Education

2014          MFA Fibers, Savannah College of Art and Design, Summa Cum Laude

2008          Alchimia School of Contemporary Jewelry, Florence, Italy, Intensivo (4 week course)

2007          BFA with Emphasis in Metals/Jewelry, Western Michigan University, Summa Cum Laude       

2006          Studio Art Centers International, Florence Italy, Semester Abroad 

Teaching Experience

University Level Teaching

 2015-Present  Savannah College of Art and Design, Part-time Professor of Fibers. Structure and Weaving courses

Workshops and Short Courses

2015       “Natural Dyes, Start to Finish” at Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA (2 Days)

                 “Summer Seminars” Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah GA (4 - 1 week Seminars)

2014       “Natural Dyes, Start to Finish” at Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA (2 Days)      

                 “Slippers and Mittens” at Mackinac Island Arts Council, Mackinac Island, MI(1 Day)

                 “Expressive Feltmaking” at Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, TN  (1 Week)

2013        “Slippers and Mittens” at Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA   (1 Day)

                  “Natural Dyes, Start to Finish” at Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh PA (2 Days)

                   “Introduction to Feltmaking” at Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA (1 Day)

                   “Natural Dye Exploration: Bundle Dyeing” at Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA

2012        “Indtroduction to Natural Dyes” at A.I.R. Studio, Paducah KY (2 Days)

2011         Guest presenter and Felting Demo for 3-D Fiber courses, Savannah College of Art and Design

2010        “Slippers and Mittens” at Exquisite Corpse Artist Collective, Kalamazoo, MI (1 Day)

                  “Introduction to Felting Techniques” at Studio Miska, Paducah, KY (1 Day)

2009        Studio Assistant for “Sculpture in Felted Wool”  Penland School of Crafts.  (2 Weeks) 

Solo Exhibitions

2017         Emergent Geographies,  Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, TN (Upcoming)

2016         Emergent Geographies, 121 Coosa St. Pop Up Gallery, Montgomery, AL

2013         Transient Structures Ashmore Gallery, Savannah, GA

                   Overgrowth, Society for Contemporary Craft Lobby, Pittsburgh, PA

2012         Capillary Action, A.I.R Studio and Gallery, Paducah, KY

2010         Particles of Prolific Virtue, Exquisite Corpse Gallery, Kalamazoo MI

2008         Inherent, Tromblay, Kalamazoo, MI

2007         Cold Comfort, South Gallery, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 

Group Exhibitions

2017          Industrious Fibers, The Bascom, Highlands, NC (Upcoming)

2015         Touched, Ground Floor Gallery, Nashville, TN

                   Alchemy, Work by the Founders of Sulfur Studios, Sulfur Studios, Savannah, GA

2014         Art Fields, Lake City, SC

2013        Paducah Artist in Residence Group Exhibition, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY

                 Vegetable Lamb, A Cotton Story, Sicky Nar Nar, Savannah Georgia

                 In the Mind’s Eye,  Chatahoochee Bienniel of Textiles, Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art,

                 Marietta, GA (Complex Weaver’s Award)

                 Fiber Directions, Wichita Center for the Arts,  Wichita, KS

                 Art Fields, Lake City, SC

2012       Rust Never Sleeps, Martha Gault Gallery, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA

                 SACI Alumni Show, Kerr Gallery, Western Michigan University, Traveled to Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy

2011      ArtPrize 2011, GreenLion Gallery, Grand Rapids MI

                Annual Area Show, Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Kalamazoo, MI

                Fantastic Fibers, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY (Grand Prize)

2010      DeFine Metal and Fiber, online exhibition, http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/definemetalandfiber

                Would You Wear This? Exquisite Corpse Gallery, Kalamazoo, MI

                 Annual Area Show, Kalamazoo Institute of Art (Award for Fiber)

                 Fantastic Fibers, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah KY

2009        Annual Area Show. Kalamazoo Institute of Art

                 Fibers Expanded, Luke and Eloy Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

                 Jewelry+Objects, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI. Travelled to Domaci Gallery, Rogers City, MI

2008        Small Works. Woodman Studios. Silver Spring, MD

                  Textiles Show. Exquisite Corpse Artist Collective, Kalamazoo, MI

                  Metals Guild Group Show. Richmond Center for the Visual Arts, Kalamazoo MI

                  Western Metals Group Show. Plata Y Oro, Kalamazoo, MI

                  Muskegon Museum of Art Regional Exhibition, Muskegon, MI

2007        Western Michigan University Student Show. Richmond Center for the Visual Arts, Kalamazoo, MI.

2006        Jewelry + Objects, Michigan Silversmith Guild Show. Ann Arbor Arts Center, Ann Arbor, MI

2005        Metals Area Show.  South Gallery, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

                  Western Michigan Student BFA Show. Saniwax Gallery, Kalamazoo, MI

Awards and Grants

2013        Best in Show, Vegetable Lamb, A Cotton Story at Sicky Nar Nar, Savannah, GA

                  Complex Weavers Award, In the Minds Eye Exhibition, Marrietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Marrietta, GA

                  Student Niche Award in Decorative Fiber

2012        Residency Stipend,  Paducah Arts Alliance

                  Third Place, Natural Dye Competition, Shaw Contract Group

2011        Shortlist Selection, London International Creative Competition

                   Best in Show, Fantastic Fibers, Yeiser Art Center

                   Frances Larkin McCommon Scholarship, (Artistic Honors) Savannah College of Art and Design

2010         Award for Fiber, Kalamazoo Area Show, Kalamazoo Institute of Art

2008         Sarah Everett Toy Scholarship. Penland School of Crafts.

2007        Emerging Artist Grant. Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo.

                  Windgate Work Study Scholarship. Penland School of Crafts

                  School Of Art Enrichment Grant, Western Michigan University.

                  Lee Honors College Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Award, Western Michigan University.

2006        School of Art Enrichment Grant, Western Michigan University.

2003        Medallion Scholarship, Western Michigan University

                  Kalamazoo Scholars Award. Western Michigan University

Bibliography

2016        Beginning Sculpture, Davis Art Publications, Worchester, MA

                  World Wide Colours of Felt, Textile-Link, Utrecht, The Netherlands

2015        “Fiber Artist Show their Stuff…” Nashville Arts Magazine, October 2015

2013        “Complex Weaver’s Awards,” Complex Weavers Journal, No. 104, February 2014

2013        “Tracking Transient,” Connect Savannah, November 5th, 2013

                  “The Truth of Textures,”  DoSavannah, Savannah Morning News, October 31, 2013

                   “Art inspired by moss, mold, is a sight to behold…” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 25th 2013

2012         Rust Never Sleeps, Exhibition Catalog, Martha Gault Gallery, Slippery Rock, PA

2011         500 Felt Objects. Lark Books, Asheville, NC

                   London International Creative Competition Catalog, International Awards Inc, Los Angeles, CA

2010        “Awe for the Natural World,” Exhibition Review of Propagation, Kalamazoo Gazette, January 21,

Residencies

2016          121 Coosa St Collaborative Studio Residence, Montgomery, AL

2013          Visiting Artist in Residence, June - August, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA

2012      Paducah Artist in Residence Program,  June, AIR Studio, Paducah, KY

Additional Experience

2015      Co-Founder and Exhibitions Director of Sulfur Studios, Savannah, GA                  

2014       Artist Coordinator at the Sentient Bean Cafe

2013       “Meet the Maker” Lecture at Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA

                  Installation Assistant for Gabrial Dawe’s Plexus 21, Gustein Gallery, Savannah, GA

2012        Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, SCAD sponsored booth

                  Smithsonian Craft Show, SCAD sponsored booth

2009-2011  Co-Curator of Exquisite Corpse Gallery, Kalamazoo, MI

2010          Exibitor, Renegade Craft Show, Chicago, IL

2007          Installation Assistant for Society of North American Goldsmiths’ “Exhibition in Print” at SOFA   Chicago

2005-2007  Studio Monitor, Jewelry/Metals Department, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 

Skills

Technical

Floor Loom Weaving, CAD Weaving on Dobby and Jacquard Looms, Wet and Needle Felting, Hand and Machine Embroidery, Knitting and Crochet, Natural and synthetic Dying, Fabrication in Ferrous Metal and Wood, MIG Welding, Plasma Cutting, Grinding and Finishing, Fine Metal Fabrication, Soldering, Peircing, Stone Setting and Cold Connections, Casting, Polishing

Computer

Adobe: Photoshop, Lightroom, and Indesign. Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. Weavepoint. Nedgraphics: Texcelle, Product Creator, Weave Editor, Fabric Editor. Blogspot, Wordpress and Basic HTML.