ABOUT

Lover of all black Converse, black and white patterns, donuts and funnel cakes.

Native Annapolitan, Darin Gilliam (also known as Darin Michelle), graduated with a B.A. in Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. She has worked professionally as an independent Graphic Designer for 10+ years. In an effort to create her own creative lane, Darin established 19FIFTYTHREE, a design company and brand, which caters to small creative businesses, creatives, and design enthusiasts.

In the Fall of 2017, Darin and her company, 19FIFTYTHREE formed an official partnership with ArtFarm Annapolis. Through this partnership, a retail area within the ArtFarm space was created to sells art and goods from local artist and makers, or those who have ties to the Annapolis area. Beyond retail, Darin and ArtFarm Founder, Alison Harbaugh focus on bringing quality and creative events, classes, workshops, and resources to the Annapolis community.

Through the design end of 19FIFTYTHREE, Darin also serves as Principal Designer of the Symmetry Agency. Focusing on branding for businesses and organizations, she is able to take her first love of bringing creative visions to life and apply it to her everyday work.

Beyond Design

Beyond her work in the design industry, Darin serves her community through a number of channels, including:

  • Organizer & Creative Director, Annapolis Arts Week
  • Board Member, Maryland Federation of Art
  • Resource Development Specialist, Black Jedi Zulu
  • Member, Annapolis Arts Alliance