James T. Green ’11

James T. Green_alumnusJames T. Green grew up loving books, art and pop culture. It’s no wonder why the recent USF graduate has a career as a graphic designer and a conceptual artist.

Green, a 2011 graphic arts and studio art alumnus, exhibits in galleries and practices his craft as a print/web designer for 22nd Century Media. He also does freelance projects for a variety of clients as well as has fun creating silly illustration and lettering projects.

“I am truly living a dream right now as I’m fortunate to be doing what I love in creating art for people to enjoy,” said Green. “I have the perfect hybrid of accepting new opportunities and trying new things while supporting myself.”

Growing up in Joliet in a family that loved sports, Green was much happier drawing and putting together photo illustrations than throwing the ball around. When it came time choose a college, USF was the natural choice since it was located down the street. Green often went to events on campus as a young child, and he felt right at home immediately.

“USF was the neighborhood school, and it offered so much in terms of history and intimacy of its class sizes, especially in the art department,” said Green. “It was easy to get to know a lot of friends quickly.”

Green credits the professors for helping him gain experiences in the art community that he might not have gotten otherwise.

“Because the art department was so small, I wasn’t overlooked the way people can be at large schools. I had the opportunity to be mentored, and make real connections in art,” said Green.

Green has participated in residencies at ACRE and the Chicago Artist Coalition. His work has been exhibited at places including the Chicago Cultural Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago as well as other galleries in the Chicago area.