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Jessa Wilcoxen

Jessa Wilcoxen

Assistant Professor of Digital Media

Year Started at GC: 2010
Email: jessa.wilcoxen@greenville.edu
Website: www.creativespark.com
Areas of Responsibility:

AIGA Greenville College Faculty Advisor
The Vista magazine Faculty Design Advisor

Education:

University of Memphis: Memphis, TN  May 2009
Masters of Fine Art (Graphic Design)

Bradley University: Peoria, IL  May 2006
Major: Graphic Design
Minors: Marketing and Business Management

Courses

Type and Image Design
Business Practices in Design
Introduction to Animation
Web Page Design
Specialized Studies in Design
Magazine Production
Exploring Communication Design in Nicaragua
Package Design
Image Design
Advanced Independent Studio
Introduction to Digital Media

Publications and Presentations

Publications Accepted
 Jessa Wilcoxen 2014. Prioritizing Design For Good In The College Experience. AIGA St. Louis Website
Jessa Wilcoxen 2012. Design For The Future Case Study. AIGA National Website, K12 initiative. 
 
Selected Exhibitions
 2014 Exhibited 1 piece in The Dot Show: An Art Party with a Cause Exhibition, St. Louis, Missouri.
2012 Exhibited 2 pieces in Shutterstock Pixels of Fury Design For Social Good Exhibition, St. Louis, Missouri.
 2012 Exhibited 1 piece in Central Illinois Ad Club Awards Reception, Decatur Illinois.
2012 Exhibited 2 pieces in American Advertising Federation ADDY Awards Gala, Peoria Illinois.
2011 Exhibited 1 piece in the International Digital Media & Arts Association Conference IDEAS Exhibition At Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah Georgia.
2011 Exhibited 1 piece in American Advertising Federation ADDY Awards Gala, Peoria Illinois.
 2008 Exhibited 6 pieces in Northwest Mississippi Community College Graduate Student Exhibition.

Campus Exhibitions
 2014 Exhibited poster, reflection cards, financial player, and logo.  Masaya: Reflections from Nicaragua Show, Digital Media Center Gallery, Greenville College.
2013 Exhibited Animation, Glitch Art Show, Digital Media Center Gallery, Greenville College. 
 2009 Exhibited 6 Digital Illustration pieces in Arkansas State University Faculty Art Show.

Conference Poster Presentations
Poster presented at the H-3 | Head, Heart, Hand AIGA National Design Conference, Minneapolis MN. Design Thinking on a Mission. Oct, 2013

Conference Talks/Panels
5/30/13 AIGA Board National Leadership Retreat, Philadelphia, PA. Engaging our Student Members and Educating Area Youth. 
4/12/13 Design Days, Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Embrace the Process.
 4/12/13 Design Days, Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Panelist.

Invited Seminars
 3/15/10 Maryville University of Saint Louis. Brainstorming Techniques For Designers.
 2/10/10 Indiana University South East University. Choosing The Right Hat.
 2/1/10 Youngstown State University. Choosing The Right Hat.
 12/15/09 University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Disadvantages To Flash Websites In Relation To Search Engine Optimization.
 12/2/09 College of Mount St. Joseph. Brainstorming Techniques For Designers.
 5/12/09 Arkansas State University. Work and Research of Jessa Wilcoxen. 


Directed Workshops 
4/13/13 Design Days, Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Motion Graphics Techniques in After Effects. 
2/11/10 Indiana University South East, Animating Typographic Systems in Adobe Flash CS4. 
11/13/09 Arkansas State University, Introduction to Digital Painting Techniques.  


Personal Honors and Awards see www.creativspark.com for visuals
 2013 Central Illinois Ad Club Member of the Month (March).
2010 ADDY® Bronze, American Advertising Federation Regional, ASU Design Student Show poster.

To View Student Awards Visit:  http://ist.greenville.edu/dm/student-awards/ 

 

Professional Affiliations

AIGA, American Institute of Graphic Arts
Decatur Ad Club

Related Experiences

I was employed as a designer and web developer for advertising agencies in the Memphis area before moving to Illinois to teach at Greenville College. I continue to offer variety of creative services in print, web, and interactive media through my business, Creative Spark, which has been in operation since 2005.

Jessa Wilcoxen has been an active member of AIGA, the professional association of design, since 2004. She is currently serving as Faculty Advisor to the student chapter, AIGA Greenville College, and Education chair to the professional chapter, AIGA St. Louis.

About Jessa Wilcoxen

Jessa Wilcxoen was employed as a designer and web developer for advertising agencies in the Memphis area before moving to Illinois to teach at Greenville College. She continues to offer variety of creative services in print, web, and interactive media through my business, Creative Spark (hyperlink www.creativspark.com), which has been in operation since 2005.

Jessa Wilcoxen has been an active member of AIGA, the professional association of design, since 2004. She is currently serving as Faculty Advisor to the student chapter, AIGA Greenville College, and Mentorship chair to the professional chapter, AIGA St. Louis.

My name is Jessa Wilcoxen and I became a Digital Media Professor at Greenville College in 2010. After graduating from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts (Graphic Design) and a minor in both Marketing and Business Management I moved to the Mid-South to earn a Master of Fine Arts (Graphic Design) at the University of Memphis. While living in Memphis, Tennessee I taught graphic design and interactive media at Arkansas State University and the University of Memphis and designed for advertising agencies and both local and national companies.

I have a wonderful husband, Travis Wilcoxen, who is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Millikin University. We were thrilled to return to our home state of Illinois and live closer to our families. We have some interesting pets, including a handsome black lab/husky mix, two salamanders, two newts, a leopard gecko, three turtles and an oversized lovable black pug.

Why I work at GC
I noticed during my first visit to campus that Greenville College is a special place. The small, caring, and supportive atmosphere is the perfect setting for allowing students to grow in their field of study and also their Christian faith. As a faculty member I also enjoy every opportunity for continued growth, academically and spiritually.

 

How I started working with Digital Media
At a young age I was passionate about art and utilizing my creativity to please others. While in high school, I became involved in the school yearbook and school website development and discovered that my talents were best suited for the digital medium. My mother is a retired special education grade school teacher so becoming an educator was a natural path.

How I use DM outside my role as professor
I have owned and operated Creative Spark since 2005, which has allowed me to consult and design for both profit and non-profit organizations.

My favorite aspect of my job
I love working one-on-one with students helping them brainstorm and mold the ideal design solution for the problem at hand. My job is most satisfying when students enter the job market or continue studies at the next level with the confidence and skills necessary for success.

 

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