Sheli Petersen


Omaha, NE, USA
When I'm not designing, illustrating, or teaching, I'm out biking and birding.

Work Experience


Book Design and Illustration • 2003 - present
Create illustration, design, and concept art for publishers and exhibitions. Clients include Cricket Media, McGraw-Hill, Renaissance House, Laredo Publishing, Highlights magazine, Rigby, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Bulletin, Arté Publico, and the National Heritage Museum. Extensive knowledge of character design, story boarding, and technical aspects of book design.

2D Game Art
– Fussy Kid, Independent Game Developer • 2013 - 2015
Created character design, background art, and animation.

– Assistant Professor of Art, Peru State College • Fall 2014 - present
Teach a wide range of courses including Typography, Visual Identity, Web Design, Motion Graphics, and Illustration. Provide resume and portfolio building opportunities for students. Manage Graphic Design program. Coordinate community outreach and recruiting for Art Program.

Art Direction
– Peru State College Design Studio • 2016 - present
– Rivier University Design Internship • 2003 - 2013
Manage on-campus design internship, in which emerging designers and illustrators concept and create web and print collateral for campus clients, non-profit organizations, and regional businesses.

Digital Skills
Extensive knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite. Knowledge of Dreamweaver, HTML, CSS, Blender, and After Effects.

Traditional Skills
Extensive knowledge of drawing and collage techniques. Knowledge of acrylic and watercolor, animation, photography, and print-making techniques.

Typography and Visual Systems
Extensive knowledge text formatting, type hierarchy, page design, and history of typography.

Professional Organizations
AIGA - Nebraska
Member • Fall 2014 - present

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
Illustrators' Critique Group Leader • 2012 - 2014
Member 2007 - present

New Hampshire Creative Club
Steering Committee Member 2012 - 2014


Savannah College Of Art And Design (SCAD)

MFA in Illustration

Georgia, United States


Society Of Childrens Book Writers & Illustrators

Grand Prize, IA-SCBWI Conference Intensive Workshop


Nebraska - AIGA Show

Bronze Award for Illustration


New Hampshire Creative Club

Creative Excellence


New Hampshire Art Association

Grand prize winner of Currier Museum of Art Juried Exhibition



Adobe Creative Suite, After Effects, Animation, Book-Making, Character Design, Colored-pencil, CSS, Cut-Paper, Hand-lettering, HTML, Public Speaking, Storyboarding, Typography, Watercolor,