Erika Cleaves

  • Senior Graphic Designer at Petersen Automotive Museum
  • Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Museums and Institutions

Previous positions

  • Graphic Designer at Petersen Automotive Museum
  • Lead Graphic Designer at Cutcraft Music Group


James Madison University, Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Graphic Design



Graduating from a liberal arts college in 2009 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design and minor in Studio Art, I threw myself head first in to the vibrant world of visual arts. I have over 10 years of design experience in areas spanning from boutique design agencies, theaters, newspapers, magazines, universities, museums and financial consulting firms.


  • Senior Graphic Designer

    Petersen Automotive Museum

    March 2018 – Present(1 year 7 months)Greater Los Angeles Area

  • Graphic Designer

    Petersen Automotive Museum

    August 2016 – March 2018(1 year 7 months)Greater Los Angeles Area

  • Lead Graphic Designer

    Cutcraft Music Group

    November 2015 – November 2017(2 years)West Hollywood, CA

  • Creative Manager (Freelance)

    SNL Financial

    March 2014 – August 2016(2 years 5 months)Charlottesville, Virginia Area

    Performing a variety of tasks, such as the creation and development of print and online advertising, email marketing, newsletters, front-end web site design, and creating stage designs for conference events.

  • Graphic Designer

    Tom Tom Founders Festival

    November 2014 – May 2015(6 months)Charlottesville, Virginia Area

    Responsible for creating a wide variety of designs including digital designs used for website and e-mail, and printed marketing collateral including brochures, press kits, flyers, posters, invitations, signage, and more.

  • Assistant Director of Communications

    Semester At Sea / ISE

    April 2013 – March 2014(11 months)Charlottesville, Virginia Area

    Responsible for developing a wide array of materials including custom illustrations, posters, HTML emails, event signage, social media presences, direct mail pieces, designing products for our online store, brochures, and more.

  • Lead Graphic Designer

    Ivy Publications and Perch Design & Marketing

    March 2012 – April 2013(1 year 1 month)Charlottesville, Virginia Area

    Creating original print ads for local businesses, designing the layout and cover of a variety of publications each month.

  • Graphic Designer

    The Daily News-Record

    March 2011 – March 2012(1 year)Harrisonburg, Virginia

    Creating original print ads for local business and design the layout of a daily newspaper. Also designed specialty publications including weekly guides.

  • Freelance Graphic Designer

    KW Design Studio

    February 2009 – August 2011(2 years 6 months)Staunton, Virginia

    Created highly engaging visual content for clients including data visualizations, website marketing collateral, print collateral, and more.

  • Marketing and Publications Coordinator

    American Shakespeare Center

    March 2010 – March 2011(1 year)Staunton, Virginia

  • Student Graphic Designer

    CISAT Creative Services

    August 2007 – May 2008(9 months)Harrisonburg, Virginia


  • James Madison University

    Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Graphic Design

    2005 – 2009

Skills & Expertise

  • Advertising
  • Decks
  • Print Publication Design
  • Brochures
  • Graphic Design
  • Publications
  • Print Collateral Design
  • Video Editing
  • Print Production
  • MailChimp
  • Newspaper Design
  • Photography
  • Art Direction
  • Graphics
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Logo Design
  • Flyers
  • Creative Services
  • Branding & Identity
  • Collateral
  • Microsoft Office
  • Art Exhibitions
  • Invitations
  • Corporate Identity
  • Research
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Editing
  • Online Advertising
  • Page Layout
  • Adobe Indesign CC
  • Exhibit Design
  • Photoshop
  • Newsletters
  • Squarespace
  • Concept Development
  • Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Design
  • WordPress
  • Typography
  • Visual Communication
  • Social Media
  • Web Design
  • Brand Development
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Email Marketing


  • AIGA


Volunteer Experience & Causes

Causes Erika cares about:

  • Animal Welfare
  • Arts and Culture
  • Children
  • Civil Rights and Social Action
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Human Rights