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GWEN  PARTIN
4708 Brent Avenue  ·  Inver Grove Heights  ·  MN 55076
gpartin@comcast.net  ·  http://www.gwenpartin.com  ·  home 651.641.8663  ·  cell 651.276.4160

EDUCATION
·  MFA : Academy of Art College, San Francisco, CA, 1984
·  BA, Art Studio : Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA, 1982
·  Certificate, Marketing and Communications : San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, 1986
· Continued education : Discover Graphics Atelier, Alexandria, VA; Pyramid Atlantic, Riverdale, MD; Lee Arts Center, Arlington, VA; Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN; Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis, MN; Split Rock Arts Program, St. Paul and Cloquet, MN; Botanical Illustration at Como Conservatory, St. Paul, MN; Bell Museum of Natural History, Minneapolis, MN; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Dakota County Technical College, Rosemount, MN, 2002 to present
Adjunct Faculty: Visual Art and Design
· Serve as primary instructor and program manager for the Visual Art and Design A.A.S. degree and diploma
· Courses taught: Drawing, Painting, Illustration, Visual Communications, Visual Design (2D Design), Typography, Layout (Advertising and Publication Design), Creative Problem Solving, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Electronic Publishing, and Portfolio (capstone)

Como Park (Marjorie McNeely) Conservatory, St. Paul, MN, 2002 to 2006
Drawing Instructor: Botanical Arts and Illustration Program

Freelance Commercial Artist, St. Paul, MN, 2001 to 2007
Designer and Illustrator for various projects specializing in corporate identity and packaging

UpFront Productions, Inc., St. Paul, MN, 1999 to 2001 Art Director / Senior Designer
· Designer, art director and illustrator for design projects including corporate identity and branding, logo design, retail packaging, exhibits, displays, signage, publications, media kits, brochures and web sites.
· Key accounts: D’Amico & Sons, Caribou Coffee, and Lawson Software
· Led a team of graphic designers to develop consistency and continuity of design for each client.
· Trained and mentored junior designers.

Alpert & Alpert, Inc., Herndon, VA, 1994 to 1998  Art Director
· Designer, art director and illustrator for design projects including annual reports, publications, media kits, brochures, exhibits, conference materials, corporate capabilities and identity packages, and web sites.
· Key accounts: T. Rowe Price, Siemens, IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)

Freelance Commercial Artist, Bethesda, MD, September to December, 1994
· Commissioned projects including assignments with Creative Options in Washington, DC and Alpert & Alpert, Inc.

Calvert Group, Bethesda, MD, 1988 to 1994  Art Director
· Maintained and promoted corporate image through design, illustration, and production management of newsletters, sales literature, product marketing kits, displays, advertising, annual reports, brochures, and corporate communications materials.
· Directed designers and in-house production staff. Recruited hired and trained production/marketing assistants.
· Negotiated and managed relationships with printers and designers and managed quality control.
· Managed multi-million dollar printing and advertising budget.

Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Institute (SEMI), Mountain View, CA,
1984 to 1988  Senior Marketing Specialist
· Coordinated production operations of in-house art department, acted as liaison between managers and designers, printers and other suppliers in the production of publications and supporting collateral materials, and conducted marketing surveys and analysis.

OTHER RELAVENT EXPERIENCE
Volunteer or Internship
· Guest Speaker: Community Resource Pool Career Class presentation at Eden Prairie High School, Eden Prairie, MN, 2000
· Art Start Volunteer: A community service program of AIGA Washington DC for bringing awareness to elementary school children in the possibilities of art as a career, 1997
· Teaching Assistant: Academy of Art College, San Francisco, CA, 1983–84
· Editioning Apprentice: Kala Institute, Berkeley, CA, 1984

Collaborations in Printmaking and Book Arts
· 1997 Portfolio: Access Print Studio at Lee Arts Center, Arlington, VA
· 1998 “Route 29 Artists Book”: Access Print Studio at Lee Arts Center, Arlington, VA with a project grant from the Arlington Commission for the Arts
· Visual Journal Collective: various book collaborations

ART RESIDENCIES
· Artist at Pine Needles — a residency program sponsored by the St. Croix Watershed Research Station (a division of the Science Museum of Minnesota), Marine on St. Croix, MN, 2005
· Paw Print Studios, Lake of the Woods, MN 2005

AFFILIATIONS/MEMBERSHIPS
· Highpoint Center for Printmaking
· Minnesota Center for Book Arts MCBA
· MCBA Visual Journal Collective
· Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association NEMAA, Minneapolis, MN
· Northrup King Building, Minneapolis, MN
· Visual Artists Focus Group — networking group for twin cities artists
· Ciblings — informal group of children’s book illustrators

EXHIBITIONS
Portfolio of work samples available upon request.
Juried Shows
· June All Media Membership Show, The Art League, Alexandria, VA, 1996
· July All Media Membership Show, The Art League, Alexandria, VA, 1996
· American Landscape Show, The Art League, Alexandria, VA, 1996
· Arlington Showcase IV, Ellipse Arts Center, Arlington, VA, 1996
· October All Media Membership Show, The Art League, Alexandria, VA, 1996
· Small Works Show, The Art League, Alexandria, VA, 1996
· Color Drawing Show, The Art League, Alexandria, VA, 1996
· Living With Art, The Art League, Alexandria, VA, 1997
· April All Media Membership Show, The Art League, Alexandria, VA, 1997
· Fourth Annual Juried Fine Art Exhibition, League of Reston Artists, Reston, VA, 1997
· July All Media Membership Show, The Art League, Alexandria, VA, 1997
· American Landscape Show, The Art League, Alexandria, VA, 1997
· April All Media Membership Show, The Art League, Alexandria, VA, 1998
· 23rd Annual Member’s Juried Exhibition, Bloomington Art Center, Bloomington, MN, 1998
· Arts in Harmony 2000, Elk River Area Arts Council, Elk River, MN, 2000
· Landscape: Defined Refined, The Art Collective, Minneapolis, MN, 2001
· Extremely Minnesota, Robbin Gallery, Robbinsdale, MN, 2001
· Grand Opening Exhibit, Pierre Bottineau Community Library, Minneapolis MN, 2003
· Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Shows, State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, MN, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009

Solo Exhibitions
· Prints & Pots, Lee Arts Center, Arlington, VA, 1997
· Field Botanicals and Birds, Birchwood Cafe, Minneapolis, MN 2003

Awards
· Third Place Award: American Landscape Show, The Art League, Alexandria, VA, 1996
· Equal Merit Award for Printmaking: Fourth Annual Juried Fine Art Exhibition, League of Reston Artists, Fairfax, VA, 1997
· Award of Merit: 23rd Annual Member’s Juried Exhibition, Bloomington Art Center, Bloomington, MN, 1998
· Honorable Mention: Arts in Harmony 2000, Elk River Area Arts Council, Elk River, MN, 2000
· Third Place Award in Print/Drawing/Photo, NEMAA Fall Fine Arts Show, Minneapolis, MN, 2002

Invitationals / Studio Events
· Working from the Ghost Without Spirits, show of non-toxic water-based monotypes, Lee Arts Center, Arlington, VA, 1996
· Carpe Diem: 28 Printmakers, Creative Partners Gallery, Bethesda, MD, 1997
· Summer Salon ‘97, Ellipse Art Center, Arlington, VA, 1997
· Art on the 7th Floor, Washington Design Center, Washington, DC, 1997
· Open Studio Salon Shows, Lee Arts Center, Arlington, VA, 1997–1998
· Saint Paul Art Crawl, Visual Artists Focus Group, Minnesota State Arts Board, St. Paul, MN, 1999–2001
· The Foot in the Door Show, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN, 2000 and 2010
· Saint Paul Art Crawl, Visual Artists Focus Group, Greatwaters Brewery, October 2000
· Show of Access Print Studio portfolio, Kennedy Center Staff Cafe, Washington DC, 2000
· Light, The Art Collective, Minneapolis, MN 2002
· Logan Park Neighborhood Show, The Art Collective, Minneapolis, MN 2002
· Saint Paul Art Crawl, Visual Artists Focus Group — Northern Warehouse, October 2002
· Idyllics, Franklin Bank, Minneapolis, MN 2004
· Luxury Home Tour, House 6, Kyle Hunt and Partners, Medina, MN 2004
· New Beginnings, instructors from the Botanical Art and Illustration Program, Como Conservatory, St. Paul, MN, 2005
· Pine Needles Artists 5th Anniversary Exhibit, Stillwater Public Library, 2007
· NEMAA Silent auction, Northrup King Building, Minneapolis, MN, 2009
· The Foot in the Door Show, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN, 2010
· Art-A-Whirl, Northeast Minneapolis, MN, every May from 2000 to 2011
· Art-Attack, Studio 447, Northrup King Building, Minneapolis, MN, every November from 2000 to 2011
· NEMAA Fall Fine Arts Shows, Grainbelt Bottling House, Minneapolis, MN, 2001 to 2010

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