Creativity can be learned, but you must decide to live it!

Dave Martinez



Office Address: Art Department, College of Arts and Humanities, UTPA, 1201

W. University Dr., Edinburg, Texas 78541-2909.  Phone (956) 665-3480





Post Graduate Study, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1/98 - 5-98. Graphic Communication/Teaching Practicum. No degree sought.


M.F.A., The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 9/95 - 5-97. Visual Communication.


B.F.A., Eastern Michigan University, 9/88 - 6/90. Graphic Design.


A.D., Washtenaw Community College, 1987, Commercial Art.





8/17 – Present

University of Central Arkansas

Visiting Assistant Professor

Commitment includes 3 courses per semester including 2D design.


4/16 – 2/18



Selling Life Insurance


9/16 – 8/17

Century 21 Affiliated


Sales and Buyers Agent, HUD Sales


8/04 – present

University of Texas-Pan American

Teaching commitment includes courses within a BFA & MFA Graphic Design Program. Thesis Committee member, Honors Program, and Blackboard online teaching.


8/13 – 12/13

Northwestern State University


Taught two undergraduate courses in Graphic Design.


9/02 – 5/04

Southern Arkansas University

Assistant Professor

Taught graphic design courses in the B.A. curriculum.  Other Responsibilities included AIGA faculty advisor and student advising.


9/01 - 5/02

University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

Visiting Artist

Taught courses in all levels of BFA curriculum including course revisions.


9/00 - 5/01

Washtenaw Community College


Taught graphic design courses within an associate degree curriculum.


9/99 - 5/00

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Visiting Artist

Acting advisor to the Graduate Seminar in Graphic Design as well as teaching all levels within the BFA program. Served as Graduate Critique Advisor while teaching history of graphic design, and Corporate Identity courses.


8/98 – 4-99

Art Institute of Atlanta


Taught undergraduate courses including Portfolio and Typography courses.


1/98 - 4/98

Virginia Commonwealth University

Adjunct Instructor

Developed and taught coursework for ‘computer techniques’ course, participated in

CDE 631 ‘teaching practicum’ course and graduate seminar


5/97 - 12/97

Flair Communications

Intern Designer in Chicago

Production assistant on promotional ‘comps’ and presentation boards, advertising layout, digital image retouching


9/95 - 5/97

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Teaching Assistant

Co-designed course work, class lectures and demos, monitored Macintosh computer lab, Chair member for Graduate and Undergraduate student critiques


6/93 - 9/93

Loren 2

Intern Designer in New York City

Supervised and coordinated the design and production of source books, designed full page newspaper advertisements, desktop publishing


1/91 - 4/93

Eastern Michigan University

Graduate Assistant

Supervised computer lab and exam monitoring, orientation, curriculum advising, on and off campus recruiting.


11/88 – 1/91

Miller Engineering

Technical Illustrator

Illustrated technical drawing for Court Cases, Product Manuals, and Charts.


11/88 - 1/91

Washtenaw Community College

Teaching Assistant

New course development, Macintosh lab monitor, Photography studio assistant


9/87 - 11/88

Holland Systems Corporation

Project Manager

Supervised job production, designed and scheduling of graphic presentations,

multi-media production and automating department to desktop publishing.


3/86 - 10/87

The Good News Paper

Key line Artist

Production designer and illustrator.


1/86 - 7/86

Genesis International


Book cover illustrator, key line artist and technical illustrator.



Saline Hospital

Freelance Illustrator

Created illustrations and layout for special event posters.





 Parking and Traffic



Affirmative Action Advocate

College Council

Dean Search Committee


Honors Program Faculty Advisor



Tenure and Promotion ø˙

Policies and Procedures*

Search, Graphic Design* Jewelry,* Foundations, Art History Latin American Modernist

Scholarship*Undergraduate Curriculum

Graduate  Faculty


Merit Reform

Tenure Reform




Majors Fair

Digital Media*


Thesis Committees

2011 Angel Berrios

2010, Juan Saenz

2013, Ying Ying Yang



Graphic Design Program


*indicates chair

ø˙ indicates Assist. Chair




Awarded technology grant (over $96,535) to acquire 50 laptop computers, 24 Mac Pro computers, Adobe Creative Suite and After Effects licenses, large format Epson Stylus printer as needed for the design area (2010 and 2012).


Visiting Professor Program - Advertising Educational Foundation

The VPP is a two-week fellowship for professors of advertising, marketing, communications and the liberal arts. Participation at DraftFCB in Chicago. June, 2011


Established Partner University for research and student travel programs between the University of Texas-Pan America, Edinburg, TX  and the University of Art, Havana Cuba, 2009


UTPA Volunteer Resource Program

Distinguished Faculty Award





December 2014

The Life Magazine, The Last Holiday Card. By Melissa Mireles

Pg., 23. published article on Christmas Holiday Card Competition.


July 2014

Text Peer Review, Form Follows Context: An Introduction to Visual Communication by Meredith Davis and Jamer Hunt. Publisher, Fairchild Books


November 21, 2002

The Bray, Southern Arkansas University, published article.

Photographs and the uses of memory


March 31, 2002

Chattanooga Times, published letter

“Save the Arts and Crafts from Demolition”



ÉMIGRÉ International Typography Magazine,

published Graphic Design Manifesto

Émigré No.  #53




Visiting Professor

Nancy Skolos, Chair, RISD graphic design program participated in classroom instruction and project critique Art 3443 Graphic Design I. 2010


Video and Digital Media Festival (2010)

Co-founded juried competition and video/digital media festival at the University of Texas-Pan American.


Summer Travel Program, Designers in Tennis Shoes (2009 - Present)

Organized student field trip to visit Ad agencies, and Design Houses including  visits to freelance Photographers, and Illustrators in Chicago. This is an annual program. Students  learn and speak to practicing designers. Other trips to include Los Angeles and New York City.


Hard Work, Design Practicum (2004 - Present)

Organized annual student program which works for local non-profit agencies to improve graphic communications for organizations  in our community.


New World Program, The Collaborative Classroom (1998-Present)

Founded an interactive program utilizing the Internet for graphic design studio projects conducted between distance classrooms. Students interact on a shared project incorporating regional and social themes. Participants included, Universities from Georgia, Texas, Ohio, and Tennessee.


AIGA Houston Student Portfolio Review

Organized student field trip from my University and reviewed  portfolio’s from eight schools located in Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma.

2006 - 2011


AIGA Student Groups

University of Texas-Pan American



April 6th, 7th  2010

Pan American Days

“Film & Motion Festival for Latin America”

Co-organized visiting artist presentation by Erick Grass Art Director and Set Designer of cinematography in Cuba.

University of Texas-Pan American

Edinburg, TX


March 28-29 2009

International Week

Co-organized and Lectured,  Sell Your Fears, Graphic Design Conference and Poster Competition

University of Texas-Pan American/STC

Edinburg/McAllen, TX


Feb. 6, 2008

Digital Window

Coordinated Exhibition of Graphic Design Education from International Design Programs includin Turkey and Great Britain

University of Texas-Pan American


April 11-12, 2008

TASA Annual Conference

Lecture, Crossing Boundaries, Cultural Identity: Bordertown to Beyond

Lamar University

Beaumont, TX


April 15, 2008

Pan American Days

Lecture,“Cuba, A Graphic Identity”

University of Texas-Pan American


November 17-22, 2008

International Week, Championing Human Rights

“Word and Image, A Discourse for Change.” Roundtable • Designers as Active Citizens and Interpreters • Owners of the Rio Grande River, life, land, and identity • Leni Riefenstahl and her Photographs of the Nuba.

University of Texas-Pan American


May 2007

Visiting Lecturer Abroad

Presentation, “Design Education and Cultural Collaboration.” the University of Art. Havana, Cuba.


November 13-17, 2006

International Week

“Walls or Bridges?”

Curated Exhibit of Cuban Graphic Design and Fine Art at UTPA COAS Gallery.


April 3-7, 2006.

Pan American Days

“Transformation in the Americas”

Organized first round table discussion and presentation for Pan American Days.

Distance Collaborations, Bordor Town to Beyond:  The University of Texas-Pan American. Edinburg, TX


March 10, 2005

Visiting Lecturer Abroad

Presented History of the Post-Modern American Poster at the High Institute of Industrial Design. Modern and Post-Modern: theories and practice. Havana, Cuba.


2003 (March 17 -19)

Guest Speaker

“Technology and Curriculum Integration”

Microcomputers in Education Conference

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ


2001 (Feb. 21)

Guest Speaker

“Distance Education Studio, Is There a Future?”

College Art Association

Philadelphia, PA




American Advertising Federation (Corpus Christi Chapter)

American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA)

The Texas Photographic Society

Society of Illustrators




Poster for UTPA Faculty Exhibition Announcement. April, 2014. The University of Texas-Pan American.


Poster for Tejano Monument – Our Heritage Reflected Through Art, Exhibit Announcements. March 21, 2014. The University of Texas-Pan American.


Northwestern State University, Christmas Gala Cover and Photography, Dec. 2-6, 2013


Natchitoches Mud Pie Festival, Jim Croce Memorial Concert Poster, Sep. 20th 2013


Illustrated Poster for J J’s Pool Hall, Mission TX, April, 20th 2013


Promotional Brochure, Boys and Girls Club of Edinburg, Sept. 2012


Logo design, Fuenza Del Valle, Oct. 2013


Promotional Presentation, USA Swim Team, Mission, TX Nov. 2012


Logo design, for Comite de Justicia Laboral, Nov. 2012


Economic Justice Project, Print logo and branding design for non-profit groups in McAllen and El Paso Texas. 2012


McAllen Parks and Recreation Department, creating marketing materials for special events. 2012


Logo Design for An American Woodsmith. 2009


Logo and Poster for MFA Graduate Exhibit, Viviana Sarria UTPA 2009


Logo and Poster for Design in Tennis Shoes

Travel Program to Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. 2009


Hardwork Logo and Poster Design for Student Program working with Non-Profit Agencies in the Valley. 2009


Poster Design for National Competition, Sell Your Fears, South Texas College, McAllen, TX. March 28, 2009




UTPA President’s Holiday Celebrations Announcements

University of Texas-Pan American, April – May 2013


Nancy Skolos, Clark Gallery, University of Texas-Pan American. Jan. – Feb. 2010


Digital Window, University Gallery-Communication Arts & Sciences Building. University of Texas-Pan American. Jan. – Feb. 2008


McAllen Chamber of Commerce, Cuban Artists. May - June, 2007.


International Week. Co-organized Exhibit of Cuban Graphic Design and Fine Art at The University of Texas-Pan American COAS Gallery. Presentation of painting, print making
and graphic design. November 13-17, 2006.





Museum of South Texas History, Edinburg, TX. Pioneer and Ranching Crafts Day, February 10, 2010


ISA, University of Fine Art, Havana, Cuba 2007




Cross Connections. Poster, Rock, Scissors, Paper. Central Academy of Fine Arts, China (CAFA), Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, China (LAFA), National School of Fine Arts, Mexico (ENAP), Shanghai University, China, Sint-Lucas Ghent, Belgium, The University of Texas - Arlington, USA (UTA), The University of Texas - Pan American, USA (UTPA), Truman State University, USA (TSU). February 2012.


Skaggs House,  Westlaco, TX. Au Naturale, May 3 – May 15, 2012.


South Texas College,  McAllen, TX. Au Naturale, February 2 – March 1, 2012


Color Work. High Institute of Industrial Design (ISDI), Havana Cuba. April 2010


STC, McAllen, TX. Sell Your Fear, Poster Competition. March 26 - April 30, 2009


STC, Mid-Valley Campus Weslaco, TX. Sell Your Fear, Poster Competition. January 18 - February 25, 2009


Buzz Willi-B, Artist Space. Brooklyn, New York. May ¬– June 2008


K-Space Art Studios, Corpus Christie, TX, 3rd Coast National . Oct. 2007


Bosque Conservatory, Clifton TX. Viewpoint 2007, 2007


Third Coast National. K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi, TX. Oct. – Nov. 2007


Earth Matters. University Gallery-Communication Arts & Sciences Building. University of Texas-Pan American. Nov. – Dec. 2007


Texas Photographic Society, San Antonio, Texas. 21st Annual Members only show. January - February, 2006


K-Space Art Studios, Galveston, TX, Exotica . February 2006. 2 works accepted of 215


The Upstream People Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska. 8th Annual Faces Exhibition. March 2006


K-Space Art Studios, Corpus Christie, TX, Outside the Box . May 2006


The Upstream People Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska. 8th Annual Landscape Exhibition. July 2006


Lessedra Art Gallery. Sofia, Bulgaria. Works from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. November  2006.


UTPA Clark Gallery, Edinburg, TX. Duality, La Muerte Y La Vida, Oct. – Nov. 2006


Art Fest ’05. New Braunfels Art League Gallery, New Braunfels, Texas. 40th Annual Fall Show. 2005.


The Upstream People Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska. 7th Annual All Media International Online Exhibition. January  2005





UTPA ART FACULTY EXHIBIT. Fine Art Gallery, Edinburg, Texas, Jan. 30-Feb. 28, 2015


UTPA ART FACULTY EXHIBIT. Fine Art Gallery, Edinburg, Texas, May 9-August 27, 2014


NORTHWESTERN STATE FACULTY EXHIBIT. Angelina College, Lufkin, Texas, October 15- November 17, 2013


Black and White Redefined. Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Tamaulipas, Mexico , 2009


Catedraticos de Arte, Casa De la Cultura de Reynosa, A.C. May 2008


Black and White Redefined. International Museum of Arts and Science, IMAS. McAllen, TX . Sep. 30, 2008


Earth Matters, UTPA University Gallery, Edinburg, TX. Nov. 2007


Catedraticos de Arte. de la Universidad de Texas Panamericana. Muestra Plastica. May 16 – May 29, 2008


High Institute of Industrial Design, Havana Cuba, UTPA faculty; Art Department. March11, 2005


University of Texas-Pan American, Art Gallery “Retablo”, group exhibition
USA, 2004





Full vita available upon request



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