creative practitioner • designer • technologist • educator • mentor • maker
I was awarded a BFA in sculpture and computer graphics from UMass Amherst and an MSVS in Interactive Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab.
I recently entered academia from industry as faculty in design and digital art. My past experience makes me an atypical faculty member, who offers a unique blend of creative, technological, and global business savvy to my academic position.
I teach courses in visual design and computational literacy. In my first year I extended the curricula to include open-source software libraries for creating graphic and interactive experiences. Currently I am integrating design thinking to empower students to take responsibility for their educational experience and make decisions about their budding individual practices.
My industry experience includes media and entertainment, user experience, design thinking, writing, and product management. I am highly motivated with a reputation for grit, enthusiasm, and excellence. I am a quick study with outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, know how to make the most out of positive/negative feedback, and maintain a “can-do” attitude.
My evolving artworks are visual analogues to music that comprise sensed data, fiber optics, programmable LEDs, gesso, and precious metals; this work seamlessly integrates design, light, and code to evoke transcendent experiences. My early artwork was exhibited at the Student Union Gallery, UMass Amherst ’80; inaugural SIGGRAPH ’81 art show, Dallas, Texas; the Library of Congress, Washington DC; and numerous university galleries. In 2016 my real-time, performative drawings accompanied Wichita State University’s Impulse Percussion Group. In 2017 my one-person show, ‘Resonate with stillness, experience light’ opened at the Steckline Gallery,Wichita, KS.
I believe in giving back. A leader by nature, I serve on the board of AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Artists) Wichita Chapter as treasurer and on the board of directors of Art and Design Advocates at Wichita State University. Additional volunteer work includes Director of Women Who Code Wichita Network, where I lead study groups to empower women with skills in Python and R, Git Hub, Processing (Java and JavaSript), and machine learning. I was past Program Director of MakeICT Maker Academy, a STEAM initiative at Wichita’s makerspace.