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TC at Work: Rebecca Solow

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TC at Work: Rebecca Solow

Solow, an accomplished illustrator, has illustrated CD covers, wine labels, the cover of the University of Hartford telephone directory, and even designed tattoos for "private clients.”

TC at Work: Rebecca Solow

Solow has her own Web site (www.rebeccasolow.com) and co-writes a blog, http://runningwithpaintbrushes.blogspot.com.

Who She Is
Rebecca Solow is the academic secretary for the Program in Social Studies in the Department of Arts and Humanities. She’s responsible for a range of administrative duties for the office on the fourth floor of Zankel Hall, from coordinating course schedules to helping students through the registration process.
 
Road to TC
 
Rebecca grew up in the Boston area and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration from the Hartford Art School in 2006. Soon after, she headed to New York City, working as a freelance illustrator while holding down a job at an art gallery and teaching art classes. She joined TC in the fall of 2007 as a temporary employee, but spent less than a week as a temp before being hired. “I was really ready for a full-time job,” she says.
 
Most Memorable TC Experience
 
“The most memorable parts of the job for me are watching students graduate. I am one of the first people students see when they come in and I’m one of the last people they see as they go out, so to watch that whole process is really fun and memorable.”
 
In Her Spare Time
 
Rebecca may be a secretary by day but at night and on the weekends, she’s an illustrator—and an accomplished one at that. Her work has appeared in Highlights magazine, she’s illustrated CD covers, wine labels, the cover of the University of Hartford telephone directory, and even designed tattoos for “private clients.” She has her own Web site (www.rebeccasolow.com) that features her artwork, and co-writes a blog, Running with Paintbrushes (http://runningwithpaintbrushes.blogspot.com) with two other illustrators. And when she finds the time, she’s an avid photographer, often taking shots in and around TC.
 
Did You Know?
 
She’s in the process of writing and illustrating a couple of children’s books, and in the fall she’ll travel to Egypt for six weeks with a team from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She’ll be doing technical drawings of various artifacts at a dig that the museum has been excavating for the last few years. “It was a grueling, five-hour interview and I had to do a sample drawing and answer a ton of question. But I got the job. It’s all so unreal. I don’t even know what to expect. I’m just looking forward to it so much.”
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