Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
Masters in Art Education      Graduation Date: December 2013

BKC International House, Moscow
Cambridge CELTA Certification – Grade B – Awarded October 2006

Carnegie Mellon University, School of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Major: Fine Art       Graduation Date: May 2005
Member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society
Graduated with both school and university honors


Lead Curriculum Designer – January 2014 – present
CurrentLab, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Researched and developed on-line teaching resources and curricular modules for use in an NEA grant-funded teacher training workshop designed to instruct art educators on how to teach video game design. Ensured modules aligned with state and national standards of learning and drew meaningful connections between technology and contemporary art.

Digital and Studio Arts Teacher, High School – August 2014 – present
Patrick Henry High School, Ashland, VA
Developed and taught new media and traditional arts projects to high school students in Graphic Arts I & II, and Art II, III & IV courses.

Adjunct Instructor – January 2014 – May 2014
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Developed and co-taught a syllabus for an undergraduate student teaching seminar course. Instructed an undergraduate course in special needs art education, observing and providing feedback to pre-service teachers working with preschoolers with special needs.

Instructor & Coordinator – January 2014 – May 2014
ART 180, Richmond, VA
Developed and led a web design course for a youth leadership team at a local arts non-profit. Taught HTML and CSS coding, and coordinated with designers, developers, and the non-profit’s communications team to develop projects that provided students the opportunity to contribute to the upcoming redesign of the non-profit’s website.

Instructor – July-August 2012-2015
St. Catherine’s School, Richmond, VA
Developed and taught three art courses for elementary and secondary students, including a green screen video course, a mixed-media integrated science course, and a course exploring different strategies of portraiture, in a creative arts summer camp.

Instructor – July-August 2012-2015
The Smithsonian Associates, Washington, DC
Developed curriculum for and taught beginner and advanced sessions of a video game design course for elementary and middle school students, as well as experimental new media “Digital Arts Mash-Up” classes for middle schoolers.

Founding Editor – August 2012 – May 2015
VOKE, Richmond, VA
Co-founded VOKE, an online art education journal for publishing visualized research. Solicited and edited contributions, and developed and distributed promotional materials both online and at national and state conferences. Designed and developed website and underlying content management system for the journal.

Adjunct Instructor – August 2012 – December 2012
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Developed and executed a syllabus for an undergraduate course on Computer Technology in Art Education. Instructed teaching and studio practice with a variety of new media art forms and secured opportunities for student teachers to instruct public school students in an after school technology club.

Facilitator – January 2012 – January 2013
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Developed and led art engagements with undergraduate VCU nursing students at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts as part of “The Art of Nursing,” a program to encourage sensory and critical acuity in nurses-in-training through experiences with works of art.

Teaching Assistant – Aug 2011 – May 2012
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Forged relationships with area teachers to provide observation and teaching opportunities for student teachers. Observed and provided feedback to student teachers in elementary and special ed practicum courses.

Preschool Teacher – Nov 2008 – Jun 2011
College Hill Children’s Center, Lancaster, PA
Taught and planned lessons, art, and language activities for pre-school-aged learners at a Keysone Stars 4-Star, NAEYC accredited center.

ESL Kindergarten Teacher – Sep 2007-Jun 2008
AKCENT International House Prague. Prague, Czech Republic
Taught English lessons to elementary and preschool-aged learners in public schools throughout Prague, as well as lessons with adult learners.

Teacher of English – Oct 2006-Aug 2007
BKC International House Moscow. Moscow, Russian Federation
Taught English classes to a wide variety of ages and levels of learner, ranging from Kindergarten-aged to adult learners.

Program Coordinator, Tutor, Counselor – Oct 2005-Aug 2006
KEYS AmeriCorps and The Collegiate YMCA. Pittsburgh, PA
Coordinated CHANGES inter-school exchange and community service program. Provided homework help and proficiency preparation for students of several area high schools. Conceived and led art and other structured activities for school-age children in afterschool and summer camp programs.


2017 “Creative Code: Experiments in Interactive Beauty with Secondary Art Students,” NAEA National Convention, 2017, and VAEA State Convention, 2016

2016 “Art Education Technology and Social Theory in Art Education: Connecting Special Interests,” NAEA National Convention, 2016

2016 “Ludic Pedagogy: Teaching Video Game Design for the Art Classroom,” NAEA National Convention, 2016

2015 “Ludic Pedagogy: Teaching Video Game Design for the Art Classroom,” VAEA State Convention 2015

2015 “Press Start to Begin: Game Design for the Art Classroom,” NAEA National Convention, 2015

2014 “Leveling Up: Art Educators Teaching Digital Game Design,” NAEA National Convention, 2014

2014 “What is Visualized Research? The Story of Voke, a Digital Platform for Art Education Research” NAEA National Convention, 2014

2014 “Press Start to Begin: Digital Game Design for the Art Classroom,” VAEA State Convention 2014

2014 “Learning from Digital Game Design: Developing Digital Literacies for the Creative Classroom,” Games+Learning+Society Conference 10

2013 “Constructing Arts Knowledge: Constructivist Art Explorations in an Inclusion Preschool Classroom,” Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference.

2013 “Ride the STEAM Train with Video Game Making,” VAEA State Convention 2013.

2013 “VOKE: Visualized Research to Encourage Emerging Voices in Art Ed,” VAEA State Convention 2013.

2013 “Developing ‘Agency’: Pre-Service Art Educators Learning Digital Game Design,” Games+Learning+Society Conference 9.0

2013 “The Art of Nursing: A museum-based Interprofessional Education Model to Enrich Clinical Reasoning Through Art,” NAEA National Convention 2013.

2013 “National Coalition for Arts Integration: A Conversation Between State Programs and a Graduate Research Team,” NAEA National Convention 2013.

2013 “Learning from Digital Game Design, Part Two: Teaching Game Design,” NAEA National Convention 2013.

2012 “Is it Time for a National Coalition for Arts Integration? A Conversation Between State Programs and a Graduate Research Team,” AEP Spring 2012 National Forum: Are We There Yet? Arts Evidence and the Road to Student Success.


2017 Chapter Staying current: Developing digital literacies for the creative classroom.
With Ryan Patton
in Teaching Computational Creativity, Michael Filimowicz, & Veronika Tzankova, eds. Cambridge University Press

2016 “This art is up here, but the students at this school are down here.”
Guest editorial for LGBTIC Issues Group in
NAEA News, vol. 58, No. 4, p. 27.

2016 Food Landscapes: Cooking, Community Service and Art-Making with Teens.
With Kate Agnelli, Elizabeth P. Cramer, Melanie L. Buffington, & Jessica Norris
Journal of Community Practice, vol. 24, No. 2, pp. 205-214.

2012 Bringing Forth Creativity: The Role of Art Education in Fostering Creative Thought, in Topics in Arts Integration: A National Coalition for Arts Integration

2012 The Arts =/= Creativity: Talking Points from the Arts Education Partnership Forum, in The VAEA Newsletter, Fall 2012


2015 Sad.gif, The Temple of the Cosmic Mothership, Richmond, VA

2012-13 Strange Attractors: Investigations in Non-Humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexualities

LA Art Book Fair, Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA
25th NY Queer Experimental Film Festival, MIX Factory, NYC
Kiaro Obscuro Film Festival, Anchorage, AK
Anthology Film Archives, NYC
CI13, Pittsburgh, PA
Do Anything, San Diego, CA
Printed Matter, NYC
Space 4 Art, San Diego, CA

2010 “SyFy Fact or Faked, episode 11”, broadcast, featured video from Spotted Dream Owl Project

2010 Open Thread v.2 Pre-Release, Future Tenant, Pittsburgh, PA

2010 Multimedia Festival, The Senator Theatre, Baltimore, MD

2009 Tav Issue 2 Pgh Release Show, Encyclopedia Destructica Studios, Pittsburgh, PA

2006 Halloweird, touring program

Kiaro Obscuro Film Festival, Anchorage, AK
Indie Memphis Micro Cinema Club, Memphis, TN
The Paper Heart, Phoenix, AZ
Project 101, Paris, France
111 Minna Gallery, San Franciso, CA
Hypogean Halloween, Bastrop, TX
Axiom Theatre, Houston, TX
Out North, Anchorage, AK
Central Cinema, Seattle, WA

2006 CARTUNE EXPREZ, touring program

BLIM. Vancouver, BC
DIVA. Eugene, OR
Plus Galley. Denver, CO
Spencer Museum of Art. Lawrence, KA
Kansas City Art Institute. Kansas City, MO
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Blue Barn Theater. Omaha, NE
South Union Arts. Chicago, IL
Green Lantern. Chicago, IL
Mattress Factory. Pittsburgh, PA
ECO. Camden, NJ
Space 1026 . Philadelphia, PA
Monkeytown. Brooklyn, NY
Gideon Welles. Glastonbury, CT
Looney Bin . Providence, RI
Space Gallery. Portland, ME
Maine College of Art. Portland, ME
Sanctuary for Independant Media. Troy, NY
SPARK. Syracuse, NY
Oberlin College. Oberlin, OH
Skylab. Columbus, OH
Antioch College. Yellow Springs, OH
The Church. Minneapolis, MN
MCCCA. Madison, WI
Darling Hall. Milwaukee, WI
University of Wisconsin. Milwaukee, WI
Mount Marty College. Yankton, SD
Portland Art Center. Portland, OR
The Department of Safety. Anacortes, WA

2006 100% Centennial, The Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

2005 From the Underground Volume 9, The Drake Hotel, Toronto, Canada

2005 Indie Cartoons for Kids of All Ages, Melwood Screening Room, Pittsburgh, PA

2005 Spectacular Spectacular, The Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

2005 Little Golden Show, The Frame Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

2004 The Pittsburgh Student Animation Festival, Pittsburgh, PA.

2004 "Transmissions From the Stupid," The Frame Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA.

2004 "The Wind Cave," Ellis Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University. 2004.

2003 “The 33-Petaled Rose Channeling Ceremony,” Ellis Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University.

2003 “Retrospective: The Totally Awesome Show,” Ellis Gallery, Carnegie Mellon


2012 Graduate School Thesis/Dissertation Assistantship awarded, Virginia Commonwealth University

2011 School of the Arts Graduate Studies Graduate Teaching Assistantship awarded, Virginia Commonwealth University

2005 Samuel Rosenberg Senior Art Award

2004 Student Undergraduate Research Grant awarded for “Anaglyph Hieroglyph” project

2004 Samuel Rosenburg junior art award

2003 Joseph B. Ellis sophomore art award

2002 Harry Holland freshman art award


Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, Encore, PageMaker/InDesign, Premiere, Director, Final Cut Pro, Flash animation and Actionscript programming, Dreamweaver, HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, C++, Java, Processing programming, GameMaker, Godot, and Stencyl game development