Shannon Sankar, Owner / Lead Graphic Artist & Creative Director

Shannon studied Art at Bridgewater College and has worked professionally in graphics, web design, and freehand artwork since 1996.


At Sign Pro in Harrisonburg, VA, Shannon worked in sign production, customer service and quality control.

In 1999, Shannon became the Creative Director for VerStandig Broadcasting, a multi-station radio group in Harrisonburg, VA (News Radio 550, WSVA; Q101). Shannon worked closely with account managers, developing the radio commercial scripts for all of the local advertising with each of the stations. Shannon became a Certified Professional Commercial Copywriter with the Radio Association of Broadcasters (RAB).


In 2004, Shannon co-founded B.S. Ideas, Inc., a marketing and advertising firm. As co-owner and Creative Director, Shannon worked as the graphic designer for the firm, developing countless print ads, brochures, logos, websites, flyers, posters and more. Additionally, Shannon continued her work in copywriting: scripting broadcast commercial messages as well as information for press releases and copy for brochures and websites.


Shannon's work can seen throughout Central Virginia on logos, building signage, vehicle wraps and graphics, as well as on collateral material for many professionals and organizations throughout the Shenandoah Valley.


Though Shannon has primarily worked, professionally, in graphic design, she has never abandoned her love for freehand artwork. From murals to simple freehand sketches, Shannon enjoys every opportunity to create artwork that is fun, attractive, and sends a positive message.


Kim Emerson, Associate Graphic Designer / Photographer

Kim joins Standout Arts after more than 12 years with Gentry Photography in Harrisonburg, VA.  From 2002 to 2014, Kim worked at Gentry Photography as Assistant Studio Manager, Studio Photographer, and On-Site & Events Photographer.  Kim worked to capture portrait photography for individuals and groups as well as event photography for athletic events and commercial on-site photography.

Additionally, Kim's experience includes Graphic Design and the development of Creative Marketing Materials working to design postcards, flyers, brochures and print advertisements.


Kim is an artistic products' creator with vast experience in the development of customized artwork such as wall art, photo books, greeting and announcement cards, as well as a prolific copywriter with experience in developing in-house and outside marketing materials.  From branding to promotional campaign development, Kim's work in copywriting, copy proofing and ad-related graphic design brings a broad spectrum of key marketing design services to Standout Arts, LLC.


As Associate Graphic Designer and Photographer for Standout Arts, Kim works directly with Shannon, as well as Standout Arts clients, to deliver eye-catching graphics for a variety of design projects.  Kim provides our clients with highly detailed Photoshop work for image editing as well as professional, skilled on-site and commercial photography services.


Kim also brings her freehand artistic skills to Standout Arts with beautiful paintings, sketches (including portraits and architectural drawings), and murals.




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