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EDUCATION:

2011-1981 Continuing education, workshops, self-interest, independent research.

1988 Master of Fine Arts. Sculpture; University of Illinois, Urbana.

1984 Tennessee Technological University/Appalachian Center for Crafts, Smithville, Tennessee.

1981 Bachelor of Fine Arts. Metals: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.


INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE:

2010 Malaysia and China, workshops, lectures, exhibitions.

2008 Malaysia and China, workshops, lectures, exhibitions.

2003 Caribbean Islands; document indigenous flora and fauna (also in ’98, ’00, ’02 and '10).

2000 Paris, France; independent research in cooperation with Parkland College, Champaign, Illinois.

1991 London, England; independent research in cooperation with Samford University Art Department, Birmingham, Alabama.

1988 Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, Poland; one-month residency.

1987 Michael Karolyi Memorial Foundation, Vence, France; three month residency, an international artist
colony.

1987 Study Abroad Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Paris, France.


SELECTED EXHIBITION:

2012 Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN (group) (November-February 2013).
Ho Chi Minh City Art Museum, Vietnam (group) (June).

2011 University of Illinois Alice Campbell Alumni Center, Urbana, IL (June-December).
Anne Lloyd Gallery-Madden Art Center; Decatur, IL (Solo) (March).
M2 Bldg, Public Arts Display, 5 large paintings. Champaign, IL (April- October).
Wells Fargo Advisor, LLC. Decatur, IL (March-July).

2010 Penang State Museum, Penang, Malaysia (Sept.).
Galleri Art Pointe, Penang, Malaysia (Invitational) (July).
Art International – Bund Museum of Art, Shanghai, China (Invitational) (June).
Paris Art Center, Paris, IL (Duo) (Jan.-Feb).

2009 Mitchell Museum, Mt. Vernon, IL (Group Exhibition) (Aug.-Oct.).
Parkland College, Champaign, IL. (Group Exhibition) (April).
Village of Woodstock, IL. Carousel Horse, public art.
Governors State University, University Park, IL (Group Exhibition) (March-April).
Krannert Museum: Petals and Painting, Urbana, IL (Invitational) (April).
Village of Algonquin, Public Arts Program, "Baby Gerber", Algonquin, IL (Oct.-08 to Oct.-2009).
Orpheum Theater, AIDS Benefit, Champaign, IL. (Group Exhibition) (April).

2008 Village of Algonquin, Public Arts Program, "Baby Gerber", Algonquin, IL (Oct.-08 to Oct.-2009).
Village of Algonquin, Public Arts, installation-"True Love", Algonquin, IL (Oct.-07 to Oct.-2008).
Village of Algonquin, Public Arts Program, "America", Algonquin, IL (Oct.-07 to Oct.-2008).
Kedah State Art Gallery, Kedah, Malaysia (Invitational) (July-August).
University of Illinois – Union Art Gallery, Urbana, IL (Solo Exhibition) (May - Sept.).
Krannert Museum: Painting and Petals, Urbana, IL (Invitational) (April).
Conservatory of Fine Art, Penang, Malaysia (Invitational) (March-April).
Wind Gallery: Politik exhibition, Champaign, IL (Group) (Feb. – March).
Springer Cultural Art Center, Champaign, IL. (Invitational) (Jan.- Feb.).
Luna Gallery, Crystal Lake, IL (Solo Exhibition) (Jan. - March).

2007 University of Illinois-Illini Union. Champaign, IL (Group Exhibition) (April).
Illini Media Center-Boneyard art exhibition. Champaign, IL (Group Exhibition) (April).
Orpheum Theater, AIDS Benefit, Champaign, IL. (Group Exhibition) (April).
Radio Maria, Champaign, IL (Group Exhibition) (March 26- April 30).
Village of Algonquin, Public Arts, installation-"True Love", Algonquin, IL (Oct.-07 to Oct.-2008).
Village of Algonquin, Public Arts Program, "America", Algonquin, IL (Oct.-07 to Oct.-2008).

2006 Village of Algonquin, Public Arts, installation-"True Love", Algonquin, IL (Oct.-06 to Oct.-2007).
Utrecht Exhibition, Chicago, IL. (Group, juried: Sept. – Nov.)
Illinois State Fair, Springfield, Illinois. (Group Exhibition: Aug.).
Swope Art Museum. Terra Haute, IN. (Group Exhibition), (July 8-September 1).
Lemon St. Gallery. Kenosha, WI (Group, juried: March 29 – April 23).
Galex National, Galesburg Art Center. Galesburg, IL (Group, juried: March 11- April 8).
St. James Cathedral, "Enemies" Chicago, IL (Group, juried: March 1-April16).
Champaign County Photo Exhibition, Champaign, IL (Group, juried: Feb).
City of Aurora Public Arts Commission Gallery, IL (Solo, juried) (Oct-05-Feb).
Wind, Water & Light Gallery, Champaign, IL (Group Exhibition: Feb).

2005 City of Aurora Public Arts Commission Gallery, IL (Solo, juried) (Oct-Feb-2006).
Textillery Gallery, Bloomington, IN (Solo: December).
Northbrook Exhibition, Chicago, IL: One World, Many Visions (Group, juried) (Oct-Nov).
Swope Art Museum. Terra Haute, IN. (Group Exhibition), (September-October).
Illinois State Fair, Springfield, Illinois. (Group Exhibition: Aug.).
Parts Unknown Gallery, Chicago, IL ("Death & Taxes", Group Exhibition: April).
Gallery 510, Decatur, IL (Solo: April).
The Gallery, AIDS Benefit, Champaign, IL. (April).
Parts Unknown Gallery, Chicago, IL ("Love Hurts", Group Exhibition: Feb-March).
ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL. (Solo: January).

2004 Swope Art Museum. Terra Haute, IN. (Group Exhibition), (September-October).
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Urbana, IL. (Carousel Exhibition) (September)
Stonewall Gallery. Ephraim, WI. (Invitational: June-September).
Springer Cultural Art Center, Champaign, IL. (Invitational: Aug.).
Upper Arlington; Concourse Gallery. Upper Arlington, OH (Invitational: Aug.-September).
Wind Gallery, Mahomet, IL. (Invitational: May-June).
Ladyfest-Monkey Retreat, Columbus, OH. (May).
Bradley University-Heuser Museum, Peoria, IL (“The Writes of Passage” Invitational: March- April).
Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago, IL. (Solo: March-May).
The Gallery, AIDS Benefit, Champaign, IL. (April).
Bradley University-Heuser Museum (“The Feminine Eye”, International Exhibition: Feb-.March).

2003 A Shenere Velt Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (Group Exhibition: Nov-Jan ‘04).
Chicago Art Open. Chicago, IL (Group Exhibition: Oct.).
Stonewall Gallery. Ephraim, Wisconsin. (Invitational: June-Sept.).
Kohler Art Center. Sheboygan, Wisconsin. (Group Exhibition: July).
Biddle Gallery, Wyandotte, MI. (Group Exhibition).
Cinema Gallery, Urbana, IL. (Group Exhibition).
Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL, (Invitational: May-Aug).
Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY. (Invitational: Jan-March).
Illinois State Fair, Springfield, Illinois. (Group Exhibition: Aug.).
The Gallery, AIDS Benefit, Champaign, Illinois. (April).

2002 Fort Wayne Museum of Art, IN, (National Exhibition: Nov.).
Chicago Art Open, Chicago, IL, (Group Exhibition: Oct).
Kohler Art Center. Sheboygan, Wisconsin. (Group Exhibition: July).
Past Lives Gallery, St. Paul, MN. (Group Exhibition).
Biddle Gallery, Wyandotte, MI. (Group Exhibition).
Cinema Gallery, Urbana, IL. (Group Exhibition).
Krempp Gallery, Jasper Art Center, Jasper, IN. (Juried: Sept.).
Stonewall Gallery. Ephraim, Wisconsin. (Invitational: June-Sept.).
National Small Print Exhibition. Basky Gallery, Creede, Colorado. (Juried: May-June).
Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL. (Solo: March-May).
The Gallery, AIDS Benefit, Champaign, Illinois. (April).
Parkland College, Champaign, Illinois. (Group Exhibition: March).
23rd Annual Paper National Exhibition, Columbia College, MO. (Group Exhibition: Feb.).

2001 ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL. (Solo).
Illinois State Fair, Springfield, IL. (Group Exhibition).
Parkland Gallery, Champaign, IL. (Invitational: July).
University of Illinois Union Art Gallery, Urbana, IL. (Solo).
The Gallery, AIDS Benefit, Champaign, IL.
Parkland College, Champaign, IL. (Group Exhibition: April).
Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL.
Springer Cultural Art Center, Champaign, IL. (Invitational).

2000 Quincy Art Center, Quincy, IL.. (Juried).
Illinois State Fair, Springfield, IL. (Juried).
Kankakee Community College Art Gallery, Kankakee, IL. (Juried).

1999 “Town and Country”, Champaign, IL. (Juried).
State of Illinois; “Town and Country”, IL. (Juried).

1991 “Foreign Policy” Chicago, IL.

1989 Beverly Art Center, Chicago, IL. (Juried).
A.R.C. Gallery, Chicago, IL. (Solo).

1988 Topeka Gallery, Chicago, IL. (Invitational).
FX 1100, Chicago, IL. (Invitational).
Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, Poland. (Invitational).
Lime Light, Chicago, IL. (Invitational).
Krannert Art Museum, Urbana, IL. (Invitational).
Parkland College Gallery, Champaign, IL. (Solo).
University of Illinois Union Art Gallery, Urbana, IL. (Solo).

1987 Michael Karolyi Memorial Foundation, Vence, France. (Invitational).
Beverly Art Center, Chicago, IL. (Solo).
Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, TN. (Invitational).
University of Illinois, Art Gallery, Urbana, IL. (Solo).

1986 Beverly Art Center, Baer Gallery, Chicago, IL. (Juried).

1985 Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL. (Juried).

1984 West Allis City Hall Gallery, West Allis, WI. (Juried).
Objects Gallery, Chicago, IL.
Hunter Museum, Chattanooga, TN. (Invitational).
Arrowmont Gallery, Gatlinburg, TN. (Juried).
Tennessee Technological University Art Gallery, Cookeville, TN. (Invitational).
Appalachian Center for Craft Gallery, Smithville, TN. (Invitational).

1983 University of Wisconsin Art Gallery, Milwaukee, WI. (Juried).

1982 University of Wisconsin Art Gallery, Milwaukee, WI. (Juried).
Rahr-West Museum, Manitowoc, WI. (Juried).
Waupaca Armory Gallery, Waupaca, WI. (Juried).

1981 West Allis Art Alliance Gallery, West Allis, WI. (Juried).
John Nelson Bergstrom Gallery, Neenah, WI. (Juried).
Carroll College Art Gallery, Waukesha, WI. (Juried).
Waupaca Armory Gallery, Waupaca, WI. (Juried).
West Bend Gallery, West Bend, WI. (Juried).
University of Wisconsin Art Gallery, Milwaukee, WI. (Juried).

1980 Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI. (Juried).
Lever House, New York, NY. (Juried).
University of Wisconsin Art Gallery, Milwaukee, WI. (Juried).



PRIVATE & PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:

Morrison Ventures, Salina, KS.
Penang State Museum, Penang, Malaysia.
Paris Art Museum, Paris, IL.
Putra Jaya, Prime Minister's Office, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Kedah State Art Museum, Alor Star, Malaysia. (Bodri Sham Ahmad (Curator).
Brown County Community Foundation, (park bench) Nashville, IN.
United Way, (carousel horse) Champaign, IL.
Chumley-Buskirk Theater, Bloomington, IN.
Bradley University, Peoria, IL.
Miller & Hendren Law Office, Champaign, IL.
Bacon van Buskirk corp., Champaign, IL.
Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL.
Kinko’s, Champaign, IL.
Parkland College, Champaign, IL.
Marquette University High School, Milwaukee, WI.
Admiral Tool Company, Chicago, IL.
Rustoleum Corporation, Chicago, IL.
Wax Museum, Nashville, TN.

My Artist Statement

Artist Statement: "The Great American Icon"
I see myself as a story teller, a silent witness to the world around me. For me, it has always been about the image, not necessarily what I have seen, but what I have perceived beyond the facade. I am interested in exploring popular American cultural stereotypes, icons, images, slogans, advertisements, and the exploitation of the general public by the mass media. Over time, these iconic images take on a meaning all their own.

In each of my paintings I try to make use of these associated meanings as well as take them out of context and combined them with many other disparate images as a way to create new meanings. I also distort the perspective, play with the figure/ground relationship, create multiple layers, and use super saturated and vibrant colors, all in an effort to not only cause the viewer to reflect on what these icons in the past meant to them, but also what they may mean to them now. I like to create narrative works of art which provokes the viewer to question their beliefs and give them an opportunity to draw their own conclusions/interpretations of my paintings based on their experiences.

My goal as an artist is to create visceral works of art which in some way resonates within each viewer.

I believe that art fills a basic human need. It gives our lives color, fulfillment, purpose, meaning, and excitement. Art stirs the imagination, mind, and soul. It affects our moods, desires, and our personalities. It liberates us and differentiates us from the animals that do not create but rather just exist.

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I am located in Champaign, Illinois.

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