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MICHAEL C LESKO



343 Metz Road E.
Columbiana, Ohio 44408
(412) 680-6801
MichaelCLesko@gmail.com

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

NextStep Arthropedix LLC. - Akron, PA.
Creative Director (2014-Current)

Creative direction, graphic design, web design, 3D modeling & animation

Contract & Freelance (2012-Present)

Art direction, front end web UX/UI design & development, multimedia and print design for multiple clients. Carnegie Robotics LLC., Coca-Cola Bottling Co Inc., RDL Software Solutions LLC., Acatar Inc., University Bound Agency Inc., LEVEL Interactive Inc., Mazin Education Inc., Techead Mid-Atlantic

EDMC Online Higher Education - Pittsburgh, PA.
Creative Art Director (2008-2012)

Art Direction and online brand steward of EDMC, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online, Argosy University & South University Online. front end web UX/UI design & development.

Digital Day Interactive Agency - Peninsula, OH.
Creative Art Director (2007-2008)

Creative direction, front end web UX/UI design & development and flash animation for clients; American Greetings, Crest, Sony, JM Smuckers, JIF, Pillsbury, Hungry Jack, Martha White.

Westinghouse Electric Company - Monroeville, PA.
Sr. Graphic Designer (2006-2007)

Corporate graphic design and animation for Westinghouse, Toshiba and associated companies.

NIKE, ESPN, PNC Bank, Ford Credit, Giant Eagle, Kennametal, Mellon Bank, RECP, Visa International, Bias Point, Chelsea Pictures Inc., Five Star Development Inc., Levy MG Advertising.
Contract & Freelance (2003-2005)

Art direction, animation, front end web & UX/UI design & development, multimedia and print design for various clients.

Nickelodeon - New York, NY.
Storyboard Artist (2002-2003)

Storyboards and animatics for “Creative Galaxy” children's television show pilot.

Nickelodeon - New York, NY.
Storyboard Artist (2000-2002)

Storyboards and animatics for “Blue's Clues” children's television show.

Disney / Tape House Toons - New York, NY.
Animator (1999-2000)

Animation for “Lizzy McGuire” children's television show.

MTV Animation - New York, NY.
Layout Artist (1998-1999)

Layout artist on “Daria” animated television show.

Commersel WEB - Pittsburgh, PA.
Creative Director (1996-1998)

LESKO Illustration & Design - Pittsburgh, PA.
Creative Director (1991-1996)

Decotex Inc. - Braddock, PA.
Art Director (1990-1991)

Trau & Loevner Inc. - Pittsburgh, PA.
Assistant Art Director (1988-1990)

Kamans Art Studio - West Mifflin, PA.
Portrait Sketch Artist (1986-1987)



AWARDS AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:

Proud member of award winning creative teams within MTV and Nickelodoen. My skills and accomplishments were highlighted in many publications and websites including: MTV.com, AWN.com (Animation World Network), Impressions magazine, The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Pittsburgh magazine, The Art Institute of Pittsburghs website and alumni publication. My skills and achievements were also highlighted in an Art Institute of Pittsburgh radio and print ad campaign. Creative lead for the award winning Pit Cup Challenge for Cleveland Coca-cola two years in a row. Creative lead that helped Carnegie Robotics LLC, win the DOD AMDS Army mine sweeping robot contract.


EDUCATION

ART INSTITUTE OF PITTSBURGH/PITTSBURGH, PA (1999) Associate Degree in Specialized Technology/Computer Animation

INDIANA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA/INDIANA, PA (1986-1988) Bachelors Degree program in Fine Arts

COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY/ WEST MIFFLIN, PA (1985) Transfer to Indiana University of Pennsylvania