Resume

ARTIST BIO:

I’ve been an Ohio resident for almost all of my life, having grown up in the small town of Archbold in Northwest Ohio. I received a BA in studio art and English (with a writing concentration) from Kenyon College in 1997. Since then, I have worked as an artist in residence and teaching artist for several different organizations where I’ve learned from and have been inspired by my students. In 2006 I received a MA in art education from the University of Cincinnati. I’ve received arts grants from the Indiana Arts Commission and the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, and I am an Artist in Residence with the Arts Learning program of the Ohio Arts Council. After living in Cincinnati for four years, I moved to Evansville, Indiana to be Co-Executive Director of a small nonprofit organization called Patchwork Central.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:

2017

Art Noir. Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. Evansville, IN.

2016

Another’s Treasure: Fine and Functional Art from Recycled Materials. National juried exhibit at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. Evansville, IN.

2015

Miniatures. Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. Evansville, IN.

Places. One Life Church. Evansville, IN.

Art in the City. Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. Evansville, IN.

2014

Art in the City. Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. Evansville, Indiana.

Inspired by Women. Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana at The Women’s Hospital. Newburgh, Indiana.

About Face. Bower-Suhrheinrich Visual Arts Center. Ivy Tech Community College. Evansville, Indiana.

2013    

Found: cloth, wax, metal, and glass—art from detritus. Two person collaborative show. Krempp Gallery of the Jasper Arts Center. Jasper, Indiana.

Working Together. Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana & The Evansville Museum of Art and Science at The Evansville Museum of Art and Science. Evansville, Indiana.

Nature Photography Competition. Ohio Valley Art League. Rodunda Gallery at the Henderson Public Library. Henderson, Kentucky. Received Third Place Award.

Art of Recycling V. Ohio Valley Art League. Henderson Fine Arts Center Galleries. Henderson, Kentucky. Received the Tri County Recycling Award.

2012    

Inspired Women in Art. Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana at The Women’s Hospital. Newburgh, Indiana.

Prodigal. Olive Tree Arts. ChristianFellowshipChurch. Evansville, Indiana.

In Unexpected Places.PomereneCenter for the Arts. Coshocton, Ohio. Exhibit in conjunction with my arts residency at the Center.

2011    

Art of Recycling IV. OhioValley Art League. Henderson, Kentucky.

Inspired Women in Art. Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana at The Women’s Hospital. Newburgh, Indiana. Piece placed First in the 3D category.

Psalms. Olive Tree Arts. ChristianFellowshipChurch. Evansville, Indiana.

2010    

Feminist Art of Indiana. New HarmonyGallery of Contemporary Art. New Harmony, Indiana.

Mardi Bra: Support Can Be Beautiful. A special event to benefit AIDS Resource Group. CasinoAztar. Evansville, Indiana.

2009   

The Art of Recycling III. The Ohio Valley Art League. Henderson, Kentucky. Recipient of a Merit Award.

Identities. FittonCenter for Creative Arts. Hamilton, Ohio.

Inspired Women in Art. Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana at The Women’s Hospital. Newburgh, Indiana.

2008   

Exposed: top Secret Artists unmasked. ArtWorks Gallery. Cincinnati, Ohio.

Second Chance: Recycled and Found Object Art. J.E. Smith Gallery. Evansville, Indiana.

Mementoes: A Lenten Art Show. Solo Show. Patchwork Central. Evansville, Indiana.

2006   

Quilt Studies. Solo Show.Grace Albrecht Gallery at Bluffton University. Bluffton, Ohio. Figuratively Speaking. ArtWorks Gallery. Cincinnati, Ohio.

2005   

Wild Women. New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art. New Harmony, Indiana.

Eight Women: The Art of Collaboration. Louisville Visual Art Association at the WaterTowerArtGallery. Louisville, Kentucky.

Hey Doll… ArtWorks Gallery. Cincinnati, Ohio.

2004   

The 52nd Mid-States Art Exhibition. EvansvilleMuseum of Arts and Science. Evansville, Indiana.

Culture and Agriculture 2004. New Visions Gallery. Marshfield, Wisconsin.

2003   

Selected Works. Solo Show. Artspace/Lima. Lima, Ohio.

Earthen Vessels. Two-Person Collaborative Show. Patchwork Central, Inc. Evansville,    Indiana.

From Trash to Treasure III. Lake County Solid Waste Management District. Lake County Interstate Visitors Center. Hammond, Indiana.

RESIDENCIES:

Autumn 2014      

Residency at InsideOut Studio through the Ohio Arts Council’s Arts Learning Program. Hamilton, Ohio.

  • Two week residency.
  • Taught 3 studio staff members my process and techniques.
  • Led studio activities teaching fabric sculpture techniques to 20 adults with disabilities.
  • Interacted with additional staff and client visitors to the art studio.

Spring 2012      

Residency at the Pomerene Center for the Arts. Coshocton, Ohio.

  • Week-long residency as part of the Dogwood Festival.
  • Led 250 3rd and 4th Graders from Coshocton area schools in the creation of fabric “people”—each child participated in the creation of one “body part”.
  • The sculptures were exhibited in “Unexpected Places” around Coshocton for a month following their completion.
  • Children viewed an exhibit of my own fabric sculptures in conjunction with my residency.

Spring 2011       

Residency at Longfellow Elementary School through the Ohio Arts Council’s Arts Express Program. Toledo, Ohio.

  • Two day residency.
  • Led 100 kindergarden students in a fabric sculpture project linked to their science curriculum.

Spring 2010      

Residency at The Antioch School through the Ohio Arts Council’s Arts Learning Program. Yellow Springs, Ohio.

  • Two week residency.
  • Provided arts experience for approximately 70 children in preschool through sixth grade
  • Led core groups of children in first through sixth grades in fabric sculpture project.

Residency at Mercy Montessori School through the Ohio Arts Council’s Arts Learning Program. Cincinnati, Ohio.

  • Two week residency.
  • Provided arts experience for  250 children in kindergarden through eighth grade
  •  Led core group of seventh and eighth grade boys and girls in the construction of figurative fabric scupltures

EDUCATION:

2015    Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership

School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Fund Raising School at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

2006    Master of Arts in Art Education with a focus on Community Art

University of Cincinnati, CincinnatiOhio.

Classes in arts administration, fundraising, multicultural arts education, technology in the art classroom, problem-based learning, museum education, action research, and social issues in arts.

1997     Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and English with a concentration in Creative Writing

Kenyon College, Gambier, OH.

  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Academic distinction for Culminating Project in Creative Writing

1996     Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland.

Spring term through Beaver College Center for Education Abroad

GRANTS:

2002    Individual Artist Grant from the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo for “Art Archbold”.

  • Created a new series of art about Northwest Ohio that used local materials and found objects.
  • Used this series to teach students at ArchboldHigh School new art techniques and special skills for artists during a weekly workshop.

2000    Individual Artist Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission for “The Grand Canyon Project.”

  • Collaboration between myself and Jane Case Vickers
  • A yearlong investigation of the state of travel and tourism at the start of the new millennium.
  • Project included the creation of a curriculum for elementary school students in the Patchwork Art Program, an investigative trip through the American West, and an exhibition of art created in response to the trip.

WORK EXPERIENCE:

2008-Present    Co-Executive Director. Patchwork Central, Evansville, Indiana.

  • Sharing director duties at a small non-profit organization that provides support services to the surrounding inner city neighborhood. Organizational programming includes after school and summer arts and enrichment activities for children, a food pantry, building use for other community organizations, and general hospitality to neighbors.
  • Duties include: grant writing, program oversight, staff oversight, program evaluation, and communications.

2007-2008   Freelance Art Educator. Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Worked for schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the area as a consultant and art teacher. These groups and projects include:

  • Art Machine—Teaching arts enrichment classes for large and small groups of students in K-8th grade in after school programs throughout Cincinnati
  • YMCA Cincy After School—Teaching fiber sculpture classes to elememtary students in after school programs throughout Cincinnati
  • Jewish Community Center—Teaching bookmaking classes.
  • ASCENT Arts—The Gifted and Talented Visual Arts Program for schools in KentonCounty, Kentucky. Advising and teaching projects that include a fiber arts and a public art mural.

Summer 2007 & 2006   Art Specialist. WiseCenter Day Camp. Cincinnati, Ohio

Taught art to 150 preschool through sixth grade children at a summer day camp.

2004-2006   Graduate Assistant. University of Cincinnati. Cincinnati, Ohio.

  • Taught classes of 6-15 youth as part of the Art in the Market program which employs middle school and high school students  from Over-the-Rhine to develop their job and art skills.
  • Helped to coordinate a service learning class of 10-15 UC students  who collaborated with these youth to create public art projects to beautify the inner-city Cincinnati neighborhood where the youth live.

Summer 2005   Art Teacher. Kennedy Heights Art Center. Cincinnati, Ohio.

  • Designed and taught art projects for summer art classes that were part of a pilot program that encouraged healthy relationships within families.

2001-2004   Teaching Artist. Common Space Center for Creativity. Toledo, Ohio.

  • Created and led lessons on visual art, theater, and literary art for children in kindergarten through eighth grade.
  • Taught in many different settings including a historical site, summer creativity camps (both on-site and satellite locations), after school programs for at-risk youth in Toledo public schools, in-school arts enrichment activities in schools throughout Toledo and Northwest Ohio, gifted and talented programs, and Toledo city arts and neighborhood festivals.
  • Site coordinator for an after school art program in 2003-2004. Position included supervising instructors, purchasing supplies and snacks, organizing events for families, creating newsletters, coordinating weekly program assessments, and compiling information for a final grant report.
  • Site coordinator for week-long summer creativity camps in 2003 and 2004. Position included organizing students, instructors, and daily schedules and interacting with parents.

1997-2000   Artist in Residence. Patchwork Central, Inc. Evansville, Indiana.

  • Assisted and led visual art, creative writing, drama, computer, after school, and summer activities for adults and children.
  • Mentor for middle and high school youth.
  • Developed my own art, exhibited it, and shared it with Patchwork program participants.