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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

January 2018 to Present               Lecturer – Textiles - Georgia State University, Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, Atlanta, Georgia

August 2016 to December 2017   Visiting Lecturer – Textiles - Georgia State University, Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, Atlanta, Georgia

May 2016 to August 2016             Museum Collections Assistant - The University Museum, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Summer 2015 & Spring 2016        Graduate Research Assistant - The University Museum, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Fall 2015                                         Teaching Assistant – 202F Introduction to Textiles - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Fall 2013 – Spring 2015                 Graduate Studio Assistant - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Spring 2013                                    Teaching Assistant - University of Central Missouri

Select Exhibitions

2018                First-Person-PluralHugely Fellow Exhibition - The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia - Curator: Iman Person

                        Faculty Triennial - Welch School Galleries, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia

2017                Crossing Generations: Past, Present, & Future - Hoffman Art Gallery, Portland, Oregon - Curator: Jane Sauer

                        Fantastic Fibers - Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, Kentucky - Juror: John Hopper

                        The 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

Publication and Press

2017                Looking Back / Looking ForwardFiber Art Now Magazine – Winter Issue

                        Crossing Generations – Surface Design Journal – Summer journal

                        Nicole Benner – Interview – Peripheral ARTeries Art Review – Biennial Edition

                        Crafting Community – Surface Design Journal – Winter Journal

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

2016                Excellence in Fibers – Fiber Art Now Magazine – Winter Issue

Lectures / Panels

2018                Artist's Talk, Atlanta Modern Quilt Guild

                        Artist’s Talk, Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance

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

Awards and Residencies

2018                Ossabaw Island Residency – Ossabaw Island, Georgia

2017-2018       Walthall Artist Fellowship – WonderRoot – Atlanta, Georgia

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

Permanent Collections:

The University Museum of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Affiliations / Memberships

2016-Present     Southeast Fiber Educator Association Member (SEFEA)

2016-Present     Surface Design Association (SDA)

2016-2017       Handweavers Guild of America Member

2015-2016       Missouri Fiber Artist Member

2015-2016       Sculptors at Wagner 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

2018                Wet Felting Scarves, Workshop for Henry County Schools Professional Development

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