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PROFILE PHOTOGRAPH

ONE PROFILE PHOTOGRAPH OF HUMAN ARTIST JOSEPH NICOLIA OF EARTH'S BEARD IN THE SUNLIGHT

INTRODUCTION

Human resident of the planet Earth (Western Spiral Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy), born in 1982 in Norfolk, VA. Currently situated in the suburbs of the Northern, VA, just outside of Washington, DC. Over 18 years experience as a freelance artist specializing in abstract expressionist painting, poster and album design, mark making and digital printmaking.

Influences include Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Raymond Saunders, Mike Mignola, David Carson, Futura 2000 and Dave Kinsey.

Not a great calligrapher but has a decent hand style.

 >>> WORKS//2017


EDUCATION

Graduated 2007 // Attended 2002 - 2007
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AFA - DIGITAL MEDIA DESIGN

Corcoran College of Art + Design*
*Closed 2014, Merged with GWU

Studied Digital Media Design, with a focus on digital printing and printmaking.

Attended classes part time while working full time as a Supervisor and then a Manager at Tower Records in Fairfax, VA. Also attended Northern VA Community College for 1.5 years in preparation for attending an art school.

The Corcoran College of Art + Design closed in 2014 and was merged with the George Washington University.

corcoroan.gwu.edu


WORK EXPERIENCE//HIRED

2014 - 2018
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IT SUPPORT SPECIALIST

OPTORO, INC

Reverse logistics and inventory optimization startup.

Administrative and technical desktop support for 200+ person startup in the heartof downtown Washington DC. Helped grow a team from 0 to 2 and establish functional processes for technical on-boarding and inventory acquisition. Worked with the company through an office move, and growing the total number of employees from about 80 to just over 200.

optoro.com


2007 - 2014
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ART TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST

CUSTOMINK.COM

ALSO
PRODUCTION ART PROCESS SPECIALIST
PRODUCTION ARTIST

Custom t-shirt printing service & production aggregator.

Internal technical support for 200 dedicated creative users, focusing on Illustrator and Photoshop, as well as font and asset management systems. Workflow development, new employee on-boarding/training and knowledge base record keeping, design and maintenance. Provided additional support on internal software tools and consultation on emerging technology. Started with the company was just over 100 in McLean, VA. At the time of departure, CustomInk had just exceeded 1000 employees.

Began work at their "entry level" as a Production Artist, responsible for pre-press optimization. Of the several titles above, one was invented in order to create a bridge directly between the production art department and the office technology department.

customink.com


2000 - 2005
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EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

TOWER RECORDS

ALSO
SUPERVISOR, BUYER, CLERK

Record, video and book store. Closed 2006.

Hiring manager for store number 822 in Fairfax, VA. Hired during “peak boy band” in December of 2000, while record sales were still strong and climbing. Hired as a clerk, promoted to supervisor and made hiring manager during internal management re-organization.

Witnessed the demise of the strongest record retailer in history first hand. It’s still kind of a sore subject.

tower.com
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_Records


WORK EXPERIENCE//VOLUNTEER

2015 - 2016
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LOGO DESIGN
DESIGN CONSULT

ROCKVILLE BIKE HUB

Community-focused bicycle advocacy and workspace/tool/knowledge sharing program for Rockville, MD.

General advising to founding board members, through branding and original posting of org website. Designed logo and brand guidelines, assisted with social media posting and assisted with early drafting of website. Helped create templates for various collateral items used in 2016.

rockvillebikehub.org


2015 - 2016
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DESIGNER
GENERAL SUPPORT

FIGMENT DC

Arts advocacy group, focused on interactive and experimental art in shared, public spaces.

General support and some graphic design for the 2015 event, including hosting some events and meetings to discuss event logistics and planning.

figmentproject.org
facebook.com/figmentdc


WORK EXPERIENCE//FOUNDING MEMBER

2013 - 2017
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LEAD DESIGNER
FOUNDER

THE FOLD

Shared art and pop-up gallery/venue space in Rockville, MD.

Real-world experiment in art resource and functional space sharing for the Washington DC area. Multi-use 3000sf studio, with rehearsals scheduled during evenings and art production spaces sharing the same floor.

facebook.com/foldvariate


2005 - 2007
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LEAD DESIGNER
CO-FOUNDER

STRANGELAND RECORDS

One of the last brick and mortar record stores opened while CD record sales were still viable in the USA.

Founded with fellow ex-Tower employee, attempted to push new technology and online presence to the forefront. A fairly quick death spiral ensued. During tenure, prior to store closing in 2018, was instrumental in day to day operations, was indispensable to all design and marketing efforts, along with developing a street team and online presence.

wayback/strangelandrecords.com


2000 - 2002
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LEAD DESIGNER
CO-FOUNDER

TEAM LANK PROMOTIONS

Promotions team for Washington, DC and other Mid-Atlantic area nightclub and rave events.

Pioneered online promotions presence during an era where social media was still growing into its initial platforms. Worked with group of 20-40 street promoters to canvas for events and helped manage the group, w/r/t admissions vouchers, transportation, etc.

wayback/teamlank.com


ARTWORK EXHIBITIONS

EPICURE CAFE | 2014 - 2016 | Fairfax, VA | Group Installations

RECREATIVE SPACES | 2013 - 2016 | Washington, DC | Group Installations, Work on Loan

THE FOLD | 2013 - 2017 | Rockville, MD | Mural Installations, Pop-up Installations

ARTOMATIC | 2012, 2014 | Washington, DC / Crystal City, VA | Open Submission Installation, Volunteer Work

ELECTRIC COLLECTIVE | 2011 | Washington, DC | Group Show/Electronic Music Event

SKATEISTAN | 2010 | New York, NY | Special Event, Online Auction

DI[E]CE BOUTIQUE | 2009 | Baltimore, MD | Pop-up Shop/Solo Installation

SPACE 88 | 2009 | Silver Spring, MD | Work on Loan

X IN DC | 2008 | Washington, DC | Design Contest Winner

STRANGELAND RECORDS | 2006 - 2007 | Annandale, VA | Mural Installation, Quarterly Exhibit Curation


REFERENCES

For personal and professional references, please e-mail irrezolut /at/ gmail /dot/ com