Dan Brawner (2007) – Chair of the Graphic Design Department – BFA Graphic Design (1983) Middle Tennessee State University; MA Illustration (2003) Syracuse University; MFA Illustration (2007) Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford
Nashville-native, Dan Brawner, creates idea-based art that reaches a wide audience through its appearance in print and multimedia. Commissioned by Saatchi & Saatchi, Hal Riney & Partners, McCann-Erickson, and Porter Novelli, Dan’s clients have included: BASF, Bridgestone, Children’s TV Workshop, Coca-Cola, HCA, Kellogg’s, KFC, Simon & Schuster, Sonic, WGBH-Boston, and Zanies. His character designs have even marched in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Book projects include The Prayer of Jabez for Kids, named by Publisher’s Weekly as the best-selling children’s book of 2002. Published work has garnered awards from Advertising Age, American Ad Federation, American Illustration, Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, Illustration West 45, Print, Society of Illustrators, and Society of Illustrators-Los Angeles. Work has been juried into American Illustration’s Distribute, Illustration 50, and 3x3’s Annual #5. In 2005, Brawner won Best of Show at Huntsville Museum of Art’s Red Clay Survey, while recent drawings and books have been exhibited at Billy Shire’s Fine Art Gallery, Gallery Nucleus in Los Angeles, and IAGO’s El Libres de Artista Ilustrados in Oaxaca, Mexico. In 2010, Dan was honored with a Graphis New Talent Annual Top Instructor Award.
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Judith Sweeney O’Bryan (2009) – Assistant Professor – BFA Graphic Design (1980) Parsons School of Design, New York- (2006) M.A.T., Belmont University, Nashville, TN.
Before moving to Nashville in 1987, Judith spent 12 years working for advertising agencies in Manhattan. Her professional experience includes: Assistant Art Director at Dancer, Fitzgerald, Sample, Art Director at Kallir, Phillips & Ross, and Senior Art Director at Sudler & Hennessey (Healthcare division of Young & Rubicam). For the past 16 years Judith had been principle owner / creative directorof Sweeney O’Bryan Design, a graphic design studio which provides brochures, annual reports, corporate identities, branding, and advertising for both regional and national clients.
Steve Wilkison (2011) — Associate Professor — A veteran of the music industry, Steve Wilkison has been designing and developing websites, eCards, digital press kits and other interactive media for over fifteen years. He has worked with artists such as Willie Nelson, Keith Urban, June Carter Cash, Guy Clark, Nickel Creek, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Chely Wright and many more. Wilkison owns and operates Digital Vision Media, an award winning website, interactive and multimedia design and development company based in Nashville.
Joel Anderson – Ringling School of Art & Design— Joel is an Emmy-winning designer and owner of Anderson Design Group, in Nashville. Since 1993, his firm has focused on branding and publication design for clients such as Golden Books, National Geographic, DreamWorks, Universal Studios, Capitol Records and others. His studio produces classic poster design series, including Spirit of Nashville & Soul of America.
Giada Coppi – MA Information Design (2007) University of Reading (UK). Giada is a partner of LS Design-Milan. In the summer of 2009 she moved to Nashville and opened a new LS Design office. She previously taught graphic design at IED (European Design Institute) and was a teaching assistant at the Politecnico of Milan. Coppi is a board member of AIGA-Nashville and currently serves as Vice President of Programming.
Travis Foster – Ringling School of Art & Design (1989). Travis studied at Ringling in Sarasota, Florida where he gradated with a degree in illustration. An experienced illustrator who has been commissioned by firms and agencies all across the country, Travis’ work has been seen on magazine covers, posters, greeting cards and large-scale advertising.
Angela Lee – BFA Design Communications (1997) Austin Peay State University; M.A. Coorporate Communications (2004) Belmont University; MFA Visual Arts (2011) Azusa Pacific University.
Kathy L. Tange-duPre, CEBS – BFA (2008) Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. Kate has 20 years of experience in the writing, design, and production of employee communications. Kate has won gold, silver, and bronze awards for BPS&M from the International Association of Business Communicators. She has published articles in the “Journal of Commerce and Industry”, “Healthline,” “American Society of Healthcare Risk Management” and has worked with a wide range of organizations including organizations based in England, Australia, South Africa, and Singapore. She holds and MBA, a BBA in finance, and a BFA in graphic design.
graphic design advisory board
David Carson - David Carson Design (New York City, South Carolina)
Jody Cates - Gish Sherwood & Friends (Nashville)
Gail Anderson - SpotCo. (New York City)
Robynne Raye - Modern Dog Design (Seattle)
Art Johnsen - Locomotion Creative (Nashville)