Hi, I'm Joan Cairney,
I am a visual communicator, storyteller and art director with extensive experience bringing stories and projects to life and driving engagement.

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Art Director/Senior Graphic Designer
Editorial narratives with smart design.

Art Director, 2011-2018
American Planning Association

Art Director/Senior Graphic Designer 2008-2011

Senior Art Director, 1998-2008
Chicago Tribune

Adjunct Instructor, 2006
Loyola University Chicago

Presentation Editor, 1997-1998
New York Times 

Art director, 1995-1997
Chicago Tribune

University of California, Berkeley 
BA History of Art

Additional studies: California College of Arts, San Francisco; School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Continuing Studies; The Second City Chicago, and Victory Gardens Theater

Work recognized by Association Media & Publishing, the Society of News Design, Print Magazine Regional and Society of American Illustration.

Grants for personal work:
Ike/Florence Sewell Scholarship Grant, SAIC Merit Scholarship

MORE than the BIO: I am an open-water swimmer throughout the year in Lake Michigan.