UA&M Teaching Artist; Visual Artist
I have been creating my assemblage-collage style works since 1992. These I develop from a variety of materials: urban cast-offs, kitchen utensils, tin cans, or children’s doll parts; often more unusual, eclectic, or even collectible items such as old boxes, jewelry, old advertising and memorabilia. I have ten years experience working in the ceramic arts. My sculptures are constructed using conventional shop components, basic tools and traditional hardware; my work is crafted from low-fire raku clay. By combining, juxtaposing and redefining ordinary objects and cultural icons, I hope to initiate a visual conversation with the viewer.
EDUCATION BS Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA Teacher Certification Life Provisional, Art Texas State University, San Marcos, TX Ceramics I, II, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR Advanced ceramics, Special problems Ceramics, Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Studio artist –San Marcos, TX Artist in residence Utah Arts Council Austin Museum of Art Faculty, Austin, TX Visiting Artist Workshops – Sierra Nevada College Lake Tahoe, NV, Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts, Metchosin, BC, Anderson Ranch, Snowmass Village, CO, Hill Country Arts Foundation, Ingram, TX, Southwest School of Art and Craft, San Antonio, TX Presenter @ Teacher Network Conference, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT Presenter @ Teacher Network Conference, St George, UT
GROUP SHOWS Thomas Mann/The Oxidation/Burial Project, New Orleans, LA Animals in Art/American Visions, Contemporary Crafts, St Louis, MO Gift Market Exhibiton, World Trade Center, Dallas, TX Faculty Show, Dows Gallery, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO Works on Paper, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX Women and Their Work , Austin, TX Grown Up Figures, Fiber Art Center, Amherst, MA
JURIED SHOWS American Craft Council Show, Chicago, IL, Baltimore Festival of the Masters, Fairview Heights, IL New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA The Sausalito Arts Festival, Sausalito, CA Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa, FL The Plaza, Kansas City, KS Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, AZ Hecho a Mano/ Guadalupe Cultural Center, San Antonio, TX
AWARDS First Place, “Shoes for the Millennium,” Texas Crafts Exhibition, Round Top, TX First Place, Mixed-Media, Main Street Arts Festival, Fort Worth, TX Best in Show, Bizzare Bizarro, Atlanta Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA First Place, Mixed-Media, Sausalito Arts Festival, Sausalito, CA Second Place Sculpture, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, AZ Most Unique Work New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA