Milwaukee-based artist, grant writer, curator, and community organizer. I have a BFA in Ceramics and Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,  Illinois. Early in my career, I owned and curated Bliss Studio &  Gallery, exhibiting multiple-discipline installations.  I've since then curated exhibitions in Milwaukee and Chicago.


Currently, I am the Managing Director of the Near West  Side Partners Art Initiative. This program facilitates collaborative community art exhibits, along with temporary and permanent public art programs.  Graphic Artist and Community Arts Project Manager; my goal is connectivity. I use my skills and resources to bring projects together to benefit neighborhoods, communities, and non-profits.  


In the summer months, I lead Washington Park Neighbors (WPN). WPN curates and facilitates Washington Park Wednesdays in the historic Washington Park Bandshell. Through design, marketing, and partnership, I collaboratively fuel a 9-week concert series that entertains thousands of people in the  Washington Park neighborhood.


When I'm not working with artists in the community, writing grants for non-profits, or working in fund development,  I am making functional and not-so-functional ceramic art. You can find my wares in the shop here, at my Etsy shop, and out in the community at Olson House and the Anderson Arts Center as well as other galleries. For an updated list, please reach out.

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