Name: Tyler Johnson
Hometown: Duluth–Twin Ports region
Current position: Operations-development manager at the Duluth Art Institute
Degree: Double major in advertising/public relations and graphic design, College of St. Scholastica, 2012
Turned down: UMD, Bemidji, and Mankato, and I think the U was in there too. I only applied in the state.
Why he stayed for college: I know all of the colleges in Minnesota are top-notch. Outside of the classroom in Duluth, there are a lot of arts and music things you can get involved with.
Why he stayed for work: One of the big things is that I feel that Minnesota supports the arts better than several other states. Culturally, it’s a really good mix of arts and music.
On his work: I do a lot of operations and office stuff, but a big part of my job is marketing and graphic design. I do some development work through sponsorships and finding people to sponsor exhibits. It takes somebody with a lot of different experience and a diverse skill set.
Experience gained at college: I was part of [a program] which connects local college students with local businesses. It gave me freelance work and opportunities to present my work and get first-hand experience.
What’s next: I foresee myself being here awhile. Someday I’d like to end up at an ad agency or a marketing agency doing work in design or web design.
On his Duluth: It’s a little-big town. You get the things you want out of a city, but it’s not hard to get away from the city life. You can go hunting or fishing.