I am an Associate Professor of Art specializing in Photography, and gallery director at Vincennes University in southwestern Indiana. I have been a longtime member and student advocate of SPE where I served as national Student Volunteer Coordinator and Social Media Chair. In addition, I have held various leadership positions in several photo arts organizations including Texas Photographic Society and Ticka-Arts.
As an active SPE member, I have witnessed the continued evolution and changes within the organization as well as the challenges faced. Challenges with membership, financials, and leadership have taken its toll on this venerable organization.
Recognizing that change is a must for organizations such as SPE, I feel that the combination of my experiences can add to the conversations and promote effective change on the board. These conversations will help broaden the perception of the organization in academia and the general public. My experience includes:
Art Practice: Research history includes self-representation and imagery related to social media.
Pedagogy: Teaching in several different academic environments: for profit, community colleges and universities. These opportunities enable me to adapt and communicate to a diverse student/academic population.
Curatorial Experience: Director of the Shircliff Gallery of Art (Vincennes University)
International Experience: Travels abroad to China, Italy and Greece. This exposure has expanded my interest to diversify photo history and pedagogy.
I believe the relationships that I have developed as a member of both the MCC and the LGBTQ Caucuses over the years has given me a unique view of the needs and challenges of today's diverse membership base.
Ultimately my presence on the board would be a visible example of accessibility to students who do not have the opportunity to see and be taught by BIPOC in their pursuit of an art education.