Creative Employment

Graphic Designer
ALLETE Minnesota Power, Duluth, MN | 2/2011–Present
Design print marketing materials including brochures, posters, advertisements, signage, bill inserts, social media pieces and newsletters | Create and execute communication plans for different business units | Collaborate with project managers and communication teams to launch public relation campaigns, new products and outreach efforts

Freelance Designer
Self-Employed, Duluth, MN | 10/2010–1/2014
Website design and development | Logo design | Custom illustration | Graphic design | Design Consulting

Web Designer
Alesco Marketing, Vancouver, WA | 11/2007–8/2010
Design websites for a variety of clientele | Information architecture | Flash design and development | Logo design | Manage design queue | Business card & letterhead design

Awards & Grants

Utility Communicators International Better Communication Design Competition
1st prize for "Best Bill Insert"
2016 1st prize for "Best Bill Insert'; 1st prize for "Best Online Campaign"
2015 1st prize for "Best Direct Mail"; 1st prize for "Best Bill Insert"

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Quick Start Grant for Artists
2016 $1,000 Awarded

Upper St. Croix Art Exhibition
2013 1st prize for "January Morning" – oil on canvas
2012 Honorable Mention for "Sky 1" – oil on canvas

Nikon’s Best in College Photography Annual Competition
2005 Finalist, photo published in the 2005 Nikon College Photography Publication

Exhibitions and Performances

The 61st Arrowhead Regional Biennial - Duluth Art Institute - Duluth, MN
2016 "Lily Pads" – acrylic on canvas
Juried by Artist Dyani White Hawk

Dances on the Lakewalk - Duluth, MN
2017 Choreographed and performed "Into the Ocean"; Performed in "Sahara Reflections" choreographed by Sarah Cashmore
2016 Choreographed and performed "Swing it"; Performed in "This moment" choreographed by Erin Tope
2015 Performed in “With Love”, choreographed by Lisa McKhann
2014 Performed in “Winter”, choreographed by Doris Ressl; Performed new choreography by Erin Tope
2013 Performed in “Stop Waiting” choreographed by Doris Ressl; Performed in "Flood” choreographed by Cathy Podezwa

Pattern Conspiracy - Duluth Art Institute - Duluth, MN
2016 Solo exhibition of paintings, fabric designs, costume designs and choreography

Cornucopia 2015; A lavish feast of local talent - Duluth, MN
2015 Performed "Un-square Dance" choreographed by Ellen Keen

“Water Works” exhibition - Duluth Art Institute - Duluth, MN
"No. 5" – oil on canvas

Upper St. Croix Art Exhibition - Solon Springs, WI
2013 “January Morning – oil on canvas; “Hydrangea” – oil on canvas
2012 "Sky 1" – oil on canvas

Duluth Art Institute Annual Membership Exhibition - Duluth, MN
2017 "Chicken Dress" - costume design
2015 "Koi" – acrylic on canvas
2014 "Dreamer" – gouache on paper
2013 “January Morning” – oil on canvas
2012 "Sky 1" – oil on canvas
2011 “Lively Discourse” – oil on canvas

"A Chorus Line", Production by the Duluth Playhouse - Duluth, MN
Performer and co-dance captain

Visual Arts Minnesota’s 11th Annual Essential Art Juried Exhibit and Competition - St. Cloud, MN
“Beefsteak” – oil on canvas

re-Planted - Highline Community College - Des Moines, WA
2010 Solo exhibition, 6 paintings

Portrait Exhibition - University House - Issaquah, WA
Group exhibition, 6 portraits

Education and Training

Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Major: Art & Design-Emphasis in Graphic Design, Minor: Dance
Dean’s List 2002-2006, Graduated Magna Cum Laude - 2006        

Study Abroad
Art History Study in Southern France - 2003

Modern Dance Class and Repertoire, studies with Gregg Bielemeier
Conduit Dance, Inc., Portland, OR - 2008-2010

Related Activities

Board Member-at-Large, 2017
Association for Talent Development - Lake Superior Chapter

Creative Partner in "Brielle" - 2013-2016
Creating wearable art under private label

Member of Toastmasters International since 2015
2017 International Speech contest - competed and advanced to district level - Watch video »
Vice President of Membership and Public Relations 7/2015-6/2016
Voted "Toastmaster of the Year" 2016
President 7/2016-6/2017

Park Point Art Fair 2014
Exhibited and sold paintings

Discussion leader of “Art in Progress; Group Critique”
In partnership with the Duluth Art Institute

Encaustics Workshop
Taught by Natalie Salminen, Duluth Art Institute – 2012

Duluth Art Institute Member since 2010