Kyle Smart is a graphic designer and fine artist living and working in Chicago. He loves listening to records and eating all the junk food he can find. He is obsessed with beautifully illustrative posters and looks to push his artistic boundaries as a storyteller through conceptual art. Kyle currently works for The Chicago Temple as the Communication Manager and is continuing to pursue his independent work as both a designer and an artist.

EXPERIENCE

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH AT THE CHICAGO TEMPLE

communication manager
2016-Present

Redesigned website and visual brand and working to strengthen these visual communications. Maintain relations with the congregation and media, while growing the chruch's reach. Maintains all web functions including social media and promotions.

RAM RACING

graphic designer
2015-2016

Designed marketing emails, posters, and banners, merchandise, and other material with marketing team focused on running culture and 5k/15k races.

VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY

graphic designer
2013-2015

Created posters and advertisements for music and theatre departments and events. Led advertising campaign for the theatre season.

 

AWARDS

INDIANA COLLEGIATE PRESS ASSOCIATION

Division II Newspaper of the Year, 2015
1st Place - Best Illustration, 2015
1st Place - Best Special Section Front, 2015
1st Place - Best Single Issue, 2015
1st Place - Best Pull-out or Wrap Section, 2014

CHRISTOPHER CENTER FOR LIBRARY RESOURCES

Artist of the Permanent Collection for Digital Photography "Ascending," 2015
Artist of the Permanent Collection for Graphic Design "Keep Calm and Sing On," 2014

VALPARAISO COMMUNITY FESTIVALS & EVENTS

People's Choice Award Winner, Valparaiso Popcorn Festival Poster Competition, 2016

FAVORITES

MUSIC

Passion Pit, Ben Howard, London Grammar, Two Door Cinema Club, Oh Wonder, Anna of the North, Childish Gambino, Chet Faker, Lucius, Tennis, Haim, CHVRCHES, Kendrick Lamar, Daughter

ARTISTS & WRITERS

Margritte, Van Gogh, Chuck Close, David Fincher, Christopher Nolan, Brian K. Vaughan, Scott Snyder, Ray Bradbury, Charles M. Schulz

HOBBIES

Fine Art, Comic Books, Board Games, Vinyl Collecting, Tennis, Golf, Rock Climbing, Traveling, Concert Going, Theatre

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CONTACT

You are more than welcome to contact me about a project, a collaboration, or just to talk. You can reach me at wivwave@gmail.com