squid’s education and artistic activities


2009-2010 Northern Illinois University–Doctorate of Philosophy in Art Education, Certificate in Museum Studies (on Leave of Absence)

  • Member of the following Art Education Associations:  National Art Education Association (NAEA); Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA); International Art Education Association (InAEA); NAEA Women’s Caucus; NAEA Gay, Lesbian, Transgendered, Bisexual, and Questioning Caucus; and the Social Theory Caucus
  • Studio courses:  Art Books
  • Related courses:  Visual Culture, History of Art Education, Doctoral Seminar(s), Modernism and Postmodernism for Art Education, Intro to Museum Studies, Research Methodologies for Art Education, Curriculum for Art Education, Second Life and Virtual Worlds for Art Education, Statistics, Intro to Research Methodologies

2007-2008 Northern Illinois University–Graduate Student at Large

  • Related courses: ARTH 601: Imperial to Papal Rome: The Eternal City in Transition, ARTH 605: 20th Century Art History, ENGL 502B: Aesthetic Theory, ENGL 568: 20th Century British Literature

2005-2007 Columbia College Chicago–Fine Art Studio, post-Baccalaureate student

  • Studio courses: 2-D, 3-D, Drawing I, Drawing II, Issues in New Media, Black and White Photography, Jewelry and Object I, Jewelry and Object II, Jewelry and Object III, Jewelry Workshop, Sculptural Paper, Papermaking Workshop, Frames and Stretchers Workshop, Critique Seminar
  • Related courses: Art History I: Pre-History to Renaissance, Art History II: Renaissance to Present, Theory and Criticism

2002-2005 Southern Illinois University at Carbondale–Literature, Master of Arts

  • Thesis “I never knew a Florentine more kind and honest” (3.1.38): The Influence of Italian Politics and Nationality on English Alterity through an Economic Reading of Othello
  • Coursework: Shakespeare, Shakespeare I, Teaching College English, Medieval Lyric and Ballad, Restoration and the 18th Century, Readings in Literature and Language (6 hours), Readings in History, History of the English Language, Cultural Background: Western Literature, Major American Writers: The Gothic, American Fiction to 1900: Shifty Characters, Renaissance Studies: Shakespeare and Material Wealth, Special Topics: Early Modern Women’s Autobiography, Renaissance Studies: The Tempest and Twelfth Night

1997-2002 Southern Illinois University at Carbondale–Classics and History (double major), Bachelor of Arts

  • Graduated cum laude with the Honor’s Option. Honor’s Thesis: Opium Illusion, a historical fiction short story that incorporated 19th century London, Modern Ireland, and Chinese mythology
  • Member of the following Honor’s Societies: Eta Sigma Phi, Eta Beta chapter (Classics Honors Society), Phi Alpha Theta (History Honors Society), Golden Key International Honors Society.
  • Interdisciplinary courses: Classical Civilization (Roman), Classical Mythology, Ancient Art and Archaeology, Classical Drama, Independent Study in Classics (7 hours), Greek Civilization, Topics in Classics (15 hours), Ancient Civilizations, World of Ancient Rome, Special Readings in History (6 hours), Honor’s Humanities (6 hours), Historical Research and Writing, Mystical Literature and Meditations, Ritual and Revolt in Early Modern Europe, Senior Paper (History), Honor’s Thesis
  • Studio courses: Metals I, Metals II, Metals III, Ceramics I.





  • Art and Mental Health conference (one day exhibition and demo)

  • Circus Nerve, Suitable for Framing (April-June; group show)


  • The Fiction Project, Brooklyn Art Library/Art House Co-op (tour and housed by)

    • the bestiary of unnamed friends:  a travelogue
  • Memories:  Recycling the Past to Repurpose the Future at the ARTgarage (May 7, 2011-May 31, 2011; juried show)

    • Two pieces were accepted:  unnamed friends: from the 100 acre wood and unnamed friends:  narwhal
  • World Water Day at College of Menominee Nation
    • 2nd place in Painting/Drawing/et al.
    • 3rd place in Photography


  • Project R.E.D for NIU’s residence halls DeKalb, IL


  • Installation at the NIU UWC Satellite Center in Founder’s Memorial Library, DeKalb, IL


  • Installation at the UWC Writing Center, NIU, DeKalb, IL (September-present)
  • ArtWear Show at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, CO (September)
  • Commissioned permanent display for the UWC Writing Center, NIU, DeKalb, IL originally for an international Writing Center Conference in Madison, WI (June-present)
  • Exhibition of Work at Northern Illinois University’s Writing Center (June-September)


  • Thoroughly Modern Mary Paper Dress Exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library in Springfield, IL (September 17-October 18)
  • Transitions: BFA Show at Columbia College Chicago (May-June)
  • Fashion Columbia Exhibition at Columbia College Chicago (May-June)
  • Sketchy V at Columbia College Chicago (March-April)


  • Metalworks Exhibition at Columbia College Chicago (November 30-December 9)
  • Arts Community Show at 11th Street Dinner in Chicago (December)
  • From Trickle to Deluge apartment-show in Chicago (November)
  • Fashion Columbia Exhibition at Columbia College Chicago (May-June)


  • Sketchy IV at Columbia College Chicago (October-November)

Related Activities:


  • Visiting Artist/Guest Lecturer for Prof. Eric Jurgens’ Humanities class presenting on Contemporary Art and Artist Movements in the 20th and 21st centuriest


  • Visiting Artist for Dr. Mina Chang’s ARTE 345 demonstrating some basic art book forms and presenting a short overview of book arts
  • Visiting Artist for Dr. Lisa Kay’s ARTE 345 demonstrating some basic art book forms and presenting a short overview of book arts


  • Work Aid in the Art Supply Room at Columbia College Chicago (I think I learned more here than in class.)



  • chimera: Alice in KistchyKoo! Subcultural Lifestyle Magazine, Vol. 1 Issue 4


  • “I Can’t Believe I’m Saying this Twice in the Same Century…But ‘Duh…’”: The Evolution of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sub-Culture Language Through the Medium of Fanfiction” in Slayage: The Online Internation Journal of Buffy Studies


  • Cover and interior art for Manufactured Dissent’s Vituperative Paroxysms: Haggis and Bourbon for the Masses


  • Interior art for Richard Baysinger in Images from the Desert
  • Cover and interior art for Manufactured Dissent’s Truculent Syncresis: Skeet Shooting at the Rapture


  • “Christianity Has Pagan DNA: Mystery Religions and Early Christianity in the Roman Empire” in Legacy: A Journal of Student Scholarship from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale’s History Department

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