Desire a position with career growth potential that will effectively utilize acquired education, expertise, creative talents and commitment to excellence.

Work Samples

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  • Line Drawing Series - Vector Portraits

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Work History

Lara M. Russo 444 17th St. #802 Denver, CO 80202 Ph: 303-999-5139 Email: Objective Desire a position with career growth potential that will effectively utilize acquired education, expertise, creative talents and commitment to excellence. Education Marymount College of Fordham University Tarrytown, NY Bachelor of Fine Arts - Communication Design December 2002 Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Carbondale, IL Bachelor of Fine Arts - Industrial Design December 2004 Pratt Institute Brooklyn, NY Master of Professional Studies - Arts and Cultural Management May 2007 Professional experience March 2010 – Present Denver International Airport/AECOM - Denver, CO Public Art Program Support Technician Facilitates the administration of the public art selection process which includes coordinating RFQs , managing public art selection panels, coordinating meetings, communicating with artists and panel members. Assists in appropriate documentation and record keeping for the public art selection process. Assists in the administration of the public art collection maintenance program including performing maintenance and conservation reviews??, completing regular condition reports, supervising and coordinating the work of contractors, communicating with DIA staff regarding regular maintenance, performing minor maintenance, documentation and record keeping, meets regularly with DIA staff to coordinate and report on progress. March 2006 – March 2010 Renee Fotouhi Fine Art, LLC - New Rochelle, NY and Highlands Ranch, CO Managing Director of Design/Art Director Job entailed assisting major corporate, hospitality and private clients with their artistic and decorative needs and offering ideas for design, framing and installation. Utilized excellent organization skills and the ability to work on several projects at one time. Responsibilities included custom graphic art and design, pre-press editing and hard and soft copy proofing, coordinating high volume printing and framing (1000+ pcs) on all jobs, Internet research, archival research, utilizing a mastery level knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, project management for no fewer than four projects at any given time, staff management (staff of up to 8 between two states), an ability to work under pressure and communicate with all personalities. Responsible for spearheading a new location in CO and the initiative for expanding the growing business west. Responsibilities also included keeping and maintaining Ms. Fotouhi’s schedule, contacts, and personal appointments, arranging for her travel, assisting her while on business trips, and other general tasks. December 2004 – June 2007 Pier One Imports - Spring Valley, NY and Woodcliff Lake, NJ Assistant Store Manager Responsibilities included scheduling staff according to sales, opening and closing the store, tracking and following up on all customer orders, overseeing stock and processing, prescreening all applicants for the Store Manager, overseeing and assisting in store transitions in accordance with Visual Merchandise planner, overseeing, managing, and providing crucial training to a staff of 10+ employees, management of inventory control, adjustments to on-hand inventory, paperwork for transfer of merchandise from store to store, tracking sales and sales growth, motivating sales team, and other general office responsibilities. - Achieved “Pier 1 Gold Customer Service” status by receiving Associate of the Month honors on 4 occasions in 3 years. - Promoted to Assistant Manager from Associate level in less than 6 months. - Consistently lead team in sales. In June of 2005, was the winner of promotional incentive in which average ticket for the Pier 1 Credit Card was consistently higher than $600. January 2002 – March 2002 Universal One Productions - New York, NY Office Manager Included keeping coworkers on task, making sure office was organized at all times, making phone calls to clients, file and invoice maintenance, and general office duties such as filing, faxing, answering telephones, and Xeroxing. May 2001 – January 2002 Atrium Staffing - New York, NY Temporary Worker / Internship Candidate Condé Nast Publications 4 Times Square New York, NY 10036 Assistant to Beauty Sales Dept. – Glamour Magazine Included supporting a team of two top sales representatives for the publication, maintenance of all files, weekly sales reports, appointments, and general office duties such as filing, faxing, answering telephones, etc. Assistant Designer of Promotional Art – Vanity Fair Magazine Included supporting and doing preliminary and clean up design for a team of 5 promotional designers in terms of using a variety of different graphic programs to work up promotional designs for approval, readying designs for print, readying prints for presentation. Assistant to Fashion Dept. – GQ Magazine Included supporting a team of 6 fashion editors in terms of readying clothing for photo shoots, organizing and listing incoming and outgoing clothing, greeting and hosting models and photo shoot subjects including high profile celebrities and valued clientele. Thomas Publishing House 5 Penn Plaza New York, NY 10001 Web Site Facilitator /Data Entry Clerk/CSR Maintained data intensive section of business/website, fielded high volumes of incoming customer service phone calls pertaining to website, data entry and general office duties. Additional professional activities Personal web design Graphic and fine art/design (Both 2D and 3D including full room sized installations) Student Art Gallery Facilitator (Curated annual Spring Gallery ‘03 showing for BFA candidates) Skills TYPING: 92 words per minute. HARDWARE: IBM compatible, Apple/Macintosh. SOFTWARE: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Money, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Frontpage, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Project, Outlook Express, Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Acrobat, Macromedia Flash, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Entourage, Quark Xpress, HTML/DHTML programming, Java Programming. LANGUAGES: French (spoken and written) References Available upon request.


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