Curriculum Vitae



Northern Illinois University – MFA  Fiber Arts 2009
Michigan State University – B.A. Theatre 1982
Rockford College – attended 1977-1979

Teaching Experience

Northern Illinois University
Adjunct Professor, Instructor of Record – Spring 2011 -  Present

  • Arts 372 Surface Design - exploration of surface techniques including printing, dyeing, shibori, devoré, and other methods to alter/transform the two dimensional surface.

  • Arts 470, 670, 770 Advanced Fiber Studio - Individual exploration in any area of fiber curriculum with emphasis on the development of personal themes. Students expand their exploration across the fiber curriculum to create an integrated body of work. In addition to studio projects, advanced students develop an artist’s statement and document their work in slides. Studio, lecture, readings, and discussion.

  • Arts 368, Papermaking, Fall 2011 - Exploration of papermaking technique including sheet forming (Western and Eastern traditions), embossing, embedding, lamination, watermarking, and casting. Discussion of various fibers suitable for making paper. Studio, lecture, readings, and discussion of the meaning/context of materials.

  • Arts 374, 3d Forms in Fiber - exploration of three-dimensional form in the fiber tradition, including techniques of twining, coiling, felting, wrapping and crochet with particular focus on site-specific installation work.

Rock Valley College  - 2007 to 2015
Adjunct Faculty, Instructor of Record

  • Art 101 Drawing and Composition I - study of fundamental techniques and concepts of representational and expressive drawing.

  • Art 102 Drawing and Composition IIa continuation of Art 101 with greater emphasis on skill in handling materials, exploration of technique, organization of composition.

  • Art 103 Design I – study of basic artistic expression in two-dimensional design. Studio problems investigate the theoretical principles of composition, form, value, color, balance, pattern and texture.

  • Art 203 Design II – study of three-dimensional design. Sculptural works are constructed in a variety of media to explore problems of volume and space relationships.  Lecture and Studio.

  • Art 131 Intro to Visual Art-study of aesthetic concepts and their expression in the great art of all periods through the means of lecture, audio-visual aids, and museum visits.

  • Theatre 138 Costuming—exploration of costume history, construction and design.

  • Costume Designer-for over 120 productions for Starlight Theatre, Studio Theatre and Shakespeare Festival.  Teach a variety of skills including sewing, stitching, dyeing, fabric painting, knitting, beading, stage-makeup to traditional and non-traditional students. Responsible for overseeing three full time seamstresses and four student workers per semester and performance Costume running crews. 1986 – 2009

Northern Illinois University
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Instructor of Record

  • Arts 372 Surface Design, Summer 2008

  • Arts 102, Two Dimensional Design - Comprehensive study of design elements and principles through the study of two-dimensional space. Emphasis on inventiveness in the use of various media. 2007 – 2008

  • Arts 103, Three Dimensional Design - Intensive study of form and structure in three-dimensional space. Spring -2008Graduate Assistant, NIU Fiber Program Classes (Professor Christine LoFaso):  Assisted with technical demonstrations, classroom preparation, set-up and equipment maintenance and worked individually with undergraduate art majors.

  • Arts 372 Surface Design

  • Arts 371 Weaving  - exploration of tapestry and four harness weaving.

  • Arts 374 3-D Forms in Fiber


  • 2015NIU Faculty Bienniel”  Group Exhibition, NIU Art Museum, DeKalb, IL

  • 2015 “Heart Art”, Group Exhibition, Rockford University, Rockford, IL

  • 2014 “Bed Pop”, Group Exhibition, Bedpop Pop Up Shop, Bedford, UK

  • 2014 “Regrets That Can’t Be Mended”, Solo Show, Kishwaukee College, Malta, IL

  • 2013 “The Fruit of Yggdrasil”, Joint collaboration with Matthew Vincent, Kishwaukee College, Malta, IL

  • 2012 Rockford Midwestern Biennial, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL

  • 2012 8th International Fiber Biennial, Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

  • 2012 “Acts of Recognition”, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI  

  • 2011Fiberart International 2010 (tour)”, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY

  • 2011 “NIU Faculty Art Show”, Group Exhibition, NIU Art Museum, DeKalb IL

  • 2011Art Scene”, Group Exhibition, Pearl Gallery, Rockford, IL

  • 2010Fiberart International 2010 (tour)”, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA
    Jurors: Mary Ruth Smith, Vibeke Riiseberg,  Rebecca Stevens, Excellence In Needlework Award

  • 2009Uncommon Threads”, Group Exhibition, Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, S. Orange, NJ

  • 2009 “Second Stories”, Group Exhibition, Zola Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL

  • 20095th Annual National Self –Portrait Exhibition”, 33 Collective Gallery, Chicago, IL

  • 2009Departures”, NIU MFA Group Exhibition, Chicago Arts District, Chicago, IL

  • 2009 Ars Nova Show, Jack Olsen Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
    Juror:  Shannon Stratton, Three Walls Gallery, People’s Choice Award

  • 2009 “…it is what it is”, MFA Solo Exhibition, Gallery 214, DeKalb, IL

  • 2008Fringe”, Bad Dog Gallery, Group Exhibition, DeKalb, IL

  • 2008Threadbenders”, Group Exhibition, Gallery 214, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

  • 2007Technicalities” The Illinois State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts,
    Gage  Gallery of Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL.

  • 2007     Graduate Group Exhibition, Jack Olsen Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 
    Juror:  Tim Lowley.  Awarded 2nd Place.

  • 2007 “…and I am blue…” Invitational, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL

  • 2007 Emerging Illinois Artists Exhibition, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL
    Juror:  Bob Sill, Assistant Director of Art, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL

  • 2007 Graduate Group Exhibition, Jack Olsen Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
    Juror:  Adelheid Mers, Associate Professor, School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL

  • 2007 Ars Nova Show, Jack Olsen Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
    Juror:  Cam Choy, Associate Professor, Univeristy of Wisconsin-Lacrosse

  • 2007Conception”, Pleasant Street Gallery, Northern Illinois Univeristy, DeKalb, IL

  • 2006Verbal”, Bad Dog Gallery, Solo Exhibition, DeKalb, IL

  • 2006 Ars Nova Show, Jack Olsen Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
    Juror:  Roger Shimamura, Professor Emeritus, University of Kansas at Lawrence



Fiber Art International Excellence In Needlework Award, “Everyday”, Cash Award, 2009
The Illinois State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts – Cash Award, 2007
Northern Illinois University – full tuition waiver and graduate assistantship in fibers, 2005 - 2009
Midway Village, Rockford, IL - Second Place, Original Quilt Design, 1987
State News E. Lansing MI - Award Winner for Kabuki Media, 1981

Gallery Associations

Zola Lieberman, Chicago, IL
Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL
Kruger Gallery – Chicago, IL

Professional Affiliations

Surface Design Association
College Art Association
Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE)
Chicago Artists Coalition
North American Hand Papermakers

Special Skills

Surface Design with fiber reactive dyes, Shibori, Batik, Devore, Embroidery, 2d and 3d Papermaking, Felting, Coiling, Twining, Costume Construction, Quilting, Weaving, Knitting, Crochet, Beading, Glass Fusing, Wire-wrapping, Precious Metal Clay, Photoshop and Illustrator.