Lauren Curtis

Lauren Curtis Art

Franklin Park, NJ, USA
Being a full time freelance artist/designer is a dream come true & I look forward to working with new clients across the globe to make their visions come to life for businesses & creative projects! I have many years of artistic experience, beginning with receiving a BFA in illustration, painting & graphics from Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers) in 1988.
Since then I've continued to expand my visual art career. I enjoy creating fine artworks for exhibits & also respect the artistic needs of my clients, striving to create work that will make them happy. I currently exhibit around the country, and am represented by galleries in NJ & MA. Creating from my personal experiences, which includes traveling and shooting photos that depict the essence of a particular place, is something I continue to explore and I've also been commissioned to create paintings, illustrations, graphics, marketing/promo materials and photography for clients from across the US & abroad. The medium I use depends on the project; I work with photography, oils, acrylics, watercolors, pen & ink, & computer graphics (Photoshop, Wordpress).
Illustrating for craft & greeting card companies, publishers/authors and historical organizations is another way I earn income doing what I love and I have extensive experience in marketing/fundraising as well as creating marketing and promotional pieces for medical offices, non-profit organizations and small businesses. I pride myself on meeting deadlines, keeping in regular communication with my clients, being able to work in my own studio in an organized fashion and producing work that pleases my clients & collectors! Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
I look forward to working with you!

Work Experience

Circle Fine Art Gallery

Gallery Consultant

art sales, marketing to clients, setting up art exhibits
September 1988 - April 1992 Woodbridge, New Jersey, United States

NJ Environmental Federation

fundraiser

fundraiser, marketing
April 1992 - April 1998 New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States

Ex-L Design

Textile designer/artist

Hand drawn and painted children's textile designs
June 1998 - June 1999 Edison, New Jersey, United States

Advanced Physicians Group

Marketing coordinator

organized doctor's lectures, generated new patients, designed marketing and promotional materials, marketing concepts & new business generation
June 1998 - November 2008 Somerset, New Jersey, United States

Lauren Curtis Art

Visual artist & freelance graphic design & illustration

I'm now a full time freelance & exhibiting visual artist. I do my own marketing and promotion, exhibit my paintings and photography across the US & work with clients throughout the US & abroad. I have my own lines of greeting cards and t-shirts as well.
New Jersey, United States

Education

Rutgers University

BFA

Majored in painting and illustration with photography and design courses
September 1984 - June 1988 New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States

Parsons The New School For Design

Certificate in Graphic Design

Honors Graphic Design Program
March 1984 - June 1984 New York, United States

Languages

English (Native),
French (Beginner),

Awards

Ray Bradbury Award

1st Prize, Visual Art

2010

East Brunswick Arts Commission

1st Prize, Photography

2011

Benjamin Franklin Award

Photography Award

2011

East Brunswick Arts Commission

Hon. Mention Photography Award

2012

Skills

Adobe Photoshop, Blogging, Digital Photography, Graphic Design, Hand Drawing, Illustrating, Marketing, Ms Word, Painting, 35mm Photography, Mixed Media, Promotional Design,

Full Art Resume

Published & Commissioned Works
*Gallery representation: Gallery U, NJ,2012-present; Artisanal Gallery, NJ,2009-present (solo shows);
Caladan Gallery, MA,2005-present (awarded solo shows); Through the Moongate, NJ, 2004-present.
* Hired to create art lesson plans for the Sydney Art School in Australia, 2012.
*Several pieces commissioned for website for Norwegian real-estate company, 2010.
* Illustrations for historical organizations including the Middlesex County Cultural &
Heritage Commission and the Joyce Kilmer Centennial Commission. 2003-present.
*Artwork commissioned by Chartpak for international crafter exhibitions in Texas &
Chicago, IL. February-July, 2004.
*Artwork for national greeting card & crafter companies, US & international authors/publishers, 1999-present.
*Children’s textile design for X-El Design. 1998-1999.
*Artwork, design, poetry & artist interviews in US & international publications, 1994 - present.
*Paid Internship and graphic design projects for Amos Eno Gallery, NYC, NY;
Including gallery ad design for Art Forum Magazine. 1987.

Awards & Recognitions
* Honorable Mention Cash Award, East Brunswick Juried Art Fest, East Brunswick, NJ, June, 2012.
* Hon. Mention, Green Acres: It’s All Yours! Photo Contest, NJDEP, Trenton, NJ, Dec. 2011-Jan. 2012.
* Featured Artist, Science Channel’s Oddities TV show, Leftfield Pictures., NYC, NY, Dec.2011-June, 2012.
* 1st Place Award for Photography, E. Brunswick, NJ Juried Art Fest, June, 2011.
* "Benjamin Franklin Award", 5th Annual Juried Art Fest, Franklin Park, NJ.  Winning
photo in month-long exhibit, July-August, 2010.
*1st Place Winner, 26th Annual Ray Bradbury Art Contest, Waukegan Public Library,
Waukegan, IL, April, 2010.
*Accepted as member of the Highland Park Artist Collective, Highland Park., NJ, 2010-present.
*Selected for a Summer 2009 Solo Exhibit, Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters, NJ.
*Artwork & letter published in Art Calendar Magazine, Nov., 2009.
*Member of the Arts Council of Princeton, October 2007-present.
*Historical painting in permanent collection, Joyce Kilmer Library, Edison, NJ, August, 2007.
*Judge’s Honorable Mention Award, Franklin Township NJ Juried Exhibit, July,2007.
*Selected as Artist-of-the-Month, North Brunswick Dept. of Parks, Recreation &
Community Services; awarded solo exhibits, April, 2006 & March, 2007.
*Winner of The Pauper art group’s Logo Competition, November, 21. 2005.
*Honorable Mention in Photography, Highland Park, NJ Arts Fest, Sept. 24, 2005.
*Artwork received 2nd Place Award in magazine art contest, Nov.1, 2004; Honorable
Mentions & publication in photography & poetry competitions (NYC & TX), 2004-2006.
*Interviewed for arts/cultural videos, DVDs, books, NY/NJ/CA cable TV shows. 2003-2011.
*Elected Board Member (2003-2005) & exhibitor; Visual Arts League, NJ, 2002-2007.
*Artwork featured on several on-line galleries; awarded solo exhibits, 2001-present.
* Newspaper features: The Star Ledger, Oct., 2001; The Princeton Packet, Feb. 2005;
The Home News, June 2005,July 2007, Nov. 2008;The Sentinel, March 2007, Time Off, Jan. 2011.
*Art selected for covers of publications, including On The Go Magazine,1999, 2000;
Take-Care Connections, 2004; Circle of Stones Journal, 2004; Inner Realm,2007, 2008.
*Member: Red Bank, NJ Art Alliance,1998-2000; Morris Area Arts Council, 2004-2007.
*Certificate from graphic design honors course, Parsons School of Design, NY. 1984.
*Participated in over 95 solo, group & juried exhibitions throughout the U.S. & in B C,
Canada; pieces in private collections in the US, UK, Holland, Denmark, Norway. 1984-present.

Education
*”SmART Business Coaching” art-business courses; New York, NY. 2003-2006.
*BFA, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
Majored in painting and drawing. Graphics & Photography courses. 1984-1988.
*Parsons School of Design, New York, NY. Received certificate for honors graphic
design course. 1984.
*DuCret School of the Arts, Plainfield, NJ. Drawing and color theory courses. 1983.