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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.


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

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Work selected to represent the Fiber and Material Studies department in the Undergraduate admissions view book, Multiple Merit Grants, Fiber Print Media Studio Monitor, Independent Study at Columbia's Book and Paper Center.

Selected Experiences

Nov 2017Present



Charitable Association.

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

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

Co-Lead Teacher, Art

Changing Worlds, Chicago

Clara Barton Public School, K-8. 

School selected to produce the annual benefit gala centerpieces.

Oct 2011Mar 2012

Design Seminar Consultant

Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education

Selected through recommendation to assist a Language Arts Special Needs Teacher at the Ray Graham School in preparation for a selected group of 10, 16-22 year old disabled students to begin use of newly granted Ipads for potential use in Arts integrated projects.

Mar 2011Mar 2012

Teaching Artist

Marwen, Chicago, IL

Selected to replace outgoing fashion Instructor and to integrate Fiber Arts techniques to culminate in the development of smart textile based courses for free after school programs and holiday intensives.


Couture Creatures, Giant Plush Art: Fashion and Fiber Foundations (Grades 6-8) (Inspired by the work of Claus Oldenburg)

Fashion Felting (Grades 9-12)

Nov 2010May 2014

Benefit Recipient, Liason to City and Community Groups, Director

Bloom, S.O.S.

Initiated by the 2nd City Writer, Comedian, Producer, Manager and Educator Nellie Huggins to supplement and expand activities for all types of creative professionals. Bloom ("Bloom Where You Are Planted") was primarily a Chicago North side based initiate and later rebranded into S.O.S. for South side based activity and created in response to the loss of historic properties and comminity programming during the planning phase and presentation of the Chicago Cultural Plan.

Jan 2009Aug 2012

Teaching Artist

Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

 Courses: 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)

Outreach programs: University of Chicago Lab After School program, Hyde Park Learning Resources, The Chicago Public Schools and Youth Outreach Services.

Special events: Fun For All, Second Sunday, Mischief Weekend, Teens and Tots, private group workshops and Creativity Camp


2011     Chicago Artists' Coalition, BOLT Residency

2009      Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship: Visual Arts

1999      Early College Program, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA,  Fashion

BOLT Residency

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


Love Never Dies, ?*, Gallup, NM


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

Mega/Mini, Art123, Gallup, and

Makeshift Gallery, 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