Bachelor of Fine Arts, Columbia College Chicago Graduated May 2017

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



Color me Africa Fine Arts (1 month)                

Project Manager


  • 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


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)


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

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



Member, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA)

Volunteer, RefugeeOne

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



Language: Native English; Fluent French; basic Sesotho

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

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