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I seek respite in the human tradition of mark making: that need to make impressions, and to translate personal, corporeal experience into something tangible and stationary. Very few things endure, but our need to interpret and reconcile experience into line and form has remained stalwart for aeons. Printmaking in particular bows to this heritage, allowing us to transform something as elusive as language into concrete, enduring object (typefaces, printing plates). My images are examples of language distilled, repacked and condensed into meaning concentrates. Looking to the masters of symbology- ancient cultures, Native American, Paleolithic Man, etc., I seek to circumvent technology, and pay homage to those most ancient endeavors in communicating. Such an aesthetic is particularly resonant with our contemporary reliance and fixation on simplified symbols and rapid communication (texting, emailing, etc.) My interest lies in that dynamic space that spans both and inhabits neither

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, MASTER'S OF SOCIAL WORK CUM LAUDE 2016.

RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN, BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS WITH HONORS,.2006. 

CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF ARTS AND CRAFTS, FOUNDATION STUDIES, ACADEMIC YEAR 2002.


EXHIBITIONS

**Upcoming

The Summons Has Reached Us, Finch Lane Gallery, solo show. Salt Lake City, UT. June, 2018.

 

Past Juried Exhibitions

2018 Spectacle: Seven Deadly Sins, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, curated show. Salt Lake City, UT. June 2018.

The Forge, The Gibbous, The Heron, The Oilcan: Contemporary Constellations for Navigation, The Projects Gallery, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, solo show. Salt Lake City, UT. March, 2018.

2018 Statewide Competition, Bountiful Davis Art Center, juried exhibition. Bountiful, UT, February 2018.

Representing the West: A New Frontier, juried exhibition, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, CO. February, 2018.

5th Annual International Juried Print Exhibition, juried exhibition, New Grounds Remarque Print Workshop, Albuquerque, NM. December 2017.

Statewide Annual 17 Painting Competition, juried exhibition, Rio Grande Gallery. Salt Lake City, Utah, November 2017.

2017 Statewide Competition, Bountiful Davis Art Center, juried exhibition. Bountiful, UT, February 2017.

300 Plates, Art Access Gallery, juried exhibition. Salt Lake City, UT, 2017.

Utah Ties, Central Utah Arts Center, juried exhibition. Salt Lake City, UT, 2017.

Honoring Female Utah Artists at Adobe, juried exhibition. Adobe HQ, Lehi, UT, 2017.

Southern Futurism, juried exhibition, Healthcare Gallery. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2017.

Statewide Annual 16 Competition Works on Paper, juried exhibition, Rio Grande Gallery. Salt Lake City, Utah, 2016.

35x35, Finch Lane Gallery, juried exhibition. Salt Lake City, Utah, 2016.

President's Arts Show, juried exhibition, Center for Arts & Media. Salt Lake City, Utah, 2016.

Alfred Lamborne Prize Exhibition, juried exhibition, Sorenson Unity Center Black Box. Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015.

PAST Group Exhibitions

Heavy Lifting, Saltgrass Printmakers Collective. Salt Lake City, UT. 2017

Biotic, H Gallery. Ventura, CA. August, 2017.

Poor Yorick Open Studios,  guest artist, Poor Yorick Studios. Salt Lake City, Utah, 2016.

Round 9, Kayo Gallery. Salt Lake City, Utah, 2013.

Box Paper Scissors, Kayo Gallery. Salt Lake City, Utah, 2012.

Seeing Without Knowing, Kayo Gallery. Salt Lake City, Utah, 2010.

The Hideout, Garfo Art Space. Salt Lake City, Utah, 2010.

Inner Beauty, curated by the VIEW Foundation, Kayo Gallery. Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009.

Fusion, The Women's Art Center. Salt Lake City, Utah, 2008.

337 Project Community Opening, on-site location. Salt Lake City, Utah 2007.

This is the Place, Signed and Numbered Gallery. Salt Lake City, Utah 2007.

Past Solo Exhibitions

Sticks Laid in Patterns and Other Mundane Oracles,The Alice Gallery, solo show. Salt Lake City, UT. July, 2017.

Reaching Redly Upwards, The Barrett Art Center, Crenson Gallery, solo show. Poughkeepsie, NY, May 2017.

Spills, Stains: some nice, some not so nice, solo show, NoBrow. Salt Lake City, Utah, 2011.


ACCOLADES

Creative Achievement Award (Scholarship), California College of Arts and Crafts, 2002.

Merit Award, 35x35, September, 2016.

Juror's Award, Statewide Annual Exhibition, 2016.

Attrition acquired by Utah's State Fine Art Collection, 2016.

2nd Place Award, Statewide Annual Show, 2017.


publications

To Infinity, an interview with SLUG magazine, March 2018.

Saltfront, Issue no. 5, 2017. Incidental Drawings, selected incidents.

Sego + Palisade, issue no. 1. Concerning Hecate.