Kari Peterson

Kari (Gunter-Seymour) Peterson has been named director, creative services, in Advancement Communication and Marketing.

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Ohio University names director, creative services, for Advancement Communication and Marketing


Kari (Gunter-Seymour) Peterson– a communications designer and photographer with 20 years’ experience in the field of design, photography, marketing strategy, assessment and visual communication – has been named director, creative services, in Ohio University’s Office of Advancement Communications and Marketing. She begins work January 19.

Over the past fifteen years, Peterson worked in communications design at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine focusing her skills on web development and design, as well as the print and digital needs of the offices of alumni, development and admissions and Today’s D.O. magazine. She has been the recipient of many national awards for pieces she designed for the college.

Prior to her work at the Heritage College, Peterson was employed by the Gianfagna Group, Marietta, focusing on identity, brand management, integrated marketing, strategy and design communication for local, national, and international corporations; providing research, concepting, design, creative direction and production services.

“Everything about this position is exciting to me, Peterson says. “I am looking forward to returning to an agency style work environment. This model allows ‘up close and personal’ interaction with staff and other individuals within the office of University Advancement, as well as those across the campus who may be in need of our services. Meeting one-on-one with people and developing relationships will allow me to gain meaningful insight into the individual needs of our client base, to best engage the interest of their specific target audiences while maintaining established branding standards which clearly represent Ohio University and the office of University Advancement.”

Peterson is a founding member of the team that created the Nelsonville Arts District’s Final Fridays on the Square, and a key member assisting in the development of Hocking College’s innovative American Crafts Design and Marketing curriculum for the College of Arts and Sciences, which has begun its tenth successful year. She is the founder/curator of a series of events entitled “Women of Appalachia Project,” (WOAP) which showcases the visual and spoken word art of women living in the many underserved counties of Appalachia. WOAP is currently celebrating its 6th successful year.

Peterson is an alumna of Ohio University with a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design and has nearly completed a master of arts in commercial photography. Peterson’s photographs have been published in various publications including The Sun Magazine, Storm Cellar Quarterly, and Appalachian Heritage Magazine.

Peterson also is a poet. Her work appears in several journals and periodicals including, Rattle, East Coast Literary Review, A Narrow Fellow, Clover, Westward Quarterly and The LA Times. One of her poems was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.