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Here are your candidates for Regional Representatives. All voting will be done electronically. If you are a Guild member at the Professional level you will receive a ballot by email for the representative(s) in your region. If you do not receive a ballot, please contact Paula.

Balloting ends August 23, 2021, at midnight ET; 11 PM CT; 10 PM MT; 9 PM PT. Results will be announced by August 25, 2021.

 

New England Representative

Joe Kandra

Joe Kandra


Joe has served the Graphic Artists Guild in the following role:

NE Associate Rep 2020-2021
Guild Member since 2018

Bio:

I’ve been creating my whole life. Growing up with an art teacher/watercolor artist mother gave me a great head start on my art career.

I have been a graphic designer for over 35 years. For the majority of that time, I was an in-house designer for large high-tech corporations. I worked on everything from brand identity to booth displays, infographics to explainer videos, web design to animated annual reports. The past few years I have been transitioning to a freelance designer/illustrator/cartoonist and have found the Guild a great resource for all the information I didn’t know I needed to know to be an independent artist.

Statement of Interest:

I hope to continue expanding the Guild’s presence in New England and further outreach in the Guild’s pillars of Advocacy, Community, and Resources.

 


East Region Representative

Katy (Katherine) Marshall

Katy MarshallCreative Director for Medallion Retail


Katy has served the Graphic Artists Guild in the following positions:

East Region Associate Rep: 2018-2019
East Region Rep: 2019-2021


Bio:

After graduation from Pratt Institute with a BFA/Honors in Painting, Katy worked in the design industry for a variety of agencies. She established Craneco Studio in 2000, where she had the opportunity to assist a diverse group of clients in establishing and growing their brands. Craneco Studio enjoyed a 10-year relationship with jeweler Judith Ripka and functioned as the sole provider of design for Columbia University’s Interactive Services Department. Katy has also had the pleasure of establishing branding for Columbia University’s School of General Studies Dual Global BA Degrees. Her work has been recognized and honored by the New Jersey Advertising Club’s Annual Jersey Awards. 

Katy is currently the owner of Craneco Studio in New Jersey and has been a member of the Graphic Artists Guild for three years. She has also been a member of the NY Art Director’s Club, the NJ AD Club, and Ceres Gallery, a women’s art collective in SoHo. 

Katy lives with her husband, 3 children, and 5 cats in a house designed in 1905 by George Bertrand Mitchell, a well-known Art Director, Painter, and Illustrator.

Statement of Interest:

As the Principal of my own design business, I struggled for 16 years. Although I knew of the Graphic Artists Guild, I wasn’t aware of the Guild itself as a resource for support and information and knew only of the Graphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing and Ethical Guidelines (PEGs). I think of those 16 years as an intense period of untrained, impromptu torch juggling. Luckily, I didn’t drop any torches or unwittingly start any fires, and the sparks that flew were easily stamped out. 

Perhaps some of the stress of future business owners in the graphic arts field could be alleviated before it even begins. As East Region Rep for the Guild, I’d like to be a spokesperson and champion for the Guild and would do so with a primary focus on the college and just post-college age bracket with a dual purpose of education about and enrollment in the Graphic Artists Guild. Improved and enhanced messaging and advertising materials can increase awareness of the Graphic Artists Guild within the potential membership population and boost enrollment. 

Let’s decrease torch juggling and help young designers, freelancers, and small business owners be successful from the get-go!

 


Midwest Region Representative

James Bratten

James Bratten


James has served the Graphic Artists Guild in the following role:

Midwest Region Representative


Bio:

James Bratten started doing freelance design in 2006 while working toward his BFA in Graphic Design and Illustration at Southeast Missouri State University. Upon graduating in 2008, he expanded his client base to all corners of the US and relocated for a short while to Chicago before moving back to Missouri and settling in the Columbia area. Since graduation he has worked for clients in just about every corner of the design world imaginable, doing everything from children’s book illustration to concert poster design and screen printing. In addition to freelance, he has also worked as creative director for a sign shop and t-shirt printing company. After joining the Guild in late 2019, he quickly accepted the opportunity to serve as the Midwest Regional Representative, a position he is hoping to reprise for a second term.

Currently, James works as lead graphic designer for Bucket Media in Columbia, MO, as well as pursuing his freelance career as SkinnyD Creative Studio, where he specialized in print design and operates a screen printing studio out of his basement with the assistance of his wife of 12 years, his 10-year-old son, 5-year-old daughter, and a plethora of small animals. When not working on something creative, he enjoys tabletop roleplaying games, reading novels, and playing video games with his kids.

Statement of Interest:

As Midwest Region Rep for a 2nd term, I intend to grow our team within the region, with hopes to add Associate Reps from each of our 13 represented states.

 


South Region Representative

Terrence Moline

Terrence Moline

Founder and Head Listener at African American Graphic Designers


Terrence has served the Graphic Artists Guild in the following role:

Associate Southern Representative


Bio:

Terrence Moline lives by design. He resides at the corner of marketing and art by utilizing his skills to create identities, communities, and communication.

With 25+ years of industry dedication, his illustration, strategy, and design have helped raise the profile of community causes and educational organizations.

Terrence is also the Founder and Head Listener at African American Graphic Designers (AAGD.co), the largest collective of AA/Blk designers who collaborate while growing as a family.

Statement of Interest:

As South Region Representative, I believe I can provide a streamlined and focused approach to building a creative community while illustrating the finer cultural aspects of the South.

 


West Region Representative

James Stowe

James Stowe

illustrator • graphic designerabsurd cartoonist


James has served the Graphic Artists Guild in the following roles:

West Region Rep 2018-Present
Mentoring Chair 2020-Present
Podcast Committee 2020-Present
Advocacy Committee 2020-Present


Bio:

James Stowe is an experienced illustrator, arts educator, and marketing professional with over twenty years of expertise developing print and web materials through brand design, concept/trend design, layout design, cartooning, animation, and illustration. He has served as an art director and creative director for an international manufacturing company and has maintained his own freelance illustration business, James Stowe Illustration, for the past eight years.

Driven by a passion to engage and promote his industry, James has spent the last decade volunteering to better the design community. In 2016 he joined the Tacoma Arts Council in his adopted hometown. In 2015 he created a weekly social hour for creative professionals called the Freelance Fandango that continues to meet regularly. In 2018 James joined the Graphic Artists Guild and immediately jumped into the role of representative in the West Region.

Since accepting the position the West Region has become one of the fastest-growing and most active regions in the Graphic Artists Guild, due in large part to the dedication and hard work of the region’s four Associate Reps and the West Region Administrator, Tamara Kelly. The West Region now hosts two online events a month as well as maintaining the weekly Freelance Fandango gathering that has grown into a national online event sponsored by the Graphic Artists Guild.

Statement of Interest:

James greatly appreciates the opportunity to work with the wonderful members of the Guild in his role as the West Region Rep and hopes to continue to do so faithfully for the next two years.

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