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EDUCATION

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Columbia College Chicago Graduated May 2017

Study Abroad: L’Institut Catholique de Paris, France February – May 2017

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

Color me Africa Fine Arts (1 month)                

Project Manager

2020

  • Coordinate monthly exhibitions and pop ups, source venues, market events, and manage website content

  • Oversee all parts of the creative process from start to execution

  • Source artists from South Africa and Africa

  • Work closely with gallery director to achieve goals and sell work to high end clientele

 

Chicago Park District (2 yrs)

Community Outreach Coordinator   

2018- Present 

  • Manage public relations, marketing, and social media efforts for Chicago Park District

  • Develop and strengthen new and existing relationships with community organizations

Art Facilitator; Lead Teaching Artist                                                

  • Engage 1,500 youth through Chicago Park District Art Seed programming across 50 public parks in Chicago’s North, Central, and South Sides each summer.

  • Design and facilitate workshops for youth aged 3-14 years old with a focus on social and environmental justice

  

Thomas J. Waters Elementary School

Special Education Classroom Assistant  (1 yr 3) months

2018-2019

  • Work with individual students and assist as needed in classrooms and small groups of students to reinforce learning material and skills outlined in the school syllabus.

  • Supervise activities for diverse learners and maintain communication skills.

 

Chicago Art Source

Administrative Assistant (3 months)

2018

  • Source artwork and conduct research to create catalogs for potential clients

  • Print large format works on canvas and paper; design detailed floor plans using inDesign; perform other administrative duties ahead of gallery shows

 

Crown Elementary Community Academy of Fine Arts Center

Art Instructor, K-5 After-School Program (1week)

2018

  • Planned and implemented a one-week workshop focusing on painting techniques with non-traditional media for students grades K-5

  • Received positive feedback on all components: artist talk, demonstration, and instruction

 

SAIC at Homan Square

Visiting Instructor for the Tuesday Artist Workshop Series (4 hr workshop)

2017

  • Planned and implemented artist talk and workshop focusing on painting techniques with non-traditional media for adults from lower-income areas without experience in the arts

 

EXPO Chicago

Gallery Assistant (3 yrs, annual event)

2017-2019

  • Handled, installed, de-installed, and curated artwork at annual EXPO Chicago event

  • Served as official gallery representative to clients and visitors

  • Worked closely with Gallery Director and clients in art dealing and administrative tasks

  • Processed orders and sales under a high pressure environment

 

Prak-sis Gallery and Artsaroma - Curators, Consultants, Designers (2 yrs annual event)

Gallery​ assistant​ ​for​ ​Aqua​ ​Art​ ​Miami​ ​and​ ​Scope​ ​Fair,​ ​Miami​ ​beach

2016 & 2018

  • Work with Gallery director and clients in art dealing, selling, distributing and delivery of artwork

  • Art handling, installation and de-installation of artwork, labeling artwork, hanging work and curating the booth

  • Process orders and sales under a high pressure environment

 

Columbia College Chicago

Curriculum Developer for Scientists for Tomorrow (1 yr)

2015-2016

  • Created lesson plans and prepared teaching kits and materials for instructors

  • Photographed conferences and events; provided professional-quality photos and videos 

 

PRESENTATIONS

Restorative Self-Care, Art making and Reiki Healing- A mini Retreat. November, 2020

“Sustainable Art making with Tea, coffee and ephemeral material,” College Art Association conference, February 2021

Sustainable art making using Tea and Coffee,” The Nature of Cities Festival -  an online conference on the climate crisis. February 2021

“Art workshop facilitation” at the Reclaiming Our Love Social Justice and Domestic violence conference, March 2021

OTHER AFFILIATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

Member, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA)

Volunteer, RefugeeOne

Co-Founder & Executive Board Member, Art History Alliance, Columbia College Chicago

 

SKILLS

Language: Native English; Fluent French; basic Sesotho

Computer: Adobe Creative Suite; InDesign; social media; Databasing

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