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EDUCATION

Master of Fine Arts, May 1995
Bachelor of Science in Art Education, Cum Laude, Type 10 Certification, May 1988
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
California State University Northridge, California, 1991-92   Major:  Drawing and Painting

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2022     WATER STREET STUDIOS, Batavia, IL
            “Forest Forager” Solo Exhibition

2018    STEINHAUER TRUST GALLERY, Madison Arboretum
            Forest Forager Solo Exhibition
            PLUM CREEK NATURE CENTER, Beecher, IL
            Flora and Fauna Solo Exhibition

2017    THE GRAND GALLERY, Paramount Theater, Aurora
            Paramount House Artists

2014    ELA LIBRARY, Lake Zurich, IL
            Solo Show

2013    LANE + PEPA ARCHITECTS, Aurora, IL
            Natural Patterns, Solo Exhibition
            A GALLERY of NATURE, Wasco, IL
            Solo Exhibition

2012    BOURBON STREET GALLERY, St. Charles IL
            Solo Exhibition

2010    NORTH CENTRAL COLLEGE, Naperville IL
            Solo Exhibition
            SUNDAY AFTERNOON GALLERY, Winnetka, IL
            Solo Exhibition
            AMERICA’S HISTORIC ROUNDHOUSE, Aurora, IL
            Solo Exhibition

2009    PARAMOUNT THEATER ART GALLERY, Aurora, IL
             Solo Exhibition
             DOWNERS GROVE LIBRARY, Downers Grove, IL
             Solo Exhibition

2008    THE FINE LINE ART CENTER, St. Charles, IL
             Solo Exhibition

2007    PARAMOUNT THEATER ART GALLERY, Aurora, IL
             Solo Exhibition

2006    ATRON REGEN ART, Champaign, IL
             Carpe Diem, Solo Exhibition

2005    ART InFUSION, Minneapolis, MN
             Solo Exhibition
             HENRICKSONS CORPORATE SHOWROOM, Minneapolis, MN
             Solo Exhibition

2004    GALLERY at LANE ALLEN ARCHITECTS, Batavia, IL
             Solo Exhibition

2003    DOWNERS GROVE LIBRARY, Downers Grove, IL
             Solo Exhibition
             ANATOMICALLY CORRECT, Chicago, IL
             Solo Exhibition at the Apollo Theater

2002    FERMILAB ART GALLERY, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL
             Solo Exhibition
             OLCOTT ART GALLERY, Theosophical Society, Wheaton, IL
             Solo Exhibition

 2001   UNION LEAGUE CLUB OF CHICAGO, Chicago, IL
            Solo Exhibition

1999   AURORA UNIVERSITY, Aurora, Illinois           
           Solo Exhibition

1998    BRICKTON GALLERY & ART CENTER, Park Ridge, Illinois
            Solo Exhibition–Mixed Media

1995    GRADUATE GALLERY, NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, DeKalb, Illinois
            Coveted Spaces: The Natural and the Rational
            One-person show in fulfillment of Masters of Fine Art Degree

SELECTED JURIED EXHIBITIONS

2023    NORRIS CULTURAL ARTS CENTER, St. Charles, IL
             Embracing Texture, AWARD of EXCELLENCE

2022    FINE LINE CREATIVE ARTS CENTER, St. Charles, IL
             On a Wing, HONORABLE MENTION AWARD
             HIDDEN OAKS NATURE CENTER, Bolingbrook, IL 
             Nature Artist Guild Exhibit
             ARTPRIZE, Grand Rapids, MI
             Night Tree Totem

2021    ADDINGTON GALLERY, Chicago, IL
            Flora and Fauna Pop Up Exhibition  
            LARK & KEY GALLERY, Charlotte, NC
            Songcatcher
            Flutter & Flight
            Nocturnal
            Where Earth Meets Sky
            Wish List

2020    PLUM CREEK NATURE CENTER, Beecher, IL
             Nature Takes Flight
             VIEW ARTS, Old Forge, NY
             Textures and Layers: A Walk in the Woods
             LARK & KEY, Charlotte, NC
             House and Home
             Bird Song

2019    GALLERY SEVEN, Lockport IL
            The Art of Illinois
            EVANSTON ART CENTER, Evanston, IL
            Winter Expo

2018    TALL GRASS GALLERY, Park Forest, IL
            Water, Fire, Ice, Earth, Air Invitational, AWARD OF MERIT
            ARTPRIZE, Grand Rapids, MI
            Big Spring

2017    AURORA PUBLIC ART COMMISSION, Aurora, IL
            Jazz Occurrence 2017
            TALL GRASS GALLERY, Park Forest, IL
            Wings: Works inspired by the flight of winged creatures

2016    TALL GRASS GALLERY, Park Forest, IL
            From Earth
            THE GRAND GALLERY, Paramount Theater, Aurora
            Paramount House Artists
            ARTPRIZE, Grand Rapids, MI
            Biodiversity Milky Way
            NORTH SHORE SENIOR CENTER Northfield, IL
            Fused Member Show
            GOOD SHEPHERD HOSPITAL Barrington, IL
            Art in the Barn

2015    NORRIS CULTURAL ARTS CENTER, St. Charles, IL
           Whimsy Encore
           ARC GALLERY, Chicago, IL
           Textual Encounters
           WATER STREET STUDIOS, Batavia, IL
           Climate Crisis: Solutions

2014    ARTPRIZE, Grand Rapids, MI
            Natural Patterns and Patina Series
            SOUTH HAVEN CENTER for the ARTS, South Haven, MI
            5th Annual Great Lakes Juried Show
            MORPHO GALLERY, Chicago, IL
            Unbounded- An Encaustic Exhibition
            CULTURESTOCK, Aurora, IL
            Earth Artifacts Show

2013    ZIA GALLERY, Winnetka, IL
            750 Group Exhibition

2012    MORTON ARBORETUM, Lisle, IL
            Artists Take Root Series

2009    KAREN SOLEM GALLERY, Elmhurst, IL
             Nature’s Way
             ROCKFORD COLLEGE ART GALLERY, Rockford, IL
             Under His Guidance: Mazanowski’s MFA’s
             MORTON ARBORETUM, Lisle, IL
             Artists Take Root Series
             BLACK WALNUT GALLERY, Chicago, IL
             Autumnal Assimilation

2007    SIERRA CLUB, Chicago, IL
             Inspiring Change
             A.R.C. GALLERY, Chicago, IL
             8×8 Open
             DELLORA A. NORRIS CULTURAL ARTS CENTER, St. Charles, Illinois
             Gallery 44: Artists on the Fox

2006    MORTON ARBORETUM, Lisle, IL 
             Portfolia: Juried Exhibition of Fine Art inspired by Nature
             VERDE GALLERY, Champaign, IL         
             Reflections: Traces of Nature Group Exhibition

2005    DELLORA A. NORRIS CULTURAL ARTS CENTER, St. Charles, Illinois
             St. Charles Art and Music Festival- FEATURED ARTIST

2004    AURORA PUBLIC ART COMMISSION, Aurora, IL
             Earthforms Invitational
             EDWARDS HOSPITAL
             Healing Arts Program
             CEDARHURST CENTER FOR THE ARTS, Mount Vernon, IL
             PEORIA ART GUILD, Peoria, IL
             Encore! New Works by the Illinois Millennium Artists
             AURORA PUBLIC ART COMMISSION, Aurora, IL
             Images of Animals

2003    MODERN PRIMITIVE GALLERY, Atlanta, GA
             Group Exhibition
             RAGDALE AUCTION BENEFIT, Lake Forest , IL
             Featured Artist
             CHICAGO ARTISTS COALITION, Chicago, IL
             Chicago Art Open
             NORRIS CULTURAL CENTER, St. Charles, IL
             Fall Invitational
             ART FX, Rock Island, IL
             Featured Artist

2002    LANE ALLEN ARCHITECTS GALLERY, Batavia IL
             Scribbles:  Art & Text

2001    ILLINOIS STATE MUSEUM, Springfield, Illinois
            ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM, Rockford, Illinois
            QUINCY ART MUSEUM, Quincy, Illinois
            Illinois Women Artists: The New Millennium

2000    LAKEVIEW MUSEUM, Peoria, Illinois
             PARKLAND ART GALLERY, Champaign, Illinois
             SOUTHERN ILLINOIS ART GALLERY, Rend Lake, Illinois
             ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY, Normal, IL
             Women Artists: The New Millennium
             GWENDA JAY/ADDINGTON GALLERY, Chicago, IL
             End of the Rainbow: The Ragdale Experience
             OLD COURT HOUSE ARTS CENTER, Woodstock, IL
             Women’s Works 2000
             FERMI LAB ART GALLERY, Batavia, IL  
             Artistic Fusion 2000 –JURORS AWARD
             UNION STREET GALLERY, Chicago Heights, IL
             “5” Fifth Anniversary Invitational
              THREE RIVERS ARTS FESTIVAL, Pittsburgh, PA 
              Three Rivers Arts Festival Juried Visual Arts Exhibition  JURORS AWARD

1999    NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS, Washington, D.C.
            ILLINOIS STATE MUSEUM ART GALLERY, CHICAGO, Illinois
            Illinois Women Artists: The New Millennium
            AURORA PUBLIC ART COMMISSION, Aurora, Illinois
            Invitational Exhibit ’98
            AURORA UNIVERSITY, Aurora, Illinois
            Aurora Area Invitational Art Exhibition
            WOMEN’S WORKS 11TH ANNUAL EXHIBITION, Woodstock, Illinois
            Old Courthouse Arts Center

1997    DAVENPORT MUSEUM OF ART, Davenport, Illinois 
            Bi-State Competitive Art Exhibition
            DELLORA A. NORRIS CULTURAL ARTS CENTER, St. Charles, Illinois
            St. Charles Art and Music Festival
            OLD COURTHOUSE ARTS CENTER, Woodstock, Illinois
            Women’s Works 10th Annual Exhibition- Judges Award

1997   NORTHERN TRUST, Chicago, Illinois
          Nature’s Design- Solo Exhibition 
          DE KALB AREA WOMEN’S CENTER, DeKalb, Illinois
          Nature’s Design- Solo Exhibition
         WOMAN MADE GALLERY, Chicago, Illinois
          On the Horizon

1995    HUGH N. RONALD MEMORIAL GALLERY, Center for the Arts, Portland, IN
            Harvest Biennial
            NORTH LAKESIDE CULTURAL CENTER, Chicago, IL
            Wood, Fiber, & Clay:  Inner Revelations Expressed through the Tactile
            ANDERSON ARTS CENTER, Kenosha, WI
            Wisconsin Women in the Arts 22nd Anniversary National Juried Exhibit  
            BURLINGTON AREA ARTS COUNCIL, Burlington, Wisconsin
            Potter’s Field
            OLD COURTHOUSE ARTS CENTER, Woodstock, Illinois
            Women’s Works 8th Annual Exhibition- Artistic Merit Award    

1995    DEL MAR COLLEGE, Corpus Christi, Texas
            29th Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show
           GRUEN GALLERY, Chicago, Illinois
           Art Encounter Annual Auction
           FACCACIAS, Elgin, Illinois
           Bubotto Fine Art Salon
           WRIGHT MUSEUM OF ART, Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin
           38th Annual Wright Museum of Art Beloit and Vicinity Exhibition
           GALLERY 200, NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, DeKalb, Illinois 
           Annual Ars Nova Show
           Next Genderation: Women Graduate Teaching Assistants
           MC CORMICK PLACE, Chicago, Illinois
           Chicago Gift Show, Illinois Artisans Program          

1994    GALLERY 200, NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, DeKalb, Illinois
            Annual Ars Nova Show
            CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
            Three Rivers Arts Festival Juried Visual Arts Exhibition- Purchase Award

1993    DELLORA A. NORRIS CULTURAL ARTS CENTER, St. Charles, IL
            Norris Vicinity 1993              

HONORS/AWARDS

2023    Award of Excellence, Embracing Texture,  Norris Cultural Center
2022    Honorable Mention Award, On a Wing, Fine Line Creative Arts Center
2017    Public Mural Installation, “Cultural Context of the Fox”
2016    2nd Place, From Earth Show, Tallgrass Gallery
            Best of Show, Art in the Barn
2015    Award of Excellence, Norris Cultural Center
2013    Best of Acrylic, Art in the Barn
2012    Grafix Artwork Award
            Top Ten Seller,  Art in the Barn
2011    Best of Acrylic, Art in the Barn      2009    Ragdale Residency
2008   I-Park Artists Residency
2006   Award for Excellence, Geneva Fine Art Fair
            Purchase Award, Art in the Barn
2005   Norris Cultural Center Commission for the St. Charles Art & Music Festival
            Invited Artist- I-Park
            Thanatopolis Memorial Park Commission
            First Place Art in your Eye
            Best of show, Arts in Riverwoods
            Best of Medium, Art in the Barn
2004    I-Park Artists Residency
            Finalist, 21st Annual Artists Magazine Art Competition
            Best of Medium-Art in the Barn
           American Art Collectors Publication
2003   Ragdale Foundation Residency
            Best of Show and Medium- Art in the Barn
            Finalist Award- Uptown Art Fair
            Second Place- Prairie Arts Festival
2002    PaintingsDirect.com Best Selling Artist
             Ragdale Foundation Residency
2001    Ragdale Foundation Residency
2000    Three Rivers Arts Festival Juried Visual Arts Exhibition  –JURORS AWARD    
             Artistic Fusion 2000 –JURORS AWARD 
             Ragdale Foundation Residency
1999    Ragdale Foundation Residency
1998    Illinois Arts Council Arts-in Education Grant
1997    Illinois Arts Council Arts-in Education Grant
           WOMEN’S WORKS 10TH ANNUAL EXHIBITION-JUDGES AWARD
1996    Vermont Studio Center Fellowship
            Work included in book “In Three Dimensions: Women Sculptors of the 90’s”
1995    Illinois Arts Council Artists Roster 
           WOMEN’S WORKS 8TH ANNUAL EXHIBITION -ARTISTIC MERIT AWARD
1994    Northern Illinois University Alumni Association Scholarship
            THREE RIVERS ARTS FESTIVAL JURIED VISUAL ARTS EXHIBITION – PURCHASE AWARD
1993    Full Time Graduate Assistantship-School of Art
            Illustration nominated for Independent Film Record Label Industries CD Cover of the Year
1988    Northern Illinois University Canon Award for Outstanding Art Education Graduate
1987    Northern Illinois Academic Scholarship
           Illinois Art Education Association Scholarship
1983    Illinois State University School of Art Elizabeth Stein Award

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Sister of St. Francis, Dubuque, IA
Deloitte Corporate Collection
St. James Hospital
Sloan Valve Company
Carlson Corporation
Dellora A. Norris Cultural Arts Center
Good Shepherd Hospital
Good Samaritan Hospital
OSF St. Francis Medical Center
Fountaindale Library

AGENTS/ GALLERIES/ REPRESENTATIVES

2020    LARK & KEY,  Charlotte, NC

2015    NIDO BIANCO, Three Oaks, MI

2014    ARTEMESIA, Geneva, IL

2009   HEALTH ENVIRONMENT SERVICES, Arlington Heights, IL

2007    CORPORATE ARTWORKS, Schaumburg, Illinois

2006    LONGBRANCH GALLERY, Mineral Point, WI
             DAVIS-MOYE & ASSOCIATES, Atlanta, GA

2005    ARTS RESOURCE GALLERY, Minneapolis, MN
            ART ADVISORY, Chicago, IL 
            L’ARTISTE 2, Naperville, IL

2004    VISUAL ARTS, Minneapolis, MN
            ART InFUSION, Minneapolis, MN

2003    EDGEWOOD ORCHARD GALLERIES, Door County, WI
            ART FX, Rock Island, IL
            TAMARACK GALLERIES, Stillwater, MN

2003    ART OPTIONS, Minneapolis, MN

2002    MODERN PRIMITIVE, Atlanta, GA

2001    ASTRA GALLERY, Richmond, VA
            20 NORTH GALLERY, Toledo OH
            WINN DEVON FINE ART PUBLISHERS, Seattle, WA
            OPENING NIGHT GALLERY, Minneapolis, MN
            ANAMART GALLERY, Naperville, IL
            ART GARDEN, Lake Forest, IL

2000    GWENDA JAY ADDINGTON GALLERY, Chicago, IL
             PAINTINGSDIRECT.COM, On-line gallery
             ART HOLDINGS, Golden Valley, MN

1998    GALLERY FUNCTION ART, New Pontiac, MI
            EURO GALLERY, Minneapolis, MN

1997    INTERIORS MARKETPLACE, Asheville, North Carolina

1995    SOUTH BEND REGIONAL MUSEUM OF ART, Sales & Leasing Program, South Bend, Indiana
           NORTHWEST CULTURAL COUNCIL, Corporate Gallery Program, Barrington, Ill

1993    SOUTHERN ILLINOIS MARKETPLACE, Whittington, Illinois

1991    ILLINOIS ARTISANS PROGRAM, Chicago, IL
           CALYPSO ART GALLERY, Seattle, WA
           THE WORX GALLERY, Venice, CA                                                                             
           THE WORKING HANDS GALLERY, North Royalton, OH

PUBLICATIONS

2016    INCITE 4: RELAX, RESTORE, RENEW, E. Tonia Jenny

2014    ARTISTS HOMES AND STUDIOS, E. Ashley Rooney

2012    100 ARTISTS OF THE MIDWEST, E. Ashley Rooney

            PAINTING WITH MIXED MEDIA, Paula Guhin and Geri Greenman

2009    AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR, Book of juried art and craft

2006    AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR, Book of juried art and craft

2005    AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR, Book of juried art and craft

2003    THE SOURCEBOOK OF ARCHITECTURAL AND INTERIOR ART

2000    ILLINOIS WOMEN ARTISTS: The New Millennium
             ART TRENDS Magazine, “Contemporary College”

1998    IN THREE DIMENSIONS:  WOMEN SCULPTORS OF THE 90’S

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Afterschool Artist Residency, 2022
Taught gelatin printed art journals at 4 schools in District 129.

Guest Artist, PBS “Make It Artsy,” 2019
Created artworks using materials from 2 sponsors, and recreated it while filming for the Pbs series Make It Artsy, Episodes 706 and 804.

 Lecturer, Northern Illinois University, 2018
Gave slide talk about making a living as an artist to senior project class.

Lecturer, Kishwaukee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL 2015
Provided illustrated lecture on inspiration and influences.

 Keynote Speaker, Illinois Art Education Association Conference, Chicago, 2010
Provided illustrated lecture on inspiration and influences.

Lecturer, National Art Education Association National Convention, Chicago, IL  2006
Gave slide lecture about work development to convention participants.

Lecturer, Morton Arboretum’s Nature Artist Guild, 2006
Slide lecture about work and its relationship to nature. 

 Juror, Midwest Collage Society, Lemont, IL  2006
Judged 3rd Annual Exhibit of Midwest Collage Society

 Juror, Aurora Public Art Commission, Aurora, IL, 2005
Selected work to be included in City Hall Exhibition.

 Lecturer, Midwest Collage Society, Lemont, IL  2006
Presented slide show and talk about the business of being an artist.

Juror, Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL 2004
Juried potential artists for inclusion in Artist Residency.

INDEPENDENT ARTIST RESIDENCIES

JFK Elementary, Spring Valley, IL  1999
Conducted two-week residency on architecture to fourth grade groups.  Created drawings, paintings, and permanent installation of architectural casts.  Taught supplemental art classes after school for ages 1-6.

Elwood Elementary, Elwood, IL, 1999
Taught a one-month residency in drawing and painting that culminated in a mural created by the junior high core group of students.  Every 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade class received drawing instruction.

Ramona School, Wilmette, IL  1999
Facilitated a one-week residency with four fourth grade homerooms. Researched, drew, painted and collaged an 18’ permanent mural to be installed at the school.

 Director of Education, Board of Directors, Naperville Art League, Naperville, IL  1998-99
Initiated education program, hired instructors, taught fine art camps, coordinated registration and advertising with local park district.  Organized Kid’s Art Tent display with collaborative mural and quilt at local art fair.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, Illinois Arts Council
Lincoln and JFK Elementary, Spring Valley, IL, 1998
Created mixed media mural of the rain forest with fifth graders from two schools.  Conducted after school drawing class for grades 4-6, and provided district wide in-service instruction.

Carl Sandburg Elementary, Wheaton, IL, 1997
Conducted one-month residency on architecture to third and fourth grade groups.  Created drawings, paintings, and permanent installation of architectural casts. 

Prophetstown Elementary, Prophetstown, IL 1996
Co-wrote grant for two month Visual Arts Residency through the IAC’s Arts in Education Program. Created age appropriate drawing and painting activities to introduce basic elements and principles of art to approximately 400 students.  Lectured to community groups ranging in size from 25-300, and provided in-service instruction.

INSTRUCTOR, Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL, 1997
Developed curriculum and taught basic two and three dimensional design.

 INSTRUCTOR, Afterschool Art Studio, Glen Ellyn, IL  1995-present
Initiated cooperative supplemental art program with School District #41 and Glen Ellyn Park District.  Taught after school art programs at District #41’s four elementary schools.

 ART EDUCATOR, Center for Gifted, National-Louis University, Wheaton, IL 1993-96
Instructed art programs at 6 locations to gifted students in grades 1-6.  Provided written parent communication, student evaluation, and supplemental materials.  Acted as cooperating teacher for graduate education students, and guest lecturer for graduate class in gifted education.

GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 1992-95
Taught two sections of introductory two and three-dimensional design. Wrote and developed a curriculum, and provided instruction in Aldus Freehand for eight weeks of the semester.

 ART CAMP INSTRUCTOR, Contemporary Arts Center, Arlington Heights, IL 1994
Acted as sole coordinator/instructor for two-week art camp. Taught papermaking, sculpture and casting techniques, textile printing and dying, assemblage, collage, as well as drawing, painting, and printmaking.

ASSISTANT ART COORDINATOR, Wheeling Park District Youth Arts Camp, IL 1993
Planned curriculum, taught lessons, hosted parents night, organized and chaperoned field trips for art day camp.

 DIRECTOR, INSTRUCTOR, Studio Art for Kids, Van Nuys, CA, 1992
Planned, organized and instructed a fine arts camp for grades 2-8.  Introduced the elements and principles of art using printmaking, drawing and painting processes.

 ART EDUCATOR, South Bay Supplemental Art Programs, CA 1990-92.  
      Young at Art, Manhattan Beach, CA
      Art at Your Fingertips, Palos Verdes, CA
      Hands on Art, San Pedro, CA
Implemented assemblage lesson in 18 schools to over 6000 students utilizing several hundred volunteers.  Trained 100 volunteers per session to conduct a discipline based lesson.  

CLASSROOM ART TEACHER, Neil Armstrong Elementary, Richton Park, IL, 1988-90
Provided discipline based art instruction for a kindergarten through eighth grade school with enrollment of 800.

ART FAIRS/ FESTIVALS

Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito, CA

Cherry Creek Art Fair, Denver, CO

Ann Arbor State Fair, Ann Arbor, MI

Geneva Art Fair, Geneva, IL

Wheaton Art Fair, Wheaton, IL

Riverwalk Art Fair, Naperville, IL

Columbus Arts Festival, Columbus, OH

Art in the Barn, Barrington, IL

Art in Riverwoods, Riverwoods, IL

 

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