2017 | MFA in Painting (pending, expected graduation May 2017)
Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

2002 | BA in Art
Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI
Summa Cum Laude, Valedictorian

Awards and Grants

2003 | Grant for “The Conversion of Paul,” a project in sacred art, Hillsdale College

2000 and 2002 | Michigan Small College Art Competition
First place in painting, artistic merit award in drawing

1999-2002 | Hillsdale College Juried Student Show
First place in painting, 1999, 2001, 2002
Best in show, 2000

1998-2002 Stewart Humanities Scholarship in Art, Hillsdale College


2010 | “Hands that Shaped the Nation,” historical painting of the signing of the Consititution
Hillsdale College Kirby Center for Constitutional Studies, Washington, DC

2003 | “Portrait of Concertmaster Phillip Mason”
Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Jackson, MI


2016 | Featured Artist, Art Walk, Open Door Gallery, Sturgis, MI
2015 | Academy of Art University Spring Show, San Francisco, CA
2014 | Regional Juried Arts Competition, Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, MI
2013 | Featured Artist, Art Bounce, Open Door Gallery, Sturgis, MI
2013 | Elkhart Juried Regional Show, Midwest Museum of American Art, Elkhart, IN

Professional Experience

2009-present | Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI
Lecturer in Art
Teaching Oil Painting I, Drawing I, and Drawing II/III (figure drawing)

2011 | Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, MI
Lecturer in Art
Taught Graphic Design I

2007-2013 | Freelance Graphic Designer

2002-2008 | Full-time Graphic Designer for several for-profit and not-for-profit organizations