M.A. 2009- Present- Non profit Management- Levin College of Urban Affairs- CSU
Certificate of Non Profit Management The Cleveland Foundation – Project Access
M.F.A. 2005 Painting New York Studio School
B.F.A 2002 Painting Indiana University
B.A. 2002 Art History, Indiana University (honors)
Arts Administration Experience
2006- January- present – Building Bridges Arts Collaborative – Founding Artistic Director–
- Led 150 youth and 12-15 staff each summer in the creation of large-scale murals in the Summer Mural Institute for nine summers.
- Designed and Directed professional development workshops for emerging artists.
- Fundraised over $350k towards public arts initiatives.
- Coordinated multiple small businesses, nonprofits and governmental organizations in the support of public arts projects.
- Led staff development in shared marketing, outreach and arts education partnership with five public schools.
- Founded the Artists Mentoring Program, which utilizes the arts as an integrated method of recovery and healing for at risk youth in residential care, juvenile detention and foster care.
- Founded Artist in Residence program to promote emerging artists entering public art sector
- Founded Interfaith Arts Collaborative to promote the visual and performing artists who explore the relationships between art and spirituality through artistic expression.
ITT Tech- Adjunct Professor- November 2012 – Present
Teaching introductory art history, art appreciation, website design, portfolio development,
capstone design projects, and sustainability of design for undergraduates.
Ashland University– Adjunct Professor – Department of Education –Sept 2005- Present
Taught three different professional development courses with focus in public art and design for k-12 arts educators.
The University of Akron – Myers School of Art– Adjunct Professor –Sept 2005- 2007
Taught Introduction to drawing and Figurative Drawing, and 2d and 3d Design. Taught Anatomy for the Artist course.
New York Studio School –Teaching Assistant– 2004-2005
Teaching Fellowship – Assistant in Figurative drawing course and Figurative Painting Atelier.
Cleveland School of the Arts – Artist in Residence– 2009 – 2011-Taught introductory drawing, painting and sculpture to 7th -10th grade. Created mural making program between the Cleveland School of the Arts and The Cleveland Institute of Art.
Seattle Parks and Recreation Department- September 2012- March 2014- Taught ceramics, painting and drawing courses to ages 8-12 in after school programs.
Seattle, Washington- Washington State Labor Council– Spring 2014- Currently working on a collaborative mural for International District of Seattle based upon the history of labor reform in Seattle.
Fairview Park- Cleveland Ohio – Summer 2014 Currently working on a mural on the theme of migration for a large city park
The Epilepsy Association- Cleveland, Ohio-Spring 2014- Created mural reflecting the life of experiences of 150 individuals with Epilepsy.
The Housing Center- Cleveland, Ohio-Spring 2014- Created mural about fair and equal housing with the Housing Center, Midtown Development and Cleveland School of the Arts.
Forsythias- Cleveland, Ohio- Summer 2013– Created telephone banners and large scale public mural for the Detroit Shoreway Neighborhood based on the theme of Forsythias.
Foreclosure in the Firelands- Cleveland, Ohio-Summer 2012- Created mural in reflection to the changes in our landscapes from the foreclosure crisis.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church– Cleveland, Ohio- Summer 2012- Designed front entrance way for local shelter and food distribution center with a mural based on the story of Simon from the New Testament.
The Cleveland Orchestra- Fall 2011- Designed fabric skirt for the Cleveland Orchestra for tenth anniversary concert of 9/11. Banners were displayed in Public Square during the annual free concert. During a silent period of reflection, the audience was encouraged to place prayers and memories with in the pockets sewed onto the rolling banners.
Applewood Center- Cleveland, Ohio–Summer 2011 – Created mural for the main entrance way of a residential treatment center for youth. Youth from Applewood worked along four artists to share their life experiences living within the juvenile justice system while recovering from mental illnesses.
Detroit Shoreway Community Development Corporation-Summer 2011 –Waterworks-
Created six public murals about the rehabilitation of our watershed. Mural sites were selected through mapping the most toxic areas of the neighborhood and analyzing how they intersected with the walking patterns of children. The abandoned gas station with leaking tanks at west 45th and Detroit was chosen as a space to reinvent, and create beauty from the wreckage. This project was supported by five local eighth grade classes, St. Paul’s Community Church, Detroit Shoreway Area Development and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.
Shaker Square Development Corporation – June – Aug. 2010 –Collaborated with architect Ted Kurtz and painter Danny Carver in the creation of a large scale mural for the historic district of Larchmere, illustrating the history of the neighborhood.
Westown Development Corporation– Jan- Aug.2010 Coordinated and created art installations in 17 empty storefronts during the height of the foreclosure crises. As the storefronts emptied out, a team of artists moved in to utilize free space, ending up in a feature on German Public Television and the Wallstreet Journal.
Words of the River– May 2009- January 2010 Poetry was installed upon the bases of the breakwalls of Lake Erie aimed at raising awareness about the need for clean water efforts through the changing colors of the poetry through the seasons. This project was funded by the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and the Cleveland School of the Arts.
Settlers Landing Mural-January – May 2009 This 65 foot tall mural for Settlers Landing reflects the history of the Ohio Erie Canal, and the Cuyahoga River in the birth of Cleveland’s industry. The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and Cleveland Foundation came together to support the construction of three 58 foot tall arch shaped murals, that celebrate the birth of the clean water act, with the burning of the Cuyahoga River.
Shaker Lakes Nature Center-August 2007- October 2007– Designed mural for the Stewardship Center, a straw bale construction by architect Susan Clellen. Mural imagery was created during community visioning workshops.
The Interfaith Center– September 2007- Case Westerns Reserve University, University Circle Inc. and 7 different faith communities documented their vision for a world of reconciliation and peace. The imagery for this mural was inspired by conflict resolution workshops aimed at promoting safe dialogue between our traditions.
Fairmount Presbyterian Church- March 2007 Completed a series of paintings from stories of the congregation’s faith journeys for Fairmount’s 90th Anniversary. 280 members of the congregations shared with each other their testimonies, and imagery was created from common themes found from the storytelling.
Turnstyle – Oct.2006 I created a 40/12 foot mural for the intersection of West 25th and Detroit in Cleveland Ohio on the side of a highway wall that divided the neighborhood’s residents in public housing from the rest of the neighborhood. This mural was supported by over 200 local families, 12 local churches, and 5 area foundations. Support was provided by St. Paul’s Community Church,West Side Ecumenical Ministry, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries, and Shared Ministries of the Near West Side.
South Euclid City Schools- Feb. 2005 Commissioned to complete mural for the interior of the high school library based upon famous children’s literature.
St. Paul’s Community Church-Aug 2004- Created mural for church courtyard, while employing Fifteen high school interns who interviewed the homeless about the impact of the twelve steps on their recovery from homelessness. Church congregation explored scriptural passages based upon the 12 steps, and arrived collectively at imagery that created a space of worship.
Baldwin Wallace College –May 2003 Mural created for student library on the subject of Racial Fairness in the Justice System, in conjuction with the Cuyahoga County Racial Fairness Project.
Indiana University –June 2002- Center for University Ministry Chapel. Series of paintings based on interviews of 150 local women about their spiritual journeys- Funded by Indiana University Foundation
Green Chimneys School-June 2001- Mural for interior of the administration building created in partnership with Green Chimney’s animal and art therapy programs.
2010 – Robert Miller Gallery– New York, New York- New York Studio School Alumni Exhibition
2008 -. National Mall- Washington D.C- Tents of Hope Exhibit
2008 – The Akron Museum – Group Show- Tents of Hope Project
The Maltz Museum – Tents of Hopes Exhibition
2006 – Groop Gallery, Indelible Mark- Group show
2005 – Myers School of Art – Faculty Show,
Sparks in the City– Public Arts Commission- Cleveland, Ohio –
New York Studio School – Annual Benefit Exhibition-
2004- Wright State University-Dayton, Ohio – Drawing from Perception Annual show.
Colonial Market Place, Cleveland, Ohio- Young Audiences Annual Exhibition
Fellowships, Awards, Lectures and Grants
2012- Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, Bruening Foundation, NEORD, City of Cleveland.
2012- Twispworks- Artist in Residence in Twisp Washington
2011– Metro Hospitals- Arts and Healing Lecture Series
2011- Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, The Brown Foundation and The Cleveland Foundation.
2010– Cuyahoga Arts and Culture-– The Cleveland Foundation -The St. Luke’s Foundation Neighborhood Connections– The Brown Foundation –
2009- The Cleveland Foundation- Lecture Series- Creative Responses to Foreclosure.
2009- Neighborhood Progress Incorporated. –The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District—
The Deaconess Foundation – Catholic Charities
2008- St. Paul’s Episcopal Church- Art and Spirituality Lecture Series
2008– The Raymond John Wean Foundation, — The Deaconess Foundation – The Cleveland Foundation—The United Church of Christ—The Zitsner Foundation,
2007 – Tyrian Network Artist of the Year award.
2005- Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio- Public Art Lecture Series
2002- Heights Arts Collaborative, Cleveland Heights, Ohio – Artists Lecture Series
2003-2005- New York Studio School – Teaching Fellowship
2003 – Vermont Studio Center, Fellowship award for a month long residency.
– Tikkum Magazine- Stanford University- Feature of the Interfaith Arts Collaborative and Interfaith mural.
– Harvard University – Pluralism Project – Feature story Mural completed for Interfaith Center-CWRU.
– Channel 5 News– Coverage of Cleveland Orchestra mural installation
– Scene Magazine– Feature on Settlers Landing Mural-
– The Plain Dealer and Cleveland Magazine– Features on Larchmere Mural project, and Applewood Center
– PBS- WVIZ– Featured on public television show Applause– February 2010
– German Television– Artists in the Rust Belt Series- June 2009
– Arts Calendar– June 2009-
– The Wall Street Journal – Artists vs. Blight – March 2009
– The Plain Dealer– March 2009- Artists Neighborhoods Feature
– Kiplinger Magazine– January 2008 – Feature on West 25th Street Mural
– Free Times– Article published regarding a mural installed at The Interfaith Center.-
– Channel 19 – Coverage of Interfaith Mural Unveiling – October 14, 2007
– The Plain Dealer– Day in the life section _January 11th, 2007
– National Public Radio-WCPN- Around Noon- September 2006
– Associated Press – article published on Colectivo Giving Circle, sponsor of W 25th Street Mural. Photo Published in over 25 national papers.
–The Plain Press, review of W. 25th street mural and St. Paul’s Community Church mural.
–The Plain Dealer, review of St. Paul’s murals project. Cleveland, Ohio. May 8th 2003 review,
–The Sun Press, review of Baldwin Wallace College mural project “Envisioning Racial Fairness” Cleveland, Ohio. May 6th 2003 review
-The Plain Dealer, review of Baldwin Wallace College mural project “Envisioning Racial Fairness” Cleveland, Ohio. September 3rd, 2004 review.