Advertising Design: Faculty

Full-Time Faculty 

Jeffrey Bleitz, B.F.A., M.F.A.
Interim Department Head

Iowa State University (Graphic Design; Minor - English); University of Arizona (Visual Communication). Recipient of several merit and silver awards from the Art Director's Association of Iowa. Works published in Graphis Letterhead 4 and HOW Magazine. American Platinum award winner. AGFA International Young Creatives, 2000. 

David Foote, B.F.A., M.F.A. 

Maryland Institute College of Art (Graphic Design); Savannah College of Art and Design (Graphic Design). Mr. Foote comes to Ringling from Savannah College of Art and Design, where he held the positions of Professor of Graphic Design and Advertising Design, Advertising Design Department  Chair, and Director of Academic Initiatives. He developed and produced the SCADDY’s, SCAD’s first campus-wide multi-major student awards. David's 20 year career as an advertising professional has garnered a wide range of national and global clients, resulting in industry creative awards including a National ADDY® and a Clio. 

Angela Leed, B.F.A., M.F.A. 

Indiana University South Bend, IN (Graphic Design); Bowling Green State University, OH (2 Dimensional Studies). Ms. Leed’s work has been shown in exhibitions throughout Chicago, New York and Indiana. She has received numerous awards, including an Individual Artist Grant from the Indiana Arts Council. Support from the IAC made possible her traveling exhibition, Manufactured Community. In 2008, Angela brought together a communications agency and artist research staff to create the Inspirative gallery, through which, an internship program was created in partnership with Bethel College. 

Vivian Owen, B.A., M.A. 

Xavier University (Communications/Advertising); Michigan State University (Advertising). Ms. Owen has seven years of professional experience in the advertising industry, specifically in the creative and copywriting departments of the business. She comes to Ringling from The Zimmerman Agency in Tallahassee, FL where she held the position of Senior Copywriter. During her career, she has also worked at Doner in Detroit, Michigan and Barefoot Advertising in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ms. Owen has written ads for national clients such as The Ritz-Carlton, Aflac, Steak ‘n Shake,, Eureka, Sherwin Williams, Mr. Clean and Swiffer. Her work has been recognized through multiple industry awards in the ADDY® ’s competition and was most recently honored in Adweek’s Ad of the Day feature.

Adjunct Faculty 

Brian Carlock, B.F.A.

Brigham Young University (Graphic Design, Minor - Film).  Mr. Carlock has over 20 years of experience in the New York City advertising arena where most recently he was EVP/Creative Director for Carpenter Group, working with clients such as Standard & Poors, Dow Jones and Met Life.  Prior to that, he was SVP/Creative Director at Grey Advertising and held senior management positions at Razorfish (leading the east coast user experience team from the New York City and Boston offices), and Kirshenbaum & Bond, among others.  He recently relocated to Florida where he led the creative team of a Tampa Bay agency to win 14 Addy awards, including three “best of shows” in 1 year before starting BCC Studios in Sarasota. Mr. Carlock has led national and global brand campaigns for Target, Rockport, RayBan, Grand Marnier, American Express, Bloomingdale’s, Emmanuel Ungaro and Olympus, among numerous others. Committed to design education, Mr. Carlock has lectured nationally on branding and design. His work has been recognized with multiple industry awards, both local and national. 

Pedro Perez, B.F.A. 

Ringling College of Art and Design (Graphic & Interactive Communication).  For over 17 years Pedro has been offering clients his knowledge and expertise. Currently Pedro is a founder and Vice President for Nuevo Advertising Group, Inc.  Pedro also owned Merging Point Design, Inc., a technology company building web sites and providing high end technology solutions to companies all over the U.S. such as Stardust Casino and Resort, Boyd Gaming Corporation, Industrial Coverage Insurance, Van Wezel Performance Arts Hall, Ringling College of Art and Design, and the City of Sarasota. Pedro Perez is currently a board member of the Advertising Federation of the Suncoast.