Highlights of Qualifications
Superior teaching skills with fully developed teaching philosophy.
Able to work effectively with students of all ages and at any educational level.
Excellent painting and drawing skills.
Passion for art theory and history.
Organized, self-motivated, and ambitious.
Extensive showing history.
Recipient of New Jersey Council for the Arts Fellowship for Painting (2011).
Chair of Exhibitions at The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, New Jersey.
M.F.A. — Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts,
New Brunswick, New Jersey, 2003
Teaching Assistantship 2001 - 2003
Awards: Andrew W. Mellon Colloquium, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, New Jersey; TA/GA Competitiveness Pool Funds Award. Mason Gross School of the Arts
B.S. — Lipscomb University,
Nashville, Tennessee, 1991
Major: Exercise Science; Minor: Biology
Awards: Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges; Student Government Senator; 4-year athletic scholarship (Cross-country and Track)
Relevant Professional Experience
Adjunct Professor – 2003 – Present
Schools: William Patterson University, (Wayne, NJ); Raritan Valley Community College, (Somerville, NJ); Brookdale Community College (Lincroft, NJ); Essex County College (Newark, NJ); Warren County Community College, (Washington, NJ); Richard Stockton College or New Jersey, (Pomona, NJ)
Classes Taught: Contemporary Landscape Painting, Painting 2, Drawing 1, Drawing 2, Figure Drawing 1, 2D Design, Color Theory, Art Appreciation
Curatorial Chair and Trustee, The Center for Contemporary Arts – January 2012 – Present Bedminster, New Jersey
Summer Studio Art Camp, Educator - 2001 – Present
Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, New Jersey
Drawing Society (adults) – 2008 – Present Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, New Jersey
En Plein Air (adults) – 2016 – Present – Rutgers Gardens, New Brunswick, New Jersey
En Plein Air – 2016 – Present
Great Camp Sagamore, Raquette Lake, NY
Gary Stephan’s Studio Assistant – October 2003 – May 2005 – New York, New York.
Nashville Christian School – Middle and High School Art Teacher - 1998 -2000 – Nashville, TN
Hickman County Middle School In-School Suspension Teacher - 1996 - 1998 – Centerville, TN
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2018 – The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, New Jersey and 2012
2017 – Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, New Jersey
J. Cacciola Gallery W, Bernardsville, New Jersey (2 person exhibition with Jessica Bottalico, and curated by Jau Yau with catalog essay)
2015 – View Art Center, Old Forge, New York
2014 – Hermanworks, Nashville, Tennessee and 2013
Installation with Organ at Grace Church, Newark, New Jersey and 2012
Rahway Gallery, Rahway, New Jersey
Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters, New Brunswick, New Jersey
2011 – Trahern Gallery, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee
Slocumb Galleries, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee
Selected Group Exhibitions
2016 – Noyes Museum, Oceanville, New Jersey: Grand Vista (curator Danielle Wolfrum)
J. Cacciola Gallery W, Bernardsville, New Jersey
2014 – Mikhail Zakin Gallery (The Art School at Old Church), Demarest, New Jersey
2013 – Gallery at 14 Maple, Morris Arts, Morristown, New Jersey: Rites of Spring
2012 – Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, New Jersey
Art Guild New Jersey, Rahway, New Jersey
2011 – Hutcheson Gallery, Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tennessee
HUMUS: A three person show, with Gary Stephan and Judy Simonian
2010 – The Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, New Jersey
2009 - Trahern Gallery, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee
Jettison: New Ideas in Abstraction
Arts Guild of Rahway, Rahway, New Jersey - Curator: Donna Gustafson
2008 – Accola Contemporary, New York, New York
65 Grand Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2007 – Baumgartner Gallery, New York, New York
The Arts Company, Nashville, Tennessee
2006 – Baumgartner Gallery, New York, New York
2005 – Domo Gallery, Summit, New Jersey (Including–Lasker, Nozkowski & Stephan)
Baumgartner Gallery, New York, New York
J. Cacciola Gallery W
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Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, New Jersey – 2015
Cheekwood Museum, Nashville, Tennessee – 2014
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey – 2012
Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee – 2011
Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – 2010
Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, New Jersey – 2010
65GRAND, (round table discussion), Chicago, Illinois – 2008
Watkins School of Art and Design, Nashville, Tennessee – 2007
Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, Tennessee – 2006
The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – 2004
Calumet College of St. Joseph, East Chicago, Illinois – 2002
Johnson and Johnson New Jersey Artist Series, New Brunswick, NJ – 2014
Fellowship for Painting, New Jersey State Council on the Arts – 2011
New Jersey Art Salon best of Show, New Brunswick, New Jersey– 2011
The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, New York, New York – Nomination – 2005
Andrew W. Mellon Colloquium, Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, New Jersey – 2003
Ta/Ga Competitiveness Pool Funds Award, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ – 2002
Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tennessee
Hermanworks, Nashville, Tennessee
Tall Grass Art Association, Park Forest, Illinois
Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, New Jersey
Dream Catchers, Greenwood Valley, Colorado
Pinnacle Bank, Nashville, Tennessee
ETC Management, Nashville, Tennessee
First Tennessee Bank, Nashville, Tennessee
I love to teach. As my CV will show, I have been teaching since the mid 1990s. I began as a middle and high school art teacher in Tennessee and for the past 15 years as an adjunct professor. Teaching has a symbiotic relationship with my studio. Through it I bring real life problems and experience into the classroom.
As artists we are constantly faced with problems in and outside the studio. How we deal with those problems will determine how successful we are as artists. I like to organize classes that provide both structure (i.e. course objectives) and freedom (i.e. opportunity to arrive at those objectives in different ways). My goal with each class is to provide assignments that illustrate new ideas and techniques. Once those ideas and techniques are introduced, I give the student the opportunity to explore them and meet class objectives in his/her own creative way. Sometimes this exploration results in failures. My job is to help students learn from these failures so that they arrive at a workable solution.
It is important to me to provide a classroom setting in which the student feels open to discuss ideas, concerns and fears associated with the class. One of my college instructors always said, “trust is a must or your game is a bust.” I follow this dictum in the classroom. An environment where everyone feels comfortable and safe to explore new ideas is an environment where growth, curiosity, and exploration are most possible.