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.
In 2018 I completed my Master of Fine Art degree with a concentration in Studio Art. Since then I have been blessed with several collegiate teaching positions and have been part of the faculty at Augusta University since 2019 where I teach Painting, Drawing and Art Appreciation classes.
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: “Beneath the Surface,” Averitt Center for Art, Statesboro, GA, March/April 2021 Earth Fare, Martinez, GA, March/April 2019 MACK (McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah), McCormick, SC, April 2018 “Considering Perspectives,” University Gallery, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro GA, March 2018 Augusta Aviation, Augusta, GA, 2014 – 2018 Queensborough Bank, Martinez, GA, 2010, 2011, 2012 Columbia County Government Complex, Evans, GA, 2009 - 2011 Medical College of Georgia Healing Arts, Augusta, GA, 2009 - 2012 Columbia County and Euchee Creek libraries, Evans and Harlem GA, 2001 - 2013
GROUP EXHIBITIONS: “2022 Artists Who Teach,”Ellington-White Contemporary, Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC. National Juried Exhibition. September- November 2022. “The Grandeur of Color 2022,”Modern Visual Arts Gallery, Bethlehem, PA. National Juried Exhibition. October 2022. “Art at the Avenue,”South Cobb Arts Alliance Exhibition, Marietta, GA. National Juried Exhibition. September 2022. “Professors of Art: Georgia,”Eyedrum Gallery, Atlanta, GA. Juried Exhibition. July/August 2022. “Slice of Life,”311 Gallery, Raleigh, NC. National Juried Exhibition. July 2022. “Realism Today,”Pickens County Museum of Art and History, Pickens, SC. National Juried Exhibition. July 2022. “Spring to Life,”311 Gallery, Raleigh, NC. National Juried Exhibition. May 2022. “Rustbelt: REDUX,”Vestige Concept Gallery, Pittsburg, PA. National Juried Exhibition. March - April 2022. “Augusta University Department of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition,” Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, GA. November 2021 - January 2022. “SECAC 2021 Members Juried Exhibition,”Bolivar Art Gallery, School of Art/Visual Studies, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. October - November 2021 “September Group Art Show,”The Jones Gallery, Kansas City, MO. National Juried Exhibition. September 2021 “2021 Texture & Patterns,”Las Laguna Art Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA. International Juried Exhibition. August 2021 “Art in the Time of Corona (Vol. 2) - A Global Art Project 2020 - 2023,”Dab Art Co., Los Angeles, CA. International Juried Exhibition (online). August 2021 - 2023 “It All Flows to the Savannah - Storm Drain Murals,” Greater Augusta Art Council, Augusta, GA. Juried Exhibition (selection completed by a combination of popular vote and selection committee). This opportunity led to several published interviews both on campus and with local news organizations. April 2021. “September Group Art Show,”The Jones Gallery, Kansas City, MO. National Juried Exhibition. September 2020 “2020 Fine Arts Exhibition of the Decatur Arts Festival,”The Dalton Gallery on the campus of Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA. International Juried Exhibition. May/June 2020 “The Art of Hope,” Mississippi State University Department of Art Gallery, Mississippi State, MS. National Juried Exhibition. January/February 2020 “Sights and Insights,” Abernathy Arts Center and Dunwoody Fine Art Association, Sandy Springs, GA. Regional Juried Exhibition. January/February 2020 “AU Biennial Faculty Exhibition,” Mary S. Byrd Gallery, Augusta, GA, January/February 2020 Augusta & Co. Gallery, Augusta, GA, December 2019 – February 2020 The City Gallery, Augusta, GA, December 2019 “Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art Alumni Exhibition,”Georgia Southern University’s Contemporary Gallery, Statesboro, GA, August/September 2019 “All Fired Up,”Roxey Remley Center for Fine Arts, Statesboro, GA, December 2018 “Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art Faculty Exhibition,”Georgia Southern University’s Contemporary Gallery, Statesboro, GA, August/September 2018 “Arfields 2018” (One of 400 works accepted from over 900 submissions,) Lake City, SC, April 2018 “Gallery on the Row Reunion Show,”600 Broad Street Gallery, Augusta, GA, March 2018 “Wet Paint Party” Sacred Heart Cultural Arts Center, Augusta, GA, February 2018 “MFA Showcase,” Beta Space, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland, February 2018 “Valdosta National 2018” (One of 66 works accepted from 520 submissions to this national show), Dedo Maranville Fine Arts Gallery, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA, January 2018 “Environs,” 600 Broad Street Gallery, Augusta, GA, January 2018 “MFA Showcase,” The Glass Gallery, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, November 2017 – January 2018 “Anemnesis” (Received Honorable Mention) 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL, September 2017 “A Sense of Place” (One of 56 works accepted from over 1,000 submissions to this national show) 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 - 2014 Augusta State University, Reese Library Exhibition, Augusta, GA, 2010 Walton Rehabilitation Hospital's Undercover Artist Show, Augusta, GA, 2010 - 2016 Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art's Faculty Art Show, Augusta, GA, 2009 - 2015 Art After Dark, Evans, GA, 2008 – 2017
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 2022 Beer Garden, Draft Society Taproom, Augusta, GA. Led a team of 12 Augusta University students in completing a series of interactive murals to transform a small alley courtyard into a beer garden. 2021 It All Flows to the Savannah: Storm Drain Mural Project, Greater Augusta Arts Council, Augusta, GA. Selected by a combination of popular vote and jury selection to complete a street mural promoting the prevention of pollution in a busy area of downtown Augusta. The murals were well promoted and drew the attention of several news outlets resulting in multiple interviews about the project. 2018 Art the Box, Greater Augusta Arts Council, Augusta, GA Selected unanimously by an Augusta community committee to paint an electrical box in the Summerville area as a part of the “Art the Box” project. The selection committee included artists, members of the arts council, city workers, and community members. Previously a total of 24 boxes had been painted by artists throughout the Augusta area. Selected from 9 applicants, my work commemorates the history of the Summerville neighborhood. 2016 -2018 Graduate Assistant – Humanities Assistant, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA Assisted in whatever capacity was required of the professors in several undergraduate level classes including “Art in Life,” and several art history classes. Duties range from teaching, administering exams, grading papers and tests, to recording attendance, proctoring exams and filling in when professors aren’t able to be present. 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 2010 Art on the Wall - Augusta Waterworks Mural, Augusta, GA. One of six muralists selected through a juried competition to complete 11 x 33’ murals on the side of the Augusta Waterworks. 1998 - 2006 Graphic Designer, Vineyard Church Augusta, Augusta, GA 1991 - 1994 Graphic Designer, Katcef & Associates Advertising Agency, Annapolis, MD 1990 - Present Professional Artist Commissioned paintings and murals for private and public-sector clients nationally.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE: January 2019 - Present Lecturer- Augusta University, Augusta GA January 2020 - May 2021 Part-time Faculty-Ogeechee Technical College, Statesboro, GA August 2018 – May 2019 Part-time Faculty Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA 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: Fall 2021/Spring 2022 - Experiential Learning - Draft Society Taproom Beer Garden Mural Organized team of Augusta University students to complete murals at the Draft Society Taproom in Augusta, GA May 2019 Juror – Greenwood Artist Guild Spring Show, Greenwood, SC January 2019 Langston Chapel Middle School Mural Project, Statesboro, GA Organized team of Georgia Southern University students and faculty from the Statesboro and Armstrong campuses to complete a series of six murals at a Statesboro middle school. 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 (Southeastern 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. 2014 Mentor for Senior Project – Greenbrier High School, Bailey Bessman 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)
AWARDS: Boundless Teaching Award, Augusta University Center of Instructional Innovation. (January 2022). October 2020 Recipient: Augusta University College of Education’s Education Innovation Fund (EIF) Grant. Funds were used to complete 3 murals at Belair K-8 fostering a relationship between the school and Augusta University’s Department of Art and Design. Augusta, GA March 2020 Recipient: William A Bloodworth, Jr. Award for Excellence in Part-Time Teaching for the 1019-2020 Academic Year October 2017 Recipient: SECAC Gulnar Bosch Student Travel Assistance Grant September 2017 Art the Box: Selected by Greater Augusta Arts Council, and a committee of city employees and community members to paint an electrical box in Augusta’s Summerville neighborhood. Augusta, GA 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