Formal Education and Artistic Training

Ph.D. Literacy, Rhetoric, & Social Practice
Kent State University 2006

M.A. English as a Second Language (ESL)
Kent State University 2000

B.A. French
Kent State University 1995

B.F.A. Studio Art, Painting Focus
Kent State University 1995

New York Studio School, Arbor Vitae Painting Marathon.    New York, NY. June 15 – 26, 2015.

Painting Abstract Landscapes with Jon Neuse,                     Grand Marais Art Colony, Grand Marais, MN, June 24 – 28, 2013

New York Studio School, Drawing Marathon
New York, NY, June 4 – 15, 2012

Creative Breakthrough Workshop with Mary Pettis,
Grand Marais Art Colony, Grand Marais, MN, Sept 3 & 4, 2011

Painting School of Montmiral,
Montmiral, France, Summers 2008, 09, 10

Marchutz School of Painting & Drawing,
Aix-en-Provence, France, 1992-3; summer 1998

Art-related Courses Taught, University of Minnesota Duluth

Advanced Writing for Arts and Letters

Visual Rhetoric and Culture

Awards & Grants

Artist Fellowship. Marchutz School of Fine Art.                        Aix-en-Provence, France. June & July, 2016

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, Quickstart Grant, $1000, March 2014

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, Career Development Grant, $1961, May 2013

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, Quickstart Grant, $500, Oct. 2012

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, Career Development Grant, $2500, spring 2012

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, Individual Artist Grant, $3000, spring 2010

McKnight Foundation, Imagine Fund Arts, Design, and Humanities Grant, $3000, spring 2009

Art and Image-focused Presentations

“Painting and Writing: The Intersection of Image and Text in the Life of the Emerging Artist,” Marchutz School of Fine Art, Institute for American Universities. Aix-en-Provence, France. July 2016

“Matisse and Metaphor in Open Window, Collioure,” Modern Rhetoric Colloquium, University of Minnesota. Minneapolis, MN. Oct. 2009

“Constructing a European Identity through Visual (and Verbal) Representation,” 2nd Global Conference: Visual Literacies, Mansfield College. Oxford, UK. June 2008

“Representation, Currency, and Culture,” Writing Research Across Borders conference, Santa Barbara, CA. Feb. 2008

“Images as Persuasion across Cultures,” China – U.S. Conference on Literacy, Beijing, China. July 2007