Cato Institute, Washington, DC 5/2011-Current
Associate Art Director
∗ Managing event schedule to ensure photo coverage for 200+ annual events.
∗ Designing various promotional materials such as advertisements, tee shirts and brochures.
∗ Primary negotiator for all hired freelance services including photographers, copyright agreements, syndication fees
and publication vendors.
∗ In charge of the artistic direction and execution of all photography including event coverage, headshots and
chronicling a $30 million state-of-the-art building expansion.
∗ Managing Art Department schedule to ensure all projects meet deadlines and budget requirements.
∗ Streamlining overall project management by instituting communication measures for all cross-departmental
∗ Primary liaison between the Art Department and the Executive, Marketing and Fundraising departments.
Women for Women International, Washington, DC 9/2010-5/2011
Institutional Advancement Intern
∗ Assisted in coordinating income generating events such as the 600+ attendee fundraising gala in New York City.
Managed RSVP guest lists and strategic seating arrangements, tracked invoices, and coordinated logistics.
∗ Provided administrative support to the marketing department by assembling new donor packets, event invitations,
year-end appeals, and other mass marketing initiatives.
∗ Responded to inquiries from potential donors.
∗ Conducted research for potential donors on WealthEngine.com, NozaSearch.com and Zillow.com.
∗ Streamlined overall database management by processing gifts and generating donor reports for an error-free annual
Smuggler Productions, Freelance 7/2008-1/2009
∗ Acquired visual references utilized in ads for clientele such as Mercedes Benz, Comcast and Heineken.
∗ Provided inspirational materials through analysis and research of market demographics.
Ozone Productions, Los Angeles, CA 5/2007-5/2008
∗ Produced solo artist gallery openings for world renowned pin-up painter Olivia at Bergamot Station which included
preparing mailings, assembling RSVP guest lists, managing travel logistics, and budgeting event expenditures.
∗ Launched new limited edition print line and online art gallery gaining access to a much broader market.
∗ Designed invitations and signage for gallery openings.
∗ Coordinator and designer of advertisements published in the L.A. Weekly, L.A. Times and Malibu Magazine.
∗ Managed relationships with national and international sales agents. Responsible for updating and maintaining retail
∗ Managed the shipping department, inventory control, and accounts payable functions for all wholesale accounts.
Clients included Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com.
∗ Restructured inventory control and shipping departments to minimize product loss and streamlined shipping
procedures to reduce the environmental impact.
Larry Flynt Productions, Los Angeles, CA 3/2006-4/2007
Senior Photo Editor
∗ Managed the photo department. Determined photographic images used for all LFP and VCA Pictures video box
covers and publicity. This included movie posters, mailers, internet banners, advertisements and event materials.
∗ Restructured production procedures to better protect original artwork and to expedite production.
∗ Tracked, edited and managed inventory of all still images submitted for movies, maintained image quality control.
∗ Provided management support to all designers, art directors and sales staff.
∗ Supported the ad proofing process by acting as a liaison to the graphic design and sales teams.
Sheila Metzner Studio, New York, NY 6/2001-12/2005
∗ Acted as the point person and liaison between the artist and curators regarding acquisitions for traveling shows.
∗ Assisted in gathering, scanning, organizing and editing images for the production of the artist monograph “Form &
Fashion” by Sheila Metzner, published by Arena Editions in 2001.
∗ Provided financial controls and scheduled logistics for commercial photo shoots for Neiman Marcus, Ralph Lauren,
Bergdorf Goodman, Vogue, BMW, Lancome, and, the New Yorker Magazine.
∗ Oversaw client relations for various commercial publications.
∗ Digitized thirty years worth of analog photographs into a FileMaker database which enabled artist to more readily
access work to expand gallery and museum opportunities.
∗ Coordinated models, hair/make-up and stylist casting with Storm, IMG, Boss, T and Elite modeling and talent
Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Washington D.C. 8/2010-5/2011
∗ Taught art classes to disabled veterans in the Community Living Center.
2006-2008 UCLA Extension, Los Angeles, CA: Various classes in Sociology and Public Health
2000-2004 Parsons School of Design, New York, NY: Bachelor’s degree in Photography and Graphic Design
Salary history and references available upon request!
Lauren Genevieve Kessler
Art Director / Photographer