M.F.A. 2011 Fine Art Florida State University
B.A. 2007 Studio Art University Of South Florida (with honors)
A.A. 2005 Studio Art Hillsborough Community College (with honors)
2014 Individual Artist Fellowship, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs
2014 Spark Grant Sponsored by Florida Blue, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville
2013-2014 Art Ventures Grant, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida
2012 Merit Artist, Florida Arts Council Fellowship Review, Achieved fellowship rank but funding unavailable
2012-2015 Adjunct Art Professor, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida
2011-2015 VSA Teaching Artist, teaching art and disability themes, VSA Florida
2012 “In the Wings” Touring Roster, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Tallahassee, Florida
2007-2010 Art Teaching Assistantship, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
2006 Museum Internship, University Of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
2015* “Gesamtkunstwerk, A Synthesis of Arts”, Atlantic Center for the Arts Alt-Space, New Smyrna Beach, Florida
2015* “Gesamtkunstwerk”, Oglesby Gallery, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
2015* “Abstracting the Difference”, new pastel drawings and watercolors, Players by the Sea Theatre, Jacksonville Beach, Florida
2014 “Be Brave, Leave Your Mark”, Performance/Installation, Telfair Museum, Savannah, Georgia
Dressed as my character “The 3LeggedFox,” I told stories and sang songs about being a small child in rural Pennsylvania and learning to express what it means to be different.
2014 “Romper-Stomper/Cherry-Popper”, Performance/Installation, Ringling Underground, Ringling Museum
of Art, Sarasota, Florida
This performance combined storytelling, singing, and installation. As my adult character, the Marquis Sha De, I attached an LED unicorn horn to my wig and used it to pop a dozen 3-foot diameter red balloons that were on giant, cherry-like green stems. The “Romper-Stomper” unicorn is a natural born “Cherry-Popper”- a person who leads others to new ideas and new ways of experiencing things.
2014 “Be Brave, Leave Your Mark”, Performance/Installation, Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville
This was the same performance described above for the Telfair Museum.
2014 Four Deformances and Installation, One Spark Festival, At the entrance to MOCA, Jacksonville, Florida
This performance combined storytelling, singing, and installation. Each night of the festival I did a performance of each of my four characters. The installation was a stage and six 7 ft. tall panels with cut-outs for faces. There were rotorelief wheels with Marcel Duchamp’s psychedelic designs that people could spin from behind the panels as their friends took photos of them with their faces in the holes. More than 250,000 people attended the festival over four days.
2014* “Stimulation/Manipulation”, 2D collages and watercolors, Players by the Sea Theatre, Jacksonville
2013* “The Luck of the Draw and Other Tales of Unnatural Selection”, Performance/Installation, Indigo
Sky Gallery, Savannah, Georgia
This performance combined storytelling, singing, and installation. Performing as my teenage character, I began by sitting in a “Lotus Chair” and telling stories that explored perceptions of sexuality, deformity, luck, and the experience of the “social other. While telling my stories, I slowly pulled hand-shaped flower petals off of the “Lotus Chair” mimicking a game of “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not”. I also referenced paintings I made about the role of luck in unnatural selection in an original song I composed.
2013* “It’s OK 2 B difFereNt”, Performance/Installation, Riverside Arts Market, Jacksonville, Florida.
Dressed as my character “The 3LeggedFox,” I told stories from my early childhood at the “Cross Roads Stage”. As I told stories, I used oil pastel crowns to trace my two-fingered hand onto colorful pieces of paper. At the end of the performance, I gave away the handprints to the children in the audience.
2013 “Marquis Sha De & The Hypnotic Stun Gun Orchestra”, Performance, The Landing Main Stage, One
Spark Arts Festival, Jacksonville, Florida.
The performance involved myself, dressed as the Marquis Sha De and four other performers who formed The Hypnotic Stun Gun Orchestra. As the orchestra’s conductor, I directed the four performers in a series of synchronized visual actions as I told stories to the audience. I created 20 handheld hypnotic spirals based on the designs of Marcel Duchamp’s Rotoreliefs to create the visual element of the stage performance. There was recorded music that I created.
2012* Two-Fingered Turkey, Performance/Installation, MetaCusp Studios Gallery, Jacksonville, Florida
This performance was inspired by my childhood experiences of making Thanksgiving turkey hand art, playing musical instruments, and shaking hands; all things that I had difficulty adapting to as a child. The gallery installation that accompanied the performance consisted of one-hundred and eleven, hand drawn, two-fingered turkey images installed as a grid.
2012* “Deformity, Adversity, Empowerment, Vitality”, Installation, MetaCusp Studios Gallery,
This was an installation with video and hand-prints on 4 feet by 60 feet of paper banners.
2012 “Be Brave, Leave Your Mark”, Billboard Installation for “Embracing Our Differences, an international
competition presented on the Sarasota Bayfront, Sarasota, Florida
This was a thirteen-foot tall by sixteen-foot wide billboard made from an image I created. The billboard featured my “3 Legged Fox” character holding up a handprint from my deformed, two-fingered hand.
2012 “I Hate Birthdays”, performance with original song, Florida Focus, curated show of Florida artists selected by Ken Rollins, Studio@621, St.
Petersburg, Florida, 2012
2012* “Let Them Eat Cake: And Choke on It”, 6-hour Performance & Installation, CoRK Art Studios
Gallery, Jacksonville, Florida
Performing as the Marquis-Sha-De, I used my deformed hand as a stencil for spray icing on 100 rectangular, white cakes. I gave away the cakes to the gallery visitors. The installation consisted of a gazebo that was decorated like a pink, black, and white prom float.
2011* “Stage 4/Deformance Art, Acceptance & Empowerment”, Performance/Installation, Museum of
Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, Florida
This was a theater performance with storytelling and singing using props and costumes. I used four characters to represent different stages in my life. Each told a story about how I overcame the adversity of my disability and became empowered.
2011* “Learning 2 Tie”, Performance/Installation, Williams Cornelius Gallery, Jacksonville, Florida
Dressed as my character “The 3LeggedFox,” I told stories from my early childhood while using
shoestrings to lace together cardboard hand shapes that were cut in half. The title refers to my story of how a child born with seven fingers learns to tie her shoes.
2011* “Veiled Luck”, Performance/Installation, Vault Gallery, Jacksonville, Florida
Performing as my teenage character I poured colored melted wax over my hand to create wax handprints on paper. I told stories from my adolescence that explore perceptions of sexuality, deformity, luck, and the experience of the “social other”. The audience took the handprints at the end of the performance.
2011* “SideWalk/ChalkTalk”, Performance, North Florida Community College, Madison, Florida
2011* “The Robbing of The Bride”, Performance/Video/Installation, Museum of Fine Art, Florida State
University, Tallahassee, Florida
2010* “Smashed Menagerie”, Performance/Video/Installation, 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, Florida
2009* “The 3 Legged Fox: A Written History”, Performance/Video/Installation, Working Method Gallery,
2009 “Art Teaches Tolerance, Art Teaches Diversity”, Art Performance, Video, & Installation, Front Steps
of the Capital Building, downtown Tallahassee
2008 “The Grotesque Menagerie”, Art Performance, Video, & Installation, Big Bend Contemporary,
2008* “Anomaly: One in a Thousand”, Art Performance, Video, & Installation, Big Bend Contemporary,
2008 “Impulse - sExy kniFe shOes”, Video & Installation, Big Bend Contemporary, Tallahassee, Florida
2007 “Dealing With The Hand You’re Dealt”, Performance with Audience Participation, Federal
Correctional Institution, Tallahassee, Florida
My performance took place in the prison’s cafeteria where I taped 80 pieces of paper to the wall and used my deformed hand to make handprints while telling stories about my own struggles with deformity and finding the inner strength to overcome and persevere.
2006 “31st Student Art Exhibition”, University Of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, Florida
2005* “The Magic Show”, Overlook Gallery, Temple Terrace, Florida
2005 “Transcendental Show”, University Of South Florida Center Gallery, Tampa, Florida
2004 “Industrial Carnival, and the extended Industrial Carnival Show”, Old Cigar Factory Gallery, Ybor
City, Florida and The Art Center Of Sarasota, Sarasota, Florida
2003 “Women Studies Department Second Annual Student Art Show”, University of South Florida
Marshal Center Ballroom, Tampa, Florida