Bio I work in primarily clay, but also fibers. I live near Evergreen, Colorado with my husband, two cats and a dog. I currently teach ceramics and special needs art at a high school in Littleton, CO. My work has been exhibited in a variety of locations including galleries in and around Denver and the Midwest.
Prior to teaching in Littleton, I taught high school art in Wichita, KS. Courses taught included darkroom photography, drawing, painting, and International Baccalaureate Visual Arts. The school was diverse and large with a population of approximately 2,500 students. This is my tenth year at my current position in Littleton for approximately ten years. In this time I have darkroom photography, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, teacher cadet, Advanced Placement Studio Art and Art History, and have developed and implemented a course entitled “Unified Art”. In this class we pair general education students in a one to one mentor relationship with Intensive needs students (INS). INS students include those that are completely non verbal, Down Syndrome, autism, etc. This provides a peer relationship with the INS students as well as teaching them art concepts and skills.
In addition to teaching, I am involved in professional organizations like National Art Education Association, local art studios and have been an examiner for International Baccalaureate Visual Arts. I am currently a district mentor teacher for art teachers new to our district and serve on a guiding team in our school for the development of professional learning communities. I have been fortunate to have been a part of teacher teams traveling to Japan and Argentina during summer programs to work with schools.
My fiber work and some of the clay pieces reflect an interest in issues of domesticity as well as how women, including young girls, are viewed and considered in society. For example, little girls are often talked to in terms of how they look. “You have such pretty hair” or “Aren’t you cute in that dress?” are phrases that little girls hear. And, while women are assertive and take larger and larger roles in society, they can or have often lost identity. Sometimes, they are left out of the story in traditional literature. Other clay work tells stories of different animals I have encountered.
I have a Master’s of Art and Education from Wichita State University. She has participated in additional coursework and workshops from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and Anderson Ranch in Colorado. She has received several awards for her work and teaching including a feature of a Kansas flint hills performance arts piece in Smithsonian magazine, Eron Johnson artist award from the Arvada Art Center in Colorado, and a Fulbright Summer Scholar award.