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ABOUT VENI

Veni has enjoyed a long and rewarding career in the creative field as a communication specialist, art director, teacher, writer, designer, photographer, illustrator, team leader, and production manager. She’s been recognized for her work in design, conservation, cultural documentation, and art.

Veni credits her grandmother Yula Robinson Danna, a small business owner, for instilling a work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit. Veni early enterprises involved selling eggs to the neighbors, art to classmates, giving riding lessons, modeling for local clothiers, and designing political campaigns. A fun beginning. Today, she operates a solo design studio and helps to manage Marsh Dog, a eco dog treat company she founded with her siblings.

As a communication specialist, Veni’s been involved with multiple branding and marketing efforts for higher education, non-profit, and private sector clients. Her graduate thesis centered on branding the Louisiana Black Bear. Subsequently she was asked to lead implementation of the new brand and communications strategy for the BBCC (Black Bear Conservation Coalition). Veni also makes presentations for the Louisiana Small Business Development Center.

As an art director, Veni’s led multiple teams and enjoyed collaborating with other professionals whose combined skill sets benefitted the projects. I was the team leader on the national award winning Louisiana Family Recovery Corps annual report and the point person on the re-branding of several large and integrated projects such as the first LSU capitol fundraising campaign which exceeded its goal of doubling the endowment, gift income, and estate commitments. She’s been on both sides of the camera as director of photography be it stylist, location, props, or model.

As an teacher, Veni taught senior students in the LSU School of Art Graphic Design program, many of whom went on to win regional recognition for work executed under her guidance. The class she developed focused on integrated communications and connected students with real life design challenges. Her students partnered with CCELL (Center for Community Engagement, Learning & Leadership), Graduate Marketing, and LBTC (Louisiana Business & Technology Center). In addition, the classes were CXC (Communication Across the Curriculum) certified to improve written, oral, visual, and technological communication skills. Several class clients such as the Louisiana Old State Capitol, Cat Haven, and Delta Service Corps adopted work. She also taught design software to high school students and art to MDA summer campers and elementary children.

As a writer, Veni developed editorial and creative copy for multiple award-winning projects such as the Chancellor’s annual report and the “LSU Unique” undergraduate recruiting campaign. She’s a published author of non-fiction and is currently working on the story of Barq’s Root Beer (and other projects).

As a visual artist, Veni has exhibited fine art photography across the country in juried shows. She is especially interested in the documentary study of hand-painted commercial signage in Louisiana.

Veni contributes time and talent to a number of charitable and civic initiatives such as breast cancer awareness, youth advancement, responsible pet ownership and rescue, and environmental education.


Education

M.F.A. degree in Graphic Design. Louisiana State University 12/2010.
B.F.A. in Graphic Design with minors in photography and history. Louisiana State University 12/1981.
Fellow at Loyola Institute of Environmental Communication. 9/2013


Partial Listing of Awards/Honors

American Advertising Federation (national) Silver Award

7th District American Advertising Federation (regional) Multi Addy Awards

Advertising Federation of Greater Baton Rouge (local) Multi Golds & Best in Shows, Mosaic Award

Multiple awards for fine art & documentary photography from juried shows across the U.S.
Admissions Marketing Awards (national) Best in Show, Golds, Multi Awards of Merit

University & College Designers Association (national & regional) Multi Awards of Merit

Council for the Advance & Support of Education (national & regional) Multi Gold Awards

International Association of Business Communicators (national) Multi Awards of Excellence

Southeastern Council of College Unions (regional) Multi Awards of Merit

Southern Public Relations Federation (regional) Multi Lantern Awards

LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Juried Show (national) Multi Award Recipient

International Television Video Association (international) Golden Reel Award

Printing Industry Association of the South, Inc. (regional) Multi Awards of Excellence

Artist Mini Grant / Photography, Louisiana Division of the Arts

Veni with grandmother Yula Robinson Danna

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