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I grew up in the rural town of Jefferson, Maryland, located just west of Frederick, and one hour away from both Baltimore and Washington, DC. In 2002, I received a BFA in photography from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. In the spring of 2003, I joined the Blue Elephant, a collaborative art space in Frederick, Maryland. During this time, I also served as an executive assistant at the Delaplaine Visual Art Education Center in Frederick. In June of 2009, I achieved an MFA in Imaging Arts and Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY.
Before moving to South Bend, I was the Assistant Registrar in the Office of Collection Management at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, NY. During my time with the Eastman House I worked to align digital assets of collection materials with their catalog information to create a unilateral digitization protocol for the future purpose of making permanent collection material accessible online. I also taught photography as an adjunct professor at Monroe Community College, SUNY Brockport and University of Rochester.
Courses taught recently at University of Notre Dame and IUSB include Photo I, Photo II, The Photographic Portrait, Moving Pictures (introduction to sound and video), Point & Shoot (Photo Aesthetics) and Fundamentals of Photography.
My most recent work experience is for the University of Notre Dame near South Bend, IN as a postdoctoral Research Associate in photography in the College of Arts and Letters. As a Research Associate, I taught and provided academic support for photography courses, managed the department’s photography equipment and facilities, and coordinated the Riley Hall Photography Gallery. I also taught photography as an adjunct professor at Indiana University South Bend.
I recently moved to Madison, WI for a change of scenery and to pursue future opportunities as an artist and educator. I'm currently working with the Madison Public Libraries as an artist-in-resident with their Bubbler program.