An artist and designer with a specialization in print.

I have run La Cucaracha Press, my own print and design firm, for 6 years where I custom print jobs for hundreds of clients.

My Specializations

Stationary, Paper Goods, Typography, Screen Print & Letterpress, Research, Textile Goods, Business Cards, Sales, File Prep, Illustration, Vectorization, Responsive Web Design, Live Events, & Teaching Creative Workshops.

My focus for 2018 is building a new creative studio in Los Angeles, CA.

A Fine Art Focus

Moving forward I am refocusing my career on fine art utilizing the experience gleaned from my print and design business La Cucaracha Press.  After 8 great years in KC, Los Angeles will soon become my new home.  I’m looking forward to #LCPWEST

I make art to explore things that aren’t immediately practical.  Art is powerful only if the ideas behind it create a response or push a conversation forward.

We can always use more great design in the world, and I’m looking for collaborators with ambitious goals.  I’m interested in everything:  gathering inspiration, researching, drawing, vector work, setting type, and moving into production.

JOB EXPERIENCE

GRAPHIC DESIGN AND CUSTOM PRINTMAKER
La Cucaracha Press, Kansas City, MO
2011 – Present(2018)

Owner/Operator of a custom print and design business. I specialize in design for screen print and letterpress, working in tandem with clients or implementing a projects’ final production. I handle every aspect of the business from bookkeeping and promotion to all design and print work.

VISUAL RESEARCHER AND IMAGE SOURCING
Artwork Studio, Kansas City, MO
June 2014 – August 2014

I was hired as a researcher and designer to source “local” imagery for use in Applebee’s restaurants. We were one of three companies nationwide that sourced/created/installed decor in locations all over the United States.

ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR
Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
2010 – Present

I have taught classes at the college level since 2005, both to Art majors and to adults in continuing education. I specialize in teaching printmaking or graphic design, and additionally type design, book arts, drawing, zines, childrens’ books, along with many types of conceptual investigations.

ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR
New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
2005 – 2009

I was fortunate to attend a graduate program where I taught for all three years as a student and one year post-graduate.  My main role was running the printmaking department where I grew the program from 1 class of all levels to 4 sections of various levels of skill.  It was a tremendous experience, and I unfortunately could not stay on after 4 years teaching printmaking, drawing, bookmaking, and foundations.

EDUCATION

MASTERS OF FINE ART
New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
2005 – 2008

During my graduate studies, I researched political expression as it pertains to art and created monumental woodcut print installations. I also taught drawing and printmaking during the 4 years I spent at NMSU.

BACHELORS OF FINE ART
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
1998 – 2003

While at The University of Iowa printmaking program I studied engraving, lithography, monotypes, intaglio, and large format foil stamping. I nurtured my love of drawing and graphic image making.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Closing Ceremonies, La Cucaracha Press, Kansas City, MO, 2018
Art Cafe, Bartle Hall, Kansas City, MO, 2014
La Cucaracha-La Cucaracha, Filter Gallery, Kansas City, MO, 2014
Disasters of War, Truman State University Art Gallery, Kirksville, MO, 2013
Work, The Kansas City Artist Coalition, Kansas City, MO, 2012
Reasons’ Monsters, Cara and Cabeza’s Contemporary, Kansas City, MO, 2011
Work, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, Boston, MA, 2011
For the rest of my life, INKubator PRESS, Kansas City, MO, 2010
Value, FORUM Arts and Culture, El Paso, TX, 2009
Artistic Tribute to our Favorite Artist Thomas Kinkade, NMSU Union, Las Cruces, NM, 2007
Printmakers Anonymous, Corbett Center Art Gallery, NMSU, Las Cruces, NM, 2006

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

A Show of Hands, A1 Art Labs, Knoxville, TN, 2015
Do You Copy?, Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO, 2015
Typo, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, MO, 2015
Al Muttanabi Starts Here, Berkeley, CA, 2014
Works on Paper, Moberg Gallery, Des Moines, IA, 2014
D-Train, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA, 2014
Figure Show, Moberg Gallery, Des Moines, IA, 2014
7th Annual Douro Print Biennial, Alijo, Portugal, 2014
PLUG Projects, MDW Faire curated grab bag show, Chicago, Il, 2013
The Speakeasy,  Curatorial and Programming collaborations, La Esquina, Kansas City, MO, 2012
Moberg 10 Years, Moberg Gallery, Des Moines, IA, 2012
White or Wheat?, Farm to Market Bread Co., Kansas City, MO, 2012
Flatfile Show, H&R Bloch Artspace, Kansas City, MO, 2012
Frontier, Paragraph Art Gallery, Kansas City, MO, 2012
XOXO, Spraybooth Gallery, Kansas City, MO, 2012

 

Most artists say that their work just for themselves and the meaning isn’t fixed and is open to interpretation.  To me, that puts too much of the responsibility onto the viewer, when it is the artist’s responsibility to use their voice in their work.  I apply this ethos to everything I do as “art”, and everything I do that one would call “design”.  And what would this all be for if not for everyone else?  We might need to understand ourselves to make great work, but that doesn’t mean anything we do is done in a vacuum.  If we’re lucky, something we do lives on beyond ourselves, if even for a little bit.