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  • 2010

    • Otis College of Art & Design • MFA • Public Practice • Los Angeles, CA
  • 2003

    • University of Wisconsin-Madison • BS-Art  • Madison, WI

Projects & Exhibitions 

  • 2014

    • Organ Monument Oratory • (in progress) Mountain story workshops, summit performance & encampment, Las Cruces, NM
  • 2013

    • Refoundation III •  4-week public workshop focused on Past, Present, and Future; culminating event: collaboration with City of Milwaukee NIDC, Olusegun Sijuwade, Century City Neighborhood Association, Milwaukee Public Theatre, and Riverwest Artist Association.
    • Invisible Cities • 4-week public workshop + installation based on Italo Calvino’s work. Santa Fe Art Institute: collaboration with DeVargas School, Amy Lin – architect, Youth In Community program.
  • 2012

    • Refoundation • 6-week public workshop and culminating event, collaboration with City of Milwaukee, Century City Neighborhood Association, Milwaukee Public Theatre, and Riverwest Artist Association, community exhibit at Jazz Gallery, Milwaukee
    • Nite Write: Public visioning workshop and event with Mobile Mural Lab at Dockweiller Beach with LA County
    • Fort Hauser • Trading post and temporary school: collaboration with local residents and Midcity Neighborhood Council
    • House Beautiful • Group show curated by Jane O’Neill San Gabriel, CA
  • 2011

    • Underground River Project • Site-responsive installations along Amargosa River; exhibit at Red Barn Collaboration with Tory Tepp. Goldwell residency, Rhyolite, NV
    • Refoundation • Public workshop in underused city property generating fort sculptures with 30 youth, culminating neighborhood event and City Hall exhibit  • With IN:SITE, City of Milwaukee • Milwaukee, WI
    • Collective Show LA, Los Angeles Road Concerts • Hill Street galleries, Los Angeles
    • Big Bangs group painting show • Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee
  • 2010

    • Actions, Conversations & Intersections •  Barnsdall Municipal Gallery • Hollywood
    • MFA Public Practice Thesis Show • SMC Susan Barnett Gallery • Santa Monica, CA
    • Fort Hauser • ongoing fort installations, performances and activities on urban municipal plot • Midcity, LA
    • Los Angeles Road Concerts • Washington Blvd, LA
  • 2009

    • Laton World Encampment • 3-month youth sculpture park workshop; component of “Reunion / Reunión”, large-scale installation and town event led by Suzanne Lacy  • San Joaquin Valley, CA
    • The Disappearer • Fort installation, Dockweiller Beach; performance at LAX Airport, LA
  • 2008

    • Body Project • Portable sculpture installations at White Sands Nat’l Monument, NM; High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, CA; Hwy 1 Gorda, CA; Los Angeles River, CA
  • 2007

    • Construction Tunnel • Installation and performance • Hamline Footbridge, St. Paul, MN
    • Garden • guerilla installation • Sealy factory exterior, Midway St. Paul, MN
    • Landscape As group show • Bryan Burford Gallery, Iowa City, IA
  • 2006

    • Downtown Ghostown • Temporary sculptural replica of downtown mall; Alma D’Arte High • Downtown pedestrian mall, Las Cruces Museum of Art • NM
    • Inorganic Garden • Temporary installation on New Mexico State University campus • Alma D’Arte High • Las Cruces, NM
    • Photo Arts Exhibit • Downtown Contemporary Art Center • Albuquerque, NM
  • 2005

    • Spotlight group show • Spot Art Gallery • Minneapolis, MN
  • 2004

    • Dark Spring group show • Drive-By Studios • Chicago, IL
  • 2003

    • Beets Fence • Temporary installation and public communion event atop Reynolds rooftop courts • Madison, WI
    • Wallpatch group show • Commonwealth Gallery • Madison, WI
    • Somewhere Land • undergraduate painting exhibit, Red Gym Gallery • Madison, WI

Residencies / Workshops / Awards

  • International School of Rural Education, program fellow, M12 Collective, Byers, CO •  8/14
  • LA County Civic Artists Pre-Qualified List, Los Angeles •  5/2014
  • Residency and Invisible Cities workshop • Santa Fe Art Institute • Oct – Dec 2012
  • Visiting Artist : ‘No Place Like Home’ parade workshop with Milwaukee Public Theatre and Safe & Sound • July 2012
  • Center for Cultural Innovation / Creative Capacity Fund • April 2012
  • Creative Capital Foundation Project grant, Visual Art finalist  • New York, NY • Nov 2011
  • Residency : Goldwell Open Air Museum • Death Valley, Nevada • Nov/Dec 2011
  • Alternative Shelter Workshop with LA Urban Rangers, MOCA Engagement Party • Los Angeles • Aug 2011
  • Visiting Artist : Design Utopia • Milwaukee Public Theatre All City People’s Parade • Aug 2011
  • Visiting Artist: IN:SITE •  Milwaukee, WI • June/July 2011
  • Visiting Artist: Photography Workshop • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles / Roundtable Projects • 2010
  • Otis Named Scholarship • 2009

Presentations

  • Portland State University • Open Engagement: Social Practice conference • lecture, 2013
  • University of New Mexico, graduate fine arts dept. • lecture, December 2012
  • Open Studios, Santa Fe Art Institute Oct – Dec 2012
  • Otis alumni panels •  March 2011 / January 2012
  • Bakken Museum • Forecast Public Art design charrette for Green Energy Rooftop Garden • Minneapolis, April 2011
  • Portland State University • Open Engagement: Social Practice conference, May 2010
  • Barnsdall Municipal Gallery • Reunion/Reunión: Actions, Intersections and Conversations
  • Farmlab / Metabolic Studios • Public Salon, Otis – Laton Project • September 2009
  • San Francisco MOMA • Social Practice West: Panel discussion with Otis, California College of Arts and Portland State University • 2/2009

Bibliography

  • “The Next Starts Now” catalog • LA County Civic Artists Pre-Qualified List •  5/2014
  • Teaching Artists Journal • Teaching Spaces • summer 2013 issue, Columbia University Press
  • Pahrump Valley Times • Calisthenics For the Imagination • December 21, 2011
  • Fox 6 News • Art Helps Milwaukee Children Realize Potential • August 24, 2011
  • Kevin Lynch • Shepherd Express Milwaukee • Pop-ups Around Milwaukee • July 2011
  • Patricia Briggs, Independent art critic • Scene/Unseen blog • 29th St. Park: Refoundation • July 2011
  • John Schneider • Shepherd Express Milwaukee • July 2011
  • Robby Herbst, Llano Del Rio Cooperative • A Map for An Other LA publication • June 2010
  • New American Paintings • Issue #87 April 2010
  • Life @ Otis: Sustainability • Fort Hauser August 2010
  • Emily Roehl • Community Arts Network Reading Room • Signs of Welcome, Signs of the Possible: Public Practice in Rural California 6/2009
  • Susan Emerling • LA Times Taking Art to the Community 4/26/2009
  • KSEE 24 Fresno News 7/2010
  • Augsburg Fortress Minneapolis • Increase our Faith! 12/2009
  • Hamline University Oracle, St. Paul, MN • Artist Transforms Walking Bridge 10/9/2007February 12, 2009
  • Photo Journal Southwest The Contemporary Photo Arts Exhibit 7/6/2006
  • Las Cruces Sun-News Another Work of Art 7/2006
  • Las Cruces Sun-News It’s Your Earth 4/21/2006
  • Las Cruces Roundup Artist Finds Muse in all the Right Places 3/30/2006

Related Work Activities

  • Neighborhood Improvement District • Havenwoods placemaking workshops • Milwaukee, WI 2012
  • Forecast Public Art / Public Art Review • Volunteer • Minneapolis, MN 9/11 – present
  • Veterans Book Project workshops • Editing Assistant to Monica Haller with Harrell Fletcher’s “Active Engagement” at Colorado State University, Colorado Springs; San Jose State University • 4/11
  • “Build Your Own World” San Jose Biennial • Artist assistant to Veterans Book Project • San Jose, CA 9/2010
  • Heritage Embroidery • factory Production Assistant • Minneapolis, MN 12/2010
  • Redmoon Theater Build Shop • Chicago, IL 10/2010
  • Mel Chin’s Fundred Dollar Bill project • Armored Truck Driver’s school event assistant; San Jose, CA – Marfa, TX 2/2010
  • Heart of the Beast Theater • May Day Parade performer • Minneapolis, MN 5/2006
  • Roosevelt High School • Dropout prevention Case Manager, art programming • Minneapolis, MN 2008
  • Community Action Agency food bank • Mural Lead Artist • Las Cruces, NM 2006

Teaching

  • Turning Point School • Middle school art teacher  • Culver City, CA 2013
  • Otis Continuing Education • Teaching Artist Assistant for Sculpture and Illustrated Song courses, K-8 • Otis College of Art, Los Angeles June – August 2010
  • Natural History Museum Of Los Angeles • Teaching Artist Photographer in collaboration with Roundtable Projects and La Cienega Elementary • Los Angeles, CA March – May 2009
  • Armory Center For The Arts • Teaching Artist Assistant • Pasadena Unified School District • Pasadena, CA 2008 to 2010
  • Otis College Of Art And Design • Teaching Assistant for Integrated Learning and Foundations departments. Assisted and collaborated with “Right to the Streets” (LAPD, Dorit Cypis, Highways Theater, OPCC Santa Monica); “Another LA is Possible”  Curatorial Workshop (Robby Herbst and local artists); “Disaster Design” (El Segundo Fire Dept); “Speculative Music and the Systematic Occult”; Foundations of Design.
  • Alma D’arte Charter Arts High School • Instructed Installation Art, Body Adornment Through Culture, Foundations of Design; led Arts Integration workshops • Las Cruces, NM 2005 to 2007
  • Anne Sullivan School • Tutor and after school art instructor for D/HH middle school students • Minneapolis, MN 2004 to 2005