Education and Honors

Master of Fine Arts, Painting, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT, 2008 - 2010

  • W. Jason and Ellen Hancock Scholarship

  • Rome Study Grant

  • W.B. Conner Trust Scholarship

Rome Art Program, Painting, Rome, Italy, 2009

  • The Carole Robb Rome Scholarship

The Chautauqua Institution, Painting Residency, Chautauqua, NY, 2008

  • Chautauqua General Scholarship

Master of Arts, Painting and Drawing, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL, 2003 - 2004

  • Talented Student Award

  • Eastern Illinois University Full Tuition Award

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 1999 - 2003

Bachelor of Arts, Spanish, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 1999 - 2003

  • Best Artwork of 2003, Inklings literary magazine

  • Dean’s Scholar, Art Department Representative

  • Marston D. Hodgin Scholarship, Painting

Exhibitions

2019 Vision Quest, ArtSpace Gallery, Hartford, CT

2019 Selected + Collected, Armstrong Gallery, Bridgeport, CT

2019   FaceTime: Classic Techniques in the Digital Age, Bendheim Gallery, Greenwich, CT

2018   History of Women, The Klein Mezzanine Gallery, Bridgeport, CT

2018   Group Show, Armstrong Gallery, Bridgeport, CT

2017   One for One, Armstrong Gallery, Bridgeport, CT

2017   Small Works, Blue Mountain Gallery, New York, NY

2017   Selfie, Schelfhaudt Gallery, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT

2017   Focus Under Forty, Rowayton Arts Center, Rowayton, CT (First Place)

2016 Re I Collections, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 1999 - 2003

2016   100 at 100, Nest Arts Factory, Bridgeport, CT

2016   Artists Choose Artists, Read’s Artspace, Bridgeport, CT

2016   Alumni Art Exhibition, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT

2016   All Mixed Up!, Armstrong Gallery, Bridgeport, CT

2016   THIRTY-FIVE: Jill Sarver & Sarah Stewart, Armstrong Gallery, Bridgeport, CT

2016   Femininus, Nest Arts Factory, Bridgeport, CT

2015   Pop Up!, Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT

2015   Small Works, Blue Mountain Gallery, New York, NY

2015   Westport Women Group Show, Westport Women’s League, Westport, CT

2015   100 @ 100: Off the Wall, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT

2014   Wish You Were Here, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY                                

2013   Looking Forward: A Groundbreaking, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT

2012-13  40 Under 40, Rowayton Arts Center, Rowayton, CT (award received 2013)

2012   Foodies, Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT

2011    Art for Clearwater, First Street Gallery, New York, NY

2011   An Eclectic Mix, Silo Gallery, New Milford, CT

2010   Past, Present, Future: Exhibition and Silent Auction, Silo Gallery, New Milford, CT

2010   Still Life Territory: A Juried Exhibition with Bob Lenz, Silo Gallery, New Milford, CT (awarded First Place)

2010   M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Blue Mountain Gallery, New York, NY

2010   M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Higgins Gallery, Danbury, CT   

2009 Paintings of Western Connecticut State University, The Paul Gervais Gallery, Ridgefield, CT

2008  Feeding the Soul, S.P.A.G. Gallery, Norwalk, CT

2008  VACI Student Exhibition, The Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY

2006  Toledo Federation of Arts Society, The Leslie Adams Gallery, Toledo, OH

2006  Detroit/Toledo Exchange, Paint Creek Center of the Arts, Rochester, MI

2005- 6   Owens Community College Faculty Show, Walter E. Terhune Gallery, Toledo, OH

2004   Master of Arts Exhibition, Tarble Arts Center, Charleston, IL

2003   Sea Lion Group Exhibition, Sea Lion Studios, Bowling Green, OH

2003   B.F.A. Exhibition, Hiestand Lee Gallery, Oxford, OH

2003   Senior Capstone Exhibition, Hiestand East Gallery, Oxford, OH

2001- 02  Pye Competition, Miami University, Oxford, OH (scholarship recipient)

1999   University of Toledo Focus Show, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH

 

Experience

Curator  I  Project Manager, Cynthia Byrnes Contemporary Art, Westport, CT, 2016 - present

  • Provide curation for commercial and residential spaces. Help collectors reach acquisition goals.

  • Provide full service project management. Work with elevations and plans to determine spatial requirements.

  • Manage commissions and site-specific installations. Coordinate site visits and client meetings.

  • Maintain online database of 90+ emerging-to-established artists

 

Visiting Professor, Rome Art Program, Rome, Italy, 2015 - present

  • Instruct undergraduate and graduate level art students in Masterclass of choice throughout Rome

  • Lead independent group critiques and final critiques with Artistic Director

Visual Arts / Gallery Manager, Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT, 2011 - 2016

  • Served as primary arts administrator and gallery manager within an established contemporary arts center that exhibits both local and high profile contemporary artists such as Chuck Close, Eric Fischl, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, and Edward Burtynsky

  • Assist Artistic Director to curate and facilitate exhibitions, programming, and community networking

  • Coordinate artwork installation, community outreach, and development of adult art education vital to meeting the needs of the Westport Arts Center mission

  • Conceptualize and design print and web materials for the gallery, including artist talks, VIP invitations, lecture series, exhibition and email announcements, and prospectuses for juried exhibitions

  • Maintain artist and exhibition database and archives, online blog, and online presence on Amazon Art.

  • Handle all correspondence, artwork sales and handling, loans and consignments, insurance, and department budgeting.

  • Serve as liaison between Artistic Director and artists and major collaborating galleries and lenders such as David Zwirner Gallery, Gagosian, Pace Prints, Sperone Westwater, Howard Greenberg Gallery, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, and Hall Art Foundation.

 

Art Instructor, Darien Arts Center, Darien, CT, 2012 - 2016

  • Teach Drawing and Acrylic Painting courses to students, 10 – 15 years of age, using traditional and experimental practices.

 

Art Instructor, Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Online Division, 2011 - 2012

  • Taught online courses in Perspective to 15+ students. Demonstrated techniques while students transitioned from basic to complex drawings and compositions.

  • Communicated and conducted critiques through written and video correspondence

  • Processed and submitted weekly grades, managed attendance, and administered thorough feedback

 

Independent Contractor, Historical Perspectives, Inc., Westport, CT, 2010

  • Photographed and documented historical sites in the Connecticut and surrounding New York areas

  • Conducted research on behalf of the archaeologists and created graphic illustrations of specific archaeological features

 

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT, 2008 - 2010

  • Taught and assisted courses in 2-D Design, Color Theory, Painting, and Lithography

 

Spanish Instructor, Alliance Academy of Toledo, Toledo, OH, 2005 - 2006

  • Worked with diverse, inner-city student population in grades 1 – 6 and 9 – 12

  • Developed Spanish curriculum, maintained grade book, created and administered exams

  • Engaged students in Spanish conversation, organized day trips to cultural events, participated in regular faculty training, and hosted parent-teacher conferences

Adjunct Art Instructor and Curriculum Development Coordinator, Owens Community College, Toledo, OH, 2004 - 2006

  • Taught courses in 2-D Design and Drawing Fundamentals, incorporating color theory and figure drawing

  • Created syllabi that formed to college standards, evaluated student work, conducted weekly critiques, and organized group visits to local museums and galleries

  • Educated students on use of various media and techniques. Implemented written assignments that reflected conceptual development and knowledge of art history

  • Participated annually in faculty exhibitions and assisted in the selection of work for student shows

  • Served as Curriculum Development Coordinator for 2-D Design course and as Advisor for Visual Arts Club

Graduate Teaching Assistant / Primary Lab Instructor, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL, 2003 - 2004

  • Taught Art Appreciation lab course and developed syllabi to meet university standards and expectations

  • Developed evaluation methods, wrote and administered written exams, held individual and group critiques, and mediated challenging student situations

 

Curatorial / Lectures

2019 Lecturer, Life After Graduate School, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT

2018 Curator, Showers with Heroes & Sleepless Nights: Carole Robb & Frances Middendorf, Denise Bibro Fine Arts, New York, NY (catalogue)

2016 Curator, All Mixed Up Group Show, Armstrong Gallery, Bridgeport, CT

2015 Guest Lecturer, Rome Art Program, Rome, Italy

2015 - present Juror, The Ginny Wright Scholarship, Darien Arts Center, Darien, CT

2014 - 16 Juror, Westport Fine Arts Festival, Westport, CT

Professional Memberships

The Portrait Project, New York, NY

Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, Greenwich, CT