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I am a queer and feminist artist, writer, and educator serving as Executive Director of The ArtWrite Collective and as a teaching artist at the Monroe Street Arts Center.

With a background in curriculum development and passion for equity, advocacy, and justice, I am particularly interested in civically engaged, community-based education. I designed and have taught Service-Learning in Art and Art & Social Justice at University of Wisconsin-Madison, co-developed curriculum centered on inquiry based learning for a Portland, OR high school, and facilitated workshops in creative expression for dozens of youth groups and community centers in the Madison, WI area. Whether it’s through artist residencies, ArtWrite, or educational consulting, I’m most experienced in fostering creative leadership among queer and trans youth, food + housing insecure students, and kids who question authority.

As a transdisciplinary artist exploring gender and sexuality, ability, memory, and accountability through multiple and mixed media, my studio practice is not bound by any particular process. In major works, my artwork is highly relational and performative, designing experiences that complicate the position of an audience and–sometimes–implicate viewers in experiences for which they may not otherwise feel responsibility.

I received the B.S. in Art and undergraduate certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012; I received the M.S. in Educational Leadership and Policy from Portland State University with a graduate emphasis in community-based learning in 2014. Hiking 255 miles of the Superior Hiking Trail (2016) and 1,019 miles of the Appalachian Trail (2014) have been self-guided artist residencies, gestures of reflection, reintroductions to my body, and grounding exercises for my creative career.

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