A native Georgian, I joined the ZMA team in August 2013. I started my career as a painter, and devoted biology and chemistry student at Georgia State University. After achieving a BS, I supported my painting habit by working as a researcher and microscopist in a mycology lab. Eventually, I returned to Georgia State for an MFA in Studio Arts. Now I loosely use my scientific background as content to create drawings, sculptures, and installations that I exhibit nationally.
My work as an arts administrator and educator was born out of my love for other artists and for making art accessible to the general public. I began by taking an internship with the Fulton County Arts Council, which led into serving as their Public Art Registrar. Then I worked as Senior Assistant for the Airport Art Program at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International. In 2010, I became a Program Director at South Arts, a regional arts organization, where I oversaw touring exhibits, artist services, and acted as Program Manager for ArtsReady (a disaster planning app for arts organizations). In 2012, I co-curated the exhibition The Sum of Many Parts: 25 Quiltmakers in 21st Century America, which toured China on behalf of the US Embassy/Beijing. A smaller version of the exhibition now tours the United States through ExhibitsUSA.
On occasion, I have taught studio courses in foundations at the Art Institute of Atlanta and Georgia State University. When I'm not in the studio making art of my own, I disappear into the woods as often as possible to bike, backpack, trail run, or guide rafts down rivers.
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