EDUCATION
2007  MFA Master in Sculpture, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
2002  BFA Major in Art Education, Minor in History, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2013 - Present, Adjunct Professor, Bradley University, Peoria, IL
 Art Appreciation
 Two-Dimensional Design for Non-Art Majors 
2010 - 2012, Adjunct Faculty, Spoon River College, Canton, IL
Art Appreciation
 Three-Dimensional Design 
2008 - 2012,  Adjunct Faculty for the Institute of Art and Design, Robert Morris University, Peoria, IL
Drawing I & II
Painting
Art History I & II
Design History
Humanities
Introduction to Painting
Creative Expressions for non-art majors
Color Theory
Color and Two-Dimensional Composition
Created and hosted regional juried High School Art Show and Workshop

2008 - 2009  Summer School Art Teacher, Peoria District 150, Peoria, IL
Instructed all art classes classes for Pre-K - 4th grade

2007  Long-Term Substitute Art Instructor, Churchill Junior High, Galesburg, IL

2004-2007  Instructor of Record, School of Art and Design, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
Sculpture
3-D Foundations
Introduction to Visual Culture

2006  Graduate Assistant Art Education, School of Art and Design, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL<> Studio / Lecture class. Assisted professor in co-running young artist workshop with undergraduate students, planned course material, aided and critiqued undergraduate students.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2015  Artist in Residence, Invitational, Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria, IL

2014 - Present, Juror, Exhibition Committee for the Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL

2014  Artist in Residence, Prairie Center of the Arts, Peoria, IL 

2014 Guest Artist Speaker for, "Women in the Arts" Panel Discussion, Women in the Arts Week, Peoria, IL 

2013 Juror, Central Illinois Valey High School Art Conference, Spoon River College, Canton, IL

2012 Artist in Residence, Prairie Center of the Arts, Peoria, IL

2011 Teaching Assistant, Sun Foundation Camp in Arts and Sciences, Washburn, IL

2011 Juror, Peoria Art Guild 49th Annual Fine Art Fair, Peoria, IL

2011 Juror, Brimfield School District Annual Art Show, Brimfield, IL

2008 - 2012  Founder, Co-Chair Outside the Lines, Robert Morris University, Peoria, IL
Founder and co-chair of student-run group which works to broaden professional experiences in the art field.

2008 - 2011  Career Services Advisor, Robert Morris University, Peoria, IL
Provide a wide range of career-related assistance to the student and alumni of Robert Morris University.

2007  Emeritus Chair Critical Forum Sculpture Organization, School of Art and Design, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

2005-2006  Appointed Member of Graduate and Professional Student Council, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

2005  Founder, Chair Critical Forum Sculpture Organization, School of Art and Design, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
Founder and co-chair of scuplture group to better meet the professional needs of undergraduate and graduate sculpture students in the School of Art and Design at Southern Illinois University.

2005  Iron Pouring Demonstration Team, Southern Conference for Iron Art, Sloss Foundry, Birmingham, AL

SELECTED SOLO, 2-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
TBA, Solo exhibition at the Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL

2014, An Exercise in Loss, Solo Installation, Prairie Center of the Arts, Peoria, IL

2010  Predator, Prey, Scavenger Project, Phase 2, Solo Installation, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL

2010 Vanitas, Invitational Exhibition, Curator Melissa Caldwell, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

2009  Tell Tales, Invitational Exhibition, Bambi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2008  And Then it Just Was...A Short Exercise in Collection and Display, Solo Installation, Art Projects Studio, Farmington, IL

2007  I Keep You Here to Stare At You When No One Is Looking, MFA Thesis Show, Surplus Gallery, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

2006  Meet the Busy Bunnies, Solo Installation, Vergette Gallery, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015, In Good Company, Recent Work by Peoria Women Artists, Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL

2014, Regional Artist Invitational, Prairie Center of the Arts, Peoria, IL 

2012  University of Illinois Springfield, Visual Arts Auction, Springfield, IL

2011  Leading the Way, Invitational Faculty Exhibition, Spoon River College, Canton, IL

2011  3rd Annual Paint Snob Show, Invitational Exhibition, Fine Arts Center Gallery, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR

2010  2nd Annual Paint Snob Show, Invitational Exhibition, 500xGallery, Dallas, TX

2010  Creatures Great and Small, National Traveling Exhibition, Juror Becky Atkinson, Yeiser Center for the Arts, Paducah, KY

2010 Animal Show, Pterodactyl Gallery, Curator Catherine Dentino, Invitational Exhibition, Philadelphia PA

2010  We're On Huron, Digital Exhibition, Southern Illinois School of Art and Design Alumni Show, Chicago, IL

2009  Creatures Great and Small, National Exhibition, Juror Becky Atkinson, Murray State College, Murray, KY

2009  Illinois, Invitational Exhibition, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL

2008  1st Annual Paint Snob Show, Invitational Exhibition, McLennan Community College, Waco, TX

2008 Invented Landscapes, Invitational Exhibition, Yo Darkroom Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2007  Interart Exhibition Series, Invitational Exhibition, Great Basin Gallery, Great Basin College, Elko, NV

2007  Illinois Emerging Artist Exhibition, State Exhibition for MFA Candidates, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL

2007  Experimental Kitten Print Show (Animal Related Images), Traveling Print Exhibition, Fort Gondo, St. Louis, MO

2006  Corpus, Interpretations of the Human Form, National Exhibition, Gallery 33, Chicago IL

2006  Art St. Louis XXII, The Exhibition, Regional Exhibition, Juror Elizabeth Thomas, Art St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

2006  Anthropomorphism, International Exhibition, Juror Laurie Hogan, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

2006  Neology, Sculpture Exhibition, Nu-Art Series Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2006  Threshold, 2nd Year MFA Exhibition, Surplus Gallery, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

2006  On the Fence: Inside and Out, A multimedia Smithsonian companion exhibit featuring selected graduate students from the School of Art and Design, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Joan Banks Gallery, Murphysboro, IL

2005  Equipoise, Sculpture Graduate Exhibition, Owl Creek Vineyard, Cobden, IL

2005  International Pony Show, Graduate Exhibition, HQ Gallery, Makanda, IL

2005  Making Space, Graduate Exhibition, Surplus Gallery, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

2005  Trip the Trigger, 1st Year MFA Exhibition, Surplus Gallery, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

2005  R.P.M., Sculpture Graduate Exhibition, Surplus Gallery, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

2005  Annual Members Show, Juror Rhonda Wheatly, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

2004  Around the Coyote, A Chicago Exhibition Festival, Curator Montana Morrison, Gallery 1633, Chicago, IL

GRANTS / AWARDS
2007  Best in Show, Illinois Emerging Artist Exhibition (state exhibition for MFA candidates), McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL

2005-2007  Full Tuition Waiver / Teaching Assistantship, School of Art and Design, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

2005  International Sculpture Conference Grant, School of Art and Design, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

1998-2002  Merit Award, Annual Student Art Show, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL

1998-2002  Partial Tuition Waiver, School of Art, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL

REVIEWS
The Best Art You Can See in Town Right Now, The Whiskey City Blog, Josh Cox, May 2014

Leading the Way: The Arts Faculty of Spoon River College, McDonough County Voice, September 2011.

Vanitas and Decoration at Philadelphia Art Alliance, The Art Blog,
Libby Fallon and Roberta Rosof, August 2010.

Philadelphia Art Alliance's Vanitas Exhibit, Christine Colby, Christine Colby, August 2010.

The Curated Object by JoAnn Greco, Vanitas: Contemporary Reflections, August 2010.

Artist Review, Peoria Journal Star, Brenda Rothert, Sunday Arts Edition, 21 December 2008.

Student Wins Emerging Illinois Artists' Top Honor, Southern Illinoisan, Andrea Hahn, July 2007.

Equipose Art Takes Center Stage at Owl Creek Vineyard, Southern Illinoisan, Andrea Hahn, A5: 17 October 2005.

COLLECTIONS
Sam Hopkins, Philadelphia, PA
Patricia Huttinger and Don Crouch, Macomb, IL
Susan Czechowski, Macomb, IL
Jennifer Whalen-Shaw, Austin, TX
Ilona Niemi, Finland
Melissa Wilkinson and Joseph Morzuch, Hewitt, TX
Frank Kirsher, Peoria, IL