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Master of Fine Arts, Sculpture. The University of Washington. Seattle. 1989-91

B.A. Political Science. The University of Minnesota. 1983-1988

Artist Residency

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.  Skowhegan, ME. Summer, 2021

The CPHB Artist-in-Resident. 1-month. Funded. Obama City, Japan 2011 

Studio Museum in Harlem, Artist-in-Resident, 12 months. N.Y.C. 1993-94

Pratt Fine Arts Center. Artist-in-Resident. Seattle, WA. 1992 

Seattle Public Schools. Artist-in-Resident. Seattle, WA. 1991

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Skowhegan, ME. Summer, 1990

Resided in Brazil, Portugal, Cape Verde Islands, Angola, and Mozambique.


Professional Experience

Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Summer Faculty. Snowmass Village, CO.  Summer 2024 

M.C.A.D., Associate Professor, Adjunct Faculty Member.  2021 - Current

Zayed University, Associate Professor. Abu Dhabi, UAE. 2002 – 2020.

Wayne State University, Assistant Professor. Detroit, MI. 1994-96

Creative Exhibitions 2014 – 2023

“Unseen Voices: Sankofa” The Legacy Building, Minneapolis. MN. Upcoming 2024

“6th Annual 12x12 Show” The Elephant Room Gallery.  Chicago, IL. December 2023

“Wide Open” North Suburban Arts, Fridley, MN. Juried. Best Concept Award. 2023

Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition. Mpls., MN.  Juried. 2nd Place Award. 2023

“Works in Progress" Northside Artspace Lofts, Minneapolis, MN. Group Show. 2023

"Emerge III” Venice Italy, Sestiere Dorsoduro 47. group show. 2019 

“Transpose” Salwa Zeidan Gallery. Group Exhibition. 2019

“Walking with Kapoor” Dorsky Gallery. Long Island City. NYC. 2019 

“Im-Migrant” Sangkring ArtSpace. Yogyakarta. Solo Show.  2019*

Inaugural Exhibition, Bait 15 Gallery. Abu Dhabi, UAE. 2018

“Collectivity: Objects UAE Art World”. Maraya Art Centre. 2018

“Noah’s Ark” Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah UAE. Juried Exhibition. 2016

“Rust Prints: Printmaking Sea”: A.D.M.A.F. 2016 

“Wish You Were Here”: AIR Gallery, New York City, NY. 2015 

“Money Talks” ISEA 2014. Abu Dhabi, UAE. 2014

“Wish You Were Here”: AIR Gallery, New York City, NY. 2014

Fellowships / Awards / Grants

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.  2021

PD Grant: Professional Development Grant.  Indonesia 2018-19 

RIF Grant: Research Incentive Fund. 2015-2017

PD Grant: Professional Development Grant. ISEA 2014. Dubai. 2014 

Art in Public Places-collaboration of CACE and NYUAD 2014

Ideas with Impact Award: recognizes the impact on student learning: Mural Zayed’s Gift. 2013

Cultural Award, Obama Japan. 2011

Professional Development Award. 2011 Merit Pay. 2002 -08 2016-2018.

Olsen Memorial Fellowship. 2000

City Planning Project Grant. Cash Award. 2000

St. Paul Mural Project. Trusting Neighbors. Cash Award. 2000 

Caliber Ridge Arts Program. Cash Award. 2000

Teaching Honorarium WSU. 1995-96

President’s Bonus Award. Extraordinary service. WSU. 1996 

Studio Museum in Harlem. Fellowship/Honorarium. 1993-94 

Jerome Foundation Honorarium. Cash Award. Intermedia Arts Honorarium. 1993

Pratt Fine Arts Center Honorarium. 1992

Jacob Lawrence Honorarium. Awarded by Links Inc. 1991

University of Washington Graduate Scholarship Award. 1989-91

Skowhegan Fellowship Award. Summer. 1990


Professional Practice/ Community Outreach /  Public Art 2017 – 2019

My City Centre Masdar

Mural project; My City Centre Masdar Mall; designed and created a mural with students for City Centre Mall. Abu Dhabi, February 2020

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week

Student sculptures addressing sustainability and reuse of materials. Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center, Abu Dhabi. January 2020

Festival Masdar City

Student sculptures addressing sustainability. Masdar City, Abu Dhabi. January 2020

Big Guy Gallery

Gallery and Artists Space, Mataram Lombok, Indonesia

Founder/Curator.  2019 – Current.

UN World Urban Forum 2020

Student sculptures addressing sustainability and reuse of materials. 

Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center, Abu Dhabi. February 2020

Mood Adaptive Room: Art and Healing - Creating a Smart Hospital.

Collaborative Cross Discipline Art and Technology Project with Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Professional Role: Primary Investigator. Funded; Zayed University RIF Program. 2016 – 2018

ADAC: Abu Dhabi Airport’s New Terminal Public Art Project: Co-curator.

Public art project for a terminal. 2017 - 2018

General Secretariat of the Executive Council: “Our Abu Dhabi” Public Art Project.

Office of Communications GSEC. Professional Role: Head Curator: bringing together Local and regional artists for 3 phase public art initiative. 2017 – 2018

Zawiyah Gallery: Arts Initiative for Emerging Emirati Artists.    

Founder/Head Curator. 2015 – 2018

Manarat Al Saadiyat: CACE Senior Exhibition

Senior Exhibition at Manarat Al Saadiyat Gallery. 2015 - 2016

Mural Project. British Embassy: Abu Dhabi.

Lead Designer with Zayed University Student Artists. 2016.

Future Centre: Skills Challenge. ZU representative skills judge.

Included special needs students from all 7 Emirates. 2013 & 2015


Curatorial Work 2015 – 2023

"No Strings on Me" N.A.L. Gallery. Mpls. MN. 2023

“Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week”; UN World Urban Forum 2020

ADNEC and Masdar City. Abu Dhabi 2020

“The Other-Self”: Sangkring ArtSpace, Yogyakarta Indonesia.  2019.*

ADAC: Abu Dhabi Airport Public Art Project: Co-curator. 2017 - 2018

G.S.E.C. “Our Abu Dhabi” Public Art Project.  Lead Curator. 2017- 2018

Manarat Al Saadiyat: "Original Girls Speak". Visual Arts. 2015 – 2017

President’s Cup Final. Public Art Installation. Ghantoot Polo Club. 2015. 

"Abstract Self" Al Fanoun Gallery. Zayed University. 2015.

CACE Visual Arts Senior Exhibition  Zayed University Convention Center.   2013

"Artists with a View" Sculpture Exhibition Abu Dhabi Cultural  Foundation.  2005


Publication/Reviews Published/Media

The IASO Self-Reporting System. I.J.A.R. 2020            

Imago/Mundi. Amid Desert and Future. Art. 2019

National Newspaper. 2018

Etihad Newspaper.  Bait 15 Exhibition. 2018

Research Paper Reviewer. ISEA. 2018

Tashkeel Magazine, “Noah’s Ark”. Dubai, UAE. 2017      

Al Khaleej Newspaper. 2013

National Newspaper. 2012

Yomiuri Shimbun Newspaper August. 2011            

RAK: cultural website: 60 Dhows. 2010                  

UAE Emerge: Ways of World Making. 2009 

Gulf News. 2004                                                      

St. Paul Pioneer Press. August. 2000                        

Minnesota (MAA), September/October. 2000

KSTP TV 5, Charlie Brown Segment. August 2000

KSTP TV 5, Charlie Brown Segment. July. 2000    

Detroit News. March. 1995

Detroit News. February. 1995                                 

New York Times. December. 1994

York Carib News. November. 1994                         

Washington Post. November. 1994

The Seattle Sun Times. April. 1992                         

The Seattle Sun Intelligencer. April 1992 

Reflex, Northwest’s Forum/Visual Arts. Jan./Feb. 1992


Creative Performances/Lectures/Panels

Obama City Japan. Visiting artist talk. Sculpture Series. 2011

VAAN. Artist Lecture Series. Nashville, TN. 1999

Cranbrook Museum. Viewpoint Artist panel. Bloomfield Hills, MI. 1996

Poetry Reading. Michigan Gallery. Detroit, MI. 1995

Artist Showcase, Performance. Intermedia Arts. Minneapolis, MN. 1993

Guest Lecturer, WSU. Detroit, MI. 1994

Artist Panel: Intermedia Arts/Jerome Foundation. Minneapolis, MN. 1993

Guest Lecturer, Seattle Community College. Seattle, WA. 1991

"Can Artists Make a Difference" Symposium.  University of Washington, Seattle, WA. 1991

Other Professional Experience

High-School Art Faculty. 2001. 

Olsen Memorial Middle School. Minneapolis, MN. Winter. 2000

Caliber Ridge Arts Program.  St. Paul, MN. Summer. 2000

Right Step Academy.  Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.  1996-97

AAAL Summer Arts Program.  Minneapolis, MN.  1993 

Chiron School.  Minneapolis, MN. 1992

Origins Museum Magnet School.  St. Paul, MN.  1992

Coyote School.  Public art project.  Seattle, WA.  1992

Yesler Community Center.  Seattle, WA.  1992

Pacific Arts Center.  Seattle, WA.  1992

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