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Whitney Holden

Program Coordinator, Undergraduate Communication Design: Graphic Design
Lecturer, Communication Design: Graphic Design
Department of Design

Art Building, Room 345E

Website: Whitney Holden



Whitney Holden is an award-winning graphic designer, creative director, design mentor, artist, and entrepreneur. She has created brands, designed publications, and won national awards for small local agencies and global entities such as Funimation, Flower Mound, Texas, and Mary Kay, Dallas. Holden has served in creative leadership positions as the design studio supervisor at Mary Kay and recently as the creative director at Dodd Creative, Dallas. She has previous teaching experience as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Texas at Arlington. Her leadership and teaching styles come from a place of empathy, lifelong learning and continual self-improvement.

Holden earned a B.F.A. in studio art with a concentration in communication design from the University of Texas at Arlington and co-founded the first American Institute of Graphic Arts student group in the area. Upon graduation, she transitioned to a board position with the parent chapter, AIGA Dallas Fort Worth. Over the years, Holden served the board in various roles, including secretary and membership director. She frequently returns to AIGA DFW to mentor, speak, and continue to serve. Her contributions to the community have also been recognized outside of AIGA; in 2018, she was named one of Ad 2 Dallas' 32 Under 32.

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