Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Exhibition Opening, Hospital Artist-in-Residence Program

I will be showing 2 pieces of work at the Pfister Artist in Residence Finalists Exhibit: The Collection, with an exhibition opening this Friday, September 14th.

Pfister Artist-In-Residence: The Finalists Collection
Exhibition Opening
Friday, September 14th, 2012
Sharon Lynn Wilson Center for the Arts
19805 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield, WI

This exhibition features a plethora of amazing artwork from 16 Milwaukee-area and national artists. You can find out more about the Pfister Artist-in-Residence program here

In addition, the opening will feature live music by the Pfister Pianist, Dr. Jeffrey Hollander, as well as hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.  It is sure to be an exciting and fancy occasion, as you can see from the the way I used the phrase "hors d'oeuvres" instead of "snacks".

I will be in attendance for the opening, so be sure to come say hello!


In other news, in March I posted about a grant available from the LIVESTRONG foundation for a hospital Artist-in-Residence program.  Thanks to votes from supporters, the Oncology department at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, received funding to support this program.

In the wake of this funding, I have been hired as the Artist-in-Residence for Advocate Lutheran General Hospital/Children's Hospital for one year.  I am thrilled to be involved in such an amazing and unique program.

I want to sincerely thank everyone who participated in the voting.  Supporting the arts in hospital settings can provide patients with comfort, entertainment, distraction, and an outlet for exploration and expression of their emotions. 


In other-other news, I am embarking on a series of new paintings for a solo exhibition in February of 2013.  Be sure to check in for sneak peaks and photos of work in-progress.

See you Friday! (Come to the opening!)

Thursday, May 31, 2012

New Work

A new painting:
oil and charcoal on canvas
36" x 36"

Close (detail)

After a few crazy weeks during which I finished my thesis,  finished my masters program, and searched for jobs, I am finally regaining some semblance of a normal life.  This post was long overdue and I'm looking forward to getting back in the studio.  Also sleep. I am looking forward to more sleep.

Be sure to go outside and enjoy all of this glorious summery weather!

Friday, March 30, 2012

50th Annual Illustration West Exhibition & Opening Reception

My piece, "Stripey Socks," was selected for a certificate of merit in the 50th Annual Illustration West Competition by the Society of Illustrators, Los Angeles.  For those of you who may be in Los Angeles, there is an opening reception for the 50th Annual Illustration West Exhibition TONIGHT from 7-10pm at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA.  My piece and dozens of others chosen for the competition are on display.

50th Annual Illustration West Exhibition
7:00-10:00pm at Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801
For more info, visit

If you can't stop by today, the show will be up from March 30th through April 4th. You can also check out some of the winning work at www.illustrationwest.org/50. You can browse by category or by artist. My piece is can be found in the student category.

As always, I am honored to be chosen for inclusion in the show alongside so many extremely talented illustrators and artists. I will not be able to attend the show but would love to hear from anyone who is able to make it!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

New Work & LIVESTRONG Community Impact Program

Here is a painting I completed recently. It was difficult to photograph, as it is quite possibly my shiniest painting to date. 

oil on canvas
30" x 40"

In other news,  in my secret life as an art therapy intern, I have been working at Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital in Park Ridge, IL. This hospital is currently in the running to receive a LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project Grant to fund an artist-in-residence program for the adult and child oncology programs.

In order to receive the grant, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital must receive community support in the form of online votes. If you can, please take a moment to read about the The Oncology Program at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital/Lutheran General Children’s Hospital and cast your vote!

*(My enthusiasm is misleading: You only get one vote, not three).

As an art therapy intern working in the pediatric unit of this hospital, I have seen first-hand how art can serve as a way to help people take charge of their illness and treatment, and can provide an outlet for patients to work through difficulties, tell stories, and express hopes and fears during their journey with illness and  recovery.  My work as an intern at Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital ends in May of this year, and I believe patients at this hospital would benefit tremendously from this LIVESTRONG grant by receiving continued access to art during their hospitalization and treatment.


Finally, to conclude this post, a painting/collage of Zooey Deschanel that I created out of whatever the opposite of adoration is. Subsequently my roommate, not picking up on the disapproving tone, hung it in our living room, out of sincere adoration. Enjoy!

Quirky vacuous female > Vacuous female
oil and fabric on canvas
24" x 36"