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graphic arts executive

Michele Annette Cruz, American graphic arts executive. Recipient 1st place Newspaper Design award, North Carolina School Public Relations Association, 1988, 3d Place Overall award, Icarus International Art. Competition, 2002.


Cruz, Michele Annette was born on March 1, 1964 in Elyria, Ohio, United States. Daughter of Daniel Tristian and Donna Marie (Wolff) Carpenter.


Attended, Bridgewater College, 1984. Bachelor, Wake Forest University, 1986.


Editor sports, photo, news Nashville Graphic, 1986—1988. Assistant director public information Nash County Schools, 1988—1989. Public editor, designer Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce, 1989—1990.

Director public information, instructor art North Carolina Wesleyan College, 1990—1995. Teacher art, photography Rocky Mount Senior High School, 1995—1998. Co-owner Cruz Gallery of Fine Art, Tarboro, 1998—1999.

Director graphic arts Carolina Industrial Resources, Rocky Mount, 1998—2003, manager flexographic quality control, 2001—2003. Owner, graphic designer C2 Printing and Design, Inc., Nashville, since 2003. Trainee graphic arts technical American Press, Inc., Gordonsville, Virginia, 1980—1982.

Pressman, bindery worker Carolina Office Equipment Company, Rocky Mount, 1984—1985. Director public relations Rocky Mount/Nash Special Olympics, 1987—1989.


  • Other Work

    • Editor (designer): (catalogue) African-American Quilts, North Carolina Wesleyan College, 2003. Exhibitions include Mims Gallery, North Carolina Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, North Carolina, 1999, selected copperwork, Rose Hill Plantation, Nashville, North Carolina, 2001-2002, Via Cappaccino Coffeehouse, Rocky Mount, North Carolina, 2001-2002.


Volunteer reader Down East Radio Reading Service, Rocky Mount, North Carolina, since 2002. Chair of public education committee Cause and Concern, Battleboro, since 2001. Curator Quigless Clinic Hospital History Exhibit, Tarboro, since 2000.

Volunteer counselor Big Bros/Big Sisters of Nash and Edgecombe Counties, Rocky Mount, 1986—2000. Church liaison Rocky Mount Pregnancy Center, since 1990. Youth bible teacher Temple Bible Church, 1989—2002.

Member of Temple Bible Church, North Carolina Wesleyan Archaeol. Society, University and College Designers Association, Tar River Chorus.


  • Other Interests

    Writing, photography, reading, bible study.


Married Derrick Ralph Cruz (divorced ). 1 child Jasper Jonas.

Daniel Tristian Carpenter

Donna Marie (Wolff) Carpenter

Derrick Ralph Cruz

Jasper Jonas Cruz