renee Witherwax
Seeking
Full-time, Part-time, On-site, Off-site, Permanent position, Freelance/contract
Experience
Senior
Skills
Design, Art Direction
Industry
Print, Marcomm
POST DATE: 06.09.2019
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