Commitment to Connecting Creativity

As a Fine Art educator and practicing artist, my commitment extends beyond the creation of visually stunning pieces; it encompasses the very fabric of connecting creativity. My mission is to elevate lives by crafting impactful user experiences through empathy and education. Whether directing art programs, leading paint-along sessions, or running a studio, I am dedicated to empowering individuals through artistic expression. Rooted in a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Iowa State University and fueled by a passion for communication studies, I navigate the intersection of art and design. From project management and client relations to proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office, I bring a diverse skill set to the table. With experiences ranging from an artist residency in Italy to backpacking across Europe and working on a sailboat, I have cultivated a unique perspective. Now based in Chicago, I am fully immersed in the city’s vibrant artistic energy while further honing my skills through a UX Design certificate program.

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Artistic Leadership: Nurturing Creativity and Connection at Helping Hand

As the Art Supervisor at Helping Hand, I undertook a multifaceted role dedicated to cultivating support, training, and service coordination for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. My responsibilities encompassed the creation and implementation of a self-designed art curriculum, organizing materials, and collaborating with staff and the community to enhance art programming. Beyond facilitating activities of daily living, community integration, and leisure skills, I led and documented meetings with staff, implemented individualized training objectives, and tracked clients’ goals and behavior data. My commitment extended to the development and growth of the art program, where I taught diverse art techniques, adapted art history, and ensured the timely completion of art pieces for Helping Hand events. Collaborating with the Advancement Team, I explored outreach programs for the Community Connection space, showcasing my flexibility and initiative. This transformative experience not only honed my leadership and organizational skills but also deepened my understanding of the profound impact art can have on fostering connections within a community.

Canvas of Connection: A Journey through Europe's Art and Cultures

Embarking on a transformative journey backpacking across Europe, I immersed myself in a tapestry of cultures, soaking in the vibrant artistic landscapes of iconic cities. From the Musée d’Orsay in Paris to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, each masterpiece became a brushstroke in my travel narrative. The streets echoed with the footsteps of countless artists, inspiring my own creative exploration. Museums, galleries, and open-air exhibitions unfolded a visual feast, offering a profound connection to art’s diverse expressions. This pilgrimage deepened my understanding of the interplay between culture and creativity, shaping my artistic vision. Additionally, meeting different people and getting to know them and their stories proved incredibly inspiring and mind-opening, infusing my work with the rich tapestry of experiences gathered along this artistic odyssey.

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Sailing Horizons: Navigating Portugal's Coast from Porto to Lisbon

Navigating the vast Atlantic waters, I embarked on a unique sailboat journey off the coast of Portugal, sailing from Porto to Lisbon. As the sole crew member alongside the captain, I embraced a multifaceted role, steering through shifting winds, racing against the waves, and mastering the intricate art of lowering sails. From encountering playful dolphins with white bellies to marveling at jellyfish the size of dinner plates, each day brought new wonders. Nights anchored at The Berlengas islands unfolded breathtaking landscapes. Beyond the technicalities, this maritime odyssey granted me invaluable experiences—working in tandem with the elements, mastering boat maintenance, and savoring the camaraderie of meals on the open sea. The emotional and experiential reservoir gained from this journey profoundly informs and enriches my artistic practice.

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