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January 10, 2009

Professor Jack F. Harris, Jr. Joins Farmingdale State

Visual Communications Department Welcomes New Assistant Professor

Jack F. Harris, Jr. has received an appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Communications at Farmingdale State College. Professor Harris' areas of practice include graphic and information design, marketing communications and new media. His illustration focus is on children's books and portraits. This fall, he taught Illustrative Design, Digital Imaging, and Web Page Design.

Harris has exhibited at the Society of Illustrators' Annual Juried Show and traveling exhibits, as well as the Washington Illustrators Club and the Aerie Art Gallery in Wilmington, DE. His work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, the Society of Publication Designers, Graphic Design USA, and others. He illustrated the children's book Poisonous Animals,and is the co-author of Vector Graphics and Illustration: A Master Class in Digital Image-Making. His research on the career of the artist Andrew Loomis recently appeared in Illustration Magazine.

Harris' professional experience includes two decades as the principal at Harris Design, Inc. d/b/a Eureka. He directed a staff of 15, providing branding, graphic design, and marketing services to regional and national clients. Professor Harris has held academic positions at the University of Delaware and the Delaware College of Art and Design, where he taught courses on Graphic Design, the History of Illustration, and Media and Methods.

Harris received a Master of Fine Arts in Illustration from the University of Hartford in 2007. He holds an MA in Illustration from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Arts and Design from Virginia Commonwealth University.