Résumé/Cirriculum Vitae

Education

  • Northern Illinois University – MFA 2009
  • Michigan State University – B.A. Theatre 1982
  • Rockford College – attended 1977-1979

Exhibitions

  • 2012 Rockford Midwestern Biennial, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
  • 2012 8th International Fiber Biennial, Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2012 “Acts of Recognition”, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI
  • 2011 “Fiberart International 2010 (tour)”, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY “Art Scene”, Group Exhibition
  • 2010 Rockford Midwestern Biennial, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
  • 2010 “Fiberart International 2010 (tour)”, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA Jurors: Mary Ruth Smith, Vibeke Riiseberg, Rebecca Stevens, Excellence In Needlework Award
  • 2009 “Uncommon Threads”, Group Exhibition, Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, S. Orange, NJ
  • 2009 “Second Stories”, Group Exhibition, Zola Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 2009 “5th Annual National Self –Portrait Exhibition”, 33 Collective Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 2009 “Departures”, NIU MFA Group Exhibition, Chicago Arts District, Chicago, IL
  • 2009 Ars Nova Show, Jack Olsen Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL Juror: Shannon Stratton, Three Walls Gallery, People’s Choice Award
  • 2009 “…it is what it is”, MFA Solo Exhibition, Gallery 214, DeKalb, IL
  • 2008 “Fringe”, Bad Dog Gallery, Group Exhibition, DeKalb, IL
  • 2008 “Threadbenders”, Group Exhibition, Gallery 214, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
  • 2007 “Technicalities” The Illinois State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gage Gallery of Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL.
  • 2007 Graduate Group Exhibition, Jack Olsen Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL Juror: Tim Lowley. Awarded 2nd Place.
  • 2007 “…and I am blue…” Invitational, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL
  • 2007 Emerging Illinois Artists Exhibition, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL Juror: Bob Sill, Assistant Director of Art, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL
  • 2007 Graduate Group Exhibition, Jack Olsen Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL Juror: Adelheid Mers, Associate Professor, School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL
  • 2007 Ars Nova Show, Jack Olsen Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL Juror: Cam Choy, Associate Professor, Univeristy of Wisconsin-Lacrosse
  • 2007 “Conception”, Pleasant Street Gallery, Northern Illinois Univeristy, DeKalb, IL
  • 2006 “Verbal”, Bad Dog Gallery, Solo Exhibition, DeKalb, IL
  • 2006 Ars Nova Show, Jack Olsen Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL Juror: Roger Shimamura, Professor Emeritus, University of Kansas at Lawrence
  • 2006 Graduate Group Exhibition, Jack Olsen Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
  • 2005 Graduate Group Show, Pleasant Street Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

Teaching Experience

  • Rock Valley College – 2007 to present
    Adjunct Faculty, Instructor of Record

    • Art 101 Drawing and Composition I – study of fundamental techniques and concepts of representational and expressive drawing.
    • Art 102 Drawing and Composition II – a continuation of Art 101 with greater emphasis on skill in handling materials, exploration of technique, organization of composition.
    • Art 103 Design I – study of basic artistic expression in two-dimensional design. Studio problems investigate the theoretical principles of composition, form, value, color, balance, pattern and texture.
    • Art 203 Design II – study of three-dimensional design. Sculptural works are constructed in a variety of media to explore problems of volume and space relationships. Lecture and Studio.
    • Art 131 Intro to Visual Art-study of aesthetic concepts and their expression in the great art of all periods through the means of lecture, audio-visual aids, and museum visits.
    • Theatre 138 Costuming—exploration of costume history, construction and design.
    • Costume Designer, 1986 – present, for over 120 productions for Starlight Theatre, Studio Theatre and Shakespeare Festival – Teach a variety of skills including sewing, stitching, dyeing, fabric painting, knitting, beading, stage-makeup to traditional and non-traditional students. Responsible for overseeing three full time seamstresses and four student workers per semester.
  • Northern Illinois University – 2005 to present
    Visiting Professor, Instructor of Record

    • Arts 372 Surface Design, Spring 2011
    • Arts 470, 670, 770 Advanced Fiber Studio, Spring 2011
    • Arts 368, Papermaking, Fall 2011
    • Arts 374, 3d Forms in Fiber, Fall 2011
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Instructor of Record
    • Arts 372 Surface Design, Summer 2008
    • Arts 102, Two Dimensional Design, 2007 – 2008
    • Arts 103, Three Dimensional Design, Spring 2008
  • Graduate Assistant, NIU Fiber Program Classes (Professor Christine LoFaso):Assisted with technical demonstrations, classroom preparation, set-up and equipment maintenance and worked individually with undergraduate art majors.
    • Arts 372 Surface Design – exploration of surface techniques including printing, dyeing, shibori, devoré, and other methods to alter/transform the two dimensional surface
    • Arts 371 Weaving – exploration of tapestry and four harness loom weaving including plainweave, twills, doubleweave, brocades, warp painting and ikat dyeing.
    • Arts 374 3-D Forms in Fiber – exploration of three-dimensional form in the fiber tradition, including techniques of coiling, wrapping and crochet with particular focus on site-specific installation work.

Bibliography

Awards

  • Fiber Art International Excellence In Needlework Award, “Everyday”, Cash Award, 2009
  • The Illinois State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts – Cash Award, 2007
  • Northern Illinois University – full tuition waiver and graduate assistantship in fibers, 2005 – 2009
  • Midway Village, Rockford, IL – Second Place, Original Quilt Design, 1987
  • State News E. Lansing MI – Award Winner for Kabuki Media, 1981

Professional Affiliations:

  • Surface Design Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE)

Special Skills

  • Fabric Dyeing, Embroidery, Batik, Painting, Beading, Quilting, Weaving, Knitting, Crochet, Lampworking, Glass Fusing, Wire-wrapping, Precious Metal Clay