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MFA, Art Studio, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1997. Emphasis in Book Arts.
BA, Ohio State University, 1995, with honors in the liberal arts, with distinction in English, and with a second major in Photography and Cinema, cum laude. Thesis program in English, emphasis in critical theory; Photography emphasis in production and history.
Salt, Paper. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh PA, Aug - October 2017 (solo)
Featured artist, Anti-Aging and Longevity Center of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA February-April 2017
Society for Photographic Education Joint Guild Exhibition. Living Arts of Tulsa-Myers Gallery, Tulsa OK, August 2016
Pittsburgh Society of Artists: Artists’ Choice Exhibition. Panza Gallery, Millvale PA, June-July 2016
Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival Juried Exhibition, Pittsburgh PA, June 2016
Associated Artists of Pittsburgh New Member Exhibition. Trust Arts Gallery, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, January 2016
Salt at Tula. Tula Organics, Pittsburgh PA October-November 2015 (solo)
Intr(au)spective. Pittsburgh Society of Artists, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh PA June 5-14, 2015 (Best in Show)
f295 Members’ Salon Exhibition. Pittsburgh PA May 28-31 2015
Temporary States. Magenta Foundation, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Pittsburgh PA April 24-May 23, 2015 (two person exhibition with Lori Hepner)
Lexicon 2015. Duquesne University. Pittsburgh PA March 29 2015
Unjuried. Pittsburgh Society of Artists. Spinning Plates Gallery, Pittsburgh PA February 4-27, 2015
Crowdsource. Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA. October 10, 2014
Finding the Cosmos in a Grain of Salt. Pete Brook, Vantage, January 29 2015.
Duquesne University, Departments of Art and Art History. Autumn 2002-present. Adjunct Faculty.
Courses in photography, art history and visual culture. Designed and taught online curriculum in art history for School of Leadership and Professional Advancement. Taught basic digital photography within art division for seven years, Social Justice in Visual Culture every year since 2011 (still going!).
Point Park University, Pittsburgh. School of Communication. Intermittent 2012-present. Adjunct faculty.
Photography major courses, including art writing and two-semester course in history of photography.
Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Online Division. Autumn 2006-Spring 2007, Winter-Spring 2010. Instructor.
Courses in art history and history of popular culture.
Carlow University, Pittsburgh. Departments of Art and Art Education. Autumn 2002-Spring 2003. Instructor.
Courses in art history, basic design, and digital media applications for art educators.
Community College of Allegheny County (South Campus). Department of Art. Spring 2002-Summer 2003. Adjunct Faculty. Courses in photography, graphic design, and art history.
Ohio State University, Marion campus, Marion, OH. Department of Art. Spring 2000-Fall 2001. Lecturer.
Courses in multimedia design and art history. Designed new courses for online learning.
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA. Department of Art Studio. Summer 1997-Summer 1998. Lecturer.
Courses in contemporary art, including special focus course on the landscape.
University of California, Santa Barbara. Department of Art Studio. Autumn 1995-Spring 1997. Teaching Assistant.
Courses in visual literacy, basic print, and digital imaging.
Duquesne University Visual culture courses, 2006-present. Developed original courses for Duquesne’s Art History program: ARHY 420: Identity and Representation Across Cultures, and ARHY 285:Issues of Social Justice in Visual Culture (crosslisted with Peace, Justice, and Conflict Resolution). ARHY 420 was a study of representations of Muslim women in American art and culture. ARHY 285 is now a standard department course offering for the core curriculum. Socially engaged artists, curators, and photographers of international reputation are regularly featured as guest speakers for this class.
Duquesne University Learning Communities, 2008-2012. As one of four faculty in the Narratio Learning Community, developed and taught integrated curriculum for freshmen liberal arts majors. Developed a series of service learning projects; these included production of printed publication of student art and writing on their community-oriented research, and collaborating with Artist Image Resource to screen print student designs inspired by the history of the Hill District.
OSU Marion CEPAT (Continuing Education Program in Art and Technology), 2000-2001. One of two founding faculty, developed direction for program, taught a range of introductory courses, managed computer facility, presented to potential community partners. Program was developed to make visual communication technology more accessible to an economically disadvantaged community.
UCSB Art Symposium Coordinator, 1997-1998. Recruited speakers and managed operations for weekly lecture series featuring prominent contemporary artists, curators, and critics from Los Angeles area.
Architecture, Art, Parallels, Connections. New York, Watson-Guptill; 2000 (Book designer, project manager and ghostwriter for Barry A. Berkus, AIA.)
About.com: Contemporary Art Guide, July-September 2001 (Regular short articles and annotated index)
Best in Show, Inter(au)spective, Three Rivers Arts Festival, 2015
Duquesne University Part-time Faculty Mission Micro-Grant, 2014
Teaching Enhancement Grant, OSU Marion, 2000