Exhibitions and Performances

Micro-world - Red Mug Coffeehouse and Gallery, Superior, WI
Solo exhibition of paintings - fungus and lichen

Wordy Dancing, University of Minnesota-Duluth
Choreography and performance in "Moving Forward" inspired by the poem "Paso Adelante" by Elena Suarez | Watch it now »

RAW Artist Showcase, Minneapolis, MN
Group showcase | Visit RAW »

Fungusamongus - Lakeside Gallery, Duluth, MN
Solo exhibition of paintings of fungus and lichen

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
Choreographed and performed "Vanity" | Watch it now »
2017 Choreographed and performed "Into the Ocean" | Watch it now » 
Performed in "Sahara Reflections" choreographed by Sarah Cashmore
2016 Choreographed and performed "Swing it" | Watch it now »
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 | Watch it now »

“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

Creative Employment

Freelance Creative Services
Self-Employed, Duluth, MN | 10/2010–Present
Custom illustration | Graphic design | Design Consulting | Communication Design | Presenting on creative topics

Graphic Designer
ALLETE Minnesota Power, Duluth, MN | 2/2011–5/2018
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

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

Distinguished Artists Award
Presented December 2018 from the Duluth City Council, Duluth, MN

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

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

Chapter President 2019-2020
Board Member-at-Large, 2017
Association for Talent Development - Lake Superior Chapter

Presenter on Design Thinking - March 2018

Zumba and Aerial fitness instructor, 2018-present
Ignite Studio, Duluth, MN

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