Professional History

Muralist/Sign Painter. New York, NY. (2011-present)

  • Design and create hand painted signs and murals for galleries, homes, and businesses.
    Select clients include: David Zwirner Gallery, Brooklyn Robot Foundry, Sweetgreens, The Brooklyn Museum, The Journal Gallery.

Kaikai Kiki New York. Operations Manager. Long Island City, NY (2014-2017)

  • Maintained all studio facilities, equipment, and machinery at the New York location, establishing timelines and coordinating with outside vendors.
  • Ordered and maintained building supplies and equipment.
  • Traveled worldwide to manage exhibition installations.
  • Oversaw packing/shipping of artwork to and from the studio, and managed all private viewings and incoming conservation evaluations.
  • Advised staff on paint production matters and assisted with coordinating exhibitions.

Freelance Art Handler/Preparator. New York, NY (2010-present)

  • Art handling and fine art installation of 2-D and 3-D works for museums, galleries, artists, collectors, auction houses, foundations, corporations, and estates.
  • Experienced with procedures and materials used for art packing, installation/de-installation, rigging, gantry, wrapping and transport.
    (Select clients include: Japan Society, Kaikai Kiki Gallery, R and Company, David Zwirner Gallery, Jill Newhouse Gallery, Crozier Fine Arts, Sotheby's)

Mickalene Thomas Studio. Production Manager. Brooklyn, NY (2012)

  • Managed 10+ studio assistants in the production of paintings for the artist Mickalene Thomas; responsible for process and quality of artwork.
  • Scheduled and trained studio assistants in all aspects of paint production, including panel prep, canvas prep, color matching/mixing,
    figurative/landscape/decorative painting, trompe l'oeil, acrylic, oil, and enamel paint mediums, paint spraying, rhinestone application,
    varnishing, art handling.
  • Ordered and maintained studio supplies and materials.
  • Built and maintained relationships with vendors and outside fabricators.
  • Developed project timelines, coordinating workflow with the artist.
  • Packaged and stored fine art items and managed all art handling and installations.

Kaikai Kiki New York. Studio Manager. Long Island City, NY (2006-2010)

  • Managed a multinational staff of 15+ studio assistants in the production of paintings for the artist Takashi Murakami; responsible for process and
    quality of artwork.
  • Scheduled and trained studio assistants in all aspects of paint production, including, panel prep, canvas prep, color mixing/matching, screen printing, acrylic paint application, paint spraying, detailed brushwork/line work, varnishing, gold leafing, art handling.
  • Ordered studio supplies and materials and scheduled delivery to optimize workflow.
  • Built and maintained relationships with vendors and outside fabricators.
    Packaged and stored fine art items, managing handling and installation.
    Maintained all studio facilities, equipment, and machinery.
    Managed the storage, organization, and maintenance of Mr. Murakami’s private art collection.
    Assisted artists represented by Mr. Murakami in the production of their artwork.
  • Project Manager: Managed 4000 sq. foot studio renovation (2008).
    Building reconstruction included raised ceilings, two spray booths, dark room facilities with silkscreen exposure unit, expanded silkscreen storage
    area and wash out sinks.
  • Project Assistant: Kaikai Geisai Miami Art Fair; Art Basel, Miami, FL (2007). 
    Onsite management of the implementation and coordination of the event.

Lite Brite Neon. Sign Painter/Carpenter/Stylist. Brooklyn, NY (2006)

  • Scenic/sign painting, window styling, and neon light installation for retail stores in NYC.
    Selected projects include: Bergdorf Goodman, Stussy, Apple Store (SoHo), DKNY.

Potbelly Sandwich Works. Sign Painter/Carpenter. Chicago, IL (2005-2006)

  • Designed and hand painted menu boards and signs for Potbelly locations throughout the US.
  • Fabricated various scenic elements for restaurant interiors, including frames, mosaic tabletops, murals, dioramas, ceramic tile art, wood finishes.

Skyline Design. Lead Paint Technician. Chicago, IL (2004-2005)

  • Color matched translucent and opaque finishes for sandblasted and sealed decorative glass.

Sunbelt Scenic Studios. Scenic Artist. Tempe, AZ (2000-2002)

  • Fabricated and painted theatrical elements and scenery for restaurants, theaters, special events, corporate exhibits, retail stores, and trade-show booths.

Sparks Exhibits and Themed Environments. Scenic Artist. Orlando, FL (1998-2000)

  • Painted set pieces, props, murals, and backdrops for amusement parks, retail stores, restaurants, and theaters, including landscape painting,
    figurative painting, faux finishing, and trompe l’oeil.
  • Selected projects: M&M Museum (Las Vegas), Jurassic River Ride (Universal Studios Islands of Adventure), Pandemonium Cartoon Circus
    (Universal Studios Islands of Adventure).

Circus Performer (1980-1990)

  • Performed with immediate family on circuses throughout North America.
  • Clown makeup operator for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus.

Commissions

Brightworks. ‘It’s Going To Be A Circus.’ Designed and painted poster, signs, and banners for circus themed event in Toronto, Canada (2013)
Royal Pains, S.03/Ep.08, ‘Run, Hank, Run.’ Rubber duck artwork featured on TV program (2011)
Leo Burnett.’TCM Underground.’ Illustrations for national advertising campaign (2006)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs. ‘Show Your Bones.’ CD artwork (2006)
Terence O’Brien. ‘Close, But No Cigar. A Street Urchins Tale.’ Book cover illustration (2005)

Awards/Grants

Oyster Bay Main Street Association Facade and Sign Grant. Oyster Bay, NY (2016)
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Award in Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts. New York, NY (2014)
Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship Award. Vermont Studio Center. Johnson, VT (2010)
Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award. Chicago, IL (2007)
Project Fellowship Award. The Ohio Staters Inc. Columbus, OH (2004)
Edith Fergus-Gilmore Memorial Grant. Columbus, OH (2003, 2004)

Selected Publications, Reviews, etc.

Interview. NBC News Website (2015)
Exploring Studio Materials. Publisher: Oxford University Press (2015)
Artist’s studio became gallery. DNAinfo New York (2014)
Art Journaling Magazine. Vol. 05/Issue 02 (2013)
Murakami Versailles. Publisher: Editions Xavier Barral (2011)
Filmed Interview. Neighborhood Beat: Prospect Heights- Brooklyn Independent Television (2011)
© Murakami. Publisher: Rizzoli (2007)
Featured artist on MTV’s ‘The Reality Show.’ Hosted by Andy Dick (2005)
Play Ground. Columbus Alive. Columbus, OH (2005)
The A–List. Columbus Alive. Columbus, OH (2003)

Guest Lecturer

The Ohio State University. Columbus, OH (2012)
University of Central Missouri. Warrensburg, MO (2010)
Union College. Albany, NY (2007)

Education

The Ohio State University. MFA Printmaking. Columbus, OH (2004)
Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ (2000-2002)
The University of Florida. BFA Drawing. Gainesville, FL (1997)