I began my career as an elementary art teacher in rural Indiana in 2006, in 2008 I returned to school at Columbia College Chicago and later interned with the Art Institute of Chicago’s photography collection. While in graduate school here at KCAD I taught Intro to Photo classes and worked with the Avenue for the Arts as an event coordinator. In 2014 I started as a KCAD admissions counselor.
I studied art education at Purdue University from 2002-2006, received a post-baccalaureate certificate from Columbia College Chicago in Photography in 2011, and graduated from KCAD’s MFA program in 2014.
Every summer I volunteer with the American Youth Foundation’s National Leadership Conference where I mentor young adults to be their best selves, to live balanced lives, and to serve their communities in positive ways. I am most proud of the amazing people those young adults have grown to be. In graduate school I founded a small community-based art gallery called Craft House that exhibits the work of student and professional artists, hosts educational events, and provided a platform for local artists to sell their work directly to collectors, I’m very proud of the work I do at Craft House and of the artists who exhibit there.
I’m inspired by the motivation and intensity of passionate people. Also, I’m inspired by intelligent artists like Taryn Simon, Barbara Probst, and Jessica Backhaus.
Subscribe to a magazine or journal in your field and read it regularly. Or the New York Times Sunday edition.
I’m learning to make hand puppets out of my cat’s fur.
The Cyclade islands in Greece.
The early 1900s in Paris, but only if I could be reincarnated as Gertrude Stein.
The fact that I get to be around people and things everyday that amaze and inspire me.
Flee, with a large knife.
The Avenue for the Arts.
Anywhere that serves ice cream in the summer and Lake Michigan in the winter.
The small, close-knit community and the feeling that I can walk up to anyone and introduce myself without feeling weird about it.
Find a professional who works in the arts and ask them about their job. Ask really in-depth questions to get a sense of how they found their job, what they studied in school, and what they do to stay on top of their field.
My morning smoothie, that I make at home, is a work of art.