Alumni Stories

Jeffrey Veregge

Industrial Design

Senior Designer for Masterworks
The Art Institute of Seattle

Jeffrey Veregge

I can work all night on a project and feel fantastic and energized. When I go to bed I can't sleep because I'm so excited about what I just created. Jeffrey Veregge , Senior Designer for Masterworks Associate of Applied Arts in Industrial Design Technology, 2000 , The Art Institute of Seattle

Jeffrey Veregge is working as a senior designer for Masterworks. He started as an intern and worked his way up into production art, design, studio management—and now senior designer. “We’re a marketing company to nonprofits. We do catalogs, magazine ads, and digital.” Jeffrey springs into action when there’s an emergency, such as a typhoon or earthquake, to create needed materials for clients.

Jeffrey’s work is also featured in an exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York City. The exhibition is titled “Jeffrey Veregge: Of Gods and Heroes” and tells the story of cross-pollinating influences between Indigenous traditions and modern pop culture. Veregge’s mural is inspired by his Salish heritage—he’s a member of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe in Washington State. The artwork features phrases from his tribal language and motifs from his tribe.

His exhibit is described by Smithsonian Magazine as, “Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor, and a dozen other superheroes team up to fend off an alien invasion. It sounds more like the stuff of the megaplex than the museum. But this larger-than-life scene, displayed in a richly colorful mural, is what visitors to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York City will encounter as they make their way from the grand rotunda to its exhibition spaces.”

Jeffrey is well-known for his personal art, Salish Geek. “I take my passions for comic books, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and blend it with my Native American heritage and designer background.” He jokes that he still has the same creative dreams that he did as a child. “I still read comics, I still love toys, I’ve never grown up and I don’t feel the need to do that. I feel connected to the characters that I’ve always loved. I’m connected to the genres that I care most about. “

Jeffrey, who in 2000 earned an Associate of Applied Arts in Industrial Design Technology from The Art Institute of Seattle, says that he’s always had a talent for drawing. “Having those kind of passions and having those skills is never enough. If you really want to make it, you have to work at it.” He says that his education helped him to fine-tune his passion and focus it into a career path that’s led him to his present position. “I can work all night on a project and feel fantastic and energized. When I go to bed I can’t sleep because I’m so excited about what I just created.

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