Ed Brandt


Originally from Chicago, Ed Brandt received his BA at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois, with concentrations in painting and graphic design. He is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate in painting and drawing at The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Upon receiving his BA in 1994 he began a career as a graphic designer, founding his own design company five years later, where he served clients from various industries nationwide. Combining passions for the visual arts and technology, he now shares what he has learned with others through education, teaching a variety of art, design, and technical courses at UNM. For over a decade he has participated in solo, two-person, and group exhibitions.

Artist Statement

When first observing my art, viewers are confronted with a simple aesthetic; direct and uncomplicated, composed of understated colors, lines, and geometry. These outward characteristics recall reductive geometric Modernist paintings, direct and formal in appearance. However, upon closer inspection of my work, surface qualities challenge this initial response and elicit questions of materiality, textural subtleties, and a patina that displays characteristics of sculpture and collage.

This balance of directness and intricacy form an explorative dialogue, one in which a viewer is engaged by the whole of the work and then drawn in through discovery. Employing abstracted references, my work shapes questions of time, place, and object. It is not a direct narrative, rather, it is one that speaks beyond immediate concerns. Because I prefer a quieter engagement, it allows viewers to acquaint themselves through visual discovery of intimate qualities that form questions of curiosity.

The visceral response of the viewer echoes emotive reactions that I experience when defining inspiration. My art is a reflection of the built environment and a nostalgic reference to landscapes; not in a pictorial sense, but rather in a recontextualized memory of places I have inhabited. Within my work I balance formal concerns while seeking out the sublime in the ordinary, objects overlooked, too mundane to be of importance. Through these observations I discover aesthetic values that are reflected in the content of my work. I invite viewers to appreciate compositions that engage in deeper inquiry and contemplation through personal discourse.

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Curriculum Vitae


  • Born 1971, Melrose Park, IL, lives and works in Albuquerque, NM


  • 2017, Master of Fine Arts, Painting and Drawing, The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
  • 1994, Bachelor of Arts, Concentration in Fine Art and Design, Lewis University, Romeoville, IL
  • 2015, Non-Degree Studies, Art History, Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque, NM

    Solo Exhibitions and Two-Person Exhibitions

  • 2017, Palimpsest, CFA Downtown Studio, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2014, Selected Works, Winning Coffee Co., Albuquerque, NM
  • 2006, Recent Works, Frutchey Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2009, Duality, KiMo Theatre Art Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

    Group Exhibitions

  • 2017, Salon des Refusés, Masley Art Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2016, Verge: Shaping the Photograph, John Sommers Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2016, Excavated, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2016, ARTE Juried Exhibit, Masley Art Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2015, Connectivity: The 21st Annual Juried Graduate Exhibition, Clinton Adams Gallery, The University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2014, At First Sight, SCA Contemporary Art, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2013, President’s 5th Annual Art Show, Lewis University, Romeoville, IL
  • 2011, The Rail Yard Exhibit, KiMo Theatre Art Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2008, Group Show, South Broadway Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2007, Recent Works Showing, The Johnson’s of Madrid Galleries of Fine and Fiber Art, Madrid, NM
  • 2007, The Eyes Have It! Group Show, EXPO New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2006, The Eyes Have It! Group Show, EXPO New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2006, The Eyes Have It! Group Show, Arts Alliance Gallery, Albuquerque, NM


  • Connectivity. Forward by James K. Ballinger. University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM. 2015.


  • 2015, M2 Meeting of the Minds, Presentation and Discussion, The University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM

    University Services

  • 2015-2016, Vice President, Volunteer, Graduate Art Association, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM


  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
  • Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

    Professional Experience

  • 2014–2017, Teaching Assistant, The University of New Mexico Department of Art and Art History, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2011–Present, Instructor, The University of New Mexico Continuing Education, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2011–Present, Independent Graphic Designer and Consultant, Albuquerque, NM
  • 1999–2011, Owner, Square15 Inc., Albuquerque, NM
  • 1997–1998, Adjunct Professor, Department of Art and Design, Lewis University, Romeoville, IL
  • 1994–1999, Art Department Co-Manager, Graphic Designer, IT Manager, The Forms Group, Itasca, IL

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Continued growth through practice, study, and critical and formal examination. Create contemporary works in the tradition of painting and drawing. Publicly share my art through exhibition and speaking opportunities. Fuse my passions for creativity and education in an academic environment, producing the best possible learning experience for students at all levels of artistic maturity.


Fine Arts

Life-long student of art practices, disciplines, and history. Dedicated to continual, disciplined growth through studio practice, historical and contemporary study, and critical examination. Continued participation in solo and group exhibitions. Exploring themes in contemporary art that enable public dialogue through artist talks, discussions, and critiques.


Skilled at teaching in a wide variety of educational environments including lecture, presentation, seminar, art studio, technology lab, and one-to-one training. Research, develop, and write course curricula on a wide range of topics. Able to connect with a diverse population of students to ensure course content comprehension through critical and creative endeavor. Meet and exceed the requirements of educational institutions through an experienced understanding of departmental, classroom, and peer relations.

Graphic Design

Over two decades of proven success as a graphic designer. A constant study of current creative trends and technical advancements. Adept at meeting client expectations through project management, creative execution, and vendor relations. Extensive experience in conceptualization, layout, typography, photographic and illustrative image creation and manipulation, web design and front-end web development, cross-media design, and project production and fulfillment.


Highly proficient in industry-leading hardware and software, possessing a full understanding of their integration into various workflows. Hardware and application products include Apple computers, mobile devices, operating system, and applications; Adobe creative applications and related services; web design and development programming languages and coding applications; various third-party productivity applications, utilities, and peripherals.


Passionately share professional and personal experience through intellectual and practical engagement. Able to build strong, lasting relationships with colleagues, students, clients, and vendors. Enjoy connecting with others to share common experiences while gaining new insight. Motivated by, and willing to take on, new challenges as part of a team as well as independently. Strong verbal and written communication skills, organized, and detail-oriented.


Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Art and Art History

  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2014–2017

Develop curricula, syllabi, and educational resources. Instruct students enrolled in foundational drawing, painting, and graphic design courses. Drawing topics include media, contour, value, perspective, and composition. Painting topics include various uses and applications of paint media, color theory, and support options and preparation, while exploring historical and contemporary context. Design topics include fundamental principles; practical, conceptual, and commercial practices; working in traditional and digital media. All courses taught through lecture, presentation, and demonstration, utilizing the practices of observation, creative endeavor, and critical discourse.

Instructor, Department of Continuing Education, Digital Arts

  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2012–Present

Develop curricula, syllabi, and educational resources. Topics include visual communications; graphic design; Apple hardware, operating system, and application technologies; Adobe Creative applications and related services.

Independent Graphic Designer and Consultant

  • Albuquerque, NM
  • 2011–Present

Collaborate with clients, associates, and vendors to provide graphic design and marketing consultation services. Projects include identity design and brand development; corporate, retail, marketing, sales, and public relations print collateral; website design and development; social media and digital marketing consultation; point-of-purchase, packaging, and signage design.

Founder, Owner

  • Square15, Inc., Albuquerque, NM
  • 1999–2011

A full-service graphic design company providing design services to a diverse, national client base conducting business in corporate, entertainment, industrial, service, manufacturing, retail, educational, and fashion markets. Responsible for all aspects of ownership including graphic design, client relations, employee hiring and training, marketing, and business management.

Art Department Manager, Graphic Designer, IT Manager

  • The Forms Group, Hanover Park, IL
  • 1994–1999

Responsible for design and production on a wide variety of projects. Worked with clients directly—and indirectly through national sales staff—to determine design solutions that best fulfilled their needs. Managed department staff, developed operational standards and procedures, oversaw project management, established and maintained computer workstations and print prepress systems.

Adjunct Professor, Department of Art and Design

  • Lewis University, Romeoville, IL
  • 1997–1998

Developed curricula, syllabi, and educational resources. Instructed beginning students in the traditional and contemporary practices of painting. Assigned projects exploring paint medium fundamentals while encouraging creative expression. Provided feedback through presentation, demonstration, and group and individual critiques.


Master of Fine Arts

  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
  • Focus in Studio Art, Painting and Drawing

Bachelor of Arts

  • Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois
  • Concentrations in Fine Art and Graphic Design

Non-Degree Studies

  • Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Art History


Graduate Art Association

  • Vice President, Volunteer
  • 2015-2016
  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

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