Statement & Resume

"LOVE" Paintings

Hope Springs Eternal

Sunshine Makes Me Happy




Artist Statement:

We go through life, looking for hope and love, finding it in expected and unexpected places. Most often joy is found in relationships with dear friends and family. My artwork strives to be physical manifestation of the cherished yet unseen parts of our relationships: hopes, dreams, wishes, and love. It highlights the seasons and rituals of life such as gift giving, holidays, and time spent making memories in specific rooms of one’s home.

My installations develop as I investigate the time and place they are to inhabit. I am fascinated by the specific colors and patterns traditionally used to decorate specific spaces. I also investigate cultural practices, traditions, and rituals which give meaning and celebration to life.  Often the viewer is asked to participate in the installation, my goal is to collapse the distance between the artwork and the viewer by engulfing the viewer with art similar to what he or she would encounter in everyday life.  Hopefully my artwork will stir memories and create new ones as the viewer engages with the art

1998 M.F.A. Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
1994 B.F.A. The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
Awards, Grants & Collections:
2009 The Ragdale Foundation, Artist-In-Residence, Lake Forest, IL
University of Missouri, Visiting Artist, Columbia, MO
2005 Scholarship Award for Painting, Union League of Chicago, IL
2003 Kansas City Art Institute, Visiting Artist, Kansas City, MO
2002 Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Artist-in-Residence Program, Snowmass, CO
2001 Evanston Arts Council/City of Evanston, 2001 Cultural Art Fund Award, Evanston, IL
2000 The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Apprentice Training Program, Philadelphia, PA
1999 Jay County Arts Council, Summer Residency, Portland, IN
Evanston Arts Center, Visiting Artist, Evanston, IL
1998 Teaching Assistant Fellow, Searle Center for Teaching Excellence, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
1997 Teaching Assistant Fellow, Searle Center for Teaching Excellence, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
2006 "With Love" Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
’s 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
Bridge Art Fair, Miami Beach, FL
"Shag and Stripes" SPACES, Cleveland, OH
"Summer Show '06" Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
"Repetitive Gestures" Steamboat Springs Art Council, Steamboat Springs, CO
2005 "Working Process" Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
"Summer Show '05" Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
Spencer's, Bowling Green, KY
2004 Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
Shoebox Series, Bridge Magazine, Chicago, IL

Telephonebooth, Kansas City, MO collaborative installation with Laura Berman
Ohio State University, Marion, OH
Artboat, participating artist, Standard Gallery, Chicago, IL
Shoebox series, Bridge Magazine/1R Gallery, Chicago, IL (in MCA Chicago collection)
Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL


"You Mean So Much to Me" Standard, Chicago, IL
"Evanston & Vicinity 16th Biennial Exhibition," Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
SPACES, Cleveland, OH
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI
"Carry On’ Drawing," Rapid Transit Gallery, Savannah, GA


"Flower Power," Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI

"Wishing Stars," Evanston Art Center Invitational, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL

"Artists/Alumni," Mary and Leigh Block Museum, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (catalogue)

"Look; Paint," SPACES, Cleveland, OH

The Philadelphia Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

"You Gotta Have Art," Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL

"Carry On’ Drawing," Artcore Gallery, Baroda, India & Jehangir Gallery, Sakshi, India


"Look: Paint," Beacon Street Gallery, Chicago,  IL.
"6 Degrees," 2121 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
"2000 Evanston + Vicinity" 15th Biennial Exhibition, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
Midway Airport Walkway Project, Midway Airport, Chicago, IL
"1,000 Drawings," Artists Space, New York, NY
Art in Christian Communities, Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL


Happy Holidays, Gallery 138, Kent State University, Kent, OH
Cows on Parade, installed at Soldier Field, Chicago, IL

Room Service, Inn of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Reicher Gallery, Barat College, Lake Forest, IL

1998 Glory and Reverie, The Dittmar Gallery, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
1998: New Artists in Chicago, The Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago, IL

3rd Occasional Survey of Abstract Art in Chicago
, Klein Art Works, Chicago, IL
LaGrange National Biennial, Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum, LaGrange, GA

Unsettled, Nonsettled, Resettled, Northwestern Settlement House, Chicago, IL

1997 Structure and Undulation, Bank One Gallery, Louisville, KY
Graduate Student Group Show
, Dittmar Memorial Gallery, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
The Union League Civic and Arts Foundation, Chicago, IL
1996 RIPE Gallery, Louisville, KY
Lots of Little Art, Artlink, Fort Wayne, IN

RIPE Gallery, Louisville, KY
 A Plethora of Squares, The Alley Theatre, Louisville, KY
1995 Ohio Valley Annual Art Exhibition, Floyd County Museum, New Albany, IN

Gallery 15, Louisville, KY


Winter Spiritual Celebrations, The Spiritual Art Gallery, Louisville, KY

Zoller Gallery, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

2003 Laura Berman, “Unnatural Materials,” Review, September 2003, pp. 60-65.
New American Paintings, Juried Exhibition in print, No. 47, Stephen T. Zevitas, ed., Vol. 7, No. 4, pp.94-97.
Maria Elena Buszek, “Demystifying Machines,” Review, Summer 2003, p. 93
Robin Trafton, “Arts shows: Working together, artists clearly have fun,” The Kansas City Star, April 25, 2003, Arts Section

Evanston Press, Evanston Art Center presents Paper As Art,” Review by Melanie Amin, p.5, March 10, 2002
Walter Robinson, “Chicago Diary,”, May 14, 2002
“Recommend,” New Art Examiner, May–June 2002, p. 23
Ellen Pritsker, “Biennial exhibit a lively show,” Evanston Review/ Pioneer Press, June 20, 2002, p. B4.
Fred Camper, “Rooms with a View,” Chicago Reader, June 7, 2002, Section 1, pp. 30–31.


James Yood and William Conger, Artist Alumni: Recent Graduates of the MFA Program, Dept. of Art Theory & Practice, Northwestern University, Mary and Leigh Block Museum, Catalogue, cover illustration and pp. 70–71.
The Plain Dealer,  “Abstract Painters Make the Medium Their Own,” by Dan Tramberg, Cleveland,
Nov. 26, 2001, Arts & Life
Concentrics, Evanston Art Center, May/June/July 2001, pp. 3, 5–7.


Kathy Jo Robbert, "Installation works,UICA to tickle the art-lover's fancy," Grand Rapids Advance, 12/12/2000 Sec.B, p. 2.


Mary Ellen Sullivan, Cows on Parade in Chicago, 1999: NeptunArt, pp. 154,175.
"Where the Bovines Are," The Chicago Tribune, July 11, 1999, Section 7, pp. 4–5.
Diane Heilenman, "Moovin' On," The Courier-Journal, September 5, 1999, Section I, p. 11.
"Bovine Beauties," Mosaic, Northwestern University, Fall 1999, pp. 2–3.


Michelle Grabner, "1998: New Artists in Chicago," New Art Examiner, October 1998, p. 45.
Deborah Wilk, "1998: New Artists in Chicago," C International Contemporary Art, September– November 1998, p. 41.
"Critic's Choice," Chicago Reader, July 3, 1998, Section 2, pp. 1, 24–26.


Victoria Gritton, "Patterns in Motion," LEO, September 3, 1997, p. 28.

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