JOSEPH G MRUK

412.277.4568 | redbuffaloillustration@gmail.com

 

EDUCATION

Bachelor's in Fine Arts, California University of Pennsylvania, California PA. Graduated May 2010.

Dual major in painting and graphic design.

Fine arts skill set includes illustration, drafting, woodworking, printmaking and art history.

9 years’ proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Quark Express, and MS Office.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Freelance Illustrator for Red Buffalo Illustration, Pittsburgh, PA, Jan 2013 – Present. Worked with bands, venues, record labels, large events and small businesses to create commissioned images and media.

Gallery Attendant at The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, July 2014 – Sept. 2015. Attended to gallery security and the safety of museum property and private collections. Experienced with front desk duties and museum sales. Assisted in special events.

Drawing & Painting Instructor at Wash Arts, Washington, PA, Winter and Spring Terms 2014 - 2015. Taught children ages 9-12 and adults age 16+ in Principles of Drawing and Illustration. Utilized and gave demonstrations for a wide range of drawing and illustration materials, and offered individualized tutelage based on each student's strengths.

Clerk at Artist & Craftsman Supplies, Pittsburgh, PA, Jan 2013 – May 2013.Keyholder, opened and closed storefront. Worked floor and register, ordered materials, assisted in frame shop. Helped to rebuild store from ground up during store expansion.

Assistant Manager at The Exchange, Pittsburgh, PA, Dec 2011 – Jan 2013. Keyholder, opened and closed storefront. Coordinated a team of floor employees to execute daily tasks, managed payroll, schedule, and employee reviews. Trained employees on trade-ins, sales, returns, inventory processing, paperwork, filing and displays. Handled bank deposits and change orders.

Room Service Agent at The Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA, Aug 2011 – Dec 2011. Serviced guests of the hotel via room service orders, housekeeping and engineering requests, working register and performing various bookkeeping tasks, preparing spreadsheets for use in accounting department.

Customer Service Representative at Afni Inc., Tucson, AZ, July 2010 – Dec 2010. Serviced Verizon Wireless customers over the phone with general information, technical issues and price plan adjustments.

Graphic Designer, California University of PA, Spring 2007 – Spring 2010. Created promotional materials, flyers and programs for 15 individual exhibitions.

Gallery Director at Vulcan Gallery, California University of PA, Fall 2009 – Spring 2010. Responsible for curating exhibitions and delegation of duties for a six-person committee.

 

VOLUNTEER WORK

Instructor at the Warriors of the Lakota Foundation Summer Art Camp, a 5-day art camp for Lakota youth, ages 5-12, at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, SD, June 2014, June 2015, and June 2016. Worked alongside the Warriors of the Lakota Foundation to restore the honor and wisdom of Lakota culture by reinforcing essential Lakota core values through art projects, storytelling and discussions on Native American artifacts. Coordinated a team of art instructors to cultivate curriculum.

Set Designer for “Rustbowl,” a locally curated music and poetry event sponsored by Monalloh Foundry, Pittsburgh, PA.

Volunteer for “No More Deaths,” an organization promoting principles for immigration reform and humanitarian-based community growth, Tucson AZ, March – May 2010. www.nomoredeaths.org.

Volunteer at The Drawing Studio in Tucson AZ, June – November 2010.

Juror for art competition at California Area School District in California PA, July 2009.

Urban Renewal Project in Donora PA, Oct. 2008: “Consideration or Else” – Organized a group of students to convert unused municipal property into public art space.