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Maine Teaching Certificate

Visual Arts

Grades K-12


National Arts
Education Association



Maine Arts
Education Association


1st Aid and CPR Certified



Adobe Creative Cloud


InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator


understanding of printing and


Wide range of
illustrative expertise


Team player







1st place Winner Idaho Press Club Awards
Graphics and
Page Design
2018, ‘16, ‘15, ‘14, ‘13 & ‘12

2nd place Winner
Maine Press Association

Graphics and Illustration


Master of Arts
in Teaching, 2020

Maine College of Art
Portland, ME


Bachelor of Fine Art
Painting, 1998

University of Massachusetts,
Amherst, MA

 Associate Degree
in Visual Art, 1995

Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA

Kaiser Creative – Idaho & Maine                                    1997–present 

“Working with Miss Kaiser is easy and professional. She is a given creative resource” – Paula Reynolds, Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce

  • Self-employed designer and illustrator

  • Collaborate directly with business owners and individuals to create graphic solutions for marketing or artwork for maps, diagrams, portraiture, and lettering. 

  • Creating a tourist map for Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center in California

  • Illustrated wetlands diagram for the Bureau of Land Management 

  • Designed Maine’s Camp Ketcha’s promotions and merchandise

Idaho Mt. Express  – Ketchum, Idaho                                   2011–2018

Graphic Artist

“The illustrations and designs that Kristen shares stem from her knowledge of the arts and her happiness of being a true artist.” – Tony Barriatua, Production manager

  • Member of a 3 person crew designing 2 national award-winning newspapers a week and various local publications

  • Launch ideas and take initiative on new projects

  • Layout newspaper stories according to styles, standards and seek ways to bend and stretch the rules while maintaining a cohesive, professional and eye-catching design

  • Illustrate special section covers, such as Wagon Days and the Jazz Fest in mixed media

  • Collaborate with journalists, photographers, and advertising reps to dream up innovative and imaginative ways to promote product and support articles

Current Publishing – Westbrook, Maine                          2006–2007

Graphic Designer 

“Kristen is a wonderfully flexible employee. No matter the size of the project, her creativity helped produce the most dynamic and appropriate design for every situation.” – Jason Rathbun, Lead Designer/Assistant Manager.

  • Page pagination for 8 weekly newspapers on an 8 member team

  • Work under 2-4 deadlines a day

  • Ad design, work with several ad reps to meet their needs

  • Consult with editors to achieve mutual illustrative answers


No Umbrella Media – Portland, Maine                                2002–2011

Art Director

“Miss Kaiser is an artistic juggernaut – she is a polished illustrator, a talented painter, a gifted paginator, and a deadline conscious workhorse... One the most talented and intuitive designers I’ve been around.” – Nick Callanan, President and Owner.

  • Created image identity, staying true to its roots, and assembling the monthly paper from drawing board to assisting with delivery.

  • Founding art director of monthly 32-page color tabloid

  • Work with marketing reps and business owners to build distinctive and effective display ads

  • Conceptualize and create graphics and illustrations to accompany feature stories

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