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Joseph Wesner (Deceased)

Professor, Sculpture

College for Creative Studies

"Her example set a barometer for excellence...compelled others to push forward and excel beyond their own expectations."

Work History

Emerald City Designs, Farmington Hills, MI (2010 - present)


Oversee and manage all Stationery Department business: Design and produce custom invitations, programs, menu cards, table numbers, and guest list scrolls for weddings, corporate and private events. Graphic design, copy writing and digital photography for The Poppy Shoppe marketing campaigns; created and produced advertisements for HOUR, StyleLine, Bride, and Ambassador magazines. Design corporate documents, brochures, and various marketing collateral materials. Utilize contemporary design coupled with traditional and timeless visual aesthetic senses. One-one-one contact with clients, dedicated to efficiency, customer satisfaction, and "exceeding client expectations."

Metro Parent Magazine and Publishing Group, Ferndale, MI (2009 - 2010)

Design Intern

Created interesting and innovative lay-outs and developed dynamic and effective advertisements for Metro Parent, Metro Baby, and African American magazines.

* Photographer of 2010 Metro Parent Cover Award Winners

Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Association (BBAC), West Bloomfield, MI (2008 - present) 

Novi Community Education, Novi, MI (2008 - present)

Art Teacher

Teach adult students the art of abstract painting. Students experiment with a variety of paint application techniques utilizing different tools to manipulate acrylic paint on canvas. Alternative mediums are encouraged. Contemporary and modern artists are introduced; color theory presented and works studied. Students are taught how to create an interesting composition using color, line, form and various textures. Design and implement art lesson plans, assignments and instruction materials for advanced learning. Take all necessary safety precautions to protect students, equipment, materials and facilities.

The Community House of Birmingham, Birmingham, MI (2008 - present)                    

Workshop Instructor

Introduced children ages 3 - 16 to the arts of plaster imprinting and abstract painting. Preschool students created original hand prints in plaster and decorated with paints, glitter, beads, etc. Junior high and high school students created original abstract paintings on a large canvas.

Park West Gallery, Southfield, MI (2006 - 2009)                                                   

Restoration and Conservation Artist

Employ numerous professional painting, retouching, repair and cleaning techniques to works on canvas and paper by world-renown artists such as Picasso, Chagall, Dali, Miro, Lautrec and Rembrandt, et al; assist gallery curator, embellishing, art handling and installation, framing and packaging, shipping and receiving, and inventory.

L'il Martians Playcare, Southfield, MI (2004 - 2006)                                                    

Preschool Teacher

Supervised the intellectual and emotional development of children ages 1 - 6; prepared curriculum and educational materials for Montessori-based learning environment focusing on teaching children pre-k skills, independent thinking and decision making, verbal expression and computation. Designed, compiled, typed, edited, and printed activities workbooks for employee child care center.

College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI (2002 - 2003)                                           

Chair Assistant, Fine Arts Department

Performed Administrative tasks as assigned including typing letters, data entry, photocopying, writing and sending faxes and emails; answered telephones; kept track of Chairman's appointments and ran errands. Assisted art students with photographic slide documentation, film, digital photography, graphic design and business card design; canvas stretching and priming.

Tangent Gallery, Detroit, MI (2002 - 2003)                                                        

Director's Assistant

Completed administrative tasks as needed; mailing lists, data entry, and accounting ledgers. National and international biographical research on artists including public relations for Tangent Gallery exhibitions; designed and produced promotional post cards for exhibiting artists. Reviewed artist slides, organized exhibition dates, and assisted with gallery installations; prepared for openings and assisted with sales.

Total Temps Graphics, Livonia MI (2000 - 2001)                                                         

Graphic Arts Assistant

Utilized digital photography, photographic retouching and computer input and output skills for tee- shirts, banners, brochures, signs, and promotional merchandise. Fulfilled clerical tasks as needed including data entry, bookkeeping, and receptionist duties.


Award-winning, multi-talented, and technically competent visual artist and designer seeks growth-oriented position in Graphic Design. Expertise in layout, illustration, logo design, digital imaging, digital photography, and print coupled with managerial and administrative skills. Fine arts foundation. Exhibit a keen sense of aesthetics, commitment to excellence, and avid motivation to succeed.


Ken Marten

Professor, Writing

Community Education of Royal Oak

" . . . clearly the best writer in the class."


Denise Fanning

Professor, Sculpture

College for Creative Studies

"Shylah excels in every medium she touches... exceptional work... highly impressive... elegant...innovative ...great capability."

"Highly impressive work ethic...always going beyond the call of duty...worthy of my strongest recommendation."


Jacob A. Brown

Web Designer/SEO Expert

Jacob Brown Designs

"I highly recommend Shylah as one of the most talented print designers I've ever come in contact with. Her ability to not only design eye-catching layouts but also manage aggressive time line oriented projects is simply remarkable and very rare. Any company would be lucky to have an asset such as Shylah. I'd recommend her any day."


Gilda Snowden

Professor, Painting

College for Creative Studies

"Shylah is intelligent, completely dedicated and personable...very self-motivated...hard working...intuitive...very serious about her career in the Arts."


Graphic design, painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, cooking, health and nutrition, exercise and fitness, biking, running, reading and traveling.


Skills and Qualifications

  • Computer Skills: MAC and PC proficient. Software: Adobe InDesign CS4, Adobe Photoshop CS4, Adobe Illustrator CS4, Adobe Acrobat CS4, Microsoft Office Suite, et al.
  • Design advertisements and marketing campaigns, corporate logos and identities, promotional materials, posters, fliers, brochures, stationery, post cards, business cards, packaging, and magazine layout for print.
  • Possess a working knowledge of the interaction between visual arts and graphic design including color theory, composition, and typography.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills. Ability to make stylistic, structural, factual, and grammatical corrections.
  • Administrative proficiency composing, typing, proofreading and editing general correspondence, memos, reports and PowerPoint presentations.
  • Ability to work independently, collaboratively, and facilitate the understanding of client needs. Agile in a fast-paced environment; interact as liaison between departments. Strong background in customer relations and satisfaction.
  • Solid academic history; committed life-long learner; superior recommendations.


Jose Zamudio

Creative Director

Metro Parent Magazine and Publishing Group

"Once again, Shylah, the photos are amazing. There is more work where this came from.  Good job!!!"


Joe Bernard

Professor Fine Arts

College for Creative Studies

"A cardinal amongst a flock of sparrows."