I was born in 1982 in Germany and received my Bachelor of Fine Art in photography from the California College of the Arts and Masters in Fine Art in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. Last summer, I was selected to participate in two highly ambitious and competitive artist residency programs: the Fields Project in Oregon, IL and ACRE in Steuben, WI. I am a winner of Flash Forward 2013, the recipient of a Follett Fellowship at Columbia College Chicago and was awarded the Albert P. Weisman Award in 2012 and 2013.
While I am a dedicated artist by profession, continuing to make and exhibit work, I am the Photography Collection Assistant at the Art Institute of Chicago and I teach studio courses in photography at Oakton Community College. This parallel professional work has given me the opportunity to immerse myself in the history of photography and hone my technical skills, all of which contributes immeasurably to my ongoing artistic practice.
My work has been exhibited at the Hyde Park Art Center, Hyde Park, IL, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe NM, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA, Invisible Dog Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Lilllstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL, Riverside Art Center, Chicago, IL. Pingyao Photo Festival, China, The Arcade, Chicago, IL, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA and Project Basho, Philadelphia, PA among others.