- Levels Taught:
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
Hey! I'm an artist who loves community, holds true to my intuition, and believe that art is about exploration and discovery! My teaching style is informative but not formulaic: meaning you will discover what you groove with, and I will support you along the way. I believe that the biggest barrier of being an artist is that you have to build your creative confidence and you have to be you, not me... not anyone. You. Abstraction is a way to find a visual language to feelings and ideas that are not easily formed with words or realistic images.
On a more personal level, I am a mother of three kids, have my masters degree in arts and cultural leadership (I can share why I chose not to get my MFA in our sessions,) and love to serve my community through nonprofit work, public art, and teaching.
I see teaching in the schools as a social practice that keeps me connected to our future generation. I work with K-12 schools, adult education centers, and summer and after school programs.
I have been a COMPAS roster artist since 2012. I collaborate with schools, community and unlikely partners to reflect what real life problem solving looks like.
Teaching Artist Experience:
COMPAS Rostered Artist, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2012 - 2017
CMAB Teaching Artist Roster, Central Minnesota, 2012 - 2014
Arts Education Artist in Residence, Rochester Art Center, 2017
Lead Teaching Artist, Summer Residency, Rochester Art Center, 2016
Teaching Artist Mentor, Boys & Girls Club of Central Minnesota, 2018
Abstraction. A balance of intuitive and intellect. Color and textures lead by gestures.
Some subjects are too difficult to articulate in the literal and definitive. I do not do abstraction because of high art ideals, but rather, I do it because it is how I see complexity. Pixels and brush strokes make up something larger, and maybe, more recognizable.
Solo Exhibit of Abstract Paintings, Crossing Arts Alliance, Brainerd, Minnesota, 2017
Hidden Architects, Poppy Gallery, Waite Park, Minnesota, 2017
Nexus II, Solo Exhibit, Jules Bistro, Saint Cloud, Minnesota , 2017
Nexus, Solo Exhibit, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Palmer Lake, Colorado, 2016
The River: Memory & Metaphor of the Mississippi, juried, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis , 2016
REMOTE VIEW, Juried Exhibit, Young Space, Green Bay, Wisconsin, 2016
Solo Exhibition, Reverie Cafe, Minneapolis, 2015 - 2016
Sunday Night Portraits, Veranda Lounge, Saint Cloud, MN, 2015
Old Stomping Grounds, Espresso Royale, Minneapolis, 2014
Solo Exhibition, Jules Bistro, St. Cloud, MN, 2014
Solo Exhibition, Veranda Lounge, St. Cloud, MN, 2014
Internal Details, Solo Exhibition, The Satellite Gallery, Saint Joseph, MN, 2013
Doing Laundry///Economy, Paramount Studio C, Saint Cloud, MN, 2011 - 2012
Our Earth, Juried, Flow Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, 2012
The Planet Earth, Juried, Paramount Visual Arts Center, Saint Cloud, MN, 2011
|Grids|, Solo, Atwood Center, St. Cloud State University 2012
|Grids|, Solo, Rivers Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud, MN 2012
|Grids|, Solo, The Nook Gallery, Paramount Gallery, Saint Cloud, MN, 2012
The Labor Room, Juried, Mira Gallery, Minneapolis, 2008
Epistophobia, Rogue Buddha Gallery, Minneapolis, 2000
Little Falls Bench Project, Little Falls CVB, Little Falls, MN, 2016
Sartell Mill Art Project Project Coordinator/Lead Artist, Sartell, MN, 2014 - 2015
Bike Rack Project, Boys & Girls Club of Morrison County, Little Falls, MN, 2016
I primarily work in long stitch and coptic book binding. I do some reconstructive bookbinding for individuals, but make agreements that that book not be brought to Antiques Roadshow.
This is also an option for teaching workshops.