Sam Washburn

Illustrator / Designer / Educator

Oklahoma City, OK, USA
Sam Washburn is an illustrator and designer who has been working professionally since 2009. An avid doodler since the age of five, Sam loves teaching and exploring new methods of art production.
Sam has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. He is obtaining his Master of Fine Arts degree from the College of Fine Arts and Design at the University of Central Oklahoma.
His work has been recognized by American Illustration, 3×3, Creative Quarterly, the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, CMYK and the Oklahoma City American Advertising Awards.

Work Experience

University Of Central Oklahoma

Teaching Assistant Course: Illustration Two

Spring Semester, 2018 University of Central Oklahoma

Assisted in teaching and grading of Illustration Two Course. Items covered included illustration processes, critical thinking, and different illustration methods including digital and manual production.
January 2018 - May 2018 Edmond, Oklahoma, United States

University Of Central Oklahoma

Teaching Assistant Course: Design Foundations Four

Spring Semester, 2018 University of Central Oklahoma

Assisted in teaching and grading of Design Foundations 4 course. This course concerned teaching design fundamentals like critical thinking, conceptual development, research, and analytical skills in the 3-Dimensional Realm.
January 2018 - May 2018

University Of Central Oklahoma

Teaching Assistant Course: Character Design

Fall Semester, 2017
University of Central Oklahoma

Lead teaching and grading of Character Design Course, which included projects and lessons based on concept development, anatomy,
and research. Extensive diversity of concept development was encouraged along with feedback on process and idea generation.
August 2017 - December 2017

University Of Central Oklahoma

Research Assistant STLR Melton Logo Project

Spring Semester, 2017 University of Central Oklahoma

Worked on team of three with faculty and an undergraduate to design logo and branding guidelines for the Melton Gallery at UCO. Primary duties involved guiding undergraduate through process and contributing to group efforts overall.

Oklahoma Christian University

Adjunct Faculty Course: Illustration Two

Spring Semester, 2017 Oklahoma Christian University

Taught undergraduate students in an Illustration Two Course. Topics covered included the history of illustration, character design, narrative illustration and book cover illustration.
January 2017 - May 2017 Edmond, Oklahoma, United States

University Of Central Oklahoma

Teaching Assistant Course: Design Foundations Two

Spring Semester, 2017 University of Central Oklahoma

Assisted in teaching and grading of Design Foundations Two Course, including leading weekly drawing exercises and aiding in grading and teaching of 2-Dimensional design and fundamentals of color design.
January 2017 - May 2017

University Of Central Oklahoma

Teaching Assistant Course: History of Graphic Design Three

Fall Semester, 2016
University of Central Oklahoma

Assisted in teaching and grading of Design History Three Course, including weekly assignments and essays centered around Design History from 1940 to today.
August 2016 - December 2016

University Of Central Oklahoma

Teaching Assistant Course: History of Graphic Design Two

Spring Semester, 2016 University of Central Oklahoma
Assisted in teaching and grading of Design History Two Course, including weekly assignments and essays centered around Design History from 1890 to 1940.
January 2016 - May 2016

University Of Central Oklahoma

Teaching Assistant Course: History of Graphic Design One

Fall Semester, 2015
University of Central Oklahoma

Assisted in teaching and grading of Design History One Course, including weekly assignments and essays centered around Design History up to 1890.
August 2015 - December 2015

University Of Central Oklahoma

Research Assistant Project: Editorial Cartoon Catalog

Spring Semester, 2015 University of Central Oklahoma

Worked on assets for Editorial Cartoon collection show, including helping to develop research posters and a show catalog.
January 2015 - May 2015

Education

Washington University In St. Louis

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design

Major: Communication Design with a focus on Illustration
Minor: Art History
August 2005 - May 2009 St. Louis, Missouri, United States

University Of Central Oklahoma

MFA in Graphic Design Candidate

Expected graduation date: May 2018
January 2015 - May 2018 Edmond, Oklahoma, United States

Awards

Communication Arts

Shortlisted- Illustration Annual

2018

Oklahoma City American Advertising Awards

Silver, Visual: Illustration, Single Category

2016

Oklahoma City American Advertising Student Awards

Two Addy Awards, Student: Cross Platform Category

2016

3x3 Annual No. 11

Honorable Mention

2014

3x3 Annual No. 10

Published Selection

2013

American Illustration 32

Chosen

2013

Creative Quarterly 33

Winner

2013

Creative Quarterly

Creative Quarterly 29 Runner Up

2012

Society Of Illustrators Of Los Angeles

Inclusion in Illustration West 49

2011

CMYK

CMYK 47 Top 100 New Creatives

2010

Skills

Education, Graphic Design, Illustration, Illustrator, Photoshop,

Partial Client List

The New York Times, Reader's Digest, St. Louis Magazine, the St. Louis Beacon, New Jersey Monthly, St. Louis Small Business Monthly, Bandolier Group LLC, The Capital, Screen Stories, Fire Hydrant Creative Services,Where's it At Media LLC, Pixie Stuff LLC, River Styx Magazine, Washington University in St. Louis, QMobius, CoCollective, Fleishman-Hillard

Conferences

Co-Presenter
Twelfth International Conference on Design Principles & Practices 2018 March 5-7th, 2018

Co-Presenter
Oklahoma Research Day 2018
March 9th, 2018
Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Presenter
Oklahoma Research Day 2017
March 3rd, 2017
Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Presenter
2016 SECAC Conference
October 19-22nd, 2016 Roanoke, Virginia

Presenter
Oklahoma Research Day 2016
March 11th, 2016 Northeastern State University

Co-Presenter
Oklahoma Research Day 2015
March 13th, 2015 Northeastern State University

Attendee, Seller
ICON 7: The Illustration Conference
June 15th-17th, 2012 Providence, Rhode Island

Attendee, Seller
ICON 6: The Illustration Conference
July 14th-17th, 2010 Pasadena, California

Organizations

Executive Director of Education
American Institute of Graphic Arts Oklahoma Chapter
Member: October 2014-present Board Member: 2016-present
Attend monthly meetings and promote organization at various events throughout Oklahoma. Board membership has included work in promotions and acting as Executive Director of Education since 2017.

Member
OKC Midtown Rotary
July 2014-present
Attend weekly meetings and engage in various events within the community, including volunteering, charity and making art for the yearly “Spelling Bee(r)” fund raiser.