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SHOWS PARTICIPATED IN

2019- Michigan Glass Project, live painting and exhibition, Detroit, MI.

2019- Trans Day of Artivism, featured artist, Ferndale, MI.

2019- NSO Detroit Man In the City Event, Detroit, MI.

2019- STUDIOWERQ Open Studio Exhibition, Hazel Park, MI.

2018- Hamtramck Neighborhood Arts Fest, Hamtramck, MI

2018- Harmony & The Cosmic Connection show, Tangent Gallery,  Detroit, MI

2018- Breaking Borders Fine Art Show, Tangent Gallery, Detroit, MI.

2017- Detroit Fine Art Fair, Detroit, MI.

2017- SPECTRUM show, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI.

2017- “My Body Is Political” show, Riopelle Gallery, Detroit, MI.

2016- Nature by Design, Matthaei Botanical Gardens Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI.

2016- Gender X Show, Pittmann-Puckett Gallery, Ferndale, MI.

2016- Between 2 Points, Scene Metrospace, East Lansing, MI. Juror: Robert
McCann.

2016- Featured Artist at the Trans* Day of Artivism, Ferndale, MI.

2016- Body Eclectic Show, Lawrence Street Gallery, Ferndale, MI. Juror: Tylon
Sawyer. 

2016- Midwest Faculty Show, Devos Place, Grand Rapids, MI.

2015- Transgender Day of Empowerment; a trans* exclusive art show at
Affirmations Center, Ferndale.

2014- Hive Fest, all-day art and music festival. Vendor, live participant (Emcee).

2014- Detroit Artist Market, Garden Party Show.

2014- Member of Lawrence Street Gallery, Ferndale, MI. Member from March
2014 – June 2014.

2013- Ann Arbor All Media Exhibition, Ann Arbor Art Center

2013 – MFA Thesis Show, Broad Art Museum on the campus of MSU.

2012 – All Graduate Exhibition, Kresge Art Museum

2012 – A MSU Showcase, group show at Scene Metrospace

2012 – Accepted to the Lesbian Live XIX conference at University College
Dublin, Ireland to present work.

2011 – Solo show, “Vagtastic”, Gallery 101 of Kresge Art Center. Multi-media
installation

2011 – All Graduate Exhibition, Kresge Art Museum

2011 – Accepted to the Hawaii International Conference and invited to give a
presentation on own work.

2011 – Presentation of work at the EDGES 2011 conference (including a video
installation).

2011 – “B*TCH Show”, Art Alley; Lansing, MI. Curated by Diane Wilson;
included performance by the musician B*TCH.

2011 – Input/Output (Graduate Exhibition), Kresge Art Museum

2010 – “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly”, That Ann Arbor Art Gallery; Ann Arbor,
MI. Curated by Thomas William Ulch II.

2010 – 2 pieces selected to hang in the MSU president’s house.

2010 – All Graduate Exhibition, Kresge Art Museum

2009 – B.F.A. Exhibition “Calendar Girls”
Solo show, created twelve piece series specifically for gallery space.
Responsible for printing own advertisements, hanging, and hosting a
reception.

2009 – “Back to School Exhibition” (IGG Members only show)

2009 – Award Recipients Exhibition

2008 – Annual Juried Student Show (Juror: Greg Witkop).

2007 – Annual Juried Student Show (Juror: Greg Tom): Received Grand Prize Award

EDUCATION

Henry Ford Community College; Dearborn, MI — Certificate Earned: NX Designer Certificate (2018), CATIA Certificate (2018) Overall GPA: 4.0

Michigan State University; East Lansing, MI — Degree Earned: Master of Fine Arts, Painting (2013)
Overall GPA: 3.98

Eastern Michigan University; Ypsilanti, Michigan — Degree Earned: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Drawing (2009)
Overall GPA: 3.98

EXPERIENCE

STAGE ARTIST – PAINTING WITH A TWIST – Farmington, MI – JUNE 2017 – PRESENT
Lead stage artist, teach classes, train new employees, and perform general management duties. Participated in a week long corporate training program in 2017.

FIXED TERM PROFESSOR – MSU; East Lansing, MI – JAN 2016 – MAY 2017
Part time lecturer teaching Color and Design and Drawing in the art department.

DETAILER/CO-OP – CONTRACT PROFESSIONALS INCORPORATED; Waterford, MI – NOV 2016 – MAR 2017
Worked part time in the design department doing detail work. Experience with CATIA, Solidworks and Teamcenter.

TEAM LEAD – DICK BLICK ART MATERIALS; Dearborn, MI – JUNE 2013 – MAY 2016
Primary duties included: sales, helped customers with their art related issues, other retail processes such as opening and closing duties, money handling, returns, paperwork, RTV, receiving, trained new employees, etc. Operated as interim assistant manager for six months during a time of transition.

PART TIME LECTURER, EMU; Ypsilanti, MI – SEPT 2013 – JAN 2015
Part time lecturer A, taught classes in the art department including Drawing 1, Art Appreciation, and split level Life Drawing classes (beginning/intermediate/advanced).

STUDIO ASSISTANT TO JOCHEN GERTZ (Special Project, ‘The Gift’ for the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum) – OCT 2012 – DEC 2012
Worked directly with the artist on project; I took photographs, processed photos on the computer, printed, cut and framed the photos. Worked the opening night of the museum as part of a performance piece, printing and framing.

TEACHING ASSISTANT, MSU; East Lansing, Michigan – SEPT 2010 – DEC 2012
Taught a total of six semesters. Classes taught include Drawing 1 and Color & Design. As the sole instructor for the class, wrote assignments as well as worked with a curriculum, grades, gave presentations, properly maintained the classroom, and conducted critiques of student work.

GRAPHIC DESIGNER, MXDESIGN; Ann Arbor, Michigan – APRIL 2008 – JAN 2010
Extensive design experience. Worked with a variety of clients on many different projects including post cards, brochures, auction programs, event programs, newsletters, newspaper ads and web design. Worked directly with company owner for collaboration and design conception.

TUTOR TEAM LEADER, HOLMAN SUCCESS CENTER (EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY); Ypsilanti, Michigan – SEPT 2009 – DEC 2009
Team Leader, conducted bi-weekly meetings with two groups of approx. 10 tutors each. Dispersed information regarding tutoring policy, troubleshooting, and facilitated professional development.

TUTOR, HOLMAN SUCCESS CENTER (EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY); Ypsilanti, Michigan — SEPT 2007 – SEPT 2009
One on one tutoring with a diverse range of students. Tutored a variety of classes such as: BIO 110/120, PHYS 101, Art History (Surveys I & II, 19th Century), English 121, Advertising.

WRITING CONSULTANT, STUDENT INCENTIVE PROGRAM (HOLMAN SUCCESS CENTER, EMU) — JUNE 2009 – AUG 2009
As part of the Student Incentive Program, a summer bridge program at EMU, led a daily one hour study/instruction session with a class of 19 at-risk freshmen. Gave direct instruction to students and posed as mentor figure.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

STUDIOWERQ (Hazel Park, MI) — 2017 – Present

Creator/contributor

STUDIOWERQ is an organization I created to bring arts programing into neighborhoods at a local level. Currently operating in Hazel, MI, STUDIOWERQ offers open studio tours/experiences, workshops, creative consulting and other services. Our open studios are meant to act as a version of a free public space, like a library or (sometimes) a museum. Our main goal to enrich local areas by providing free art experiences that are aimed at building communities, particularly marginalized and underserved groups on the LGBTQA+ spectrum.

This past year, 2019, my organization has had the opportunity to do amazing things in an around Hazel Park. In March we facilitated multiple free workshops aimed at trans and gay people through Affirmations, including an entire day of programming at the Trans Day of Artivism. We were involved with  the Neighborhood Service Organization of Detroit and had multiple artists not just donating work but live painting at the event, the proceeds of which went back to the NSO to support their services. We built a playground at a park here in Hazel Park and then organized volunteers from the neighborhood to paint murals and decorate the structure. Several artists from my organization also participated in the Michigan Glass Project, where we created work that was then auctioned off for charity (Art Road Detroit). I personally volunteered to teach art workshops at Camp Talahi, a camp experience exclusively for trans kids. Our organization volunteered to run a full day of drop in workshops with visiting children at the Hazel Park Art Fair. I also partnered with a local non profit to create a totally unique meditation event that combined nature and drawing to create a one of a kind mindfulness experience.

While doing all of that outreach and community service we also ran a full schedule of low cost workshops and rented out our space multiple times to queer artists in need of studio space. It was truly a fantastic year and I am so proud of my organization. In the future I plan on partnering with more groups and bringing even more low cost of free events to the community.

Trans Day of Artivism (Ferndale, MI) — March of 2016 and March of 2019

Organizer/Featured Artist

The Trans Day of Artivism is an all day event that occurs in March. Previous events have been held at the Affirmations Community Center in Ferndale, MI. The Trans Day of Artivism is an all day cultural event that features the art and music of exclusively trans creatives. Artists and musicians from all over the country convene and share their unique perspective on the world through their art. As an organizer i worked closely with a group called Transcend the Binary to create this event. It is truly a one of a kind experience that changes both participants and guests lives.

The Hive (Ann Arbor) — 2013 – 2015

Arts Manager

The Hive, an artist collective based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, was created in 2013 by Thomas Ulch, a professor at Eastern Michigan University and myself. As Arts Manager, I was in charge of emceeing events, recruiting artistic talent for the group, and producing/selling my own art. The collective was made up of both artists and musicians, and we held multiple festival-like events at a warehouse property in downtown Ann Arbor. Our group appeared at several well-known events in Ann Arbor, such as Top of the Park, Hash Bash, and regular concert events at the Blind Pig.

Intermedia Gallery Group (Eastern Michigan University) — 2007 – 2009

President — Winter Semester 2009

The Intermedia Gallery Group is the organization responsible for coordinating a student-run gallery in the Student Center at EMU. As a member, I helped plan/present shows, guard the gallery, create advertisements, and organize group events (including fundraisers and membership drives). As president I organized show schedules, interacted with professors and other staff members regarding gallery operations, and ran meetings with other title holding members of the organization.

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