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Artist's Statement / Bio

My focus in photographing vintage signs stems from my appreciation for each sign's uniqueness and the craftsmanship involved in making each sign: each sign truly is a work of art. Also, the fact that weathering changes the appearance of signs, combined with property owners and/or real-estate developers who may not see value in preserving old signs, compels me to continue documenting signage and other roadside sights that still stand today. After all, the appearance of such artifacts may be different tomorrow, that is, if something is even still standing tomorrow. I enjoy learning about the business(es) each sign has promoted and sharing such information/stories in captions for some of the photos I post online.

A Texan by birth, and a Houstonian by choice, I moved to Houston after living in Austin, Toronto, Southern California, and the Chicago area. I have spent the majority of my professional career working in the non-profit sector in marketing, fundraising, and communications roles for the Houston Symphony, University of Houston, and other organizations. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

My photography work has been shown in a solo exhibition at Catherine Couturier Gallery in Houston; in group exhibitions at the Houston Center for Photography, Museum of Neon Art (Glendale, CA), and in Brooklyn, Denver, Fort Worth, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Vienna (Austria), among other cities; and featured in the Houston Chronicle and Houston Press and on various Web sites, including Collectors Weekly and the Houston-based real estate site, Swamplot.com, among others.  
 

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EDUCATION
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, 1988

SOLO EXHIBITION
2017 Catherine Couturier Gallery, Houston, Texas

SPECIAL (SOLO) EXHIBITION
2015 The Event Center/Dining Hall at Night Bird Ranch, Ledbetter, Texas

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 Atlanta Photography Group's Seventh Annual "Airport Show," Hartsfield International Airport Atrium, Atlanta, Georgia
(Juror: Amy Miller, Executive Director, Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival) 

2017 "It's a Sign," 1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, California
(Curators: Tricia Noble and Andrew Overtoom) 

2017 "Post-Presence: An Instagram Gallery Take Over," RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, California
(Jurors: Staff from PHROOM Magazine, NOICE Magazine, & RayKo Photo Center)

2016 "34th Annual Juried Membership Exhibition," Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas
(Juror: Yasufumi Nakamori, Curator of Photography and New Media, Minneapolis Institute of Art) 

2016 "The Curated Fridge: On a Road Trip to Photoville," Photoville, Brooklyn, New York
(Curator: Aline Smithson, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Lenscratch, artist, and educator)

2016 "Sign Geeks," Museum of Neon Art (MONA), Glendale, California (Curators: Marc Shur, Carlos Vargas, Sharlynn Vee) 

2016 "Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art 2016," Williams Tower Gallery, Houston, Texas
(Juror: Brady Roberts, Chief Curator, Milwaukee Art Museum) 

2016 "9th Juried Invitational Exhibition," Visual Arts Alliance, 1600 Smith Street Gallery, Houston, Texas
(Juror: Anna Tahinci, Ph.D., Professor and Head of Art History, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston)

2016 "Salon Exhibition 2016," The Gallery at Round Top, Round Top, Texas
(Juror: Robert Burridge, artist)

2015 "Deck the Walls," Catherine Couturier Gallery, Houston Texas

2015 "33rd Juried Membership Exhibition," Visual Arts Alliance, 1600 Smith Street Gallery, Houston, Texas
(Juror: Gus Kopriva, Owner, Redbud Gallery, Houston, Texas)

2015 "A Juried Affaire," Affaire d'art Gallery, Galveston, Texas
(Juror: Michael Golden, Chair, Art Department, Houston Community College, Houston, Texas)  

2015 “Salon Exhibition 2015,” The Gallery at Round Top, Round Top, Texas
(Juror: Andrea Pramuk, artist, Austin, Texas)  

2015 “The Four Seasons of Colfax,” 40 West Arts Gallery, Lakewood, Colorado
(Jurors: Jonny Barber and Bree Davies, Denver, Colorado) 

2015 “Signs from Different Worlds,” West 46: Project Space for Photography, Vienna, Austria
(Curator: Achim Gauger, artist) 

2015 “Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art 2015,” Williams Tower Gallery, Houston, Texas
(Juror: Dean Sobel, Director, Clyfford Still Museum, Denver, Colorado) 

2014 "Sign Geeks," SPACE Pomona Gallery, Pomona, California
(Curator: Sharlynn Vee) 

COLLECTIONS
Private collections in Houston, Dallas, Austin, and Bryan, Texas; and in San Diego and Los Angeles, California. 

REPRESENTATION
Catherine Couturier Gallery, Houston, Texas

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Print Media

Leah Binkovitz, “Sign Language: Dot Coffee Shop,” “Neon and gravy in the Church of All Hungry Saints,” Houston Chronicle, November 19, 2014, http://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/gray-matters/article/Dot-Diner-5901649.php?t=6246e75c06 

Online Publications
Hunter Oatman-Stanford, “Artistanal Advertising: Reviving the Tradition of Hand-Painted Signs,” Collectors Weekly, January 13, 2014, http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/artisanal-advertising/

Blogs
Xeni Jardin, “Houston's Beer Can House,” Boing Boing, October 21, 2013, http://boingboing.net/2013/10/21/houstons-beer-can-house-pho.html 

Various photos featured on Swamplot.com and HoustonPress.com, 2012-2014

SELECT ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES
• Photographic artist / reviewee, FotoFest 2016 Biennial Meeting Place Portfolio Reviews, Houston, Texas, 2016
• Judge, City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department's “Growing Up Recycling” cart art competition, 2013 and 2014
• Speaker, "Upcycling," Schreiner University, Kerrville, Texas, August 2013
• Commissioner, City of Elgin Cultural Arts Commission, Elgin, Illinois, 1999-2000
• Commissioner, Huntington Beach Arts Commission, Huntington Beach, California, 1996-98

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
• Freelance writer and photographic artist, 2009-present
• Business Development Strategist, Artsmarketing Services Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada (working from Houston), 2009-2010
• Director of Marketing and Business Development, Bailey Architects, Houston, Texas, 2007-2009
• Director of Development and External Relations, Hermann Park Conservancy, Houston, Texas, 2004-2007
• Director of Development, University Libraries and The Honors College, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, 2002-2004
• Director of Individual Giving, Houston Symphony, Houston, Texas, 2000-2002
• Director of Development, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Elgin, Illinois, 1998-2000
• Assistant Director of Development, Pacific Symphony, Santa Ana, California, 1995-98
• Director of Marketing, Artsmarketing Services Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1993-1995
• Assistant Director of Marketing, Artsmarketing Services Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1989-1993