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James O'Brien

Hi, I'm James O'Brien, freelance illustrator and designer in Minneapolis, MN.

James O'Brien is a freelance illustrator and designer in Minneapolis, MN. His client list includes: American Express, Bank of America, Colgate, Rand McNally, Microsoft, Delta Airlines, Sears, Target, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, McGraw-Hill, Scholastic Press, Smithsonian, Business Week, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, Newsweek, US News & World Report, Computer World, PC Magazine, Interactive Week, Entertainment Weekly, Wine Spectator, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The New York Times.

His work has been recognized by American Illustration, The Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, 3X3, Creative Quarterly, PRINT, The Society of Publication Designers, SBS Digital Design, AIGA, and SILA.

He also chairs the Illustration Department at the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul Minnesota, runs marathons, reads important books, and collects and makes music.

MFA Illustration,University of Hartford, 2008
MA Illustration,Syracuse University, 2006
BFA Graphic Design/Illustration Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 1989

James O'Brien's Background

James O'Brien's Experience

Senior Adjunct Faculty at Minneapolis College of Art and Design

1998 - 2010

Faculty at Miami Ad School

July 2009 - September 2009

Instructor at Augsburg College

January 2008 - June 2009

Art Department faculty

Assistant Professor, Illustration Chair at College of Visual Arts

September 2009

Owner at James O'Brien Illustration

May 1989

James O'Brien's Education

University of Hartford

2007 – 2008


Syracuse University

2004 – 2006


Concentration: Illustration

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

1985 – 1989


Concentration: Graphic Design/Illustration

James O'Brien's Interests & Activities

Running, reading, and music.

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