Jo Kubran attended The Academy
of Art University in San Francisco earning a BFA degree in Graphic Design/Advertising in 1980 along
with The Best in Show award at the
annual student exhibition. After graduating, she worked as a designer
at various design firms and as an art director at a major advertising agency before launching her own graphic design business in San Francisco. She later accepted a position as a designer in retail advertising for a nationwide corporation. During these years she also studied photography, first at The Academy of Art University, and then under the tutelage of photographer
Rod Dresser, former assistant to Ansel Adams. After moving to Tucson in 1995, she continues to pursue her love of photography.