I am an artist and arts professional from Columbus, Ohio. I am also a mom, wife, runner, brick enthusiast, traveler, paddler, camper, collector, researcher, gardener, knitter, sewer, learner, and maker. 100% lover, 0% hater.
Art Possible Ohio (formally VSA Ohio) 2019-Present
Art Possible Ohio is the statewide service organization on the arts and disability. We work with artists of all ages who have disabilities to make arts and cultural experiences more accessible and inclusive. I oversee all organization operations, collaborate with the Board of Directors to set organizational vision, and facilitate programming, exhibitions, professional development, and learning experiences (primarily in schools and cultural centers) for and with artists with disabilities.
Manager for Studio Initiatives
Columbus Museum of Art 2015-2019
I designed and led programming for visitors of all ages and backgrounds that engaged them in creative, critical, and imaginative thinking and utilized play as a catalyst for learning. I collaborated with artists on special projects and participatory experiences. I designed professional development for corporate partners like Abercrombie & Fitch, Leadership Columbus, and Cardinal Health. I also managed the Studio and a studio team of approx. ten teaching artists. We made the Studio a welcoming, inclusive, and exciting place to share ideas, collaborate, and experiment with materials.
State Coordinator, Ohio History Day
Ohio History Connection 2014-2015
I set the vision for and led the state History Day program, a year-long student-led research project with over 5,000 student participants culminating in district, state, and national competitions. I designed student and teacher programming including professional development for social studies teachers.
Project Director, The Oklahoma and Ohio Exchange
Ohio History Connection 2013-2014
I served as Grant Writer and Project Director for this Institute of Museum and Library Services Sparks! Ignition Grant for Libraries and Museums. Ohio History Connection worked with a team of educators and tribal members to develop curriculum resources and a model of exchange between museums and diaspora populations in Oklahoma.
Project Director, Bridging Cultures @ Community Colleges Native Americans in the Midwest
Ohio History Connection 2013-2014
I served as Grant Writer and Project Director for this three-year National Endowment of the Humanities Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges Cooperative Agreement. The program provided professional development for community college faculty on the topic of Native Americans in the Midwest and their removal to Oklahoma. We forged community and connection between faculty, historians, and tribal representatives resulting in curriculum materials for community college students.
Project Coordinator, Teacher Professional Development
Ohio History Connection 2009-2013
I designed and led professional development (PD) training for K-12 social studies teachers in southwest Ohio through a variety of contracts and grants associated with the Teaching American History Grant program. My responsibilities included coordinating and writing the grant proposals, using the OHS collections to design curriculum and Professional Development materials aligned to the Ohio Learning Standards; organizing regular workshops, site visits, and classroom observations for teachers as well as building and maintaining project websites and digital resources.
Next Generation of Leaders Fellowship
Columbus, Ohio – 2014
Master of Cultural Policy, Administration, and Museum Education
Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio – 2009
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Studio Art
Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio – 2004
Selected Projects and Exhibitions
Botanical Inspirations Juried Exhibition, Wickford Art Association, New Kingston, RI – 2022
Wonderball Experience Committee Chair, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH – 2015-2018
Wonderlands Summer Art Workshop, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH – 2017
State of Affairs: CAW Group Exhibition, Clayspace/831 Gallery, Columbus, OH – 2016
Landmark: Creative Arts Women (CAW) Group Exhibition, Shot Tower, Columbus, OH – 2016
Art and Artifice Group Exhibition, Richard M. Ross Art Museum, Ohio Wesleyan University – 2006
Made in Ohio / Diverse Sources Group Exhibition, Riffe Gallery, Columbus, OH – 2005