Casey Shaw portfolio

Artist, Designer, Educator
web site:


Berkshire-Hathaway Media Group, Fredericksburg, Virginia, July 2016 - present.
Designer and Copy Editor for Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star and Culpeper Star-Exponent and Discover magazine. Edit stories, write display copy, create in-house ads, design pages, access AP and wire material to create daily and weekly newspaper products

Adjunct Professor, Germanna Community College, Fredericksburg, Virginia. Sept. 2016 - present
Currently teaching three art classes including Introduction to Computer Graphics, Computer Graphics I and Computer Graphics II which incorporate Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign to explore fine art, illustration and design applications and create portfolio samples.

Art First Gallery, Fredericksburg, Virginia, May 2013 - present.
President. Organization, planning and budgeting for a 33-year old 28-member artist's co-op gallery in historic downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia. Also act as press liaison to create all press releases, internal and external print and digital calendar listings and other publicity, advertising and public relations materials necessary to promote monthly openings and the overall gallery.

USA TODAY / USA WEEKEND Magazine, McLean, Virginia, 1995 - December 2014
USA WEEKEND was the second largest circulation magazine in the country. Inserted in more than 800 American newspapers, it reached a circulation of 22.5 million homes and 50 million readers each week. The magazine was closed with the last issue of 2014.

My responsibilities and jobs covered a wide range, including:

    Managing Editor, Creative Director and Creative Manager. Oversaw designers, photo editors and copy editors to create national award-winning editorial content on deadline and on budget.

    Web Site Designer and Manager. Helped develop some of the earliest sites on America Online and then helped launch a number of our company's initial web sites, blogs, widgets and other interactive initiatives. I created and updated content for the web and mobile devices using a wide variety of content management systems. I also conducted training for other staffers in areas like copyright and search engine optimization.

    Senior Assignment Editor, Online and Print. Responsible for the content product's headline and display copywriting, in addition to editing a column for the print magazine and the web site. I also initiated and edited many online-exclusive features.

    Print Designer. Designed thousands of article pages for the publication. In addition, I also designed logos, sales-support materials, PowerPoint presentations and much more.

    Illustrator and Cartoonist. Contributed dozens of drawings, including cover designs, winning several national awards in the process.

    Ancillary Products Manager. Complete responsibility for creating and marketing books, calendars and other ancillary products based on the magazine's content. I handled all the budgeting, printing, fulfillment, distribution and marketing for these products.

    Internship Coordinator. Supervised and trained college-level interns in web, print and graphic design.

Browning & Co., Houston, Texas, 1990 - 1995
Art Director for a legal graphics firm. I worked with some of the top attorneys in America to create visual storytelling for multi-million dollar civil trials. My demonstrative evidence helped persuade judges and juries in particularly complicated litigation. I also designed all marketing materials for the company. High-profile cases included the Tylenol poisonings in Chicago, Exxon vs Mobil patent litigation and trademark cases for The Limited.

Learning Technologies, Inc., Dallas, Texas, 1987-1990
Art Director. Designed graphical user interfaces for computer-based learning games, plus packaging design.

Richland College Learning Resources Center, Dallas, Texas, 1984-1986
Graphic Designer. Created a wide range of graphics and visuals, including posters, brochures, course schedules and other support materials.

Mulberry Square Productions, Dallas, Texas, 1982-1984
Cartoonist, Illustrator. Helped create movie producer/director Joe Camp's Benji comic strip, syndicated to 15 countries by New York Times Special Features Syndicate and the Field Syndicate.


Art and computer graphics, Adjunct Professor, Lone Star College - North Harris, Houston, Texas (multiple semesters, as many as three studio courses per semester)
Drawing and cartooning, Teacher, Young Explorers summer program, Sidwell Friends School, Washington, DC
Copyright and trademark introduction for artists, seminar, Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, Houston, Texas
How search engine optimization works, seminar, USA WEEKEND Magazine, McLean, Virginia


BFA, cum laude, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
    Major: Advertising Art/Graphic Design; Minor: Journalism
    Dean's List multiple semesters
    Staff member, North Texas Daily (student newspaper) and Street Level News (off-campus)
    Internship with Don Ivan Punchatz' Sketchpad Studio
    Studio courses included painting, drawing, design, printmaking, illustration, photography, package design, advertising art and physics of light & holography
MFA, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
    In addition to residency program at Syracuse campus, curriculum included study on location with artists, illustrators, designers and agents in New York, Boston and San Francisco. Instructors during residency program included Murray Tinkelman, Larry Bakke, Philip Meggs, Geoffrey Moss, Roger DeMuth, Herb Tauss and Isadore Seltzer
    Master's thesis: The influence of Don Ivan Punchatz' Sketchpad Studio on the development of professional illustrators in Texas and the southwest. This thesis was also the basis for a later cover story in Rough, the official publication of the Dallas Society of Visual Communications.
JD, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas
    Elective studies concentrated in areas related to artist's issues, including copyright, trademark, licensing, computer law, contracts and federal income tax.
    Phi Delta Phi, honorary academic legal fraternity
    Intellectual Property Students Organization, Environmental Law Students Society, John Black Moot Court
    Internship with Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts
    Authored papers include Using medical visuals as an advocacy tool in litigation and Is demonstrative evidence evidence? A demonstration of the need for a clarification of terms associated with demonstrative evidence
    Member of the American Bar Assn.
    Member of the Texas Bar

Graduate, Stanford Professional Publishing Course, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
    An intensive summer program for professionals in publishing and new media. Faculty included's Jeff Bezos, Cosmopolitan's Helen Gurley Brown, Texas Monthly's Gregory Curtis, Hearst Magazine's John Mack Carter and Univ. of Texas' David Garlock.

Graduate, Zenger-Miller Leadership Development Series, Gannett, Inc., McLean, Virginia
Graduate, Gannett Leadership Development Program, Gannett, Inc., McLean, Virginia
Undergraduate freshman studies, Dean's List, San Antonio College, San Antonio, Texas
Computer science, Richland College, Dallas, Texas
Computer graphics, Brookhaven College, Dallas, Texas
HTML, Advanced HTML, Westlake Training Center, Washington, DC
Flash 4, FigLeaf Software, Washington, DC
Art history, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Summer study in literature, University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland


American Graphic Design Awards (multiple), Graphic Design USA Magazine, juried
American In-House Design Awards (multiple), Graphic Design USA Magazine, juried
Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington Awards and Exhibitions, juried
Clarion Awards from the Nat'l Assn of Women in Communications, juried
Dallas Society of Visual Communications Awards and Exhibitions, juried
Regional Group Shows (multiple), Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, juried
Houston Art Directors Club Awards and Exhibition, including a Gold Award, juried
Illustrators Club of DC, VA and MD Awards and Exhibitions, juried
Illustrators Club exhibitions included shows at The Charles Sumner School, Washington, DC; the Art Institute of Washington galleries, Rosslyn, VA; and at PEPCO's Edison Place Gallery, Washington, DC
National Headliner Awards, juried
Print Regional Design Annual, Print Magazine, juried
Society of Publication Designers Awards Annual and Exhibition, juried
Society of Publication Designers "Spots" Awards Annual and Exhibition, juried
Exhibited at the Aronson Galleries, Parsons School of Design, New York City, as part of Society of Publication "Spots" competition winners
Photography Annual, Communication Arts Magazine, juried (designer credit, not photographer)
Uniquely Fredericksburg exhibitions, juried, ribbon winner in digital art (multiple years)
Uniquely Stafford exhibition, juried, ribbon winner in digital art (multiple years)
University of Mary Washington centenniel celebration exhibition, juried, ribbon winner in digital art
Voertmann Exhibition, Univ. of North Texas, Denton, Texas, juried
President's Circle Award winner, USA Weekend Magazine
Exhibition of Cartoon Art, Ohio State Univ., Columbus, Ohio
First Annual Exhibit of Whurk Magazine Cover Art, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Fredericksburg Fine Arts Exhibit, Dorothy Hart Center, juried, ribbon winner in pastels
Featured artist, Virginia Welcome Center exhibit created by the Fredericksburg Visitors Center
Invited by the White House to design an egg for the First Lady's Easter Egg Roll. The egg is now part of the Smithsonian Permanent Collection.
Member, Art First Gallery, on-going monthly installations, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Solo show, "FXBG," Studio A Gallery, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Solo show, "Fredericksburg Sketches," Art First Gallery, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Monthly visual columnist, "Fredericksburg Sketches," Front Porch Fredericksburg Magazine

Other Art Exhibitions, Non-Juried
Demonstrative Evidence Specialists Assn, Chicago; Kerrville Folk Festival, Kerrville, Texas; Bellaire Arts Festival, Bellaire, Texas; Grapevine Main Street Days, Grapevine, Texas; Carrollton Square Art Fiesta, Carrollton, Texas; Cowtown Marketplace, Fort Worth, Texas; Duncanville Lakeside Artfest, Duncanville, Texas; Farmers Branch Folklore Show, Farmers Branch, Texas; Huffines Art Trails, Richardson, Texas; Plano Balloonfest, Plano, Texas; Seaworld of Texas, San Antonio, Texas; Audubon Park Arts Festival, Garland, Texas; Graphics Group Show, Richland College, Dallas, Texas


City and Regional Magazine Awards, through Univ. of Missouri School of Journalism, (Judge for cover design and magazine spread categories, multiple years)
American Jewish Press Assn., (Judge for cover design and overall magazine design categories, multiple years)
American Veterans of Foreign Wars national newsletter awards (multiple years)


Adobe Creative Suite, incl. Acrobat Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign and Flash, Quark XPress, HTML, FTP, CCI Newsgate, BBEdit, CSS, Blogger, Typepad, Wordpress, Powerpoint, MS Word, MS Excel, iMovie, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, some Javascript, Omniture SiteCatalyst web analytics, Google Analytics.

All images copyright 2015 Casey Alan Shaw