BIO

Born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Lives in State College, Pennsylvania

EDUCATION

2017 The Pennsylvania State University, BFA Painting, BFA Sculpture, Art History Minor

2015 Studio Art Centers International

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017      

He Called Me Sexy Baby But My Name Is Helen: Hub Galleries, University Park, PA (Jan 24- March 2)          

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS  

2017      

Wet Dreams: Patterson Gallery, University Park, PA (Feb 12- Feb 19)                

Cannon Fodder: Zoller Gallery, University Park, PA

2016      

Everything: Zoller Gallery, University Park, PA              

Rough Intent: Zoller Gallery (Juried by Richard Reinhart), University Park, PA
 

2015      

Undergraduate Juried Exhibition: Zoller Gallery (Juried by Liz Neilson), University Park, PA            

Carpetlands Exhibition: Carpetlands, State College, PA                

Houseasaurus Group Show: Houseasaurus, State College, PA              

Broad Horizions, Humpday Gallery, University Park, PA                

I Forgot I Had This, Humpday Gallery, University Park, PA

2014      

Undergraduate Juried Exhibition: Zoller Gallery, University Park, PA 2013      

Foundations Exhibit, Zoller Gallery, University Park, PA                

Juried Exhibition, Norwin Art League, Greensburg, PA    


AWARDS

2017

          Creative Achievement Award, The Pennsylvania State University

          Commencement Speaker, The Pennsylvania State University, College of Arts and Architecture

          Nominee 2017 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, ISC

2016      

Brian Bretzler Memorial Award in Visual Arts              

Margaret Schoenfelder Memorial Scholarship              

Juried Show Winner, Rough Intent, juried by Richard Reinhart

2015      

Jean Mitchell Gray Trustee Scholarship

2013-16

Dean’s List x8                                                    
 
 
 

Painting through the lens of Audre Lorde’s popular writing, “ The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House” (1984), I position myself as an active participant to  dismantle and speak about pressing issues. Here, the “personal becomes political” as a form of resistance.

My development of memory, language, facilitation of difficult content/conversations, occupy the gap of underrepresented and often silenced issues. Strategically blurring paint, I use imagery of pipes, sites of home improvement stores, subtle metaphors of the hand, and my resistant gaze. This becomes at once-- self portraiture and public portraiture--to re-frame trauma and violence into empowerment and self-autonomy. In moments where representation turns into abstraction, I obtain liberty from the past and reclaim my own body.