Photo by Alex Barber

Marisa Avelar is a graphic designer, painter, and mixed media artist in Brooklyn, NY. She was born and raised in Houston, TX and spent 4 years in the Savannah, GA area where she received her B.F.A. in Art with an emphasis in graphic design and painting from Georgia Southern University. She is currently a Senior Graphic Designer for the City of New York, working to empower and educate voters for an independent city agency, The New York Campaign Finance Board who administers one of the strongest, most effective campaign finance systems in the country. Check out their amazing initiatives like NYC Votes. She has a broad base of design experience including working for cultural institutions like the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Manhattan, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and Aurora Picture Show. Jobs in the private sector include Live Nation, and stints at design agencies and financial institutions. She loves the play of type and vintage advertising as well as the clean, precise work of the modernists, everything vintage, vibrant colors and anything that has personality. She also loves to stay actively involved in arts and design organizations like AIGA and the New York Foundation for the Arts.