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

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EXPERIENCE
JoanCairney.com
Art Director/Senior Graphic Designer
(2018-present)
Editorial narratives with smart design.

American Planning Association
Chicago
Art Director (2011-2018)

JoanCairney.com
Freelance Art Director
(2008-2011)

Chicago Tribune
Chicago
Senior Art Director (1998-2008)
Art director (1995-1997)

Loyola University Chicago
Adjunct Instructor (2006)

New York Times 
New York
Presentation Editor (1997-1998)
 

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
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.