Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art, Concentration in Illustration 

University of Connecticut May 2010

  • GPA: 3.74

  • Dean’s List: Spring 2007, Fall 2008, Spring 2008, Spring 2009

Professional Experience

Part Time

  • The Advisor Newspaper, September 2019- present, designing display ads, page layout 

Part Time

  • work at Karen Rossi Studios, Oct. 2012-Dec. 2017, July 2010-August 2010


  • children's book for author Michelle Hydeck, 2015; Created 28 watercolor illustrations, completed book layout

  • selling pastel drawings of baseball caps to various clients, including Timeout restaurant and bar in Durham, CT, 2009 

  • children’s book for author, P.D. Ripley, 2008; Created 28 colored pencil illustrations 


  • Karen Rossi Studios, May 2010-July 2010


  • Member of the New Haven Paint & Clay Club, June 2019-present

  • James Jafferis Prize at New Haven Paint & Clay Club 113th Juried Exhibit, 2014  

  • E.H. Scott Art & Design Award, 2009 

  • Babbige Scholar, 2008 

  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 2008 

  • Alpha Lamba Delta Honor Society, 2007 

  • Second Place in the Third Congressional District Art Competition, 2005 

  • Girl Scout Silver Award, 2005

  • National Art Honor Society, 2003-2006 



"ABC Christmas"

Children's book by author Michelle Hydeck, 2016

“Mi Abuela”

Children’s book illustrations for author, P.D. Ripley, 2008


  • 2019: “New Haven Paint & Clay Club 118th Juried Exhibition”, Creative Arts Workshop

  • 2018: “Guilford Art League Annual Juried Exhibition,” Guilford Art Center

  • 2014: "New Haven Paint & Clay Club 113th Annual Juried Exhibit," John Slade Ely House  

  • 2010: "Metanoia Exhibit" Student Union Art Gallery, University of Connecticut             “Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition” Artspace Windham, Willimantic, Connecticut        “Scholarship Show Exhibition” Contemporary Art Gallery, University of Connecticut 

  • 2006-2011: “Silver Bells Art Exhibit,” “Golden Bells Art Exhibit” Hamden Art League 

  • 2008: “Scholarship Show Exhibition” Contemporary Art Gallery,  University of Connecticut 


Adobe Photoshop (5+ years)

Adobe Illustrator (1 year)

Microsoft Office (10+ years)


Karen Rossi  

Owner, Karen Rossi Studios

223 Hicks Ave, Meriden, CT 06450

860-292-8142 (studio)


Michelle A.R. Hydeck

Milford, CT 06460