Over 25 years experience in art direction, copywriting and graphic design, as well as running own illustration studio.
Have also written articles for the trade, and lectured and performed multimedia slide shows on art and popular culture
at universities and cultural institutions around the country.
Experience and Accomplishments
2004-2005 Creative Director, Charlex, New York, NY
Oversaw animatic test commercial production; interfaced with artists, computer editors and ad agencies.
2003 Wrote, edited and designed The Silver Age of Comic Book Art
Published by Collectors Press, Portland, Oregon (www.collectorspress.com)
Coffeetable book about eight legendary comic book artists and how their work in the 1960s (“The Silver
Age”) reflected not only the changes within the medium, but in American society as well. Winner of The
Independent Book Publishers Award for Best Pop Culture Book of 2003.
2000-2002 Art Director/Copywriter, The Ad Store, New York, NY
Art directing, designing, and copywriting on a variety of accounts, including Reynolds, Alitalia and
Hypnotic.com, a website showing short films.
1997-2000 Art Director/Copywriter, Messner Vetere Berger McNamee Schmetterer, New York, NY
Wrote and art directed a series of 30-second TV spots for MCI accounts. Responsibilities included casting,
choosing directors, working with production houses, overseeing off- and online editing, and music
production. Art directed collateral print.
1991 Conceived, edited and designed Visions From The Twilight Zone
Published by Chronicle Books, San Francisco
Coffeetable book that combined images from the classic TV series designed as black and white art
photography, with lines of dialogue and narration designed as poetry.
1984-present Illustrator (www.arlenschumer.com)
Producing comic book-styled art for the editorial and advertising illustration markets; clients have included
national and international agencies, and national consumer magazines.
1986-1988 Illustrator, Continuity Associates, New York, NY
Illustrated comps, storyboards, and animatics for the advertising industry.
1983-1986 Art Director, Dancer, Fitzgerald, Sample, New York, NY
Created print ads for Nabisco’s Almost Home Cookies account, storyboarded numerous TV accounts,
including Wendy's and Mounds/Almond Joy.
1982-1983 Designer, NBC Television, New York, NY
Designed graphics for Late Night with David Letterman and Saturday Night Live; received Emmy Award for
Best Television Graphics in 1983.
1980-1982 Designer, WNET Thirteen, New York, NY
Designed television graphics, show openings, and animated station ID’s.
Educational Background 1976-1980 BFA-Graphic Design, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI