MFA                        Sculpture, May 2003

                                    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

                                    Champaign, Illinois

BFA                         Ceramic Sculpture, cum laude, June 1999

                                    University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning

                                    Cincinnati, Ohio

                                    Valedictorian of School of Art, Dean’s list honors

1994-1996               Anthropology, Fine Art

                                    University of the South

                                    Sewanee, Tennessee

                                    Full academic scholarship

                                    Dean’s list honors


Teaching Experience

University of Illinois            

     Lecturer, School of Art+Design and Unit One Living Learning Community

                  · Introduction to Ceramics

                  · Introduction to Drawing
· Introduction to Digital Video Creation and Editing

                  · Raku Ceramics

                  · Foundations Material Craft

     August 2003-present                            Champaign, Illinois

 Parkland College-Community Education

     Instructor, College for Kids

                  · Handbuilding with Clay

     July 2013, 2016                                              Champaign, Illinois

University of Illinois

                  · Instructor of record: Introduction to Ceramics

    August 2000-May 2003                        Champaign, Illinois


Grants, Awards, Scholarships


2000-2015            Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent 20 0f 24 semesters.

                              Ranked as outstanding (within top 10% of university faculty) 7 semesters

  2008                    First Place Prize

                               Awarded for work in “Clay and Fiber”

 2007                     Honorable Mention

                               Awarded for work in “1830°F, Contemporary Expressions in Clay”

 2003                 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Grant

Competitive grant offered to complete thesis proposal

2000-2002           Brody Grant

                               Competitive grant offered each semester to fine arts students    

1999                      Three Arts Scholarship

                              Competitive artistic merit award in sculpture

1998                      General Motors Scholarship

                               Competitive artistic merit award to single student in fine arts

1998                       Robert-Fabe/Trane-Cook Scholarship

                               Competitive faculty awarded portfolio award to single student in fine arts


Invitational and Juried Exhibition Record (*denotes solo show)

2016                       “5th Central Time Ceramics Biennial” Bradley University Gallery, Peoria, Illinois, juried by Verne Funke

2015                      *“Portals: the space within”  Gallery Janjobe, Louisville, Kentucky

               “Made Fest”  Juried Art Festival, Champaign, Illinois

“Around the Block: artists from our neighborhood"  Giertz Gallery, Champaign, Illinois, Juried by Aron Packer

“Use It” Cinema Gallery, Urbana, Illinois and Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Decatur, Illinois                                                                                                                                                                                 2014               “Material Attraction:  Diverse Reactions” Jacoby Art Center, Alton, Illinois, juried by Susan Bostwick & Charity Davis-Woodard

      2013                    “School of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition” Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, Illinois

      2012                    “Fins, Fur & Feathers II” Cinema Gallery, Urbana, Illinois

     2011                     “All Steamed Up:  Invitational Teapot Show” Cinema Gallery, Urbana, Illinois

     2010                     “Illinois Clay 2010:  No ‘S’ in Illinois” Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, Illinois, Juried by Dan Anderson                                                              

                                    “Red Heat: Contemporary Work in Clay” University of Tulsa, OK, Juried by Adrian Arleo

                                    “Central Time Ceramics BiennialBradley University, Peoria, Illinois, Juried by Matt Wilt

                                    “Gimme Fiction” with Ron Kovatch and Tammie Rubin, Cinema, Gallery, Urbana, Illinois

      2009                  “School of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition” Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, Illinois, `              

     2008                     “First Annual Cup Show” River Gallery, Chattanooga, Tennessee

                                    “Fins, Fur & Feathers” Cinema Gallery, Urbana, Illinois

                                    “Feats of Clay XXIGladding McBean, Lincoln, California, Juried by Judith Schwartz

                                    “Clay and Fiber” Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, Juried by Dorothy Hughes

                                    (First Place Prize)

  2007                    “Trappings: Works by Jessica Gondek, Mathew Litteken, and Catherine Wiesener” Parkland Art Gallery, Champaign, Illinois                      

                               “1830°F, Contemporary Expressions in Clay” Springfield Art Association, Springfield, Illinois (Honorable Mention)

                                    * “Friends, Foes & Food” Merwin Gallery, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois

                                    “Emerging Excellence: 13 Regional University Programs” NCECA, Mellwood Art and Entertainment Center, Indianapolis, IN

2006                      “By Design” River Gallery, Chattanooga, Tennessee

2005                     “School of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition” Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, Illinois

                                    “Birthday Suit” Opensource Art, Champaign, Illinois

 2003                     “Tracked and Tracking” I-Space, Chicago Illinois

                              “Master of Fine Arts Exhibition” Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, Illinois

2002                     “Location, Location, Location” I-Space gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2001                     “Operant” Cotter Glass Co., Champaign, Illinois

                                    “Chicharonnes” Link Gallery, University of Illinois, Champaign

2000                     “Amuse” Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, Illinois

                                    “Metal After the Fire” 840 Gallery, Cincinnati Ohio

1999                     * “ Remnants” University of Cincinnati Medical Center Library, Cincinnati, Ohio

                                    “Ceramics Show” 840 Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio

1998                     “Not Closely Related” Ludlow Garage, Cincinnati, Ohio

                                    “Local Talent” Museum Center, Maysville, Kentucky

1997                     “Ceramics Show” 840 Gallery, Cincinnati Ohio



    “Art Now!” Urbana Public Television, Episode 56

     “” Juried into online collection 2010

     “Community Concierge” Fall 2009, Vol. 7, Issue 1

     “Ceramics Monthly” May 2008, Page 82

     “Parkland Prospectus” October 2007, Vol. 46, No. 25

     “Inside Illinois” Oct. 6, 2005 Vol. 25, No. 7

     “Cincinnati City Beat” April 20-26, 2000, Vol. 6, Issue 22


Lectures, Workshops, Juried Shows

 2008 Raku Workshop Instructor, University of Illinois, Allen Hall, Champaign, Illinois

 2007, Visiting Artist, Parkland College, Champaign, Illinois

 2006Juror, Illinois Regional Amateur Art Show, Springer Cultural Association, Champaign, Illinois

      2004   Visiting Artist, Eastern Illinois University, Department of Art and Design, Charleston Illinois

       2003   Raku Workshop Instructor, University of Illinois, Ceramics Department, Champaign, Illinois