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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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Work News

Photo Credit: Randall Stout Architects
Photo Credit: Randall Stout Architects

If you’ve visited my blog before, you might know about my life as a post-graduate struggling to find a good job in my field. I wrote lots of cover letters and sent out lots of resumes in the past 16 months and needless to say, it was a pretty frustrating time. I knew that I would find something eventually, but it’s always hard to hear a “no” (or several “no’s” in a row).

I feel like I’m finally at a really good place. I am a graduate student so I needed something that wasn’t too intense. Last week I starting working at the Taubman Museum of Art here in Roanoke, VA and I love it. It’s an awesome balance of art and education and I feel so lucky to have landed this position. (Disclaimer: The postings of this site are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Taubman Museum of Art.) My official title is “Children’s Education Associate” so I’ll be working with kids in a museum setting. I probably won’t write too much about it, just for confidentiality reasons, but I wanted to share this news that’s very exciting for me :]

This year, I will also be teaching after school gifted art again, this time at two elementary schools. I expect my new role at the museum to give me lots and lots of lesson ideas that I can also use with my gifted art students.

I’m still figuring out some kind of routine so that I can effectively balance school, work, and studio time. It will be a challenge for sure, but I’m excited about it. In one of my online classes, we have actually been discussing post-Fordism workers and how they often juggle multiple roles and what it’s like to be an artist in this post-Fordist circumstance. This talk about post-Fordism (which is a recently learned term for me) truly resonates right now. Anyway, thanks for reading!

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Free Shipping on Etsy Products!

Hi! I just wanted to make a more formal announcement that you can get free shipping on my all of my Etsy products through December 15th using the code HOLIDAY2013. All of my items are one-of-a-kind and make great gifts. I guarantee that products will be shipped in 3-5 days, but I usually try to send them out within the first two days. Happy Shopping! :]

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My Bad

I never posted all the things I said I was going to post over break and I’m so sorry! Several things have come up since then that needed my attention a little more than my website, so unfortunately, this was placed on the back burner. However, I am going to start posting at least every other Monday again. I’ll definitely have something up this Monday so be sure to check back then! In the meantime, check out the new pieces I added to my Clothing page, which is located under “Media”! Have a great week :]

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