Professional fine artist and art instructor. Completes freelance projects on time with a high level of professionalism.
Exceptional fine art skills. Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
- EXPERIENCE -
SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, Chicago, IL
Faculty, Continuing Studies Department January 2011- present
Developed and hired to teach innovative syllabus for beginner-level class in Nonprofit Management for Artists to prepare students in all aspects of launching, promoting, developing and strategically planning for a nonprofit organization in a contemporary market.
Intern, Sullivan Gallery Summer 2010
Under the supervision of Mary Jane Jacob, assisted gallery staff with first ever Summer Studio Pro-gram, transforming the enormous gallery into Artists’ working space. Provided support for visiting artists, documented artists at work and assisted with data collection of artists experience to inform future gallery programming. Conducted community-outreach art workshops in working gallery space.
Undergraduate College Teaching Assistant 9/09-12/09
Reporting to Jim Lutes, Faculty and Advisor for the Painting and Drawing Department, assisted with setup and organization of class materials; provided feedback and support for undergraduate students during studio time and critique sessions.
PREVENTION FIRST, Chicago, IL
Statewide Program Manager 6/09 - present
Program and development consultant for a statewide nonprofit agency focused on substance abuse prevention in Illinois. Participate in strategic planning, federal, state and private foundation grant appli-cations and program management. Lead efforts on communication strategies, environmental scan and need assessments as well as marketing plans for Development Team & statewide nonprofit programs.
YOUTH NETWORK COUNCIL, Chicago, IL
Statewide Program Director 2/01 - 8/08
Reporting to Executive Director, prepared and coordinated annual strategic program and funding plans to ensure successful outcomes. Established and monitored positive youth development programs, collaborating with internal staff and community-based youth-serving & youth-focused stakeholders. Regularly worked in the field fostering optimal performance and tracking program results. Hired, supervised and trained four program and administrative staff.
Implemented and managed federal demonstration project grant to increase positive youth opportuni-ties applied to constructive use of time, self-expression, youth participation and civic engagement. Disseminated program information to partners & stakeholders; contributed to agency marketing com-munication efforts. Served as agency representative on statewide youth policy boards & committees regarding youth services.
? Received Commissioner’s Award from Administration on Children, Youth and Families at U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services on behalf of the State of Illinois Youth Development Demonstration Project, March 2003.
CORNELL INTERVENTIONS/CITY GIRLS, Chicago, IL
Art Therapist 6/99 - 1/01
Provided individual/group crisis intervention counseling and constructive growth activities for adoles-cent females, aged 12-19, at residential substance abuse treatment center; supported clients’ transition to outpatient status within a group or parent’s home or independent living environment. Managed residents through withdrawal and provided positive youth development programming. Worked with interdisciplinary team on a case-by-case basis to support developmental goals of each client.
BBF FAMILY SERVICES, Chicago, IL
Arts Instructor 2/97 - 5/99
Conceived, designed and taught Visual & Performing Arts Program for community youth, aged 6-18, with life-altering personal growth & development activities; conducted daily classes and workshops, ranging from 5-20 participants per class.
THE CHICAGO ACADEMY FOR THE ARTS, Chicago, IL
Faculty Member, Visual Arts Department 7/98 - 5/99
Developed curricula and taught Intermediate & Advanced Drawing, Oil Painting and Color Theory courses as part of intensive, college preparatory Visual Arts Program for grades 9 12.
? Developed Art Department's most innovative, successful color theory & advanced drawing syllabi in Academy's 17-year history.
COOK COUNTY JUVENILE TEMPORARY DETENTION CENTER, Chicago, IL
Visual Arts Instructor 12/93 - 1/97
Initiated and taught Detention Center's first-ever ongoing curricula for Visual Arts Program.
? Motivated hundreds of residents to apply for Visual Arts Program; 95% of students reapplied for advanced-level classes throughout periods of detention.
MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE SERVICES, Baltimore, MD
Artist in Residence &Art/Life Skills Instructor 2/93 - 12/93
Conducted pilot program for MDJS at two juvenile detention facilities, residential treatment facility and center for disabled youth. Taught multi-media arts curriculum to disadvantaged youth in first of its kind pilot project. Organized group of residents to create large-scale indoor mural in two centers.
MCKIM COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, Baltimore, MD
Visual Arts Instructor 6/93 - 12/93
Development and implementation of preventative program in public housing community center teaching boys/girls, aged 7-14. Completed 25-foot high outdoor mural with students.
- RECENT EXHIBITIONS -
OPEN STUDIO EXHIBITION, Chicago, IL
Fine Arts Building
MFA THESIS EXHIBITION, Chicago, IL
Group Show, Sullivan Galleries
LIFE, Chicago, IL
Curated by Kamden Vencill
NO PEOPLE, PETS OR FLOWERS, Chicago, IL
Curated by SAIC Arts Administration Graduate Student
MIDNITE SNACKS, Chicago, IL
Group show, Curated by SAIC Arts Administration Graduate Students
December 2009- March 2010
- EDUCATION -
SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, Chicago, IL
Graduating with Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing May 21, 2011
SPERTUS COLLEGE, Chicago, IL
Master of Science in Nonprofit Management, Concentration in Fundraising
Graduated Magna *** Laude nine months early with a 3.8/4.0 GPA.
MARYLAND INSTITUTE COLLEGE OF ART, Baltimore, MD
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Graduated Magna *** Laude six months early, 1993.
Received Top Art/Jurors Choice Cash Award in senior year Student Exhibition.
Awarded merit scholarships totaling $85,000.
CHICAGO ACADEMY FOR THE ARTS, Chicago, IL
Graduated with top honors; recognized as top Visual Arts Student in graduating class.
Recognized as one of the 50 top Young Artists in Illinois.
- Membership -
College Art Association
Member since 2010