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Full name

Jason F. Austin

Title

Fine artist, teacher, illustrator, graphic designer.

Location

Newark, DE

Blurb

Eat. Sleep. Read. Write. Paint. And draw. :)

Biography

Jason F. Austin was born in Livingston, NJ in 1981. He's been drawing ever since he's been able to pick up a crayon. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in Illustration from New Jersey City University, Jason worked for 10 years as a graphic designer at Vance Kitira International. During that time, he freelanced as a part time illustrator on children's books such as Junebug and the Gumbo Garden and SOAR. He also wrote and illustrated graphic novels including The Cosmic Samaritan and The Cassandra Effect. In 2020, he received his master's degree in fine art at the University of Delaware. He also taught painting and drawing class while pursuing his degree. Currently, Jason resides in Newark, Delaware.

Experience

Instructor of Record

University of Delaware

Newark, DE · 2019 – Present

Taught ART133, Drawing for Non-Majors.

Teaching Assistant

University of Delaware

Newark, DE · 2018 – 2019

Assistant for Lance Winn, ART133, Drawing for Non-Majors.

Substitute Instructor

University of Delaware

Newark, DE · 2019 – 2019

ART331, Intermediate Painting and ART231, Painting for Beginners for Peter Williams.

Full Time Monitor in Printmaking

University of Delaware

Newark, DE · 2019 – Present

Monitoring students in silkscreen, etching/relief studios, providing inventory for inks, emulsion, paper, gloves, tape and restocking products. Organize/cleaning silkscreen, etching/relief studios, digital labs and provide maintenance and printing management.

Illustrator

Self-Employed

Rockaway, NJ · 2016 – 2018

Illustrated and designed layouts for children’s books and graphic novels. Writing, penciling, inking, coloring, lettering, art editing, cover design, logo design.

Graphic Designer

Vance Kitira International

Little Falls, NJ · 2008 – 2018

Maintain the company’s website and organizes files related to print and website. Coordinate customers’/press requests for graphics through email and telephone.
Assist in sales at New York International Trade Gift Shows (exhibitor, customer service, display set up). Floor plans for show displays in Atlanta and New York.
Theme Boards: major account presentations (PowerPoint, Excel spreadsheets).
Manage calendars and schedules, prepare agendas, notices and minutes for corporate meetings. Order supplies needed for daily operations.

Print & Marketing Associate

Staples

New Castle, DE · 2019 – 2019

Cultivating relationships with customers, provide copy/print solutions, scanning, color or black and white copies, faxing, printing brochures, posters, banners, business cards, accessing documents from Cloud (Google Drive, Dropbox), book binding, presentations, manuals, booklets and documents.

Graphic Design Assistant

Glitterwrap, Inc

Rockaway, NJ · 2005 – 2005

Assisted designers in Photoshop and Illustrator for packaging design, gift wraps, novelties and paper/manufacturing products.

Print Production Assistant

Dolan-Wohlers

Boonton Township, NJ · 2002 – 2002

Assisted designers in prepress department. Printed brochures, posters, cards for clients, products related to print and marketing.

Night Warehouse Associate

Breakthru Beverage

West Caldwell, NJ · 2013 – 2018

Build orders for dock routes per invoice in a timely and accurate manner, load route trucks with product per the computerized schematics, perform daily inspection of assigned warehouse equipment and reports any deficiencies, safely and properly handling shipments and replenishment of product, move product by safely and responsibly operating material handling equipment including forklift, order picker, pallet jack, reach truck, keg fork dock stocker, slip-sheet lift, de-layer, clamp truck, double pallet jack and floor scrubber, as needed and perform cleaning and maintenance duties and reports any unsafe work area conditions.

Education

MFA in Fine Arts

University of Delaware

Newark, DE · 2018 – Present

BA in Graphic Design (specializing in Illustration)

New Jersey City University

Jersey City, NJ · 2002 – 2007

AAS in Graphic Design

County College of Morris

Randolph, NJ · 1999 – 2002

Awards
1999-2007 Dean’s List , New Jersey City University
1999-2002 R&R Marketing Scholarship , Breakthru Beverage
2002-2003 New Jersey City University Art Talent Scholarship , New Jersey City University
2005 Path Magazine – poetry prize winner , Path Magazine (New Jersey City University)
2018-2020 University of Delaware Graduate Scholarship Award , University of Delaware
Exhibitions
2020 Playing For Keeps (MFA Thesis Exhibition), The Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington, DE
2019 The Dangerous Perhaps (Group), Taylor Hall Gallery, Newark, DE
2020 Roadside Picnic (Group), Eichendorffstraße 5, Berlin, Germany
Specialties

Fine arts, Drawing, Painting, Illustration, Graphic Design, Layout Design, Adobe Software (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign). References and writing samples available upon r…, Creative writing

Skills

Microsoft Office (Excel, Powerpoint, Word), Windows 07, Outlook 2016, Adobe Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign), Fax Machines, Online electronic interfacing, Email, data access and transfer, Experienced with social networks, Painting, Drawing