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Beluga Press Studio
313 N. Main Street
Bloomington, IL 61701


Eureka College
Professor of Art and
Chair of Fine and Performing Arts

300 E. College Avenue
Eureka, IL 61530




1993-2014 Professor of Art, Eureka College, Eureka, Illinois
Division Chair, Fine & Performing Art, since November 2003
2008-9 Associate Dean of the Faculty at Eureka College
2004-7 Academic Affairs Chair
Eureka College, Eureka, IL. Employed since 1993
2005-8 Board Member Since 1993
National Watercolor Honor Society Executive Board
2007 Visiting Artist in Printmaking
University of Wisconsin at Steven’s Point
Summer 1998 Painting Faculty
Southern Illinois Art Workshop, Inc., Smithboro, IL
Summer 1997 Painting Faculty
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
Summer 1993 Artist-in-Residence
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
1992-1994 Instructor in Humanities/Art Appreciation
Heartland Community College, Bloomington, IL
1991-1993 Lecturer in Art, Drawing/Design/Art Survey
Illinois State University, Normal, IL
1988-1990 Director of Educational Programs at Dixon Correctional Center
Sauk Valley Community College, Dixon, IL
1983-1987 Instructor in Photography and Design
Lincoln College Program at Dwight Correctional Center, Dwight, IL
1982 MFA-Design Concentration
Illinois State University, Normal, IL
1981 International Art Transportation Coordinator
Schlien Fine Art Shipping, Inc., Long Island City, NY
Summer 1980 Instructor in Art
St. John the Divine Cathedral School, New York, NY
1979-1980 Studies in Painting
Max Beckmann Memorial Scholarship Award
Brooklyn Museum Art School, Brooklyn, NY
Summer 1979 Studies in Glass
Darricarrere Studios, Chartres, France
1979 Graphic Artist
Skild and Wyse Advertising Agency, New York, NY
1978 MS-Painting and Printmaking Concentration
Illinois State University, Normal, IL
1976 BS-Art Education Concentration
Illinois State University, Normal, IL
Summer 1974 Studies in Drawing
Academy of Art, Chicago, IL

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Eureka College Sabbatical, JanuaryAugust 2014, Cuba, Trinidad naturalist study

Uptown Station, Town of Normal’s multimodal transportation facility & City Hall, juried $2,000. Purchase of 2 framed scarlet ibis etchings, dedicated July 14, 2012.

City of Bloomington Cultural District Commission, $2,000 Grant Award & Solo Exhibition of 37 paintings, 9 etchings at 3 downtown Bloomington locations, 2003.

Office of United States Senator/President Elect, Barack Obama, exhibit of 2 Mackinaw River etchings at Senate Hart Office in Washington, D.C. 2005-9 and in the Offices of Senator Dick Durbin from 2009-present.

Illinois State University College of Fine Arts Alumni Award, 2011

YWCA of McLean County Foundation, Women of Distinction Award nominee, 2001 & 1999

NYX, book cover illustrations for poetry trilogy publications by Nancy Genevieve Perkins, 2001, 2002, 2012

National Watercolor Honor Society member since 2003

JWP Audubon, President for fifteen years, 1999-2014

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Illinois State University Senior Professionals, Our World of Local Art, lecture, 2014

Eureka College Dean’s Lecture, “Lost Nature & Painterly Pursuit”, 2012

Helen Cleaver Distinguished Teaching Award & Convocation Address, 2004

Northwest Missouri State University, Olive DeLuce Gallery, Maryville, Missouri,
“Flight Paths” Solo Exhibition & lecture, 2005

Illinois Wesleyan University, The Wakeley Gallery, Normal, IL.
“Fly Zone”, Solo Exhibition & lecture, 2005

Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences, Peoria, IL. “Modern Studio of The Artist in the Studio”, Artist in Residence & Solo Exhibition, 2003

Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, “Wondrous Being”, Solo Exhibition, 2001

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Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair, 2012

University of Wisconsin at Steven’s Point, Noel Fine Arts Center, “Monoprint 2011: A Gathering of Artists” Group show of 12 printmakers, 2011

Scarabocchio Art Museum, Steven’s Point, Wi, Group printmaking show, 2011

Contemporary Arts Center of Peoria, Il., 2011

Penang State Art Gallery & Tuanku Fauziah Museum & Gallery in Malaysia “2nd Penang International Print Exhibition”, 2010

Aqua Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida, “Aqua Art, Miami”, 2008

Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, 2006

Hudson Gallery, Sylvania, Ohio, prints on consignment, 2006-present

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Kansas Watercolor Society National juried exhibition, 2012

Springer Cultural Center, Champaign, Il. “(3) Mark-Making Artists”, 2011

Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, Illinois,
“Southern Illinois Open Competition & Exhibition”, 2006
Lucky 13: The Artists of Bloomington, Illinois, Group Invitational Show, 2004

Missouri State University Art & Design Gallery, Springfield, Mo. “Watercolor Now!” 2006

Bradley University, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria Art Guild, Lakeview Museum, Illinois State University-Center for the Performing Art
“Pizzacasso Violins”, Traveling Show of 14 Central Illinois Artists, (Rhea’s red hummingbird violin), 2003

Park Central Gallery, Springfield Missouri, “Selected Watercolors”, 2006

The Peoria Art Guild, Foster Arts Center, Peoria, IL., “Hidden Corporate Talent”, 2006

Coutts Memorial Museum of Art, El Dorado, Kansas
“Living on the Prairie, Living on the Plains”, 2001

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  • 2014 Ecovisions 
  • 2012 In Your Neighborhood  
  • 2011 Shades of Summer   juried watercolor show
  • 2010 All New and Exciting  
  • 2009 Illinois 
  • 2006 …and am I blue…
  • 2006 ISU Printmaking Alumni 
  • 2003 So Square 
  • 2003 Animal Magnetism
  • 2001 Forgery

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  • Then & Now: Artists from the Lang-Fuller Building Studios, 2010
    Alumni Spectacular, 2010
    Postcard Art, College of Fine Arts benefit auctions, 2010 2011, 2012, 2013
  • ISU Printmaking  Alumni , 2006
  • Normal Editions Workshop, print tribute portfolios, 2006 2012  
  • Inaugural Alumni Biennial, 2006

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  • Bloomington City Hall, Office of Mayor Tari Renner, eagle painting, 2014

    Noble Truths, Phoenix Gallery, Bloomington, forest owls painting, 2007
    Downtown Artists Group Show, 2001

    Swimtime, Hoop Gallery, Come Together Space, Bloomington, 11 foot Finback whale painting, 8 foot beluga whale painting, 7 foot seal painting, 2012-13 

    Pushing Our Limits, Push Gallery, Bloomington, solo print show, 2005

    Main Street 404 Gallery, Bloomington
    Bloomington Cultural District Mural section, bald eagle, 2012
    showing bird prints & paintings, 2008-present

    Illinois Agricultural Association, Bloomington
    2012, 60th anniversary show, fish eagle painting
    About Our Art , solo show, 2001

    Bloomington Country Club, Easter Seals Benefit Exhibit & Auction,
     “14th Annual Grape Soiree”, 2008
    “Premiere” A Selection of Work by McLean County Artists, Group Show, 2001

    Parke Hotel, Normal, Il. solo featured artist (bird paintings) 2007

    Bank of Illinois, Normal, Il. “The HeART of Our Cites”, group painting show, 2006

    Studio 222, Bloomington, IL., “Not in Our Town”, Tolerance Promotion to fight racism, Group Show with Eureka College Students at 2006

    Mulberry School Art Show and Auction, benefit for children’s education fund
    University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL. & Coffee Hound, 2001,’06, ‘11

    American Cancer Society, McLean County Relay for Life, “An ARTful Taste for Life”, Group Art Show and fundraising Auction, 2006

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  • Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Il.

    Department of Biological Sciences, Illinois State University, Normal, Il.

    W.M. Putnam Company, Bloomington, IL

    Melick Library, Gammon Room, Eureka College, Eureka, IL

    Braden Auditorium, Bone Student Center, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

    Cullom-Davis Library, Bradley University, Peoria, IL

    Milner Library, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

    Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO

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