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Brandon Jess (BJ) Alumbaugh

Education: University of Northern Iowa, BFA

Most of my interests peak right in the middle between traditional printmaking and graphic design. I have a strong love for design elements and typography as well as drawing and engraving practices. I pull from interests in hand lettering, border motifs, the occult, comics, zines, as well as low brow and psychedelic artwork. Much of my work contains spiritual undertones. Part of that stems from never being too religious but still wanting a meaningful narrative in it’s place. I feel that I can’t help but be a product of the digital age. However, I like to think of this background as a way to break down limitations and expand the possibilities of creating new, innovative work.

Alumbaugh grew up in rural Iowa and did his undergraduate studies at the University of Northern Iowa. While attending UNI, he excelled in both printmaking and design. He then moved on to work at Yee-Haw Industries, a renowned letterpress and design studio in Knoxville, TN. Since Yee-Haw’s closure in 2012, he has continued to do design and print work in the downtown Knoxville area. BJ has been involved in numerous portfolios and publications and continues to show work locally and nationally.

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