Curriculum Vitae

Artist Statement

You are beautiful.

 

I am beautiful.

 

Our beauty is worth exploring.

 

Through my work I attempt to discover the aesthetic concept of beauty through various forms of mixed media grounded in the psychedelic and the abstract. Is beauty itself inherent or is it merely a projection of our conscious and unconscious experiences and judgment? Does beauty have a belief system? Is symmetry and sacred geometry the argument for a universal beauty justified by mathematics? My work and creative energy utilizes the complete spectrum of our sensory understanding to hopefully communicate self-reflection, positivity and hope. I work towards this vision using balance and maintaining an appreciation of a peaceful aesthetic. The foundation of my focus stems from the study of philosophers Immanuel Kant and Alan Watts.  I wish to see if there is a basic truth to beauty and be self aware in my creative process keeping Kant’s "Critique of Aesthetic Judgment" in mind. The production itself is a part of the journey equally as significant as the end result. Meditating on the moment of creation as well as the performance or display and embracing the now of just being is a direct influence from Watt’s 1966 well received book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are. My artistic mission is beautiful creations that foster connections and promote kindness all while being mindful of the stream of consciousness and embracing the controlled accident.

 

Life is Art.

 

Art is Life.

 

Life is beautiful.

 

 

2018 Yara Ensemble Performance at Pianoforte, Chicago, IL

2018 Nor Any Drop to Drink - screened Twin Cities Film Festival, Minneapolis, MN

2018 Nor Any Drop to Drink - screened at Sunrise 45 Film Festival, Alma, MI

2018 Nor Any Drop to Drink - screened at Central Michigan International Film Festival, Mount Pleasant, MI with Q&A

2018 Nor Any Drop to Drink - screened at UofM, Ann Arbor, MI with Q&A

2018 Lecture "Fake News" at The Traverse City Film Festival with Q&A, Traverse City, MI

2018 Nor Any Drop to Drink - screened at the Bijou Theater, Traverse City, MI with Q&A

2018 Nor Any Drop to Drink - screened at the SEA Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

2018 Nor Any Drop to Drink - screened at the Sarah and Daniel Opperman Auditorium, CMU, Mount Pleasant, MI with Q&A

2018 Nor Any Drop to Drink - screened at the Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, MI

2018 Nor Any Drop to Drink - screened at Queens Museum, Queens, NY with Q&A

2018 Nor Any Drop to Drink - screened at UofM, Flint, MI with Q&A

2018 Nor Any Drop to Drink - screened at MSU, East Lansing, MI with Q&A

2018 Nor Any Drop to Drink - screened at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

2018 Yara Ensemble Spring Performance at CMU, Mount Pleasant, MI

2018 “Woman in Radio documentary BEA preview “ screened at BEA, Las Vegas, NV

2018 “Woman in Radio documentary BEA preview “ screened at BEA, Las Vegas, NV

2017 Lecture "Lighting on a Budget" at The Traverse City Film Festival, Traverse City, MI

2017 Presented at BEA "How Emerging Technology is Taking Sports Storytelling to New Heights", Las Vegas, NV

2017 Whatnots – screened at the Bijou Theater, Traverse City, MI

2017 Yara Ensemble Spring Performance at CMU, Mount Pleasant, MI

2016 Arts Midwest Conference Yara Ensemble promotional video, Milwaukee, WI

2016 Yara Ensemble Winter Performance at CMU, Mount Pleasant, MI

2016 Lecture "The Basics of DSLR filmmaking" at The Traverse City Film Festival, Traverse City, MI

2016 Symposium: Fashion and the Body 2016, Matrushka video presented to College of Design at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

2016 Hosted a Video Production class for "Grandparents U" at CMU, Mount Pleasant, MI

2015 Hosted a Video Production class for "Grandparents U" at CMU, Mount Pleasant, MI

2015 Presented at BEA "Can teaching video production online be effective?” Las Vegas, NV

2014 Hosted a Video Production class for "Grandparents U" at CMU, Mount Pleasant, MI

2013 NewTek TriCaster Training at NAB 2013, Las Vegas, NV

2013 Presented at BEA "Rethinking Production: New Assignments that Challenge a 2012 Presented at BEA " DSLR Filmmaking in the Classroom on a Budget ”, Las Vegas, NV

2011 Accepted to the IRTS Faculty Seminar: The art of reaching consumers in the digital age: Marketing, Ad Sales, and Promotion at Today's Media Companies, New York, NY

2011 Presented at the “Connections” Leadership Conference: "With great iPad comes great responsibility” Traverse City, MI

2011 Presented at BEA "With great iPad comes great responsibility”

Multimedia Generation" Las Vegas, NV

2010 Presented at BEA "Rethinking Production: New Assignments that Challenge a Multimedia Generation" Las Vegas, NV

2006 Advanced Avid Adrenaline Certification from Future Media Concepts, New York, NY

 

 

 

 

Notable Panels/Lectures/Workshops/Screenings/Performances

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Nor Any Drop to Drink - Official selection: Twin Cities Film Festival, Minneapolis, MN

2018 Nor Any Drop to Drink - Official selection: Sunrise 45 Film Festival, Alma, MI

2018 Nor Any Drop to Drink - Official selection: Central Michigan International Film Festival, Mount Pleasant, MI

2018 Nor Any Drop to Drink  - CMU Faculty Excellence Exhibition

2018 Nor Any Drop to Drink  - Communicator Award of Distinction for Movie Trailer

2018 Int. John - Michigan Association of Broadcasters Honorable Mention scripted show

2017 Whatnots - Bronze Telly for General-Music/Concert for Non-Broadcast

2017 Whatnots – CMU Faculty Excellence Exhibition

2017 Whatnots - Finalist in the Miami IndustryBOOST Competition at the Widescreen Film & Music Video Festival

2017 Waiting in the Rain - Communicator Award for Art Direction

2017 Michigan Association of Broadcasters Station of the Year (MHTV)

2017 ConScience - Michigan Association of Broadcasters 2nd place scripted show

2017 Fly Away- Bronze Telly Award Winner for Music Video

2017 Whatnots - Official selection: Central Michigan International Film Festival

2016 Waiting in the Rain (music video) - Bronze Telly

2016 Michigan Association of Broadcasters Station of the Year (MHTV)

2015 Michigan Association of Broadcasters Station of the Year (MHTV)

2015 Analogous - Official selection of the 40th Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival

2015 Analogous - Michigan Association of Broadcasters 1st place scripted show 2015 Chair of the Central Michigan International Film Festival

2014 Gamer Evolution - Communicator Award of Distinction for Film/Video

2014 Gamer Evolution - Communicator Award of Distinction for Documentary and Program News

2014 Gamer Evolution - Received Award of Merit (Honorable Mention) from the National Broadcasting Society and Alpha Epsilon Rho in the Professional Production

2014 Michigan Association of Broadcasters Station of the Year (MHTV)

2014 BEA Promotional Video Category "High and Tight Promotional Video" 2nd 2014 BEA Promotional Video Category "Mountain Town Brewing Company" 1st 2014 Immortal - Michigan Association of Broadcasters 1st place scripted show place

2013 A New Mutant - Silver Communicator Award

2013 A New Mutant - Bronze Telly

2013 Michigan Association of Broadcasters Station of the Year (MHTV)

2013 A New Mutant - Golden Reel, MCAI Awards, Student Category

2012 Michigan Association of Broadcasters Station of the Year (MHTV)

2012 A New Mutant - Official selection of Burbank Film Festival

2012 People's Choice Award for best class BCA 223

2011 Michigan Association of Broadcasters Station of the Year (MHTV)

2010 People's Choice Award for best radio show WMHW 101.1

2010 Chair of the Central Michigan International Film Festival

2010 Michigan Association of Broadcasters Station of the Year (MHTV)

2009 Michigan Association of Broadcasters Station of the Year (MHTV)

2009 Broadcast Education Association membership begins

2007 Everything is Alright (writer) – Official selection: Detroit Winter Film Festival 2005 National Association of Broadcasters membership begins

2003 Noodlebug DVD “All About Me” Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner

 

 

 

 

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