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Education

2013 – 2016    Master of Fine Arts, Textiles Emphasis

                        Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Illinois

2011 – 2013    Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sculpture Emphasis

                        University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Missouri

2009 – 2013    Fine Arts Studio Courses

                        State Fair Community College, Sedalia, Missouri

Professional Experience

August 2016 to Present               Visiting Lecturer – Textiles

                                                Georgia State University, Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, Atlanta, Georgia

Courses:  Introduction to Textiles, Surface Design I, Surface Design II: Photo Screen Printing, Heat Techniques with Fabric, Selected Topics: Textiles and the Body,  Directed Study: Textile Design, Special Problems, Internship in Textile Design, Two-Dimensional Design.

May 2016 to August 2016           Museum Collections Assistant

                                                The University Museum, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Responsible for record management, the writing of processing/object-handling protocols, and supervision of graduate assistants. Also experienced in handling, storing, moving, and installation of art and artifacts, as well as the PastPerfect museum database.

Summer 2015 & Spring 2016       Graduate Research Assistant

                                                The University Museum, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Assisted in the cataloguing of objects in the Museum, as well as the creation of displays, transportation of objects, and exhibition installations.

Fall 2015                                  Teaching Assistant – 202F Introduction to Textiles

                                                Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Instructor on record for 200 level textiles course focusing on Indigo resist dyeing, silk screen-printing, felting, and handmade book arts.

Fall 2013 – Spring 2015             Graduate Studio Assistant

                                                Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Assistant to Laura Strand. Responsible for care and maintenance of the Textile studio, as well as preparation of material for introductory level textile courses.

Spring 2013                               Teaching Assistant

                                                University of Central Missouri

Assistant to Dr. Kathleen Desmond. Administrative and assessment responsibilities for General Studies Art History class incorporating aesthetics, art criticism, studio activities, and art history. 

Select Exhibitions

2017                Crossing Generations: Past, Present, & Future 

                        Hoffman Art Gallery, Portland, Oregon

                        Curator: Jane Sauer

                        Fantastic Fibers

   Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, Kentucky

   Juror: John Hopper

   Time Machine: A National Juried Exhibition of Original Wearable Arts

   D'Art Center, Norfolk, Virginia

   Juror: Carola Jones

                        Excellence in Fibers

                        New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks!, New Bedford Massachusetts

                        Juror: Gerhardt Knodel, Emily Zilber, Norma Minkowitz, and Melissa Leventon

2016                Take Root: Molecular Memory

                        Consuming Kinetics Dance Company’s Fall Dance Concert

                        Kranzberg Art Center, St. Louis, Missouri – Featured artist and costume designer

                        Quarantine

                        Metcalf Theater, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville – Featured artist and costume designer

   Sentience

                        Incubator Gallery, Kranzberg Arts Center, St. Louis, MO – Solo Exhibition

                        MFA Thesis Exhibition

                        SIUE Art & Design Gallery, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

                        MFA Invitational

                        St. Charles Community College, Cottleville, Missouri

                        SIUE Graduate Student Juried Exhibition

                        SIUE Art & Design Gallery, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

                        Juror: Cheryl Wassenaar, Assistant Professor of Art, Washington University

2015                Sculpture on Campus Competition

                        Sculptors at Wagner, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

                        Juror: Patrick Dougherty, Professional Artist

                        Stitch: A Regional Contemporary Textile Exhibition

                        Claypool-Young Art Gallery, Morehead State University, Kentucky

                        Juror: Susan Shie, Professional Artist

                        SIUE Graduate Student Juried Exhibition

                        SIUE Art & Design Gallery, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

                        Juror: Libby Reuter, Professional Artist

2014                1000 Threads

                        Edwardsville Art Center, Edwardsville, Illinois

                        Group Exhibition

                        Governor French Art Gallery, Belleville, Illinois

                        Curator: Gary Olds

2013                UCM Student Citation Show

                        UCM Gallery of Art & Design, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Missouri

2012                Liberty Center Group Show

                        Liberty Center, Sedalia, Missouri

                        UCM Student Citation Show

                        UCM Gallery of Art & Design, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Missouri

Publication

2017                Crafting Community – Surface Design Journal – Winter 2016/2017          

                        Examining Truth and Beauty Captured by Fiber Artists – South Coast Today - Newspaper

2016                Excellence in Fibers – Fiber Art Now Magazine – Winter 2016/2017

Residencies and Fellowships

2017                Walthall Artist Fellowship – WonderRoot – Atlanta, Georgia

Lectures / Panels

2017                Artist’s Talk, Kentucky State University

   Artist’s Talk, Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild

2014                Juror: Scott Air Force Base Annual Art & Craft Show, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois

Honors / Awards

2016                Paul J. Smith Award for Excellence in Fibers – Fiber Art Now: Excellence in Fibers 2016 juried exhibition

                        Surface Design Association Outstanding Student Award

   Handweavers Guild of America Student Assistantship Recipient - Convergence 2016 annual conference – Milwaukee

   Art Service Award – SIUE Graduate Juried Exhibition

                        Barbara Dyck Memorial Award in Textiles – SIUE Graduate Juried Exhibition

2015                Research Grant for Graduate Students – Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

                        Alumni Award – Sculpture on Campus Competition

2014                Barbara Dyck Memorial Award in Textiles – SIUE Graduate Juried Exhibition

2013                Citation Award – UCM Student Citation Show

Permanent Collections:

The University Museum of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Affiliations / Memberships

2016-2017       Southeast Fiber Educator Association Member

2016-2017       Handweavers Guild of America Member

2015-2016       Missouri Fiber Artist Member

2015-2016       Sculptors at Wagner Member

2012-2013       Sedalia Visual Arts Member

Professional Development: Conferences and Symposiums Attended

2016                Convergence: Handweavers Guild of American, Milwaukee, WI

                        Get Your Fiber Kicks on Route 66 2016 Conference, Missouri Fiber Artists, St. Louis, MO

Professional Development: Workshops Attended / Assisted

2016                Image to Cloth Workshop: Exploring Image Transfer Techniques& Embellishments, Amanda McCavour,

Convergence 2016, Milwaukee, WI

                        Warp Painting for Weavers, Linda Hartshorn, Convergence 2016, Milwaukee, WI

                        Hot Wire Noah’s Arc, Geri Forkner, Convergence 2016, Milwaukee, WI

                        Water-Soluble Stitching, Kelsey Viola Wiskirchen, 2016 Missouri Fiber Artist Conference