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Assistant Professor

University of Central Oklahoma


Sam Washburn is an illustrator and designer who has been working professionally since 2009. An avid doodler since the age of 5, Sam loves teaching and exploring new methods of art production. With an M.F.A. in design, he splits his time between illustrating, teaching at the University of Central Oklahoma as an assistant professor in design and research while kicking around Oklahoma and the Midwest.

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Partial Client List:

The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Houstonia, Piqued, Southbound Magazine, Macmillan Publishers, Scientific American, The Boston Globe, Harlequin Books, New Jersey Monthly, FleishmanHillard, Vegetarian Times, Spoke Marketing LLC, Pelopidas LLC, 405 Magazine, The St. Louis Beacon, St. Louis Magazine

Honors and Awards

Sam’s work has been recognized by Communication Arts, The Society of Illustrators (New York), American Illustration3×3Creative Quarterlythe Society of Illustrators of Los AngelesCMYK and the Oklahoma City American Advertising Awards.

Education and Certifications

M.F.A. in Design

Spring 2018

University of Central Oklahoma

B.F.A. in Communication Design

May 2009

Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts

Washington University in St. Louis

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