Bio

Self-proclaimed eclectic artist and writer working in various mediums. My work chronicles the life perspective of a reformed hick transplanted from Texas pollywogs and armadillos to the quiet capital city of Boise where I received a fine arts degree and a twenty-year lesson in identity formation. One trip to the Oregon coast in 2005 determined my future forever home, and five years later I uprooted to soak in the greenery and rain while focusing on special education children in public schools, and teaching myself photography. Six years forward it was time to get back to regularly making art in visual and written form. I own Artingales and volunteer as the Education Chair at Valley Art Association, providing a variety of art classes to adults and children while working on new bodies of work. I consider myself an eclectic pop-conceptual artist preferring to find beauty in the obvious, the mundane, the grotesque, and the overlooked.

EDUCATION:
2006 B.F.A., Interdisciplinary Studio Emphasis / Painting and Drawing, Boise State University, Boise, ID. Magna Cum Laude.

AWARDS:

2017 Poetry Genre Winner, Perceptions Magazine
2016 Best of Use of Red, Art Skirmish, Valley Art
2014 Cover Award, Perceptions Magazine
2010 Boise Weekly 2nd Best of Show, Valentine for Aids
2007 Boise Weekly Cover Selection
2005-2006 Ada-Hatch Art Scholarship.
2005-2006 Honors Student, Phi Kappa Phi
2004-2006 Golden Key
2004 Third in Show, Sexuality in a Diverse Society, ‘Point of View’ Conference Juried Exhibition.
2004 Art Department Scholarship.

EXHIBITIONS:

2018
The Love Show, Ford Gallery, Portland, OR
Featured Artist Show, Valley Art Gallery, Forest Grove, OR

2017
Big 500, CHP / Pioneer Square, Portland, OR
Gallery Representation, Valley Art, Forest Grove, OR
Leftovers VII, Ming Studios, Boise, ID
Valentine for Aids, Flying M, Boise, ID

2015
Leftovers V, Applestick Contemporary Gallery, Victoria, Australia – Workers Gallery, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales – Swansea Printmakers, Swansea, Wales
Valentine for Aids, Flying M, Boise, ID

2014
Leftovers V, Wharepuke Print Studio, Wharepuke, New Zealand
Valentine for Aids, Flying M, Boise, ID

2013
Leftovers III, Wharepuke Print Studio, Kerikeri, New Zealand – Swansea Print Workshop, Swansea, Wales
Leftovers IV, Applestick Contemporary Gallery, Victoria, Australia – Wingtip Press, Boise, ID
Valentine for Aids, Flying M, Boise, ID

2012
Leftovers II, Wharepuke Print Studio, Kerikeri, New Zealand – Swansea Print Workshop, Swansea, Wales
Leftovers III, Rueff Galleries , Purdue University, Lafayette, IN

2011
Leftovers II, Rocky Mountain Printmaking Alliance, Boise State University, Boise ID – University of Wisconsin, La Crosse – Sockeye Grill, Silent Auction for Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force, Boise, ID – Wharepuke Print Studio, Kerikeri, New Zealand – Swansea Print Workshop, Swansea, Wales

2010
Leftovers I, Saltgrass Printmakers, Salt Lake City, UT – Oxbow Press, Reno, NV – Woodriver Cellars, Eagle, ID

Love Rocks, Visual Arts Collective, Boise, ID.
Valentine for Aids, Flying M, Boise, ID.
Northwest Narratives, Friesen Galleries, Brandt Center, Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, ID.

2009
Steal This Feeling, Alexa Rose Gallery, Boise, ID.
Toast, SpEC Gallery, Boise State University, Boise, ID.
Art at the Winery, Woodriver Cellars, Boise, ID.
Toast, Woodriver Cellars, Boise, ID.
Valentine for Aids, Flying M Coffeehouse, Boise, ID.

2008
You Are Here…And Other Random Coordinates, SUB Gallery, Boise State University, Boise ID.
V4Aids, Flying M Coffeehouse, Boise, ID.

2007
Silent Night, Red Circle Press, Boise State University, Boise, ID.
Close Encounter, Red Circle Press, Boise State University, Boise, ID.
Last Minute Group Show, Visual Arts Collective, Boise, ID.
Points, Plots, Ploys, Southern Graphics Council Conference: Portfolio Exhibition, Kansas City, MO.

2006
Disasters of War, Undergraduate Research Conference Exhibition, Boise State University, Boise, ID.
Peephole, BFA Thesis Exhibition, Visual Arts Center, Boise State University, Boise, ID.
Live Lobsters Dancing Nightly, Student Juried Exhibition, Visual Arts Center, Boise State University, Boise, ID.

2005
Exposure, Solo Exhibition, Boise, ID.
Beaux Arts Ball, Visual Arts League Invitational, Boise, ID.
The Works, Visual Arts Center, Student Juried Exhibition, Boise State University, Boise, ID.

2004
Sexuality in a Diverse Society, ‘Point of View’ Juried Exhibition, Boise State University, Boise, ID.

2003
Painting 215 Exhibition, Boise State Albertson’s Library, Boise, ID.

PRESS, REVIEWS, and PUBLICATIONS:
Perceptions Magazine, photography and poetry, 2017
Perceptions Magazine, photography and cover, 2014
Morgan, Tara. “First Thursday at Alexa Rose Gallery” Boise Weekly Sept. 2, 2009.
Love, Benjamin. “Northwest Narratives” Idaho Arts Quarterly. June 2, 2009. Boise, ID.
Garzone, Thom. “Looking through a peephole” The Arbiter. April 20, 2006. Page 7. Boise, ID.
Gustafson, Kim. “Keyboard Art” larrythellama.com. September 5, 2005.

COLLECTIONS:
Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID.
Boise State University Art Department, Boise, ID.
Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO.
Southern Graphics Council Archives, Kansas City, MO.
Private Collections, Laguna Niguel, CA., Pueblo West, CO., Boise, ID., Brooklyn, NY., Mineral Wells, TX., Forest Grove and Banks, Oregon, Others.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:
2016 Valley Art Association, Education Chair and Member
2016 Artingales, Founding Member and Director
2010 Boise Open Studios Collective Organization, Membership Chair
2009 Boise Open Studios Collective Organization, President
2008 Wingtip Press, Co-owner, Co-founder
2008 Boise Open Studios Collective Organization, Membership Chair
2007 Printmaking demonstrator for Red Circle Press, Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID.
2005 Co-juror for Framed Perspectives, Boise State University, Boise, ID.

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