curriculum vitae

Erica A de F. {Shugg}

University of Connecticut
Bachelor of Fine Arts-Graphic Design

  • Designer, Jorgensen Center for Performing Arts
  • Manager, Design Center
  • Designer, UConn’s Poetic Journeys program
  • Art Director and Designer, Long River Review
  • Graphics Editor, UConn’s The Daily Campus


PATH Intl. Certified Equine Specialist [ESMHL]
PATH Intl. Certified Instructor for Therapeutic Riding
International Society of Rider Bio-mechanics Certified Instructor [currently in training; ISRB]
Natural Lifemanship – RhythmicRiding
Trained in Horse Boy Method Sensory Work
Red Cross CPR and First Aid Certified
Mental Health First Aid Certified

Professional Experience

The Summer House [Summer House Creative, Inc.]
Founder, Designer + Photographer, 2008 – Present

Tribble Creative Group
Designer + Art Director, 2007 – 2008

Coker College [Hartsville, SC]
Guest Presenter, 2008 – 2012

York Technical College
Adjunct Professor, 2007

Pure Creative, LLC
Senior Designer + Creative Director, 2006 – 2007

Unicomm, LLC
Senior Designer, 2003 – 2006

“Graphic design is the paradise of individuality, eccentricity, heresy, abnormality, hobbies, and humors.” — G. Santayana

Special Projects + Board Positions

Equuvation, Inc. // Founder
The Discovery Trail at Rocky Creek // Co-Founder
The Society Guide // Co-Founder
Crafted Honey Co. // Co-Owner
Race2Ring // Chairman of the Board / Marketing
Misty Meadows Mitey Riders // Board of Directors

“Life beats down and crushes the soul, and art reminds you that you have one.”


Awards & Recognition

  • Gold Magellan Award for Consumer Direct Mail Campaign by Travel Weekly
  • Silver W3 Award for Web Design from the International Academy of Visual Arts
  • Communicator Gold Award of Excellence from the International Academy of the Visual Arts
  • Telly Award - Bronze – In categories of Education, Social Issues (2), Charitable/Non-Profit, Live Event
  • EVIE Award from the International Special Events Society – Best Graphic Design
  • Photo Laureate – Published Summer 2008
  • First Place from the Carolina Arts Commission Film Festival
  • International Association for Exhibition Management Award – Best Print Design
  • National Director’s Prize for Undergraduate Journal Design – University of Connecticut

Leadership Experiences

York Technical College – Adjunct Professor
Tribble Creative Group – Executive Leadership Team
Charlotte Chamber – Creative Services Council
Race2Ring – Chairman of the Board / Board Member
Misty Meadows Mitey Riders, Inc. – Board Member

Exhibitions in the Field

“Collective128: Photography IV” - Exhibiting Artist
“Street Dogs” - Exhibiting Artist
“Lille Liv” - Exhibiting Artist
“For Sale” - Exhibiting Artist + Student Curator
“Long River Review” - Exhibiting Artist + Student Curator First Annual Student Exhibition
“Class Action” - Exhibiting Artist Collaborative exhibition focusing on social issues
“University” - Exhibiting Artist + Student Curator “Poetic Journeys” - Exhibiting Artist Poetry in Motion Poster Exhibition and Poetry Jam

Film + Television

“Mitey Riders” - Producer – Mini-Documentary
“Assa Abloy” - Producer + Art Director - Product Trailer for International Manufacturing Company
“Grape Jelly” - Producer + Art Director - Award-Winning Short Film
“Tracey Reynolds” - Producer, Director and Concept - TV commercial for Real Estate Attorney
“” - Producer + Art Director - TV commercial concept and site for Superbowl / Doritos


Circle de Luz • One7 Academy • Triple Play Farm • Race2Ring • Misty Meadows Mitey Riders • drumSTRONG / DrumsForCures, Inc. • GIL Project, Inc. • Alexander Youth Network • Brook Hill Farm • KinderMourn • High Hopes Therapeutic Equestrian Center • Special Olympics – Equestrian • YALE Riding Program for Inner-City Kids • Local Soup Kitchens and Food Pantries • “Drive-by-Deeds” Concept