HI, I AM JOAN CAIRNEY,

I am a Chicago-based visual communicator, storyteller and art director with extensive experience bringing stories and projects to life and driving engagement.

Currently looking for a staff position with amazing colleagues who value - collaboration, continued learning, respect, integrity, laughter, the “what if” and “and then” mindset and are excited about life. Simple, yes?

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Art Director/Senior Graphic Designer
2018-present
JoanCairney.com
Editorial narratives on multi-channels with smart design.

Art Director, 2011-2018
American Planning Association
Chicago

Art Director/Senior Graphic Designer, 2008-2011
JoanCairney.com

Senior Art Director, 1998-2008
Chicago Tribune

Adjunct Instructor, 2006
Loyola University Chicago

Presentation Editor, 1997-1998
New York Times 

EDUCATION
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

AWARDS and GRANTS
Work recognized by Association Media & Publishing, the Society of News Design, Print Magazine Regional and Society of American Illustration.
Ike/Florence Sewell Scholarship Grant, SAIC Merit Scholarship

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