Education

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

B.A. Political Science. University of Minnesota. 1983-88

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. USA. 1990

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

 

Teaching / Professional Experience

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

Primary Courses:

Photography/Chemical & Digital Photography (AVA 340/341)

Digital Video (AVA 345): Premiere 6; Adobe After Effects; Final Cut Pro 3D

Sculpture I (AVA 315)      

Senior Project; Visual Arts and Animation (ADR 496) 

Senior Thesis (ADR 492)

3D Design (AVA318) 

Professional Artist (ADR 405) 

Art Foundations (ART 205) Design Principles (ART 201) 

Painting (AVA312) Internship (490) 

Book Structures (AVA 366)

 

Principal Charter School, Success Academy.  St. Paul, MN. 1996-1999 

 

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

      Graduate Seminar (ACS 898)

      Design (ADE 120)

      Intro. Sculpture (ASL 215, 517, 717)

      Sculpture (ASL 317, 517, 717)

      Independent Study

      Graduate Thesis Work

 

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

University of Minnesota.  Assistant Teacher.  Minneapolis, MN.  1991-92

 

Creative Exhibitions 2014 – 2019

“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

 

Professional Practice/ Community Outreach /  Public Service 2017 – 2019

My City Centre Masdar

Mural project; My City Centre Masdar Mall; designed and created 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 www.bigguygallery.com

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 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.  www.zawiyahgallery.com. 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 – 2019

“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.

 

Creative Shows/Exhibits/Collections - Selected

“Asahi-za Exhibition” Public Art Exhibition, Obama City Japan. 2013

“Emerge II: Radiating Ports” (second exhibition). Abu Dhabi, UAE. 2013 

“Affordable-Art Exhibition” Group Exhibition. Art Hub, AUH, UAE. 2013 

Voices of UAE, Sculpture Exhibition. Art Hub, Abu Dhabi, UAE. 2012

F&N Gallery. Group Show. Dubai, UAE 2012

"To Bow" Public Art Installation. Solo Exhibition. Obama City, Japan. 2011

“Emerge I”: Radiating Ports. Venice Italy. Juried Exhibition. 2011

“Tracking the Emirates” RAK Hospital, RAK, UAE. Juried Exhibition. 2010

“Ways of World Making” 3D Gallery, Venice, Italy. 2009

“Emergence” Tenri Cultural Institute of New York. New York, NY. 2009

“Rtoosh” Meem Gallery, Dubai, UAE 2008

“Peanuts on Parade”, Artists Invitational. St. Paul, MN. 2001

“Home Sweet Home”. Affordable Housing Authority. 2000

“C.A.T.S.” Public Art. Solo Show. Nicollet Island. Mpls, MN. 1999.

Invitational Show. Georgia State University. Atlanta, GA. 1998

“View-Point”. Cranbrook Museum. Bloomfield Hills, MI. 1996 

“Cathedral of Time”. Public Art Project, Detroit Train Station Installation; w/ Irina Nahkova, Detroit, MI. 1996 

Group Show. Del Pryor Gallery. Detroit, MI. 1995 

Faculty Show. WSU. Detroit, MI. 1995

Group Show. Buckham Gallery. Flint, MI. 1995

“Hi/Tech Lo/Tech Art”, Group. Metropolitan Center Arts. Detroit. 1995

“A.I.R. Show”. Studio Museum in Harlem. NYC. NY. 1994

Jerome Installation. Intermedia Arts. Minneapolis, MN. Juried. 1993 

“Extensions ’93”. Intermedia Arts. Minneapolis, MN. Juried. 1993 

Edwin T. Pratt Exhibit. Pratt Fine Arts Center. Seattle. Invitational. 1993

“Original Man Speaks”, W.W.O.A. Seattle, WA. 2 Person. 1992

“A Matter of Colors II”, Anne Hamberg Gallery. Seattle. 2 Person. 1992

“Northwest Annual”. Center Contemporary Art. Seattle. Juried. 1991

 

Fellowships / Awards / Grants

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 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. 1993 Intermedia Arts Honorarium. Show/cash award. 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

 

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