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Design research is a critical tool to transform spaces, tell our stories, and shine a light on hidden narratives often excluded. Throughout my career in the arts, I have produced storytelling initiatives, cinematic strategies, public programming, and conducted archival and collection-based research projects that open up dialogues for hidden histories and build accessible bridges for community storytelling. Mapping creative ecosystems, these vehicles for storytelling range from documentary film, exhibition planning and design case studies, to design journalism and education.

Providing narrative consultation and design strategies for cultural organizations, I advocate for narrative connections and collaborative initiatives. In 2012, I began producing and directing documentary film and media projects broadening and juxtaposing art and design dialogues amongst artists, designers, activists, curators, writers, scholars, scientists, and performers.

 

Educating designers and young creatives is an outlet important to my practice lecturing in the Theory + History of Art + Design Department at Rhode Island School or Design and Summer@Brown University. Recent projects include a  series of design research film featurettes; fashion + textile research uncovering hidden histories within design archives + museum spaces; and projects for community-narrative building.

Education

Master of Arts, Global Arts and Cultures

Rhode Island School of Design, RI

 

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Illustration

Art History concentration

Rhode Island School of Design, RI

Experience

Documentary filmmaker + producer, 2012 - 2022

Director of Programming | Independent community programmer, 2010 - 2019

Art Director | Creative Director, 2008 - 2014

Independent Curator, 2008 - 2022

Design Instructor | Guest Critic | Lecturer, 2013 - 2022

Freelance graphic designer, 2004 - 2012

Awards

Maharam  Fellowship in Art + Design, 2020

 

Graduate Fellowship | Global Arts + Cultures, 2019-2020

Rhode Island School of Design

 

Pedagogical Innovation Research Fellow, 2020

Rhode Island School of Design


Best Feature Film, 2016

Female Forces | RI Art Archive Project

Teaching

Global Modernisms 

Critical Introduction to Architecture + Design

Rhode Island School of Design, RI

 

Art, Gender + Fashion in the Modern Age

Female Forces | Hidden Histories : Women in Art + Design

Summer@Brown, Brown University, RI

Principles of 2D Design

Rhode Island School of Design, RI

Providence Art Club, RI

Board of Directors + Committees
* Currenlty active

Art League of Rhode Island

Aurea Ensemble

Pawtucket Arts Collaborative

Providence Athenæum

Providence Preservation Society

Newport Art Museum

Open Studios Pawtucket

RI Council for the Humanities

RI Historical Society

RI State Council for the Arts

RISD Graduate Alliance

RISD Fleet Library Task Force

What Cheer Writer’s Club

Publications

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Panelist

International Portfolio Day

Rhode Island School of Design

Mass College of Art and Design

School of the Museum of Fine Arts

Alumni Speaker’s Series

Rhode Island School of Design

DesignxRI SPARK Design Summit

The Wexford Innovation Center

 

“Female Forces: Women In RI Art” 

Museum of Art, RISD

 

“Curation + Art In the 21st Century” 

Bannister Gallery, Rhode Island College

      

“The Abstract in Realism | Three Artists"

Newport Art Museum

Moderator

2021 Graduate Speaker’s Series

Graduate Studies Office

Rhode Island School of Design

“Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché” with Director Pamela E. Green

Museum of Art, RISD

“Interactive Spaces”

Alliance of Artists Communities

Museum of Art, RISD

“Business & Creative Innovation”

Career Center Speaker Series, RISD

 

RI Art Archive Project Filmmaker + Artist panel 

Museum of Art, RISD; Providence Art Club; Pawtucket Arts Collaborative; Warwick Museum of Art; Newport Art Museum

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Speaker

“Call & Response” Speaker Series

Newport Art Museum

"Thesis Process + Storytelling” 

Graphic Design Graduate Department

Rhode Island School of Design

 

“Programming: Catalyst + Tool”

RHODI Conversations

Rhode Island Historical Society

“Helping History and Heritage Happen” 

Rhode Island Historical Society

 

“Paper Dolls Project: Artists In Archives” 

The Providence Athenæum

 

“Creative Impact Series”

Rhode Island State Council for the Arts

 

"Archiving and Artistic Practice” 

Intercultural Student Engagement

Rhode Island School of Design

Partners +
Collaborators

Antiques Roadshow

The Avenue Concept

AS220

Aurea Ensemble

Bannister Gallery, RI College

Boston Ballet

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum

Brown University Herbarium 

Conde Nast Archives

Crimetown podcast

DC Public Library

Department of Arts, Culture + Tourism, City of Providence

Downtown PVD Parks Conservancy

Dirt Palace Projects

Eric Nathan (composer)

Fashion Institute of Technology

HarperCollins Publishers

Hasbro Children’s Hospital

Michael Holman Hip Hop Archive

Museum of Art, RISD

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

New York Times Book Review

Newport Art Museum 

Penguin Random House

The Public Theater

Public Art Works

Providence Preservation Society

RI Council for the Humanities

Rhode Island Historical Society

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

RI State Council for the Arts

RISD Nature Lab

RISD Graduate Studies Office

RISD Research Office

RI Training School

National Museum of African American History and Culture,

Smithsonian Museum

Thinc Design

University of Rhode Island

Wedding Cake House

Exhibiting
Artist

19 On Paper

5 Traverse Gallery

ArtProv Gallery

Art League of RI Gallery

AS220 Project Space Gallery

Attleboro Arts Museum

Candita Clayton Gallery

Graphic Arts Workshop, SF

Jamestown Arts Center

Kathryn Schultz Gallery

Keeseh Studios

Krause Gallery, Moses Brown

Museum of Art, RISD

Newport Art Museum

Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Gallery

Pool Art Fair New York

Portsmith Artist Guild

Providence Art Club

Providence Arts Windows

Providence Public Library

PVD Fest

RI State Council for the Arts

 Atrium Gallery

Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, NY

Salve Regina University Gallery

University of RI Gallery

Warwick Museum of Art

Woods Gerry Gallery, RISD

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Narrative consultation
Media production
Curation
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