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Michelle D. Wise  
Art Direction, Graphic Design, Fine
I am currently the owner and principal of Chelan Creative art and design studio in Asheville, NC. I have spent the past 30+ years in the graphic design and communications fields at the City of Gresham, Oregon as Senior Graphic Designer. Previously, I worked at The Oregonian Publishing Company. I have also been the Director of News Graphics, Design and Visuals Editor and illustrator in three major market news organizations (Portland, OR; Atlanta, GA; Orange County, CA; Mesa, AZ) creating branding, informational graphics and publications design for print and web. 

I am looking for freelance opportunities as an Art/Creative Director, Graphic Designer for companies that value high end, beautifully crafted collateral. I enjoy thoughtful collaboration and creative strategy with a team. I value hard work and success for the clients I work with.
My goal is to create dynamic, beautiful and effective visual information for clients to promote their products and services.

Chelan Creative Studio, Asheville, NC
Principal and owner, private freelance studio for graphic design, photography, fine art and color consultation. 

City of Gresham, Gresham, OR
        Senior Graphic Designer within the City’s Communications Division. 
        Created specialized and advanced design/graphics for print and web applications; 		      
        advised City staff on the visual direction of graphics and design collateral as well 
as photography and video. Administrator of City’s Digital Asset Managment system.

1991- 2013
The Oregonian, Portland, OR
	Visuals Editor, Homes & Gardens of the Northwest 
	Chief News Designer, Sunday A1 and Special Reports 
	Department Head, Graphics Director for News 

The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Atlanta GA
	Assistant News Art Director, Graphics Coordinator, Graphic Artist, Illustrator

The Orange County Register, Santa Anna, CA
	News Graphics Specialist

Tribune Newspapers, Cox Arizona Publications, Mesa, AZ
	News Graphics Editor, Illustrator, Designer

The Palladium-Item, Richmond, IN
	Advertising Art Director, News Graphic Artist


Ball State University, Muncie IN     
	Bachelor of Science Degree  
	Major: Fine arts with an emphasis on painting and printmaking
Indiana University East, Richmond, IN
	Associate Degree in Liberal Studies  
	Major: Fine arts with an emphasis on painting
Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana
	Intensive Fine Arts program 
	Major: Fine arts with an emphasis on painting, printmaking and photography
Continuing education and seminars
	Adobe MAX 2016 Conference; University of Oregon; Poynter Institute for Media 	 Studies; Rhode Island School of Design/Time Magazine workshop; Portland 			Community College


Peter K. Bhatia 
Editor and Vice President
Detroit Free Press
Detroit, MI 48226
313 222-6873

Therese Bottomly
Director of News 
The Oregonian Media Group 
Portland, Oregon 97201 

Eric Newton
Innovation Chief/Cronkite News
Professor of Practice Walter Cronkite
School of Journalism and Mass
Arizona State University

Wendy Lawton
Con Brio Communications
Principal and owner
Phone: 401-837-6055

Proficient to expert in Adobe Creative Suite applications (InDesign, PhotoShop,  Illustrator, Bridge, Lightroom, Acrobat DC, Muse); QuarkXPress; Microsoft (Word, Excel, Powerpoint); iMovie, iDVD, Photo Mechanics 

Gardening, fishing, kayaking, traveling, hiking and social media
Michelle D. Wise
Part-time, Off-site, Freelance/contract
Art Direction, Design
Print, Publishing
POST DATE: 07.01.2024
Asheville, NC
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