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Master of Fine Arts, Studio Art, Fiber and Material Studies

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Teaching Assistantship: Digital and Traditional Routes, Douglas Huston and George Liebert, Survey of Ancient to Modern Art, Daniel Merkle, Introduction to Fiber and Material Studies, Jerry Bleem, First Year Program, 3-d Structures, Sewing, Brian Stansbury, Studio Assistant to Joan Livingstone, Summer 2005.


Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Art History, Theory, and Criticism

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Advanced Fiber Studio Participant, Work selected to represent the Fiber and Material Studies department in the Undergraduate Admissions View book, Multiple Merit Grants, FIber Print Media Studio Monitor, One Year Independent Study at Columbia's Book and Paper Center, assistant to Fiber department chair Park Chambers.

Selected Experiences

Sep 2016present

Teaching Artist

gallupArts, Gallup, NM

Workshop leader and art exhibitor at monthly Arts Crawl.

May 2014present

Private Tutor

Jane James

Confidential and custom tutoring for gifted and special needs children.

Jan 2013May 2014

Teaching Artist

The Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago

I was a part of the Multi-Visit program for 3rd and 5th grade students. Over the course of 8 weeks, students alternate between museum visits and in class activities based upon works they have seen in the collection.

Feb 2014May 2014

Teaching Artist

Changing Worlds, Chicago, IL

I was placed 2 full days a week at the Clara Barton school, a south side Chicago Public School. I  co-taught one class of each grade K-8.

Oct 2011Mar 2012

Design Seminar Consultant

Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education

I was paired with a Language Arts Special Needs Teacher at the Ray Graham School to develop an arts integrated curriculum for a group of 10 moderately to severely disabled students aged 16-22.

Mar 2011Mar 2012

Teaching Artist

Marwen, Chicago, IL

Marwen is a nonprofit organization offering free, arts-based youth development programs for under-served Chicago students.

Previous Classes: Couture Creatures, Giant Plush Art: Fashion and Fiber Foundations (grades 6-8), Fashion Felting (grades 9-12)

Nov 2010May 2011

Co-Founder, Director


Created with the Comedian and Producer Nellie Huggins, Bloom was created to strengthen the partnership of creative professionals with local businesses and residents. Bloom recognizes that there is a lack of availability of space and resources for people committed to creative endeavors. Furthermore, there are also many neighborhoods in the greater Chicago area that would be strengthened economically and culturally by the introduction of creative activity into their communities. Bloom will attempt to fill both of these gaps by providing working space, exhibition venues, education and funds in an attempt to increase the accessibility and engagement of creative individuals within Chicago communities. By initiating the dialogue, Bloom will be the originator of long term and fruitful relationships.

Bloom's previous programs:The Starving Artist Benefit Show, at Mary's Attic in Andersonville

Art In Store, a partnership with the Rogers Park Business Alliance

Jan 2009Aug 2012

Teaching Artist

Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

Previous Classes: Anyone Can Sew (Adult), Felting (Youth), Ahoy Matey! The Arts of the Sailor (Youth), Intro to Fibers and Textiles (Adult), Dyeing for Textiles and Materials (Adult), Folk vs. Modern (Youth), Knotted Textiles (Adult), Monsters and Devices of Wonder (Youth) (Laboratory School)

In addition to the normal 10 week session courses I have been involved in outreach programs between the center and the University of Chicago Lab After School program, Hyde Park Learning Resources, The Chicago Public Schools and Youth Outreach Services. All of which were compacted intensives. I also regularly participated in special events like Fun For All, Second Sunday, Mischief Weekend, Teens and Tots, private group workshops and Creativity Camp. I have lead workshops for children as young as 2 along with their guardians, and the largest workshop I've lead was for 45 visiting high school students.


2011     Chicago Artists' Coalition BOLT Residency

2009      Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship: Visual Arts

1999      Early College Program, Otis College of Art and Design, Fashion

BOLT Residency

June 2011-June 2012 Solo show: July 6-26th, 2012

BOLT is a juried studio residency located at The Chicago Artists' Coalition's 8,000 sq ft West Loop space. BOLT Residency engages the Chicago community in critical dialogue on contemporary art. CAC programs foster community and stimulate invention, risk and innovative artistic practice

Other 2011-2012 BOLT Residents: Melika BassJoseph and Sarah BelknapKathryn Trumbull Fimreite,Gwynne JohnsonJenny KendlerHoma ShojaieAmber Hawk SwansonEric Wall, and Stacia Yeapanis 

BOLT Program Studio Visits: Tricia Van Eck, Candida Alvarez, Hamza Walker, Lin Hixson, Shannon Stratton, Lynn Basa, Irina Botea, Romi Crawford, Lorelei Stewart, and Charlotte Marra.

Selected Exhibitions


Debtfair,  The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Mega/Mini, Art123, Gallup, NM


Monthly Exhibitor, The Gallup Coffee Company, Gallup, NM

Artscrawl, Gallup, NM


Fast Forward:: Rewind::Play, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago,IL


Hold Fast, BOLT Project Space, Chicago Artist’s Coalition, Chicago, IL

Open House, Octagon Gallery, Chicago, IL

Stage Installation, The Elbo Room, Chicago, IL

Beer Budget Supernova, Parlour Room Project Space, Ypsilanti, MI


Artifact, BOLT Project Space, Chicago Artist’s Coalition, Chicago, IL

Party with an Artist, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL

Art Fair 2011, Marwen, Chicago, IL

PREVIEW, BOLT Project Space, Chicago Artist’s Coalition, Chicago, IL

What’s Your Art?, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

Spring Show, Chromophobia Gallery, Chicago, IL


Art Loop Open, Allegro Hotel, Chicago, IL

Art Here Art Now, Chicago Artist's Month Featured Project, 53rd and Harper, Chicago, IL

Live Forever, Concertina Gallery, Chicago, IL


Interpreted Color, Robert Wayner Gallery, Chicago, IL

smART Show, Flat Iron Arts Building, Chicago, IL

Black Flag Black Tie, Couture Uniform Pageant, Q Studios, Chicago, IL


The Notebook Project, Art House, Atlanta, GA

School of the Art Institute MFA Thesis Exhibition, Chicago, IL

$960,000+, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY


GO!POSTAL, Flaxman Library, Chicago, IL

Version>06 Parallel Cities, Iron Studios, Chicago, IL

#510: If the Shoe Fits, Betty Rymer Gallery, Chicago, IL


Postcards from the Edge, Visual AIDS, Peter Miller Gallery, New York, NY

8th Annual Chicago Art Open, 847 W. Jackson, Chicago, IL

The Hollingsworth Natural History Collection, Gallery X, Chicago, IL

Undergraduate Exhibition, G2, Chicago, IL

Creative Skills

Painting and Drawing

Hand and Machine Sewing

Surface Design: Embroidery, Beading and Dye Processes

Knotting: Knitting, Crochet, and Macrame

Paper: Papermaking, Bookbinding, and Artist Books

Loom and Yarn Craft

Printmaking: Relief, Etching, Lithography, and  Screenprinting

Sculpture: Molding, Casting, Carving, Light Construction and Basic Carpentry