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After completing her BA in Printmaking at UCR, Ms. Mayor went on to earn an MFA in Art from Claremont Graduate University. Before finishing her degree Ms. Mayor began teaching at Chaffey Community College and then later at Mount San Antonia Community College. Concurrently, she began a freelance design career which led to a full-time position in 1980 as senior graphic designer in the Publications Department at the University of La Verne. There she was responsible for the creation of a variety of university publications, including text books, student recruitment materials, department brochures, theater posters, and annual reports. She worked in that capacity for ten years, occasionally teaching part-time in La Verne’s Communications and Art Department. Encouraged by her students and family, Ms. Mayor decided to return to her first passion “full-time teaching” and in 1990 she began her career in the Art Department at Cal Poly Pomona where she is currently a Professor in the Art Department.
During her tenure at Cal Poly Pomona, Ms. Mayor received the Academic Program's Award for Outstanding Faculty Advisor, and the Dean's Award for Outstanding Faculty. In 1994-5 she led a group of students in designing the University’s award winning logo. She is the recipient of numerous grants including 3 University Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA) grants and 3 College Creativity/Travel grants. Ms. Mayor is responsible for the development of the BFA degree in Graphic Design and helped to develop the following new courses: Graphic Design Seminar, Professional Practices in Graphic Design and Package Design.
In 2006, Professor Mayor was an invited guest speaker at the International Conference on Creative Design at Chaoyang University in Taiwan where her commitment to engage students in political issues through a unique design methodology was recognized. Her presentation titled “Inciting History: The Political/Social Poster” featured a decade of Cal Poly Pomona student design work addressing some of the most serious global concerns. Her student’s work has also been featured in Graphis, RotoVision’s Color Management series, Design Education in Progress, and How Magazine. Ms. Mayor was also an invited speaker at the AIGA Schools of Thought Conference and for the Quintessence Design Education Conference both held at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
Mayor continues to produce and exhibit her art work both regionally and nationally. Her work has been exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center, at Irene Carlson Photography Gallery at ULV, the L.A. Artcore Brewery Annex Gallery, the Runnels Gallery at Eastern New Mexico University, the Turner Print Museum at Chico State, the Bradbury Gallery at Arkansas State University, Kohn Turner Gallery in L.A., the Arco Center For Visual Arts, and U.C. Irvine’s Art Gallery. Mayor’s art work is also included in "The Security Pacific Collection, 1970-1985: Selected Works;” in the American Council on Education, Washington, DC Collection; and has been published in two of Rotovison’s “Color Management” books.
Professor Mayor’s clients include the City of Pomona, California State Polytechnic University (College of Environmental Design, College of Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences, School of Education and Integrative Studies, College of Business, College of the Extended University, W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery, President's Office), Riverside Art Museum, Trans America Insurance, Six Flags Movieland Wax Museum, Palisades Pacific Group, Inc., Mosby Publishing, University of La Verne, and the LA Philharmonic.