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, Expedia.com, 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.
Eric Burke, B.F.A.
University of Wisconsin-Stout (Graphic Design). VP, Associate Design Director, 22squared, Tampa. Past work experience: Designer/Art Director, Cohen & Associates, Tampa. With 14 years of experience as a designer/art director, Eric has produced print, digital, broadcast and social media creative for clients such as Marriott, Toyota, and Buffalo Wild Wings. He has received recognition from top design and advertising organizations and publications, including Communication Arts, Print Magazine, HOW Magazine, and the American Advertising Federation.