BIOGRAPHY

 

I am a studio artist working primarily within the art quilt form.  After working as an accountant at the Ann Arbor Transportation Agency and at Ford Motor Company, I retired early to make art.  

 

Wanting to supplement my income with sales, I originally thought to make functional work: pillows, portfolios, garments.  It seemed like I’d moved on to factory work, making the same item many times, and I turned to art quilts.  This work – nothing exactly alike -- was more rewarding and I’ve spent much of the last fifteen years creating several series of quilts.

 

I’ve always lived in Michigan (Detroit, Port Huron, Ann Arbor) and my grown daughter lives nearby.

 

 

Gallery

Represented by River Gallery, Chelsea, Michigan

 

 

Selected Exhibitions

Quilt National ‘07, Dairy Barn Art Center, Athens, Ohio, May-September 2007 

In the Presence of Water, River Gallery Fine Art, Chelsea, Michigan, September-November 2010.  Two-person show with 

Sue Holdaway-Heys   

 

Fiberart International 2007, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, April-August 2007.  (Kambic Memorial Award)

 

Quilts=Art=Quilts, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, New York, October-December 2014, 2012 (Juror’s Choice Award), 2010.

 

2012 KBF Bojagi & Beyond, Seoul, Korea, August 2012

 

Fiber Directions 2009, Wichita Center for the Arts, Kansas, March-May 2009 (Second Place and Purchase Award)

 

New Fibers 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004 University Gallery, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti

 

ArtQuilt Elements, 2014, 2008, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania.  

 

Transparent Quilts, Grove Gallery, East Lansing, Michigan September-October2011 (solo exhibit)

 

George E. Ohr National Arts Challenge, Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Biloxi,Mississippi, September-November 2008

 

Threadlines 2008, Missouri State University Art & Design Gallery, Springfield, September 2008

 

Michigan Fine Artists Competition, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center,Birmingham, MI, 2013, 2004

 

Form Not Function, Carnegie Center for Art & History, New Albany, IN, January-March 2004

 

Crafts National 2003, Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

 

CraftHouston 2003: National, Houston Center for Contemporary Crafts, Texas

 

Sculpture and Fine Crafts, St. Louis Artists’ Guild, St. Louis, Missouri, 2003

 

Quilt Visions 2002, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, California

 

Fiber Directions Wichita (Kansas) Center for the Arts, 2003, 2001

 

 

Grants

Creative Artist Grant, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, 2002

 

Related Experience

 

Lecturer, School of Art and Design, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2002-2010

 

Juror, Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, 2000-2009

 

 

 

Education

 

M.B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

 

B.F.A., Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti