M. Teresa Valero
Co-founder and Creative Director of Third Floor Design (1992), a student-run design studio that provides high-quality design services for nonprofit organizations in Tulsa and surrounding areas. Teresa is interested in community work and how the upcoming designer, what Steven Heller calls, the “Citizen Designer”. One that is aware of local needs, global trends and sustainability of design. In addition to her teaching duties, she works as a documentary photographer and graphic designer, winning many awards in advertising and design some include the Tulsa Addy Awards, Graphex, and Creativity Today. Valero's photographs have been exhibited in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arizona, Texas, Georgia and Arkansas; overseas her work has been seen in Venezuela, Spain, Lebanon, Syria and Canada.
She has curated many exhibitions most recently Journey to America, (the exhibition is the stories of immigrants and/or first generation Americans, their experiences of coming to the U.S.) a documentary photography show that is housed at YWCA Multi Cultural Center and recently had a second opening at the Williams Company in Tulsa. Journey to America is traveling across Oklahoma including the Capitol.
Education and Degrees Earned
- Master of Arts in Art History, University of Kansas
Areas of Academic Specialty
- Graphic Design
Previous Relevant Work Experience
- Art Director for advertising agencies both in the U.S. and Venezuela
- American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
- Board member for the AIGA XCD (Cross Cultural Design)
- Art Directors Club of Tulsa
- American Advertising Federation Tulsa