Patrick Burk

An army brat, Patrick was born and spent much of his life on military posts, attending 13 schools in 6 states and three countries before becoming a professional designer/illustrator in the mid 1960s, mixing work for Advertising Agencies and Counter-Culture Underground Comics and publications with no sense of conflict or irony.

His professional design career centered on the Washington D.C. area where he served a number of Advertising, Marketing and Graphic Design houses, eventually becoming the Creative Director for four D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia firms. During this time, his work was honored with over forty regional and national design awards.
Patrick came to Arizona in 1997, finding his way to SCC in the Spring of 1998, where a series of serendipitous events led to his becoming an adjunct instructor for the SCC art department, teaching courses in Computer Illustration, Design, and Imaging software as well as creating a Typography for the Digital Age and History of Graphic Design Courses for the SCC program.

Patrick, as his long-suffering students can attest, is an avid student of history, classic rock and classical music, film and is never at a loss for opinions on the state of contemporary pop culture. He does however gain some credibility with students for being a survivor of the ‘60s who attended the original Woodstock, owning a Head Shop and once spending an evening with the Rolling Stones in their hotel suite.