B. 1989 in Seattle, WA.
Oct. 2016-present. Contemporary Art Lab Lead/Instructor, Juxtaposition Arts. Minneapolis, MN.
Developing curriculum, guiding artists apprentices through assignments, projects and research to help them develop their artistic practice.
2014-2018 Emerging Artist, John Biggers Seed Project. Minneapolis, MN.
Developing and implementing a public artwork in memoriam of the spirit of Dr. John Biggers. The work will be installed on Olson Memorial bridge, over I94.
2007-2017 Lead Mural Facilitator, Hope Community. Minneapolis, MN.
Collaborating with other facilitators in the development of centers mission and goals, while facilitating open discussion and development of mural themes and implementation of mural projects with Minneapolis youth.
Summer 2016 Monkeybear Summer Intensive, Summer 2016
Studied with a cohort of artists under puppet master Andrew Kim along with several Minneapolis puppeteers to learn about the fundamentals of different puppetry forms and bringing objects to life.
2015, 2016 Roy McBride Scholarship Artist, Heart of the Beast Theater. Mpls, MN.
Worked on staff for Mayday Parade and festival with HOTB Puppet and Mask
Theater. Parade theme development, creation of artworks, led design for “Black is Sacred” and “Wild Seed” parade sections.
2014 Participant, US Cuba Artist Exchange. Cuba & Minneapolis, MN.
Collaborated with Cuban and US artists on two public murals, one in Cienfuegos, Cuba, and the other in South Minneapolis.
2014 Project ME Facilitator, Science Museum of Minnesota. St. Paul, MN.
Collaborated with KAYSC youth staff to develop an interactive exhibition that explores youth identity, via music, dance, poetry, and painting.
2013 Artist/Facilitator, River Trail Learning Center. Brooklyn Park, MN.
Led students in the conceptual development and implementation of a large-scale mural. Worked with students to develop public speaking for the unveiling ceremony.
2012-2013 Visual Arts Teacher, Watershed High School, Minneapolis, MN.
Taught special topic courses in mural design; developed curriculum, and class projects, as well as, working on assemblage sculpture and prop designs for school play.
Sept. - Dec. 2011 Visiting Artist-in-Resident, Zayed University Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
Worked in collaboration with Z.U. Art Department and Professor Russell Hamilton on class curriculum, and implementation of large-scale mural on the ZU Campus.
2010, 2012 Lead Mural Facilitator, Brian Coyle Community Center. Minneapolis, MN.
Facilitated sessions with youth to develop concepts and design mural. Oversaw exercises with youth to improve painting techniques. Illustrated mural design. Managed Budget.
2010-2012 Therapeutic Art Director, Healing Arts Collective. Minneapolis, MN.
Collaborated with artists and Hennepin County Medical Center staff to create a more ‘healing’ environment at the hospital through the implementation of mural designs within the hospital environment.
2007-2008 S.P.E.A.C. (Sustainable Progress Engaging Active Citizens) Minneapolis, MN. A community organizing training based at Hope Community, SPEAC promotes effective models of community organizing and leadership.
EXHIBITIONS & PERFORMANCES
2018 JXTA Staff Exhibition - Juxtaposition Arts, Minneapolis, MN. (Group gallery show)
2018 Art & Resistance: Dream World - Public Functionary, Minneapolis, MN. (Group gallery show)
2017 Reckoning - Public Functionary, Minneapolis, MN. (Group Gallery Show)
2017 Monkeybear New Puppetworks - Combined elements of shadow puppetry, dance,
soundscape/music and live instrumentation into a short performance at the Pillsbury House & Theater.
2017 Twin Cities People of Color & Indigenous Artists’ Figure Drawing &
Painting Group Exhibit - Electric Machete, St. Paul, MN. (Group gallery show)
2017 Black is the Knew Black - The Show Gallery, St. Paul, MN. (Group gallery show)
2017 General Strike - CTUL, Minneapolis, MN. (Group gallery show)
2017 AIGA: Design Impact Series - St. Paul, MN. (Group gallery show)
2016 Guiding Lights: Inspired by Folklore and Literature - Metro State University: Gordon Parks
Gallery, St. Paul, MN. (Group gallery show)
2012 We Exist - Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN. (Group gallery show)
2008 Beyond the Colored Museum - Macalester College. Minneapolis, MN. (Group gallery show)
2008 20 under 20 - Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN. (Final round, Juried show)