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I have always been drawn to figurative work.  Using figures when making art allows me to show the affects of social and political issues on contemporary living.  A sense of anxiety and uncertainty exists in the dynamics of each piece.  Relationships, the current political climate, gender roles and issues, our environment:  these themes of my work reflect on the precarious nature of modern living.  In the process, I like to balance weighty themes of personal identity with the lighthearted, surreal atmosphere of the circus.  An interesting parallel exists between the circus performers and people navigating the journey of modern living.  The result is a dark, yet amusing body of work.

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3D work from the 90's, 00's, and 10's

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2D work from the 80's, 90's, 00's, and 10's

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JDAC Gallery, Hastings College, December 6-28, 2017

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  • Hastings College, Hastings, NE, Assistant Professor of Ceramics and Art History, (2021-present)

  • Grand Island Senior High School, Grand Island, Nebraska, Advanced Studio Art Classes (2012-21)

  • Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska, Adjunct Instructor of Ceramics, (1996-2000, 2001-2021).  

  • Walnut Middle School, Grand Island, Nebraska, Art Instructor, (1995-2000, 2001-2012)

  • Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska, Visiting Instructor of Art teaching beginning and advanced sections in composition, design, color theory, painting, ceramics, art history, papermaking, senior thesis, and methods course, (2000-2001).

  • Sandy Creek Public Schools, Fairfield, Nebraska, Art Instructor 7-12, (1983-1995).


Nebraska Biennial, 1516 Gallery, Omaha and MONA, Kearney (2021)

Noyes Gallery, Origins of  Thinking, Lincoln, NE (2021)

Hastings College Faculty Show, Hastings, NE (2019)

JDAC Gallery, Identity, Hastings, NE, (2017)
Chocolate Bar, Grand Island, NE, (2015-17)
The Lark, Hastings, NE, (2015)
Sandy Skoglund Installation Photographs & the Nebraska Art Teachers’ Association Juried Exhibition, UNO, (2015)
Fred Simon Gallery, Omaha, (2012)
NATA Juried Art Exhibition, (2012)
Clay Invitational, Graham Gallery (2011)
Hastings College Faculty Show, (2011)
Western Nebraska Arts Center, Scottsbluff, NE (2010)
Minden Opera House, (2010)
Graham Gallery, Collaboration Show, (2010)
Hastings College, Hastings Connection Ceramics Invitational, (2010)
Graham Gallery, Duel Dual, 2008
Gods and Games, University of Nebraska, Kearney, 2005
New Terrain, Prairie Winds, Grand Island, 2005.
Burkholder Project, Lincoln, NE 2005.
Recent Work, Graham Gallery, Hastings, NE 2003.
Warehouse Gallery, Grand Island, NE, 2002-05.
Graham Gallery, Hastings NE, 2002.
University Place Gallery, Lincoln, NE, 2001-05.
University Place Gallery, Allison, Dubas, Kreager, and McGehee, (2001).
Fred Wells National Juried Show, (2000).
Hastings College Art Faculty, (1997, 2000).
Phelps Art Gallery, (1999), One Man Show.
Graham Gallery, (1999), Four Groovy Guys.
Hastings College Adjunct Art Faculty, (1998).
Alumni Show, Hastings College, (1997), Group Show.
NATA Art Educator’s Juried Show, (1985, 1990, 1994), Best of Show, 2-D (1994).
Gallery on the Mall, Hastings, Nebraska, (1989).
One Man Show, Hastings College, (1989).
Art Educator’s Show, Sioux City Art Center, (1984).


Board of Directors, Nebraskans for the Arts (2020-21)

Governor’s Art Awards, Arts Educator Award (2020)

Faculty, OPEN SPACE, Hastings College/the Kaneko (2018,19, 20, 21)

Director, UNDRground Contemporary Arts (2018-21)

Principal Financial Public Art Committee, (2016-19)

Principal Financial Public Art Committee, (2016-17)
NATA ESU 10 Art Educator Award, (2016)
Grow Grand Island, Arts and Entertainment Committee, (2015-17)
Kim Dinsdale Award for Excellence in Teaching, (2015)
Grand Island Education Foundation Grant Award, Tube Project, (2015)
Grow Grand Island, Arts and Entertainment Panel Member, (2015)
Grand Island Education Foundation Grant Award, UNDRground Art Gallery, (2015)
UNDRground Art Gallery, Director, (2015)
Grand Island Education Foundation Grant Award, Polyhedron Project, (2014)
Grand Island Education Foundation Grant Award, Inside/out Project, (2013)
Nebraska Fine Arts Standards Writing Panel, (2013)
Coordinator, Monthly Hall County Art Teacher Meetings, (2011-2014)
Moonshell Arts and Humanities Grant Award, Garet Reynek Art Residency (2013)
Grand Island Education Foundation Grant Award, One Million Bones Project, (2012)
Director, The Bison Project, Grand Island Public Schools, (2012)
Exploratory Team Leader, Walnut Middle School, (1999-2000, 2001-2002, 2006-2012).
S.E.E. Camp, Gifted Camp Instructor, (1999-2011).
Grand Island Middle School Teacher of the Year, (2010)
GIPS Mentor, (2002, 2009-10, 2016-18)
Moonshell Arts and Humanities Larry Maupin Outstanding Art Educator Award, (2007)
Grand Island Education Foundation $1000 Grant Award, Video Installation, (2007)
D.C. Diplomats, Interdisciplinary Eighth Grade Trip to Washington, D.C., Instructor and Sponsor, (1999-2008).
Cooperating Supervising Teacher, Hastings College, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and University of Nebraska at Kearney.  Eight Student Teachers.
Lilly Endowment Grant Recipient, “Walking the Labyrinth at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco”, 2004
Nebraska Arts Council, Impact/Collaboration Grant Review Panel Member, (1995-2000, 2002-04).
Nebraska Middle Level Art Teacher of the Year, 2003
First Place, CoNect National Lesson Plan Competition, 2003
First Place, CoNect National Lesson Plan Competition, 2002
Community Discovered Project, Grant Participant, (1997-2000).
Multi-Cultural Mural Project Coordinator, Walnut Middle School, (1998-2000).
Walnut Middle School Art Club Sponsor, (1996-2000).
Grand Island Middle School Art Curriculum Writer, (1998).
Cottonwood Prairie Festival, exhibitor, (1996).
Sandy Creek Art Clinic, Organizer and Coordinator, (1984-95).
Sandy Creek Elementary Art Curriculum Coordinator, (1994-95).
National Art Honor Society Sponsor, (1990-95).
Gallery 14, Director of Student Gallery, (1991-95).
Nebraska Arts Council Artist-in-Residence Program, Host School, (1983-95).
EF Educational Tours, Sponsor of High School Students to Europe (1993)
State Runner-up, One Act Play Competition, Co-director, (1993).
Spring Ranch Historical Reenactment, Lead Actor, (1993).
Wrote and Directed State Placing One Act Play, (1992).
Edgar Community Theater, (1989-90).
Presenter, Old Trustee Days, , (1986).
Outdoor Sculpture Competitive Winner, Hastings College(1982).


University of Nebraska, Kearney, Nebraska, (1999), Master of Arts in Education.
Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska, (1995), graduate work.
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, (1991), graduate work.
Chadron State College, Chadron, Nebraska, (1990), graduate work.
Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska, (1979-83), Bachelor of Arts in Art Education.

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