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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

Aug 2016Current

Private Tutor

Jane James, Gallup, NM

Confidential and custom tutoring for special needs children.

Jan 2013May 2014

Teaching Artist

The Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, IL

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. Over the summer of 2013 I co-created the new curriculum with the other teaching artist (the program Director of Changing Worlds) and the Smartart Program Director.

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. For 30 years, Marwen has been freely giving the blank canvas of opportunity and creativity to underserved young Chicagoans. More than 900 students come from 55 of Chicago's zip codes for free visual art courses, college planning and career development.

Previous Classes:

Couture Creatures (grades 6-8)

Giant Plush Art: Fashion and Fiber Foundations (grades 6-8)

Fashion Felting (grades 9-12)

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 above 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 where 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.


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

2009      Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship: Visual Arts

2011     Chicago Artists' Coalition BOLT Residency

BOLT Residency

June 2011-June 2012, Solo show: July6-26th, 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


Artscrawl: In Disguise, Gallup, NM

Artscrawl: HARVEST, 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

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