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After earning a Bachelor in Environmental Design in Visual Design from North Carolina State University, Martha Lewis spent the subsequent fifteen years working in the advertising and design profession on the east coast eventually establishing her own client base.
Branching out into academia in 1999, Martha began teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University. Shifting focus to academia full-time in 2001, she moved to the Middle East where she was an Assistant Professor at VCU's satellite campus in Qatar, teaching in the Communication Design program and serving as Area Coordinator of the program.
Venturing back to the US, Martha moved to Portland in 2006. At that point, she maintained a small design business while teaching communication design part-time at PCC, Clark College, and PNCA. From 2013 through 2018 Martha was an Associate Professor fulfilling the position of Lead Faculty for the Communication Design program at PNCA.
Her international experience teaching continues and most recently traveled to Nanning, China in the summer of 2018 where she co-taught week-long design workshops. She believes creating as well as teaching others to create clearly enhances the work produced in both the profession and academia.
In addition, Martha is currently a member of the AIGA Portland Board serving as Education Director. Accomplishments in this role include organizing "THE MIX", AIGA portfolio reviews for recent graduates in the Portland area, as well as co-curating "Cuban Ephemera", a Cuban screen printed poster exhibition, and organizing a lecture by Cuban designers Michele Hollands and Idania del Rio.