Resume

Education

  • Master of Fine Arts Degree, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
  • Undergraduate work at Colorado University, Boulder, Colorado and Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colorado

Exhibitions

  • 2016 The Cass Cafe, “The Pioneer Show,” curated by Peter Gahan
  • 2015 The Carr Center, Detroit, “Objectified”
  • 2015 Anton Art Center, Mount Clemens, “REAL PAINT” Invitational show
  • 2015 Scarab Club, “Mundane Show”
  • 2014 Crooked Tree Art Center, “Detroit @ CTAC”
  • 2013-2014 Local Perspectives, Global Reach; Invitational Exhibition, Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America
  • 2013 Detroit Artist Market, Drawing Show invitational
  • 2012 Elaine Jacob Gallery, Midwest College Art Association show
  • 2012 Art Effects Gallery, Eastern Market, Detroit, “The Beauty Debate”, invitational show
  • 2011 Wayne State University, “Looking into the Pioneer Building,” Alumni Show
  • 2011 Detroit Artist Market, “Unmentionables,” The Underwear Show
  • 2011 Kayrod Gallery, “Stable Invitational”
  • 2010 Scarab Club, “Robert Wilbert: teacher, mentor, friend,” Invitational show
  • 2010 Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester MI, Recent Paintings, Claudia Shepard
  • 2007 CAID group show “actual size”
  • 2007 Tangent Gallery, “The Gun Show,” (Curated show)
  • 2007 Detroit Medical Center (Children’s Hospital), exhibition of illustrations for the book, Lake of The Big Snake
  • 2007 Scarab Club, “Women Image Women”, invitational
  • 2006 Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI, MIss October, curated by Kristin Beaver
  • 2006 Downriver Council for the Arts, Local Color: Contemporary Realism, invitational, curated by Chris Melikan
  • 2005 Exhibition of Michigan Artists at Governor’s home, Lansing, MI, juried by the Detroit Artist
  • 2005 Gallery 4731, Grand River, Detroit, “Our Building, Their Art”
  • 2004 Au Courant Gallery, Ferndale, MI (two-person show) “Essences”
  • 2004 Maryland Federation of Art, Go Figure Exhibition, Annapolis, Maryland
  • 2003 Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, Faculty Show
  • 2003 Rivers Edge Gallery, Wyandotte, MI (3-person show), Connections
  • 2003 Sienna Heights University and Parkland College, Champaign, Illinois
  • 2003 State of the Art, 2003, National Watercolor Invitational
  • 2002 Au Courant Gallery, Ferndale, MI (1-person show), From Here to There:Summer Musings
  • 2002 Padzieski Gallery–Performing Arts Center, Dearborn, MI, (2-person show), Lucille Nawara–Claudia Shepard, Paintings
  • 2001 Sybaris Gallery, Royal Oak, MI, 24 Eyes, Detroit Area Artists Connection (group show)
  • 2001 Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, MI, Made in Michigan (Invitational group show)
  • 2000 Au Courant Gallery, Ferndale, MI (4-person show)
  • 2000 Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, Faculty Show
  • 2000 Detroit Contemporary Gallery, Detroit, MI Sex (invitational group show)
  • 2000 Pangborn Design Gallery, Detroit, MI, Art Detroit
  • 2000 Sybaris Gallery, Royal Oak, MI, Hot Bed, Detroit Area Artists Connection (group show)
  • 2000 Gallery Blu, Pontiac, MI, Summer Show
  • 2000 Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI, Michigan Fine Arts Competition, juried by Howardeena Pindell
  • 2000 Detroit Contemporary Gallery, Detroit, MI, Actual Size (invitational group show)
  • 1999 Museum of Contemporary Art, Pontiac, MI, Documenta, USA
  • 1999 Michigan Design Center, Troy, MI, Detroit Area Artists’ Connection Exhibition
  • 1999 Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, Faculty Exhibition
  • 1999 Paint Creek Art Center, Rochester, MI, Body and Soul, Invitational Group Show
  • 1999 Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI, 52nd Annual Michigan Water Color Traveling Exhibition (award winner)
  • 1999 Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI, Michigan Watercolorist Invitational
  • 1999 Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI, Faculty Exhibition
  • 1998 Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI, Born at the BBAA, Invitation group show
  • 1998 Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI, Michigan Fine Arts Competition selected by Larry Rivers
  • 1998 Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw, MI, Michigan Water Color Society 51st Annual traveling exhibition
  • 1997 Detroit Institute of the Arts, Detroit, MI, 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Michigan Water Color Society, selected by Sam Sachs, Museum Director, Mary Wilkinson, Durator of Contemporary Galleries and Ellen Sharp, curator. Exhibition traveled to MIdland, MI., Port Huron Art Museum, Dennos Art Museum, Traverse City, MI, Muskegon, Battle Creek Art Center and Holland, MI
  • 1997 Wayne State University, Faculty Exhibition
  • 1996 Focus Gallery, Detroit, MI., The Time is Now
  • 1996 Willis Gallery, Detroit, MI, Annual Box Show, Group Exhibition
  • 1996 Hattie’s Art Gallery, Suttons Bay, MI., Three-person Show
  • 1995 Metropolitan Gallery, Detroit, MI., The Art of Women
  • 1995 A.C.T. Gallery, Detroit, MI., Innerscapes (three-person exhibition)
  • 1995 Cary Gallery, Gallery Artists Exhibition
  • 1994 Detroit Focus Gallery, Detroit, MI., No More Than….
  • 1994 Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Faculty Exhibition
  • 1993 Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI, The Still Life, invitational curated by Robert Wilbert
  • 1992 Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI., Garden Show at the home of J.L.Hudson Grosse Pointe, MI
  • 1992 Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI., Michigan Fine Arts Annual Exhibition
  • 1991 Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI., All Media Show
  • 1991 Wayne State University, MFA Thesis Exhibition

Professional Experience

  • Center for Creative Studies
  • Instructor, Foundations Department, Fall 2003–Fall 2004
  • Water Color Instructor, Fine Arts Department
  • Detroit Institute of the Arts
  • Demonstrations and workshops in conjunction with the Degas Dancers Exhibition (November, 2002)
  • Demonstrations – (“First Fridays”)
  • Drawing in the Galleries, Instructor
  • Resident Instructor, Southfield Lathrup Arts Academy: PORTRAITS–in conjunction with the Van Gogh Portrait Exhibition at the DIA March, 2000. Students’ works were framed and hung in a gallery at the museum for the duration of the show.
  • Wayne State University: Instructor, Basic Drawing, Advanced Drawing, Life Drawing and Life Painting, 1990 – 2003
  • Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center: Life Drawing, Portrait Painting Workshops (anatomy, head structure/portrait), 1991-present
  • Boyds MIlls Press, Honesdale, PA: Book Illustration 1994
  • WXYZ (Channel 7), Southfield, MI: Freelance Courtroom Artist; 1989–1997
  • CNN, Atlanta, GA: Courtroom Artist, Oklahoma Bombing pre-trial hearings, Denver, June, 1996
  • Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI: Painting Instructor, Portfolio Camp, Summer, 1995
  • Schoolcraft College, Livonia, MI: Instructor, Painting/drawing, 1991-1992

Additional Work Experience

  • Circle of Arts, Charlevoix, Mi Juror, plein aire exhibit awards, 2016
  • Guest Speaker, Fall, 2005, Michigan Watercolor Society
  • Juror Scarab Club, Detroit, Fall, 2005
  • Freelance Lecturer (Figurative Study and Portraiture): Farmington Art Club, Grosse Pte Art Association, Village Club, Michigan Water Color Society, etc.
  • Juror Traverse City Arts Council Annual Competition, Fall, 2001
  • Juror High School Scholastic Art Awards, Metropolitan Detroit Area, 1996 and 1997

Publications

  • The Detroiter.com “Artist Spotlight” interview with editor, Colin Darke (March 20, 2012)
  • Strut Magazine (March, 2005)
  • The Detroiter.com review (October, 2004)
  • PBS Production “Art Beat” featured artist (November, 2003)
  • Style Magazine (March/April edition, 2003)
  • The Detroiter.com – review of Au Courant one-person exhibition (October, 2002)
  • Boyds MIlls Press, Honesdale, Pa., Illustrations for LAKE OF THE BIG SNAKE by Isaac Olaleye (Fall, 1998)
  • Royal Oak Tribune, Book Review of Lake of the Big Snake, (December 4, 1998)
  • Various book reviews from around the country in conjunction with above book
  • Contributing Writer, THE DETROITER.COM (November, 2002)
  • Contribution Writer, GROUND-UP, Detroit (1995-1997)

Awards

  • Award Winner, 52nd Annual Michigan Water Color Society Exhibition (1999)
  • “Best of Show” XXIII Annual, Mt. Clemens Art Center (1995)

Organizations

  • Detroit Area artists Connection (DAAC), 2001-Present
  • Michigan Water Color Society Board (Exhibitions), 1998-2001
  • Paint Creek Art Center (Exhibition Committee), 1997-1998

Collections

  • Quest Laboratories, Auburn Hills, MI
  • Marygrove College, Detroit, MI
  • Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
  • Permanent Collection, Museum of New Art (MONA), Detroit, MI
  • Mr. and Mrs. Richard Trapp, Orchard Lake, MI.
  • Mr. Rick Carmody, Ferndale, MI, Director of Au Courant Gallery
  • Mr. and Mrs. Jim Bieri, Grosse Pte, MI
  • Ms. Julie Sabit, Detroit
  • Ms. Patty Yunker, East China, MI
  • Mr. and Mrs. Dave Popa, Former Director, Blu Gallery, Pontiac
  • Mr. Richard Rollins, Farmington Hills, MI
  • Ms. Lois Teicher, Sculptor, Detroit
  • Ms. Susanna Linburg, Sculptor, Birmingham, MI
  • Mr and Mrs. Phillip Keila, Beverly Hills, MI
  • Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Shepard, Pacific Palisades, California
  • Mr. and Mrs. David Hadley, San Diego, California
  • Mr. and Mrs. MIchael Rasmussen, Denver, Colorado
  • Mr. and Mrs. Richard Keila, Beverly Hills, MI
  • Mr. Stephen Magsig and Ms. Janet Hamrick, Ferndale, MI
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bielat, Pleasant Ridge, MI
  • Ms. Michele Klipstein, Grosse Pointe, MI
  • Mr. and Mrs. Gary Andersen, Grosse Pointe, MI