Steven Hughes

artist artwork
EDUCATION
Kent State University (KSU) - School of Visual Communication Design
Bachelor of Science + Master of Fine Arts; Graduated Summa Cum Laude
Major: Visual Communication Design with Concentration in IllustrationThesis: Painting heroes: using illustration to improve the standing of baseball in the inner city - Worked with Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Boys & Girls Club to develop a series of conceptual portraits designed to increase interest in baseball, among inner-city children, by highlighting the personal narratives of contemporary African-American baseball players.
Illustration Academy - Virginia Commonwealth University (Summer 2003 + 2004)
Studied with prominent artists and illustrators including Mark English, Gary Kelley, CF Payne, Anita Kunz, George Pratt, John English, Brent Watkinson, Josh George, Alexander Klingspor and Sterling Hundley. The program stresses conceptual thinking, ideation, self-promotion, business, research, experimentation, advanced media techniques and real world deadlines.

GROUP SHOWS
2012 - The Art of Baseball, George Krevsky Gallery (San Francisco, CA)
2011 - The Art of Baseball, George Krevsky Gallery (San Francisco, CA)
2011 - Student Annual Exhibition, School of Art Gallery, Kent State, (Kent, OH)
2011 - Illustration West 49th Exhibition, Nucleus Gallery (Alhambra, CA)
2010 - Small Works Exhibit, The Downtown Gallery (Kent, OH)
2007 - 49th Annual Exhibition, Society of Illustrators (New York City, NY)
2006 - Images of Kent and Northern Ohio, McKay Bricker Gallery (Kent, OH)
2006 - Northern Ohio Illustrators Society Show, Sandusky Cultural Center
2006 - The Female Figure in Art, Gallery 324, (Cleveland, OH)
2005 - Senior Show, School of Art Gallery, Kent State University (Kent, OH)
2004 - 46th Annual Exhibition, Society of Illustrators (New York City, NY)
2003 - Illustration Academy Group show, Anderson Gallery (Richmond, VA)

HONORS & AWARDS
Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art & Design, Issue 22
American Illustration 26 + 27 (chosen for website exhibition)
Society of Illustrators New York 46 + 49 Annual Exhibitions
Society of Illustrators Los Angeles 43 / 44 / 46 / 49
2006 West Virginia Flash Festival - Second Place - Professional Website
Silver + Bronze Awards – 2005 Portfolios.com Competition
3x3 Magazine 2003 + 2004 Student Competitions (3 Merit awards)
CMYK Magazine (issues # 23 / 24 / 25 / 27 / 49)


EXPERIENCE
_Adjunct Instructor (2005–present) - KSU School of Visual Communication Design_Primary Hughes Illustration (2003–present) Freelance illustration and fine art business.
Clients include: Ohio Magazine, Cleveland Magazine, Scene Magazine, University of Dayton, Threadless.com, Design By Humans and paintings for galleries and private commissions._Graduate Assistantship (2003–2005) - KSU School of Visual Communication Design _Art Department Internship (2002) - The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, OH