Leslie Haines

Associate Professor

Leslie Haines
615-904-8239
Room 214, John Bragg Media and Entertainment Building (BRAGG)
MTSU Box 64, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • M.F.A., Marywood University (2008)
  • M.A., Syracuse University (1992)
  • B.S., SUNY College Buffalo, NY (1983)

Areas of Expertise

graphic design, editorial design, advertising design, conceptual and strategic thinking, copy writing, portfolio development, professional practices.

Biography

Leslie Haines, associate professor, earned an MFA in graphic design at Marywood University and an MA in advertising design at Syracuse University. She comes to MTSU from the Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville, where she was academic director of the graphic & web design and advertising programs. She also served as chair of graphic design at Watkins College of Art, Design and Film, building their BFA in Graphic Design program.

Prior to becoming an educator, Haines worked in u...

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Leslie Haines, associate professor, earned an MFA in graphic design at Marywood University and an MA in advertising design at Syracuse University. She comes to MTSU from the Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville, where she was academic director of the graphic & web design and advertising programs. She also served as chair of graphic design at Watkins College of Art, Design and Film, building their BFA in Graphic Design program.

Prior to becoming an educator, Haines worked in upstate New York at The Syracuse Newspapers and in Nashville at The Tennessean in the marketing and advertising departments. For over a decade, Haines ran her own advertising and design business where she worked with a roster of local and national clients including musicians, hospitals, retail, film and newspaper-industry publications. She currently provides advertising design for Kenney Chesney and Shawn Mendes through The Messina Group. Two of her hat designs were sold at Target stores nationwide and she designed the most recent arts license plate for the state of Tennessee. Haines has been the recipient of 19 ADDY awards, the American Advertising Federation "Teacher of the Year" for 7th District and serves as a judge for ADDY competitions across the country.

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Creative Activity

Haines explores digital collage in her personal design work. From 2014–2015, she developed a 30-piece illustrative series called "Animal Abecedary". The alphabet series explores storytelling through letterpress type, original drawings, old book pages, texture and color. Not your typical alphabet, the imagery is at once sophisticated and playful, appealing to adults and children alike. "Animal Abecedary" been selected for juried exhibitions in national and international art shows and mus...

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Haines explores digital collage in her personal design work. From 2014–2015, she developed a 30-piece illustrative series called "Animal Abecedary". The alphabet series explores storytelling through letterpress type, original drawings, old book pages, texture and color. Not your typical alphabet, the imagery is at once sophisticated and playful, appealing to adults and children alike. "Animal Abecedary" been selected for juried exhibitions in national and international art shows and museums including the Frist Art Museum, Artclectic at University School, and Nashville International Airport. Her work was also selected for exhibition in a juried show in Cairns, Queensland and is now available as a book from Schiffer Publishing.

Currently, Haines is working on a series of digital collage portraits of breast cancer survivors titled "The Real Wonder Women." These images are personal reflections of each woman that reflect her joys, her passions, her inspirations, and where she derives her strength. The portraits are printed on 20- by 20-inch canvases and each woman receives a copy of her portrait as a reminder to remain strong. Haines has obtained grant money for the printing of these portraits. The series will hang in Nasvhille International Airport starting in September 2019. 

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