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Shelley Howard has been a prolific Chicago graphic artist for over 30 years. If you live in the Midwest, and have ever seen an ad for a Rock Concert produced by Jam Productions, then you are familiar with his work, because he has designed them all.

Shelley got his start in the fashion industry, designing ads and catalogs for Chicago’s cutting edge boutiques and designers in the early 70’s. After a stint at Triad Magazine, Shelley founded Jam Magazine with Arny Granat and Jerry Mickelson from Jam Productions. This lead to a long term association with Jam that has lasted over 3 decades. In Chicago, Shelley has designed print ads, posters, and flyers for such major venues as The World Music Theatre (now the Tweeter Center), Alpine Valley, Rosemont Horizon (now Allstate Arena), The Chicago Theatre, Aragon Ballroom, Park West, Riviera Theatre, Vic Theatre & Metro. His work also appears in Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Madison, Omaha, Iowa, and most midwestern college towns. Shelley has designed ad mats for such performers as Prince, Tom Petty, R.E.M. as well as numerous club acts and local bands.

Throughout the 80’s, Shelley produced a concept called Video Dancestand which presented music videos for a dance-club audience. This show appeared at such venues as Park West, Metro and Great America and was seen by thousands every weekend. The concept was nicknamed “ShelleyVision”, thus the name of the website. He has always been a major participant in the club, concert, restaurant and party scene, and many of the candid photos taken at these events appear in this website.

Shelley's hope is that this site will be a forum in which to display his work, and a vehicle for developing new contacts. Be sure to e-mail him at with your comments

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