Solo Exhibitions

2022               Evolving Bodies, Mandarino Library, California University of Pennsylvania, California, PA

2019               A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Greensburg Garden & Civic Center, Greensburg, PA

2019               A Dream of Stranger Worlds, Two Person Student Capstone Exhibit, The Art Gallery, Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood, PA

Awards & Grants

2022               Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator Grant, PA Council of the Arts

2022               1st Place for Unraveled and Unapologetic , California University of Pennsylvania 

2022               Honorable Mention Award for Breaking Free, Greensburg Art Center

2021               Best in Relief Award for Urban Decay, Greensburg Art Center

2021               3rd Place Award for The Spoon Dress, Greensburg Art Center

2020               Sculpture Award for The Spoon Dress, Westmoreland Art Nationals

Juried Exhibitions

2022                (upcoming) Art of the State, The State Museum of PA, Harrisburg, PA

2022                Dehaze, Pullproof Studios, Pittsburgh, PA

2021                Biennial 2021 Juried Exhibition, Greensburg Art Center, Greensburg, PA

2020                Homegrown Memories, Main Exhibit Gallery, Ligonier, PA

2019                Women in Art, Harlan Gallery, Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA

2019                Mr. Fred Rogers Regional Juried Exhibition, Latrobe Art Center, Latrobe, PA

2018                A Garden of Inspiration Art Gala, Greater Latrobe Senior High School, Latrobe, PA

2018                Mr. Fred Rogers Regional Juried Exhibition, Latrobe Art Center, Latrobe, PA

2016                Mr. Fred Rogers Regional Juried Exhibition, Latrobe Art Center, Latrobe, PA

2016                Westmoreland Art Nationals, Twin Lakes, Latrobe, PA

2016                Westmoreland Art Nationals, Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood, PA

2014                Theme and Variations Art Gala, Greater Latrobe Senior High School, Latrobe, PA

2014                Mr. Fred Rogers Regional Juried Exhibition, Latrobe Art Center, Latrobe, PA

2014                Westmoreland Art Nationals, Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood, PA

2013                Mr. Fred Rogers Regional Juried Exhibition, Latrobe Art Center, Latrobe, PA

2013                Westmoreland Art Nationals, Twin Lakes, Latrobe, PA

2003                Artists of the 21st Century: Student Art Exhibition, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Ligonier, PA, USA

Virtual Juried Exhibitions

2020               Westmoreland Art Nationals, Westmoreland County Community College, https://artsandheritage.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/WAN-Virtual-Exhibit-WCCC-with-Awards-RESTRICTED.pdf%MCEPASTEBIN%    |    Juror: Kimberly Goff

2020               Westmoreland Art Nationals, Twin Lakes, https://artsandheritage.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/WAN-Virtual-Exhibit-WAHF.pdf%MCEPASTEBIN%     |    Juror: Amy Worth

2018               Our Bond with Nature, The Healing Power of Arts and Artists, an initiative of Manhattan Arts International,
www.healing-power-of-art.org/our-bond-with-nature-exhibition     |        Juror: Renee Philips

Group Exhibitions

2022                This is Me, California University of Pennsylvania 

2022                Ah-Ha!, Greensburg Art Center, Greensburg, PA

2021                Third Dimension, Greensburg Art Center, Greensburg, PA

2019                As I See It, Rowe Gallery, Greensburg Art Center, Greensburg, PA

2017-18         15 Minutes Art, digital projection exhibit, 5900 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

2016               S.W.A.N. Day Pittsburgh 2016, Pittsburgh, PA

Public Collections

i dreamed of stars, Special Art Collection, Greater Latrobe Senior High School, Latrobe, PA. Purchased 2014.

Performances

2014               Human Tableaux, Allegheny Historical Courthouse, Pittsburgh, PA

Published Writings

“The Peacock Cape,” Belle Armoire, Stampington & Company, Laguana Hills, CA, Winter 2012. 84-86.

Bibliography

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McMarlin, Shirley, “Out & About: Greensburg Art Center opens 2021 Biennial with in-person outdoor party,” TribLIVE, May 17, 2021. https://triblive.com/aande/museums/out-about-greensburg-art-center-opens-2021-biennial-with-in-person-outdoor-party

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“Secret Eyes,” Pendulum, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Spring 2014. Front cover.

“Tradition,” Pendulum, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Spring 2014. 29.

“Bluejay Ave,” The Loyalhanna Review, Ligonier Valley Writers, Ligonier, PA, 2013. 15.

Teaching Experience

2020-21 Art and Creative Writing Teacher, Grades K-8, Armbrust Christian Academy, Armbrust, PA

Lectures / Workshops

2020-Current      Children’s art workshops, Ages 6-12, Greensburg Art Center, Greensburg, PA
                               (Lecture topics include: painting, drawing, clay, relief printmaking, art history)

2022                      Visiting Artist & Workshop in Relief Printmaking, Grades 3-4, Latrobe Elementary School, Latrobe, PA

2021                      Kid’s Art Camp, Ages 6-12, Greensburg Art Center, Greensburg, P

2021                      Kid’s Art Camp, Grades K-6, Green Beacon Gallery, Greensburg, PA

Education

2022                BFA (pending) in Fine Arts, California University of Pennsylvania, California, PA
                         (Expected Graduation: May 2022)

2019-20           Studies in Fine Art, Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood, PA

2009                Associate Degree in Legal Assisting, Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood, PA

Professional Affiliations

Juried Member            Pittsburgh Print Group, Pittsburgh, PA

Studio Artist                 Green Beacon Gallery, Greensburg, PA

Member                       Greensburg Art Center, Greensburg, PA

Affiliated Artist           Ohanga, Cranston, RI