ARTIST, PROJECT MANAGER & COMMUNITY ARTS ACTIVIST
A Milwaukee-based artist who wears many hats! Fund Development Project Manager, Curator, and Community Organizer. I have a BFA in Ceramics and Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. My arts background has led me from design to management, public to private collections of all art genres.
Of these hats - one that I am very proud of is 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. As an Artist and Project Manager; my goal is connectivity. I use my skills and resources to bring projects together to benefit neighborhoods, communities, and non-profits.
Annually, I direct Washington Park Neighbors (WPN) for award-winning Washington Park Wednesdays. WPN curates and facilitates these events 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 and administering grants for non-profits, or working in fund development, I create functional and sculptural ceramic art in stoneware. Traditional forms for utilitarian use become art objects. My designs are clean, simple, and meant to be used hard, weathered daily, for the users’ routine rituals. Scandinavian and Japanese aesthetics appeal to me most, as do their sense of resourcefulness. Grounded in utility. Wholesale orders taken.