Born 1986, Antioch, CA

Education

2012
MFA, Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

2011
MA, Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

2008
BFA, Jewelry/Metal Arts (with high distinction), California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA

Select Exhibitions

2016
3 x 3, Blue Spiral, Asheville, NC Invitation by Jordan Ahlers

2015
Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Cheongju Tobacco Processing Plant, South Korea (curated by Hyeyoung Cho)
Engendered, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI (curated by Niki Johnson)
Dining and Discourse, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX (invitational by Kathryn Hall)
Haystack/Components, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA (invitational by Ellen Weiske and Claire Sanford)

2014
Metamorphosis: The Transformation of Everyday Objects, Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, VA (curated by David Cole)
Press: Artist and Machine, Kentucky Museum of Arts and Craft, Louisville, KY
Anywhere but Now, Wilton House Museum, Richmond, VA (invitational by Margaret Lindauer)
Refined VIII: Maker’s Choice, Stephen F. Austin Art Gallery, Nacogdoches, TX (juried by Cindi Strauss)
Look Again, Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville, NC (invitational by Hoss Haley)
TABLE, Visual Arts Center of Richmond, VA (invitational curated by Caroline Wright)
VCUArts Department of Craft/Material Studies Fountainhead Fellow Exhibition, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

2013
In-Residence Show, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX
Mitosis of Memory, Overture Gallery, Madison, WI
Presence of Absence, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY

2012
Reflection: 100 Years of Jewelry/Metal Arts at California College of the Arts, Oliver Gallery, Oakland, CA
5- Pop up show, Houston, TX
Still – Master of Fine Art Solo Exhibition, Lofts Gallery, Madison, WI

2011
Retrospectives, Lofts Gallery, Madison, WI
Connect, Georgetown Art & Cultural Center, Seattle, WA
Gather, Old Kroger Building, Madison, WI
Caput Mortuum, 7th Floor Gallery, Madison, WI

2010
Madison Biennial, Loft Gallery, Madison, WI

2009
Art 908, Loft Gallery, Madison, WI
Love Show, Shibumi Gallery, Oakland, CA

2008
CCA Baccalaureate Exhibition, Oliver Gallery, Oakland, CA
Refined, North Gallery, Oakland, CA

2007
Best of Junior Review, Oliver Gallery, CCA, Oakland, CA
360 Degrees, South Gallery, Oakland, CA
Yuma Symposium Show, Yuma Art Center, Yuma, AZ

2005
Yuma Symposium Show, Yuma Art Center, Yuma, AZ

2004
Epicenter, Oliver Gallery, Oakland, CA
First Year Review, Oliver Gallery, Oakland, CA

Bibliography

2014
Brown, Glen, Metalsmith Magazine: Anti-Trophy, Vol. 34 No. 1 2014

2013
Interview, PBS: Art Insight, Houston, TX
Wozny, Nancy. “Ultimate Recycling: Artist turns silver trays into timeless sculptures – dents and all.” Culture Map: Houston.

Fellowships and Residencies

2015
American Craft Council Emerging Voices Award, Minneapolis, MN

2014
Artist in Resident, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC (until 2017)
Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant, New York, NY

2013
Fountainhead Fellow, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

2009
University Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI

Visiting Artist and Lectures

2015
Instructor, Creative Side Jewelry Academy of Austin, Austin, TX, Beginning Jewelry Class

2014
Lecturer, Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts, Louisville, KY2013
Instructor, Creative Side Jewelry Academy of Austin, Austin, TX
Lecturer, Bayou Bend Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Instructor, Creative Side Jewelry Academy of Austin, Austin, TX
Instructor, Creative Side Jewelry Academy of Austin, Austin, TX

2012
Lecturer, Houston Metals Arts Guild Presentation of Resident Artist

Teaching and Related Professional Experience

2013
Adjunct Professor, Houston Community College-Northline, Houston, TX

2013-2012
Metals Instructor, California College of the Arts Summer Pre-College Program, Oakland, CA

2012
Artist in Resident, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX
Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI

2010-2011
Graduate Assistantship, University of Wisconsin Art Department, Madison, WI

2006-2009
Bench Jeweler, Svartvik Metalworks, Oakland, CA

2006-2009
Ring Workshop Teacher, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA

2006-2007
Pre-College Studio Assistant, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA

2006
Teachers Assistant, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA

2005-2008
Studio Assistant, Pescadero, CA

I am motivated by how an object moves through the world, changing in meaning as it is passed down, and how it is cherished as its significance grows. This history of objects has led to my continued exploration of heirlooms. When I witness these historical functional wares in museums, antique shops, and junkyards, I imagine how their previous owners may have affected these objects.

As these possessions become more and more mass-produced, our ability to add relevancy and meaning in this way separates each object from one another. Outliving its owners, metal withstands its daily use, revealing evidence of wear by the dings, scratches and patination that can be read on its surface. I see this accumulated layering of worth as far more precious than the most valuable of materials. Finally, once a metal object has run its course it can be scrapped, melted, and cast, ready to be made into a new object. I believe that the past still lives within the new object. That nothing is lost, only given a new history.

By deconstructing and reassembling found silver-plated tableware into new images I am able to commemorate the individual’s ability to do the same to his/her own valuables and memories. By fabricating a new form out of many fragments from stylistically and historically related objects, I create a new image of what that object means to our society, a representation that takes all memories of its use into consideration. Dissecting these objects, altering their form, and piecing them into commemorative wares there is still some semblance and evidence left of their past incarnation.