California State University at Chico, emphasis on sculpture, painting and glass
Seminars Series on Public Art, San Diego Commissions for Arts and Culture 2010
Americans for the Arts Public Art Pre-conference in San Diego 2011
Nonprofit Management for the Arts, University of San Diego 2011
Pomegranate Fellows Training 2013
Awards and Grants:
Best Glass Artist, Laguna Art-A-Fair 2016, 2017, 2018
Azalea Park Water Conservation Garden, Award of Merit American Society of Landscape Architects 2015
Manzanita Gathering Place, Award of Merit American Society of Landscape Architects 2014
DNA of Creativity Grant/Invitational Group Show, Oceanside Museum of Art 2014
Great Neighborhood Challenge Public Art Grant, San Diego Foundation 2014
First Place Art Glass Association of Southern CA 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2014
Honorable Mention Dichroic By Design International Contest 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014
Creative Catalyst Grant and Fellowship, San Diego Foundation 2012
Neighborhood Arts Program Grant for Azalea Park, Commission for Arts and Culture, 2005
Artwork in the permanent collections of:
Women’s Museum of California, San Diego, CA; Maquette for The Women's Hall of Fame
Museum of Dichroic Art, Orange, CA; Radiant Vortex
Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL; Undercurrent
Carter Art Center, Kansas City, MO. The Four Elements
Canadian Clay and Glass Museum, Waterloo, ON, Canada;
Collaboration with Judy Chicago Arcanum in Shades of Gray
New Mexico Museum of Art/Santa Fe, New Mexico;
Collaboration with Judy Chicago Peeling Back
Joan Kroc Peace and Justice Center, S.D. CA; Carved Glass in Meditation Room
UCSD and Thornton Hospitals Carved Glass with Gold Leaf Way-finding
Outdoor Public Art Projects:
2019 (In progress): Little Saigon Identity Mosaics
San Diego, CA
Coordinating and Collaborating with El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association
and the Azalea Park Mosaic League (founder of the Azalea Park Mosaic League).
2018: Azalea Park Neighborhood Identification Sign
San Diego, CA
Coordinated with Project Manager from City of San Diego, City Contractor, Sign Designer, Azalea Park Neighborhood Association.
2017: Vista Veterans Memorial Park Healing Wall
Coordinated and collaborated with City of Vista Public Art Department.
2016: Paradise Creek
Kimball Park, National City, CA
Core Design Team Member and Lead Artist for 20 vertical sculptures.
Coordinated and collaborated with ARTS, A Reason to Survive, the City of National City,
Rooted in Place landscape architects, The Pomegranate Center, and the other team artist.
2015: ACT: The Boulevard
Community Murals Project: Quilts of City Heights
El Cajon Blvd., San Diego
Coordinated and collaborated with: City Heights CDC, The Boulevard Improvement Association, Circulate San Diego and the City Heights Town Council. Attended initial community input meeting/workshop. Collaborated with the core committee to select the site and approve concepts.
2014-Present: The Azalea Park Mosaic League
Meets every week at the artist's studio to support and inspire artists living in Azalea Park to learn to design, make and install mosaics that improve the community while fostering relationships, creativity, community inter-connectedness and overall well-being. To make Azalea Park more safe and walk-able.
2013: Manzanita Gathering Place
City Heights, San Diego, CA
2015: Received Merit Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects
Core Design Team Member and Mosaic Lead Artist.
Coordinated and collaborated with The San Diego Foundation, ARTS, A Reason to Survive, the City of San Diego, the City Heights Town Council, The Pomegranate Center, Azalea Park Community, and other team artists.
2013: Butterfly Park
National City, CA
Pomegranate Fellow Trainee: organize communities, inter-face with government and permitting bodies, design collaboratively to create an artistic gathering space.
2010: Solar Illuminated Translucent Totems
Gateway Sculptures for Azalea Community Park
San Diego, CA
2015: Merit Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects for the Azalea Park Water Conservation Garden
Coordinated and collaborated with Rebuilding Together San Diego, Estrada Land Planning, Taggart Landscaping, City of San Diego Parks and Recreation.
Scottsdale Arts Festival, Time-Based Art Project
Coordinated with Scottsdale Public Art.
2008: The Californiascope
Collaboration with Harmon Nelson and Steve Riggs
San Diego, CA
A big attraction on the highly traveled embarcadero, offering a photo opportunity and an unexpected art experience for both tourists and local residents. Solar lit for enjoyment at night; it was one of the most memorable of the Urban Trees. Featured in The Big Bay commercial and traveled to Ontario Canada for the annual Tulip Festival in 2010. Temporarily installed on Glorietta Bay, Coronado, CA for one year. Photo image featured in Wikipedia’s definition for kaleidoscope.
2005: Neighborhood Arts Program Grant
Originated the concept for, co-wrote the grant proposal, recruited participants and over saw entire project to completion. Community outreach in multiple languages, free art education and diverse participation were hallmarks of this project.
Coordinated with the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture