Category: Exhibitions

Things Happened + More Things Are Happening

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Hello! If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, then you might know that the last few months have been hectic, exciting, and stressful. Very stressful. I think primarily two things kept me sane: the support of my loved ones and the fact that I really enjoy what I’m doing right now. The stressful part stemmed from having too much to do in too little time. At times I felt like I was spreading myself very thin and I was frustrated by my inability to dedicate an appropriate amount of time and focus to any one of my priorities, which all seemed relatively equal.

The spring semester officially ended last week, and even though I still have a lot to do, I feel like I can breathe again. The unfortunate (or maybe not so unfortunate) part is that my body noticed me relaxing and decided that now I was able to deal with some health-related obstacles. It sucks, but thank you, body, for not doing this to me when I was already struggling to stay afloat two months ago.

The past semester was incredibly challenging and, as most things go, ultimately rewarding. I was lucky enough to work with Janet Niewald, Corrine Fitzpatrick, and Sally Alatalo, three talented and generous women, who served as my mentor and advisors and helped me grow in different ways. In spite of distance, I have remained connected to many of my classmates through Skype, e-mail, and Facebook and I can’t wait to be reunited for our last summer together next month (!!!).

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I mailed in my thesis last week, complete with a visual timeline, and I will share that here soon for anyone who would like to read it. My book is taking me longer to finish than I planned, but only because I love it so much and I want it to be perfect. Well also because I’ve been working on a million other things too. I’ve been sharing snippets of it on my Instagram and Facebook so make sure to follow me! You can find all the links to my social media accounts at the top of this page.

This summer, I’m traveling to Chicago again for my last residency (somehow it’s already that time). This last residency will consist of a big thesis exhibition in the Sullivan Galleries, thesis presentations, colloquiums, an art history class, a professional practices class, a class on how to do a thesis presentation, 3 visiting artist lectures per week, screenings, studio visits, and a one-night open studio event. Oh, and graduation of course!!

I dare say that most of my work for the thesis show is done, but anything can happen so I’m doing my best to prepare as much as I can before leaving. I will definitely share images once the work is installed, but basically it is made up of five panels of watercolor on Yupo paper that measure roughly 9′ x 9′ altogether. Over the next month, I’ll finish the paintings and prepare them for shipment to Chicago, where installation will begin as early as June 21st.

When I come home I’ll go back to work at the museum, get some teeth pulled (really), and finish preparing for my wedding. Clearly the excitement will not be over for a while! Thanks for reading and thank you to everyone who has been there for me during this crazy time, especially my fiancé and my family. XOXO

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Monster Art Rally 2016

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Last year I participated in the 1st annual Monster Art Rally at the Taubman Museum of Art and I’m happy to announce that I’m participating again this year! The event is taking place this Thursday April 21st from 5-9pm. Over 30 local artists will be drawing on-site while visitors watch and learn about the artists, their work, and the art of buying art. All artwork will be on sale for $50 and each piece will go to the person who draws the highest card. Proceeds from art sales help support educational programming at the museum.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase, plus all galleries will be open until 9pm, including the Norman Rockwell exhibition. See below for more details and click here to visit the Facebook event.

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If you are a local business, you can contribute by purchasing “Monster Dollars”–pre-paid sponsorships that can be used to play in the auction. Click here for more info and here to purchase.

Hope to see you there!! xoxo

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The Gallery U x The Alternative Gallery

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I’m interning with The Gallery U again this semester, and we recently had the opportunity to submit work for our first live group show. Two of my pieces were selected and will be on display at The Alternative Gallery in Allentown, Pennsylvania until January. The opening is this Thursday October 29th from 6-10pm.

Click here to go to the Facebook event page.

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Against the Grains Show Opening

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The opening reception for the Against the Grains show took place on Friday August 28th. The space that the Salem Museum provided for us was spacious and well-lit and we had a great turnout. The show comes down this Friday the 25th, so make sure to check it out if you get a chance!

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IMG_2262The show included work by Jim Burtch, Michele Deemer, Cory Greer, Melissa Jennelle, Kent Moore, Frank Toler, Wayne Llywelyn, and myself.

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Thanks to the Salem Museum for opening their space to us and thank you to all of my friends and family who showed their support!

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Against the Grains Art Show @ The Salem Museum

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Painting by Jim Burtch

Please join me and six other wonderful artists at our opening reception at the Salem Museum on Friday August 28th from 5 to 8PM. I’ll be showing some paintings that I’ve never displayed before so make sure to come by and check it out! The show will be up until September 26th.

The Salem Museum is located at 801 East Main Street, Salem, Virginia 24153.

Read more about our show:

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Interwoven

Updated Interwoven FlyerIt’s been a while since this show took place, but I finally have time to write about it! Interwoven was a show curated by my ambitious friend and peer, Pia Cruzalegui, and it included the work of many (class of 2016) SAIC Low Residency MFA students. Our second six-week summer together began on June 13th and the perfect way to kick it off was with this show opening.

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The show took place at Throop Studios in Chicago and was designed as a pop-up show, which means it was only up for one night. A lot of work went into making that one night a success. Pia was able to find support from literally across the world in order to properly promote and organize this show. There were lots of emails and phone calls back and forth. Back in Virginia, I was responsible for creating a Facebook event page and making posts on our Facebook page every day about all the artists who would be a part of the show.

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From left to right: Kelly Long, Mohamad Kanaan, Janice Marin
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June 13th was a hectic day since I flew in that afternoon. I spent a few hours getting partially settled in and before I knew it, it was time to head over to Throop. The space looked beautiful (a team of awesome fellow students had set up the night before) and the reunion was emotional since most of us hadn’t seen each other since last summer.

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From left to right: cathy pach, eleanor neal, jennifer chadwick, amy malcolm
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The turnout for the show included faculty, new students, family members, and other visitors. There were many conversations about events from the past year and the directions our work had taken. It was great to see new work from my cohort. Everyone was exhausted, but the show was a success. At the end of the night, it was time to deinstall the show and prepare for the next six weeks of craziness.

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I couldn’t include all the photos from the show, so please check out our Facebook page for more:

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Interwoven (My First Chicago Show!)

I have exciting news! I will begin my second Chicago residency in less than a month and things will be hectic from day one. A large portion of the low-residency MFA students at SAIC have put together a collaborative pop up show, which will take place on Saturday June 13th in downtown Chicago. I am so excited to be a part of it!

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CLICK TO VISIT OUR PAGE AND/OR RSVP TO OUR EVENT! 

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Monster Art Rally

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Mixed Media (watercolor, ink, acrylic)
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Museums and galleries across the country are participating in the Monster Drawing Rally, a live drawing event which was introduced by Southern Exposure in San Francisco. This year, The Taubman Museum of Art decided to join in and add a twist by allowing painting as well. Money from sales went towards educational programming at the museum. I was able to participate and it was exciting, inspiring, and admittedly a tad stressful. I rarely create work while people are watching me (unless I’m in a class or workshop) so it was a unique experience interacting with my audience while I created. I didn’t get to do everything I planned to do with my drawing because I ran out of time, but I was very happy with the final piece.

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I started my piece at home and finished it on site. It was sold almost immediately, and before I knew it, it was gone. That was something else I hadn’t experienced before. I usually get to live with my work for a little while (or a long while) before someone else takes it. It was a fun challenge to create for one hour and be forced to part with my creation so quickly!

My favorite part of the night was watching artists at work:

Photo Credit: Taubman Museum of Art
Photo Credit: Taubman Museum of Art

Photo Credit: Taubman Museum of Art
Photo Credit: Taubman Museum of Art

Aside from participating in the live event, I also got to design the logo that was used on various materials including coloring sheets for the kids.

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Overall I had an amazing time at the Monster Art Rally. I plan to participate again next year and I think I will switch it up and create the full piece on site. We’ll see… Anyway, thanks for reading! xoxo

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Precision and Reach Opening Reception

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Last night I attended the opening reception for Precision and Reach, an art show curated by artist Jane Lillian Vance. The show is displayed in the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke, Virginia as part of their Creativity in Health Education Program. I have two mixed media pieces in the show, which will be up through June.

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