Ivan Velez Jr.

3653 Bainbridge Avenue  Apt. 6G  Bronx, NY, 10467
347-427-7553 ivanvelezjr@planetbronx.com
www.planetbronx.com, www.planetbronx.com/education

SKILLS:
Arts Instruction, Cartooning, Tutoring, Curriculum Writing, Book Packaging and Design, Editing, Program
Design, Character Design, Animation, Model Making, Pre-Press, Writing, Storyboarding, Scriptwriting for
Television and Film, Graphics Software Instruction, video-editing, Career Development Instruction.  

WORK EXPERIENCE:

2011 -Present                  Teaching Artist; Queens Public Library, NYC

2006-Present                  Teaching Artist; New York City Library, NYC
I teach art, writing and cartooning classes for the New York City Public Library system (mostly middle school
and high school age) in branches all over the city.

2003- Present        Studio/Tour Instructor/Art Instructor; Bronx Museum of the Arts; NYC

2007                              Co-Editor/Writer/Character Designer on DEAD HIGH YEARBOOK; Dutton, NYC
      
2007- 2008                Teaching Artist; Studio Museum of Harlem, NYC
I taught several programs, including HANDS ON: COMICS, GIANT ROBOTS, and GLOBAL LEGENDS Art Program.  

2006-2008                 Career Preparation and GED Instructor; South Bronx Job Corps, NYC

2004- 2006        Tech-Infusion Specialist/Art Instructor; the Hetrick-Martin Institute & the Harvey Milk High
School; NYC

1991- Present        Freelance Writer and Illustrator*; NYC
I enjoy writing and drawing for several magazines and comic book companies including Marvel, DC Comics,
Details, NYQ, Odyssey, Wildstorm, Milestone, and Toonami.

2001-2003                  Digital Pre-Press Production/Advertising Media/Graphic Artist; BOX GRAPHICS; NYC

1997-2001        Art Instructor; ASPIRA of New York/BEAM 10; NYC

1996        Instructor; National Design Museum; NYC
Designed and taught a six-week class on all facets of cartooning from first concept to final production.

1990        Educational Video Writer/Director; GMHC; NYC
Wrote, storyboarded, and co-directed a three part instructional video on AIDS, identity and teen sexuality
called IT IS WHAT IT IS.            

1986-1992        Educational Materials Coordinator/Instructor; the Hetrick-Martin Institute; NYC       



EDUCATION: BFA in Illustration, Syracuse University: Syracuse, New York.

CERTIFICATIONS: Digital Film Production from the Digital Film Academy,   LAST, ATS-W (elementary), CST in
Visual Arts, CST in English Language Arts.

GRANTS AND AWARDS:
2004 Xeric Grant (http://www.xericfoundation.org/comicbooks/2004.html)
2007 CYBILS Graphic Novel Nominee
2008 QUICK PICKS FOR RELUCTANT READERS AWARD
2008 YALSA GREAT GRAPHIC NOVEL AWARD NOMINEE
2008 ALA GREAT GRAPHIC NOVELS FOR TEENS WINNER
2008 LONGWOOD ARTS DIGITAL MATRIX COMMISSION
2011-2012 BCA/DCA Grant for Comic Culture
2012-2013 BCA/DCA Grant for Comic Culture
2012 Community Arts Grant (with the Bronx School of Excellence)
2013 Lambda Literary Award Winner (No Queer Lines Anthology)
2013 Eisner Award nominee for Best Anthology (3 piece inclusion in No Straight Lines)
2014 Community Arts Grant
2014 BCA/DCA Grant for Comic Culture
2015 Creative Capital Visual Arts Grant
2015 BCA/DCA ART FUND GRANT
2016 BCA/DCA ART FUND GRANT
2016 BCA Artist In Community Grant


SHOWS AND EXHIBITIONS:

June 15th, 2104, group exhibition and curator, MR. PAPO’S POPPED UP ART SHOW, Bronx Museum of the Arts,
Bronx, NY

November 9th, 2014, group exhibition and curator, MR. PAPO’S POPPED UP MONSTROSITY, Bronx Museum of
the Arts, Bronx, NY

October 2013, group exhibition,  Out Of The Box, Andrew Freedman Gallery, Bronx, NY

October 2012, group exhibition and co-curator,  MY MACHO, Gin Gin Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

January 10 - May 4, 2011, group exhibition and curator, EYE AM A MAN, Longwood Arts Gallery, Bronx, New
York

June 4th, 2011, OSO ORO LUCHARO; curator and event manager; GLBT Community Center, NYC

June 5th, 2010, OSO ORO FUNDOSHI KING, curator and event manager; GLBT Community Center, NYC

August 2nd, 2009, OSO ORO, curator and event manager; GLBT Community Center, NYC

March 4 - May 6, 2009, group exhibition, DREAM  SEQUENCE, LONGWOOD ARTS GALLERY, Bronx, New York

May 2008 to June 2009, Digital Matrix  digital exhibition, 2008 Digital Matrix Commission, Bronx Council On The
Arts /Longwood Gallery, Bronx, New York

March, 2010, group exhibition, Fashion Moda, Bronx, New York, USA, http://www.artcat.com/exhibits/10101

Fall 2006, group exhibition, Coming Back To Look Forward/25th Anniversary Exhibition, Hostos Center For The
Arts and Culture/ Bronx Council On The Arts, Bronx, New York

PRINTED PUBLICATIONS:

Publication dates 1987 to 1994, HETRICK MARTIN INSTITUTE, Tales of The Closet 1 – 9 (ongoing series)
By Ivan Velez

Publication dates 1994 to 1997, MILESTONE MEDIA: Blood Syndicate, Static, My Name Is Holocaust (ongoing
monthlies)
Written by Ivan Velez

Publication dates 1996 to 1998: Marvel Comics: Ghost Rider, Venom Sign Of The Cross, and Abominations
(ongoing monthlies)

Publication Dates 1996 to 2009: DC Comics: Adventure Comics, Flinch, Power Puff Girls, Scooby Doo, Ben 10,
and Eradicator (one-shots and mini-series)
Written by Ivan Velez

Publication date 2004/2007, JUICY MOTHER 1 & 2 (short stories)
Published by Jennifer Camper
Story and Art by Ivan Velez Jr.

Publication date 2005, TALES OF THE CLOSET: ONE TWO THREE
The Collected Tales Volume 1 (stand-alone)
By Ivan Velez Jr.

Publication date 2007, DEAD HIGH YEARBOOK (stand alone)
Published by Dutton/Penguin
Edited, co-written and co-designed by Ivan Velez Jr.



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