projects and activities
I maintain an active career in the arts outside of my studio practice. In addition to regularly exhibiting my studio work and teaching classes at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, I also create public artworks on commission, manage a contemporary art gallery, and teach art classes for children.
murals and public artwork
I create public artworks on commission in my community. In March, 2017, I will begin my next mural. It is a 20x50 foot exterior work at Aquarian Charter School, and will depict Anchorage's wildlife in the context of a vintage postcard. In 2016, I completed a large interior mural at the Anchorage Museum, which depicts ten scenes of Alaska's seas and forests framed as Polaroid snapshots. I have also designed public art for the Savannah College of Art and Design.
My work as gallery manager at IGCA gives me the opportunity to speak about art, lead workshops, host events, and design programming to engage the Anchorage Community.
My team and I install new exhibitions in our space every month, and work with artists to make sure their exhibition conveys their unique vision.
I manage all aspects of daily operations and site maintenance, and work with the Board of Directors on exhibition selection and strategic planning.
youth and children's classes
Teaching children in my community is fulfilling, because I know I am creating a generation of Alaskans who appreciate art and value creativity.
Additionally, my classes for children have positively impacted my university-level teaching practice. My communication skills, patience, and appreciation for all types of learning styles has grown exponentially through my work with younger artists.
I teach two classes per week during the school year, and offer a full-day art camp program during the summer. Classes I teach include: creativity through drawing, drawing animals, drawing people, sculpture, watercolor, comic book creation, and collage.