JTHS Alumni Spotlight Top Freelance Graphic Designer Gustavo Sanchez JT Central Class of 2011
Career & Education At-a-Glance
- American Academy of Art in Chicago, B.F.A. in Graphic Design
- Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors Design Competition, Finalist
- Photography Exhibition, American Academy of Art, Honorable Mention
Joliet Central High School alumnus Gustavo Sanchez (‘11) recognized early on that the creative arts brought him great joy and inspired an endless curiosity and drive to keep learning. With ambition and dedication, Gustavo followed his dream and now works as a freelance graphic designer, where he can use his creative mindset and sophisticated techniques on a daily basis.
During his time at Joliet Central High School, Sanchez took advantage of the opportunities available to him. During his freshman and sophomore year, Sanchez was an active member of the boys’ soccer team. In addition to his love for visual arts, Sanchez also explored and shared his love for music by being a valuable member of the Guitar Club and various Joliet Central choirs, including the Steeltones, Show Choir, Concert Choir, Madrigals, and the Bass Choir. He enjoyed the opportunity to perform in Joliet Central’s production of West Side Story, as well. His dedication to his studies and activities resulted in being selected for the National Honor Society.
Looking back on the education that helped prepare him for his career, Gustavo remembers that one teacher in particular inspired him the most. Sanchez said, “Lenore Branchaw-Harr was my art teacher the last two years of high school. She always showed me a new way to imagine and see things when it came to my art. She would always help me extend my boundaries in my art, technique, and goals in life.”
After completing his four years at Joliet Central, Gustavo took his artistic knowledge and abilities to the next level by studying diligently at The American Academy of Art in Chicago, graduating with a B.F.A. in Graphic Design. Never forgetting his Steelman roots, Sanchez is proud to have been contracted to paint the sets for Joliet Central's musical each year ever since he graduated from high school.
Sanchez has taken several of his best designs to competitions and has been recognized as a finalist for the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors Design Competition and received an Honorable Mention at an American Academy of Art Photography Exhibition.
When asked what advice he offers for current high school students, Sanchez says, “Don't give up when times get rough, frustrating, or if you feel stuck. Just say to yourself - this too shall pass, and continue to work hard and strive to reach your goals.” Sanchez also adds, “Surround yourself with people with similar goals in life, a positive mindset, and creativity.”