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Joshua Kulchar

Artist & Designer

Grand Rapids, MI, USA
A "Young Gun" creative making his mark by doing what he loves and doing it well.
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Mar 2013Present
Visual Designer
Privileged to be a part of nationally recognized design team.

Focus Areas:
Film editing
Art Direction
Front End Web design
Editorial and Print Design

*Full Circle Designers are always taking on a handful of challenging projects that constantly test skills as well as give us opportunity to refine new ones.
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Jun 2010
Independent Graphic Designer & Creative Consultant
• Logo and Identity Design, Branding - individual and corporate clients
• Print Design, Wedding Invitation Suite Design, Poster Design, Ad Design
• Graphic Design, Flash Animation, Illustration, Drawing, Hand Drawn Typography
• 2012 – Worked with the Inter/section branding firm -Traverse City, MI: worked from creative briefs on deadline driven branding projects ranging from summer camps and cultural centers to Inc. 500 companies.
• 2013 – Worked with Bittersweet Creative Group – Washington D.C.: worked from creative briefs as illustrator, art director, and designer on short films for the American Hospital Association.
• OTHER NOTEABLE WORKS: 2012 Grand Rapids Marathon Ad Campaign; 2011 Collaboration with stylist Nicole Janowicz – Wardrobe Graphics for the Backstreet Boys, 2011 NKOTBSB Tour
Allendale, MI, USA
May 2009Mar 2013
Senior Designer
• Copy Writing and other Marketing/Advertising creation
Logo/Brand Identity development for restaurants, programming, and products
• Ad Campaign concepting and design – Web, Print, and Outdoor ad experience
• Design layouts, event posters, brochures, newsletters, invitation suites and many other print materials and auxiliary promotional items - ranging from corporate to student relevant
• Creative insight & creative problem solving, art direction, Campus Dining brand management
• Community Manager for Campus Dining’s social media presence through Spreadfast app software
• Work with professional printing companies, sustainable materials and pre-press
• Managing, creative direction, and mentoring of a graphic design intern who works 25 hours per week.
• Attended Franklin Covey Leadership Purpose Training - May 2012, and 5 Choices of Extraordinary Productivity - Jan. 2013
Allendale, MI, USA
Aug 2005Apr 2011
Bachelor of Fine Arts - Art & Design - Illustration
-Received my BFA in Art & Design with an Illustration emphasis.
-Emphasis in Advertising, PR & Communications

Although I was undecided until applying to the GVSU Art program at the Calder Art Center my sophomore year I appreciate the extra time I spent at Grand Valley as I was able to broaden my studies and take on an emphasis in Advertising, PR & Communications

The BFA program at Grand Valley yields ambitious creatives trained formally and conceptually for careers in the visual arts, who possess broadly transferable skills of inquiry, reflection, critical analysis, dialog, and expression.
Apr 2008
Calder Art Department
Best Foundations Portfolio
Apr 2009
Branstrom Fine Arts Competitive Scholarship
Apr 2010
Branstrom Fine Arts Competitive Scholarship
Apr 2010
Zankel Scholarship
Faculty nominee
Acrylic Painting, Adobe Indesign, Art Direction, Branding, Conceptual Design, Conceptual Development, Copy Writing, Creative Direction, Drawing, Fine Art, Flash Animation, Graphic Design, Hard Ground Intaglio, Ideation, Identity, Illustration, Lithography Sheets, Logo Design, Metalsmithing, Multimedia, Photo Editing, Photo Gravure, Print Design, Printmaking, Screen Printing, Soft Ground Intaglio, Storyboarding, Water Color Painting, Wedding Stationary Design, Wood Cut, Wood Shop Experience
Additional Information
• Behance Action Method user; Also trained and certified in Franklin Covey planning system.
• Attended Franklin Covey Leadership Purpose Training, May 2012
Immersed in everything art & design*
Committed to the task & loyal to the craft

*My Blog:
Freelance Work Examples
2013-14, Hired as Art Director/Creative consultant for Long Road Distillers | Grand Rapids, MI
-2013, Worked as a freelance designer for Turnstone (a Steelcase brand)
-2012-'13, Short film Illustration and Design work for client American Hospital Association through Bittersweet Creative Group, Washington DC
-2013, Branding for Sheena Vogel Photography
-2012, Art Direction and Graphic Design for the 2012 Grand Rapids Marathon Ad Campaign - Project Director: Adam Barr
-2012, Logo design and Branding for Eagle Group Packaging
-2012, Graphic Design and Branding work for the branding firm Inter/section out of Traverse City, MI
-2012, Identity package/Logo for Human Service Solutions, LLC - Dudley Spade: Private Consultant
-Nicole Janowicz: Stylist for the Backstreet Boys- 2011, BSB T-shirt Graphic designs for the 2011 NKOTBSB Tour
-Sheena Learned and Paul Vogel- 2011, Wedding monogram & Invitation suite
-Calcaska (band) - Speciality Merchandise design