b. 1991, Albany, NY
Currently located in Cincinnati, OH

Much of my studio practice is a response to my desire to fix the unfixable, to comfortably grasp and pin down the concept of the ineffable, the sacred, the unconsciously remembered, all the seemingly impossible paradoxes that I cannot fully register.  Inspired by Judeo-Christian and apophatic theologies, I am chasing an elusive in-betweenness that encompasses a simultaneous coming and going, unity and separation.  This unnamable experience seems to most often manifest itself in protected spaces, or perhaps I am more receptive to it when I feel to be in such a space.  I have thus been led in my work to themes of threshold and sanctuary.

 My imagery teeters between that of the domestic interior and abstracted motifs that refer to travel, literally between home and the motions that take you to or from it.  In my painting, I opt towards that which is familiar in a domestic life, but in the application of paint I attempt to imbue the smooth surface with something apparition-like and strangely Other.  Playing with perspectival shifts, I cycle through themes of softness, threshold, longing, reverence and containment.  I utilize symbols that resemble basins, cradles, windows, seating, and frames.  I use materials meticulously; a thin, slow application of paint is a way I explore opacity and transparency—seeing and not seeing.  As a result, my paintings embody a gentle confusion or uncertainty and thus maintain a seductive ambiguity.  The almost-ness, the incompleteness—within and amid deliberate precision and composition—offers a measured space for pondering, a space necessary to contend with paradox and a space protected from chaotic, loud, and upheaving external forces.

Education

2019    MFA in Studio Arts | University of North Carolina Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
2014   BA in Fine Arts (Painting and Drawing) and English, Magna Cum Laude, minor in Gender and Diversity studies | Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH
2012    International Study | National University of Ireland, Galway

exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

MFA Solo Exhibition: Holding Spaces | Greensboro Project Space - Greensboro, NC (April 2019)
Surrounded | Xavier University Art Gallery – Cincinnati, OH | Curator: Kitty Uetz (November 2015)

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
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Durham Art Guild 65th Annual Juried Exhibition (nationally juried show) | Sun Trust Gallery - Durham, NC | Juror: Emily Stamey (Aug-Oct) *upcoming
15th Annual Magnitude Seven (nationally juried show) | Manifest Gallery – Cincinnati, OH | Manifest Jury (May)
2019 UNCG MFA Exhibition, group show | Weatherspoon Art Museum - Greensboro, NC | Curator: Emily Stamey (April)
2018
Recurrent Elements | Greensboro Project Space - Greensboro, NC | group show (September)
Enchanted Woodlands (nationally juried show) | Era Contemporary - Philadelphia, PA | Juror: Jessica Libor (December)
2017
Drawing Marathon Show 2017, group show | Greensboro Project Space - Greensboro, NC | Curator: Miriam Aziza Stephan (September)
24th Annual Juried Exhibition | The Women's Art Club of Cincinnati - Cincinnati, OH | Juror: Pamela C. Newell (April)
2016
Pastel National Exhibition 2016, nationally juried show | Witchita Center for the Arts - Witchita, KS | Juror: Liz Haywood-Sullivan (April)
12th Annual Small Works Exhibition, nationally juried show | Mamaroneck Artists Guild - Larchmont, NY | Juror: Kenise Barnes (April)
123rd Annual Juried Exhibition, regionally juried show | The Women’s Art Club of Cincinnati - Cincinnati OH | Juror: Shaun Dingwerth (April)
Celebration of Women Artists, group invitational show | Indian Hill Gallery - Cincinnati, OH | Curator: Casey Dressel (May)
Welcome to My World, nationally juried show | Miri Gallery - Salt Lake City, UT | Gallery Director: Keith Beard (September)
2015
Face It: The Face in Contemporary Art, nationally juried show | OnSite: Brooklyn - New York, NY | Juror: Annette Rose-Shapiro (June)
Adirondack National Pastel Exhibition, nationally juried show | The Shirt Factory - Glens Falls, NY | Juror: Susan Story (July)
2014
Senior Thesis Exhibition | Xavier University Art Gallery - Cincinnati, OH (March)
Portraits: Group Invitational Portrait Show | Mary Ran Gallery - Cincinnati, OH | Curator: Mary Ran (September)
Art of Women online internationally juried show | ArtisTTable.com | juror: Michaela Mende Janco (November)
2013
SummerFair Emerging Artist Exhibition | Clifton Cultural Arts Center - Cincinnati, OH (February)
National Conference for Undergraduate Research | University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse Gallery - LaCrosse, WI (April)
November Group Show | 83 Gallery - Columbus, OH (November)

awards / grants

Helen Thrush Scholarship | May 2017, awarded by the University of North Carolina Greensboro
Graduate Assistantship | 2017-19, awarded by the University of North Carolina Greensboro
Honorable Mention in Figure and Portrait competition | April 2015, Contemporary Art Gallery Online
Three Arts Scholarship: First Place, Honorable Mention, Longacre Printmaker Award | April 2014, awarded by Cincinnati Women's Club
Phi Beta Kappa | Membership granted by Xavier University Chapter
Alpha Sigma Nu | Membership granted by Xavier University Chapter
University Art Award | May 2014, awarded by the Xavier University Art Department
Sweeney Award | May 2014, awarded by the Xavier University English Department
Presidential Scholarship | May 2014, awarded by Xavier University

RESIDENCIES / additional study

2018 SOMA - Lectures, Tours and Studio Visits | UNCG Graduate Student Study Abroad, Mexico City
2017
    Workshop class with Vincent Desiderio | New York Academy of Art, NYC
2016    Workshop class with Savannah Tate Cuff | Manifest Drawing Center, Cincinnati, OH
2015 BCA Artist Residency (February) | Burren College of Art, County Clare, Ireland
2014    Workshop class with Ellen Eagle | Art Students League of New York, NYC

PRESS

2019 AEQAI Magazine, June/July 2019 issue. Review by Jonathan Kamholtz. https://bit.ly/2YyqVGt

Teaching

Instructor, University of North Carolina Greensboro | Drawing | Fall 2018 - Spring 2019
Adjunct Faculty, Xavier University | Drawing | Fall 2016

other related work experience

Graduate Assistant to the Registrar | Weatherspoon Art Museum | 2017-19
Graduate Assistant to the Office of the Graduate School | University of North Carolina, Greensboro | 2018
Printmaking Shop Assistant | University of North Carolina, Greensboro | 2017
Media Producer | Scenario Learning, Cincinnati, OH | 2015-17
Gallery Assistant | Mary Ran Gallery, Cincinnati OH | 2014