Education, Organizations & Recognition
Illinois Institute of Art - Bachelors of Fine Arts
Graphic Design - President's List / Summa Cum Laude
Illinois State University - College of Fine Arts
College Panhellenic Council (Illinois State University)
Vice President Recruitment, Recruitment Counselor
Delta Gamma Fraternity
President, vp membership - Tampa Alumnae Chapter
ritual advisor, membership advisor - University of Tampa
Cristaux International - 2017 Stormie Award: Obsessively Organized
The arts have always been deeply embedded in my everyday life. In fact, this passion has been with me since I was in grade school. It was Disney’s The Little Mermaid that inspired me to become an artist. I engulfed myself in art books, explored various mediums, joined art clubs, and enrolled in advanced studio art classes.
Initially, I pursued a major in Fine Arts at Illinois State University with a vision of becoming an animator. However, after exploring various creative fields I eventually discovered my true calling was graphic design. I later completed my degree at the Illinois Institute of Art - Schaumburg, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design.
ART & BRAND DIRECTOR BY DAY. Today, I am the Creative Director for a prestigious awards manufacturer based in Chicago, as well as a freelance designer on my own time. I specialize in corporate identity, branding, layout design, illustration and special event invitations. I also have a weird passion for typography that not many people “get”…one might even call me a font hoarder.
I consider myself a natural leader and enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience with other artists and designers, as well as feed my own insatiable need to learn. It is my professional goal to always stay on top of the latest trends, techniques, materials and software in the graphic design field.
FINE ARTIST BY NIGHT. I love to create things. My preferred medium is oil paint, but I also do acrylic paintings, hand drawings, digital photography & sculptures. Most of my original pieces are available for purchase, as well as prints through my shop.
I work with all budgets, so do not hesitate to contact me with inquiries and commissions. Regardless of the project, I find it exciting to witness the progression of designs coming to life from a simple concept to its full fruition.
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These are my areas of concentration in communication design and fine art.
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SPECIAL EVENT STATIONERY
WEDDING INVITATIONS & DESIGNS
CORPORATE IDENTITY & BRANDING
ADVERTISING & MARKETING
PRODUCT DESIGN & PACKAGING
FINE ART PAINTINGS & DRAWINGS
ADS & MARKETING
All works are the intellectual property of Renee Baran-Hickman (Baran-Hickman Design) and may not be reproduced without the specific and formal consent of the artist.