Having grown up painting, I decided to do the "practical thing" and pursue a degree in graphic design. In 1990 I received my BFA in Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. I worked as a graphic designer for many years, but eventually came back to my painting roots by working on commissioned paintings and murals. I've been an active part of the arts community in the Augusta, Georgia area for many years now, presiding over two non-profit art community art groups, helping run a co-operative art gallery, organizing events and festivals, teaching classes, and helping other artists pursue their artistic goals. Currently I am practicing art in Statesboro, Georgia while I pursue my Master of Fine Arts in studio art at Georgia Southern University.
EDUCATION: Master of Fine Arts, Studio Art, May 2018 Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
Foundations in Learning: Graduate Teaching Certificate, May 2018 Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
Bachelor of Fine Arts (cum laude), Graphic Design, 1990 Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
SOLO EXHIBITIONS: Augusta Aviation, 2014 – Present Queensborough Bank, 2010, 2011, 2012 Columbia County Government Complex, 2009, 2010, 2011 Medical College of Georgia Healing Arts, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 Columbia County and Euchee Creek libraries, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
GROUP EXHIBITIONS: “MFA Showcase,” Beta Space, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland, January 2018 “Valdosta National 2018,” Dedo Maranville Fine Arts Gallery, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA, January 2018 “Environs,” 600 Broad Street Gallery, Augusta, GA, January 2018 “MFA Showcase,” Glass Gallery, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, November 2017 – January 2018 “Anemnesis,” 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL, September 2017 “A Sense of Place,” Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, GA, September 2017 “Perceived Landscape: Umvelt,” Gallery 650, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, April 2017 “MFA Candidacy Review Exhibition,” Contemporary Gallery, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA, March 2017 “In Our Heads, Out of Our Hands,” Glass Gallery, Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, November 2016 “Polyhedra,” Collaborative Show at The Roxy Remly Center for Fine Arts, Statesboro, GA, October 2016 Madison Artist Guild Gallery, Madison, GA, October 2016 – June 2017 “Trifecta,” Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art, Augusta University, Augusta, GA, Summer 2016 Statesboro Public Library, Spring Artists Invitational Local Artists Exhibition, Statesboro, GA, 2016 Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Spring Artists Market, Augusta, GA, 2016 “Art of Chocolate,” Augusta, GA, 2015 Yuchikiokee Art Festival, Evans, GA, 2015, 2016 Gallery on the Row, Augusta, GA, 2011 - 2016 Aiken Center for the Arts, Aiken, SC, 2011, 2012 Art in the Park, Evans, GA, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Augusta State University, Reese Library Exhibition, Augusta, GA, 2010 Art on the Wall, Augusta, GA, 2010 Walton Rehabilitation Hospital's Undercover Artist Show, Augusta, GA, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art's Faculty Art Show, Augusta, GA, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Art After Dark, Evans, GA, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: August 2016 - Present Graduate Assistant – Humanities Assistant, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA Assisted with student development in several undergraduate level classes. 2011 - 2014 Partner,Gallery on the Row, Augusta, GA (co-op art gallery) Gallery partner, co-curator. Served as gallery president in 2013 and 2014, vice president and advertising marketing coordinator in 2012 and secretary in 2011 1998 - 2006 Graphic Designer, Vineyard Church Augusta, Augusta, GA 1990 - Present Professional Artist Commissioned paintings and murals for private and public-sector clients including the Greater Augusta Arts Council, Augusta-Richmond County Water Department, Cross Creek High School, and Columbia Middle School. Selected, through a juried contest, as one of six artists who completed separate murals in Augusta's Art on the Wall project.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE: June 2017 Instructor, Averitt Center for the Arts, Statesboro, GA Developed and taught drawing intensive workshop for teens 2009 - 2016 Instructor, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, GA Developed and taught curriculum for drawing and painting classes for both adults and children March 2016 Instructor, Artists’ Guild of Columbia County, Martinez, GA Developed and taught curriculum for acrylic painting workshops February 2015 Instructor, Morris Museum of Art, Augusta GA Developed and taught curriculum for charcoal drawing workshops October, 2013 Instructor, Aiken Center for the Arts, Aiken, SC Developed and taught curriculum for acrylic painting workshops January, 2013 Haiti Mural Project: Designed and planned mural and its execution at orphanage outside of Port Au Prince, Haiti. Lead non-artist team members, and children from the orphanage to create 15’ x 10’ mural.
INVOLVEMENT: 2017 - Present Member, CAA (College Art Association) July 2017 Documenta 14, Kassel, Germany, Graduate Study Abroad/Research Trip July 2017 Venice Bienale, Venice, Italy, Graduate Study Abroad/Research Trip December 2016 Art Basel, Miami Beach FL, Graduate/Undergraduate Research Trip September 2016 Roxey Remley Center for Fine Arts Grand Opening Gala, Statesboro, GA Visiting Artist. 2016 - Present Member, SECAC (Southeasern College Art Association) April 2016 ArtFest, Statesboro, GA Assisted with children’s activities for the Averitt Center for the Arts. 2016 - 2017 Member, Madison Artists' Guild 2014 - 2016 Columbia County Community Events Committee, Evans, GA Appointed by the Columbia County Board of Commissioners to serve on the seven-member committee to oversee the allocation of grant funds raised to support area events including, but not limited to those involving the arts. Reviewed and approved grant applications and liaised with county representatives on upcoming public events. 2011 Greater Augusta Arts Council, Arts in the Heart of Augusta Juror for the area’s largest art event with over 80,000 attendees. 2009 - 2014 Board of Directors, Columbia County Arts, Inc. (501c3), Evans, GA Partnered with government and business leaders to host community arts events. Authored event-associated grant requests that were funded. Served as board president from 2012 to 2014, vice president in 2011, and event coordinator from 2010 to 2014. 2009 - 2011 President, Artists' Guild of Columbia County (501c3) Promoted guild members' work by hosting and participating in community events. Efforts resulted in a three-fold increase in active membership (from 35 to over 110). Coordinated with local businesses to create venues hosting members' work and held outreaches that offered classes and workshops. Authored event-associated grants that were funded. 2009 - Present Member, Artists' Guild of Columbia County (501c3)
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Teaching and Learning Essentials Seminar, May 2017 Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
Graduate Learning Community: Classroom Management, September 2017 Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
Graduate Learning Community: New Instructor Challenges, September 2017 Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
Graduate Learning Community: Designing Quizzes and Assessments, October 2017 Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
Graduate Learning Community: Teaching Students to Learn: Sandra McGuire, October 2017 Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
Graduate Learning Community: Syllabus Basics, November 2017 Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
PUBLICATIONS/PRESENTATIONS: October 2017 SECAC (South Eastern College Art Conference) Columbus, OH Session Chair: “Art, Tradition and Technology: Making the Relationship Work in the Classroom for a New Generation of Artists” Conference Presentation: “Rapid Review: Graduate Studio Art Programs in Their Own Words and Images” October 2016 SECAC (South Eastern College Art Conference) Roanoke, VA Conference Presentation: “Creating Outside the Lines: The Myths, Reality and Fantasy of Art After Children,” Life Lessons in Art November 2014Augusta Kiwanis luncheon guest speaker, Artist Talk: An Artistic Journey November 2011 Verge Magazine, Augusta and the CSRA
AWARDS: October 2017 Recipient: SECAC Gulnar Bosch Student Travel Assistance Grant September 2017 Honorable Mention: “Anemnesis,” 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL May 2017 Recipient: Betty Foy Sanders Student Travel Fund, Graduate Research Grant October 2016 Recipient: Georgia Southern University, College of Graduate Studies Graduate Research Travel Grant