On a mission to create opportunities for public discourse about the importance of art as a civic lesson.
I am a collaborative visual artist, an arts administrator, a teacher & an artist advocate.
I received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting & Drawing from East Carolina University in 2005 and my Masters of Science in Arts Administration from Drexel University’s graduate program in 2010. Since graduating from Drexel, I remained in Philadelphia and have established a loyal clientele of organizations and individuals with graphic design and illustration needs. In January 2011, I founded the Artistic Rebuttal Project – a grassroots art advocacy initiative that strives to re-enforce and enlighten about the power of the arts. In October 2011, I was nominated a Creative Connector, a recognition pioneered by Leadership Philadelphia. Creative Connectors are “hubs of trust, seen as trustworthy and credible who use art and design to mobilize people around an issue.” On the project’s behalf, I periodically travel around the country speaking with university students, adults and kids, imploring them to become active in their communities in order to better serve the places in which they are rooted.
Only when the public knows the importance of art, can the arts act as a civic lesson to citizens everywhere.
Art and storytelling is in my genes. Art and storytelling was what convinced me to get out of a town that was suffocating me. Art and storytelling is what I advocate for now. I am on a mission to keep art where it belongs — at the center of a society and economy that requires ideas and imagination.