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B I O G R A P H Y

I have been in the arts all of my life. My father was a well known Cincinnati Artist and head of the WPA Federal Arts Poject in that city. My mother was the daughter of a concert pianist.

The first ten years of my life were spent in the southwestern Ohio countryside east of Cincinnati. In 1951 my parents moved to the city, where I lived till graduating from art school in 1963. In 1964 I was accepted for graduate work as a student at large at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where I met my wife Kinuko. After completing my studies there in 1965, I worked as an Advertising Art Director for a number of different ad agencies (click here for samples of my advertising design work) till the early seventies, when I left the business to pursue Photography as a Fine Art. This has continued to be a passion of mine ever since. In the spring of 1983, we left Chicago to relocate in Norfolk, Connecticut where I now work and live.

At present, I manage Craft Partners/ Kinuko Y. Craft Arts, which is a business my wife, the Artist Kinuko Y. Craft and I have operated together since 1972. Since that time I have worked as a graphic designer/photographer/author/and fine arts print maker.
In 2002 my first written work, a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, illustrated by my wife, was published by SeaStar Books.
In 2005, we formed Windy Hill Editions, an in house fine arts press devoted to publishing limited editions of Kinuko's art. At that time, I became certified as a master giclée printer by Giclee Printers Europe.

Education:
o 1959: Diploma: Withrow High School, Cincinnati, Ohio
o 1963: Certificate in Design, The Art Academy of Cincinnati, Ohio. Laura M. Ingalls Scholarship, 1960, 1961. 1962; Major: Graphic Design, 120 semester hours.
o 1965. Student at Large: 1-1/2 years post graduate study in design and painting, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
o Late Seventies: The Peter Gold Country Photography Workshop, Wisconsin.

Employment history:
o 1965-66 Junior Art Director, Tatham, Laird & Kudner, 64 East Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL Accounts: Procter & Gamble; Libby's Canned Foods.
o 1967 Art Director, Stern, Walters & Simmons, 155 East Superior St., Chicago, IL Accounts: Colgate-Palmolive, Suzuki Motorcycles.
o 1968 Art Director, Earl Ludgin Co. 400 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL Accounts: Field Enterprises, Transunion Corp., Jewel Foods, The Chicago Sun Times.1969 Art Director Post, Keyes Gardner, 875 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL Accounts: Florist's Transworld Delivery (FTD) Bagatelle Perfume.
o 1970-71 Art Director N.W. Ayer & Son, Inc. 111 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL Accounts: Illinois Bell Telephone, Container Corporation of America.
o 1973 Head Art Director, Albert Nader Advertising, 919 North Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL Accounts: Kaufmann Homes, Baird & Warner Real Estate.
o Craft Partners/Kinuko Y. Craft Arts, Business Partner: graphic design, fine arts print making, book design
1973 to present:

Photography: Exhibitions:

o "Ojii-chan's House, a Summer Diary." Photo Essay 100 photographs, Chicago Public Library Cultural Arts Center March - May, 1980.
o Illinois Photographer's 80, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL work in permanent collection
o The Norfolk Library, 1984
o Second Annual Alumni Juried Exhibition, The Art Academy of Cincinnati, 1992
o The Norfolk Library, 2009: "Exits" February 27 through April 2

Graphic Design 1972 to present:__
o Children's books:
o Titles by Morrow Junior Books, NY, NY: The Twelve Dancing Princesses; Baba Yaga & Vasilisa the Brave; Cupid & Psyche; Pegasus; King Midas and the Golden Touch.
o Titles by SeaStar Books, NY, NY : Cinderella; Sleeping Beauty; Tom Thumb
o Book jacket design and digital illustration for Simon Pulse Young Adult Reader series.


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