As an educator and first generation college student, I never forgot the impact art had on my young mind. Art stopped me in my tracks- it gave me a voice, an avenue to find a place in the world. Art changed me and I see it change others. Each person brings a rich inner intelligence to the table; I listen, I witness, I support, I facilitate - their vision - distinct from my own. I engage that vision through the material spaces of art. I encounter an artwork as a verb, an action in the world; a "making-thinking" model of cognition connects the innate, body-bound, intelligence of every human being. Teaching keeps me curious, keeps me honest, keeps me learning and practicing egalitarian ways of thinking, speaking and acting. I examine my own assumptions and ideas, challenge students to explore theirs, we learn together to think anew about art and about the world. Teaching is hard and incredible and filled with learning.
I work with people of all ages, from K-12 to university and graduate level, and with professional artists looking for critical feedback and artistic community.