based in South Florida

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2013                   MFA, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida

2010                   Bachelors of Arts Degree in Art History, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton

2009                  Bachelors of Fine Arts, Concentration Painting, Florida Atlantic University

2006                  Summer Study Abroad in Southern France, Florida Atlantic University:
                           -Art History, Roman Archaeology, and Pre-historic Cave Painting of Southern France   


Grants, Fellowships, Awards

2016                  Recipient of the Cintas Fellowship for Visual Artists

                                 - sponsored by the Knight Foundation

                          Windgate Fellowship, visiting Artist in Residence at UW Madison, fall semester

2015                   Recipient of a Clark Hulings Fund Business Accelerator Grant

                           Cintas Fellowship Finalist

2014                   Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant Award            

                           South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship, Florida 

                           Haystack Mountain School of Craft, full scholarship, Deer Isle, Maine

                           Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, full scholarship, Rockport, Maine

2013                   National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, VCCA, Amherst, Virginia

2012                   Best in Show, 61st All Florida Juried Exhibition, Boca Museum of Art, Boca Raton

                           Vermont Studio Center, fellowship, Johnson, Vermont


Visiting Artist Residencies/Workshops

2017                  Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans

2016                 Windgate Fellowship, visiting Artist in Residence at UW Madison, fall semester

2015                   Schwandorf Künstlerhaus, Bavaria

                           BAU Institute Carmago Foundation, Cassis, France

                           Penland School of Craft, Studio Assistant for Fall Concentration in Wood

2014                  Atlantic Center for the Arts, associate artist selected by Mildred Howard

                           Haystack Mountain School of Craft, woodworking, Maine

                           Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, woodworking, Maine

2013                   Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Amherst, Virginia

                           Wassaic Projects, Wassaic, New York

                            Penland School of Craft: woodworking, Penland North Carolina

2012                   Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont

2011                    Atlantic Center for the Arts, intern participant


Solo Exhibitions

2017                 The Original Purpose has Slipped our Memory, Atlantic Center for the Arts_ ALT Space, FL

2016                  To Receive an Intrusion by Observing What We Have, Art and Culture Center, Hollywood

                           Beginning at the Cornice, Not the Foundation , Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL

                           A Space for Selective Contact with the Outside World, University of Wisconsin

                                                                  -UW Art Gallery, Madison,WI        

                           Accumulating Interiors, Florida Gulf Coast University Main Gallery, Fort Myers, FL

                                                                  - collaboration with Artist Tyanna Buie

                           The Possibility of an Exit,  ArtsUp! , Fort Lauderdale, FL

2013                   Which Good Manners Oblige Us to Conceal, Centre Gallery, Tampa, Florida


Selected Exhibitions

2016                Cintas Fellowship Exhibition, MDC Museum of Art and Design, Miami

                         Domicile, The Glessner House Museum, Chicago

2015                  Cintas Fellowship Finalist Exhibition, MDC Museum of Art and Design, Miami

                          Drin Caged,  Neukirchen Balbini, Germany  

                           In Florida,  Alfstad Gallery,  Sarasota, Florida

2014                   Round 41, Project Row Houses, Houston Texas

                           Florida Prize in Contemporary Art, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, Florida

                           Wassaic Projects Summer Exhibition, Maxon Mills Gallery, Wassaic, NY

                           Outside The Box 2,  Mordes Collection, Palm Beach, FL

2013                   Occupying, Building, Thinking: Poetic and Discursive Perspectives on Contemporary Cuban          

                             -Video Art, Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, Florida

                           We Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends, Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, Florida

                           Imprint, Gallery at Avalon Island, Orlando, Florida

                           The Brenda Taylor Gallery, Chelsea, New York

                           Bound, The Phoenix Gallery, Chelsea, New York

2012                   Corridor Project, Urban re-Think, Orlando, Florida

                           61st All Florida Juried Exhibition, Boca Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida

                           We’re Here to Hoard, Centre Gallery, Tampa, Florida        

  2011                  Neighborhood Watch Tampa, Temple Terrace, Tampa, Florida

                            Self Lit, 18 Rabbit Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

2010                    Don’t Spend Your Lunch Money at the Chigger Hotel, Hyena Pack, Tampa, Florida

                            Drifted, Museum of Discovery and Science, Tampa, Florida

                            Myth of Power, 1310 Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

                            Atlantic Center for the Arts University Exhibition, New Smyrna, Florida

                            Expanding Dimensions, Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Boca Raton, Florida

                            Right Here, Right Now, Studio 1608, West Palm Beach, Florida  

                            Freidland Project Grant Recipients, Florida Atlantic University, Florida

 2009                 10x10, curated by Kara Walker-Tome, Lake Worth, Florida

                           Housed, Union Center Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida

                           Nowhere and Now…Here…, Kervo Art, Delray Beach, Florida

                           Futur.  Us, Ritter Gallery, Florida Atlantic University

                           Bodies of Work, Ritter Gallery; Phase II, Florida Atlantic University  

2008                 Bodies of Work, Schmidt Public Art Space, Florida Atlantic University

                           National Society of Arts and Letters (N.S.A.L) National Traveling Exhibit

2007                  Zones Contemporary Art Fair, Art Basel, Edge Zones, Miami, Florida

                           No Relation, Edge Zones, Miami, Florida

                           Four on Four, Oliver Gallery, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida


Conferences, Symposiums and Panels

2016                  Artist Talk, Art and Culture Center Hollywood, Florida

                           Visiting Artist Colloquium, University of Wisconsin at Madison, WI

                           Artist Talk, Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin

2015                    Florida Atlantic University, Artist Talk

2013                    Transcultural Exchange, Boston, Massachusetts

                            Artist Talk, Gallery at Avalon Island, Orlando, Florida

2012                   Artist Talk, Urban re-Think, Orlando, Florida

2011                   Panel participate for a colloquium discussing

                           -The Talent Show Exhibition and Latin American Conceptualism

                           -October 21, 2011, sponsored by the Institute for Research in the Arts, Tampa, Florida



   2013                  ‘Cuban Video Artists at CAM’, by Barbara Meledez


   2012                  ‘All Florida Artists Up Close: Vanessa Diaz’, by John Thomason, Boca Magazine


                              Florida's Oldest Juried Art Competition is Curiously Lacking in the World's Most Beloved Art

                              Form'  New Times Broward/Palm Beach, by Michael Mills,