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2009   Hunter College, New York, NY., MFA in Combined Media.
2006   Kent State University, Kent, OH.   MA, Jewelry/Metals/Enameling.
1999   University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, B.A., High Honors, Art/History of Art.
1998   University of Michigan, Florence Study Abroad Program, Florence, Italy.
1995   Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI, High School for the Fine Arts.

Solo Exhibitions and Installations

2015   Obstacle course, part of "Pariscope" by Projective City, Mixed Greens Gallery, NY, NY

2014   Scaffold, Residency project, Spazi Docili, Florence, Italy

2013   Path, Residency project, Fjellerup i Bund & Grund, Fjellerup, Denmark..

2010   ReDo, Residential College Art Gallery, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

2009   Private in Public, MFA exhibtion, Hunter Gollege Times Square Gallery, New York, NY.

2008   Softbox open house, in conjunction with Flux Factory/openhousenewyork Living Room, Queens, NY.

2006   Model, Protagonist Windows on Sculpture emerging artist program, Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH.
       Solo exhibition, Commerce Street Artists' Warehouse Project Residency, Houston, TX.
       City, SpaceLAB installation, Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, OH.
       Built/Rebuilt , MA thesis exhibition KSU Downtown Gallery, Kent, OH.
2005   Dream House, c. 1986, Site specific installation, Kent School of Art Downtown Gallery, Kent, OH.
       City, Installation at Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2012   Public Trust, Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY.
       Community of Community, organized by Stephanie Diamond, Queens Museum, NY
       Was, Is, Will Be, site -specific installation, organized by Project Collective, Dekalb Market, Brooklyn, NY.

2011   Billboard Art Project, Savannah, Georgia
       Smaller New York, 22,48m2 gallery, Paris, France
       Révision Périphérique, Projective City, Paris, France
       Shifting Communities, collaboration with Action Club, Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY
       Hoist that Rag, with Claudia Pena Salinas and Kerry Downey, Lumen, Staten Island, NY
       SITE92, Smack Melon Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2010   Dis-Robed: Documenting and archiving the self today, curated by Kathleen Smith & Ava Rawski, Wassaic Festival,               Wassaic, NY.
       Hunter Satellite 2D, curated by Astrid Persans, Powerhouse Projects, Halls at Bowling Green, New York, NY.
       Housebroken, Flux Factory, Queens, NY.

2009   Rebuilt, curated by Justin Penov, Texas Firehouse, Long Island City, NY.
       Snooze, curated by Marco Antonini, temporary intervention in conjunction with performance night                           organized by Andrew Capetta, Scaramouche Art, New York, NY
       MIXTAPE, 717 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
       MAs curate MFAs, Hunter College Times Square Gallery, NY, NY
       Drawing Building, curated book project, NY, NY

2007   NYNYNY: So Nice We Named it Thrice, Flux Factory, Queens, NY.

2006   Street repairs, curated by Don Harvey, Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, OH.

2005   STRUCTURES OF EXPERIENCE: a response to Robert Smithson, Kent State Sch. Art Gallery, Kent, OH.

2002   Super Bowl 666 , Open End Art Gallery, Chicago, IL.

2000   So this is what it is like living in my bathtub, collaborative project, UM Media Union, Ann Arbor, MI.

Selected professional activities

2012   Presentation, Flux Thursdays Public Trust Event, Long Island City, NY

2011   Artist Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT.
       Congress of Collectives, New York, NY.

2010   Panel Participant, “The Ethical Implications of Social Art,” Open Engagement Conference, Portland, OR.

2009   Visiting Artist Lecture and studio visits, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA.
       Panel Participant, “Picnic Panel,” AIR Gallery, New York, NY.
       Teaching assistant for Lynn Sullivan, Sculpture 1-111, Hunter College, New York, NY
       Teaching assistant for Paul Ramirez-Jonas, The Performative Object, Hunter College, New York, NY

2008-  Artist and architect assistant: Janine Antoni, Fabian Marcaccio, Disign LLC,
       Visiting Artist lecture and workshop instructor, Adaptive Path, San Francisco, CA.
       Visiting Artist lecture and studio visits, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC.

2006   Artist residency at Commerce Street Artist’s Warehouse, Houston, TX.

2004-6 Teaching Assistant, jewelry/metalsmithing, Kent State University, Kent, OH. 

2003   Visiting Artist and workshop instructor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI.

2001-4 Chicago Area Jewelry/small metals Instructor; Chicago State University, Evanston Art Center,
              Lill Street Art Center, Suburban Fine Arts Center.

2001   Instructor, Lost Wax Casting, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI.

Fellowships, Grants and Awards

2011   Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center.

2006   ‘Windows on Sculpture' emerging artist program, Sculpture Center, Cleveland OH.

2004   Graduate Student Fellowship, Jewelry/Metals Dept., Kent State University, OH.

2003   Community Arts Assistance Program Grant, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.           

2001   NSAL Small Sculpture Competition: Mid-Michigan Chapter, 2nd place prize.

2001   2001: An Art Space Odyssey , “Best in Show” award.   Creative Arts Center, Pontiac, MI.

1999   B.A., High Honors for thesis on Italian Fascist urban planning, Univ. of  Mich., Ann Arbor, MI.   

1999   Class Honors, James B. Angel Scholar, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


2008   Leonard, Paul and Alan Krawitz,  “Two very different art spaces open to public, briefly”
              Queens Chronicle, Oct 10. 2008. Write-up of Softbox open house.
       Calvert, Kyla "Artist opens art installation that is living space to community" The Gotham Guardian,                     Columbia  University Graduate School of Journalism.
       Ryzik, Melena So Nice we named it Thrice, New York Times, Friday, January 11, 2008.

2007   Lewis, Zachary. On View review of “Model/Protagonist” Cleveland Scene Jan. 23, 2007.

2006   Catalog, Street Repairs , curated by Don Harvey, Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, OH.
              Introduction by Susan R. Channing, director, Spaces Gallery.
       Tranberg, Dan Art Matters review of “Street Repairs” Cleveland Plain Dealer , Sept. 29, 2006, p.26.
       Utter, Douglas Max.   Not So Mean Streets Cleveland Free Times Sept. 20, 2000.

2004   Catalog, STRUCTURES OF EXPERIENCE: an exhibition in response to Robert Smithson at Kent State University
              Kent State School of Art Gallery, Kent, OH. Essay by Scott Sherer.

2001   Street Talk , Review of "SNAG Millennial Metal", Style Weekly , Richmond, VA. January 23, 2001.      
              Stage and Canvas , Review of " 2001: An Art Space Odyssey," Real Detroit Weekly , Jan. 2001.       
              Backstage Pass, Feature on "2001: An Art Space Odyssey," Detroit Public Television , Feb. 2001.