I have considered myself a photographer since my early days at boarding school in Dover, England, However, I really started in traditional photography at MICA in Baltimore in 1983 and spent the next 25 years immersed in photography, including comercial and fine art. Realizing I had other interests I was good at, I started to broaden my horizon and ventured into teaching and eventually found my niche in arts management, where I am today. I just recently transitioned from being the director of a visual and performing arts facility for the Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George's County, Maryland, to the Visual Arts Specialist for the same department. This is more than a full time job, and, thus, limits my available time to pursue my photography, but I do try to photograph digitally at least once a week or so. I hope to one day again immerse myself 100% in my photography.
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The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Visual Arts Specialist, Arts and Cultural Heritage Division 2018-present
- Responsible for curating multiple exhibitions in 6 venues in parks and recreation buildings in Prince George’s county
- Offer and curate exhibition opportunities, free of charge, to Prince George’s county artists.
- Coordinate resident artist and student artists for the annual Black History Month poster as well as the Hispanic Heritage month poster
- Coordinate annual Prince George’s County juried exhibition
- Create artist workshops and talks.
- Ensure artists are compensated for exhibiting their work and conducting workshops and artist’s talks
- Produce and publish exhibition catalogs which are free to the artists
- Oversee the annual purchases of artwork from Prince George’s County artists for inclusion in the Arts and Cultural Heritage Division’s growing collection of artworks.
- Manage the collection of over 100 artworks purchased from Prince George’s county artists.
Director of Harmony Hall Arts Center, May 2014 to 2018
- Oversee, supervise and program educational component of Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center, including classes and camps. Identify, interview and select instructors for class and camp program. Develop new classes, workshops and special events for Arts Harmony Hall Regional Center’s diverse patron base.
- Oversee the yearly creation of the center’s seasonal program brochure which includes concerts, afternoon teas, Senior Arts Series, movies and gallery exhibitions.
- Manage, supervise and write yearly performance evaluations for 5 seasonal office staff, 6 program instructors, 14 summer camp staff and 2 career staff.
- Maintain MNCPPC customer service standards for our programs, including classes, concerts, performances and other special events.
- Manage an annual budget of $680,000 and a revenue stream of $220,000 plus. Recommend and set fees for rentals, classes and programming performances based on cost recovery data.
- Monitor facility for safety, alarms, security and general maintenance. Execute emergency plans and ensure staff trainings, such as CPR, are up to date.
- Create new sources of revenue through programming expansion
- Implement and oversee facility renovations, including new lobby Terrazzo floor, concert hall seating and carpet, projector and 24’ screen install, stage curtain and several equipment upgrades for classes and programs.
- Serve on committees and special work groups such as the Ticketing Task Force
Assistant Director of Harmony Hall Arts Center, May 2011 to May 2014
- Coordinate public relations and marketing of internal programs, including classes, M-NCPPC sponsored performances and art gallery exhibits and events. Execute advertising campaigns to include internet, flyers, banners and signage. Form partnerships with local schools, businesses and community groups such as Southern Maryland Art League and the office of Congress Woman Donna Edwards.
- Oversee, supervise and program educational component of Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center, including classes and camps. Identify, interview and select instructors for class and camp program. Develop new classes, workshops and special events for Arts Harmony Hall Regional Center.
- Select, curate, install and remove artworks for exhibits. Serve as leader of the Exhibit Selection Committee in selecting artists and artworks for exhibition. Interview, select and supervise part time staff to assist in installation of exhibits. Create print materials for advertisement of exhibitions.
- Manage, supervise and write yearly performance evaluations for seasonal box office staff and program instructors.
- Assist the Director of Arts in the day-to-day operation of Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center and monitoring of facility budget. Monitor facility for safety, alarms, security and general maintenance. Share on-duty responsibilities at performances, exhibitions and events with Director of Arts. Assist director in selection of performing arts
Gallery Manager, Harmony Hall Regional Center, 2002 to 2011
- Curate and install exhibitions of local, regional and national artists and historic exhibits in the Center’s five galleries.
- Meet with artists and local arts organizations and interact with Center visitors to explain use of the facility, its programs and M-NCPPC policies and other public services. Conduct tours to daily visitors and groups.
- Ensure the proper handling, display, installation and safety of loaned art and objects.
- Write news releases and brochure copy for gallery programs and work with graphic designers and Center marketing staff to create and distribute publicity. Research and write educational materials for exhibitions.
- Work with Center Director to improve facility operations, presentation, services and create new programs. Assist with setup and operations of special facility events such as Expressions of A People, Juke Joint and the seasonal Afternoon Teas.
- Routinely interact with other divisions within M-NCPPC, including the Exhibit Shop of the Maintenance and Development Division and the Graphic Design Staff of Public Affairs and Marketing, to produce publicity and marketing pieces.
A Selection of Curated Exhibitions
- Y.David Chung – Selected Works 2003
- Diana Johnson – Sculpture – 2003
- Brown Strokes on a White Canvas – Philippine-American Artists 2003
- Hsin-Hsi Chen - Building Castles –2004
- Ann Stoddard – Random Subjects – 2004
- Stevens Jay Carter – Taking Notes – 2005
- Ben Svrjcek – A Painter’s Journey – 2006
- Kathy Edwards – Works of Wonder – 2006
- Frank Fishburne – Alternative Vision in Steel – 2006
- Cianne Fragione – Salute Antonio – 2007
- Virgilio Rollamas – Local Landscapes 2008
- Timmerman Daugherty – Pieces of One – 2009
- Steve Szabo – Photographs of the Eastern Shore and Other Images – 2010
- Charles Reiher – Color and Rhythm – 2010
- 20 Years: A Retrospective, Celebrating two decades of artists in the Main Gallery at Harmony Hall (66 artists participating)- 2009
- Earth Center For The Arts – Human Nature – 2011
- Sherill Anne Gross- Running With Scissors - 2011
- Under The Influence – 24th Annual Prince George’s County Juried Exhibition –2012
- Art Libs – 30 Artists – 2012
- Five Make Art – 2014
- Tom Kenyon – Dreams of Speed 3 – 2014
- Patricia Autenrieth – Thoughtless – 2014
- Acquaetta Williams – Street Musicians: Faceless Melodies – 2015
- Alan Binstock – Retrospective – 2015
- AHHRC Instructors and Student Artists –2017
- 30th Annual Prince George’s County Juried Exhibition
- Reflections of Self - 31st Annual Prince George’s County Juried Exhibition,
Art and Photography teacher at The Beddow High School, 1999 to April 2011
- Research, design, implement, and instruct Fine Arts curriculum for Middle and High School students.
- Manage studio classroom; construct and maintain specialized equipment; oversee and train students in safe operation of equipment and hand tools as well as ordering supplies.
- Assist with general school operations, compliance with policies and use of the facility.
- As needed, work on other educational related duties, including leading students in annual adventure wilderness activities and working with other faculty to provide arts integration in the subjects of math, literature, science and history.
- Teach Sailing as an extra curricular activity.
- Instructor, Harmony Hall Regional Center, 1998 to 2011 and Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, 2001 to 2005
- Design and instruct summer visual arts camp in art and photography for children ages 7-14.
- Arrange and provide interpretation for field trips to museums, historic and to natural sites.
- Interact with children, artists, naturalists, parents, camp nurses and inspectors. Assure camp site is clean and secure and program adheres to M-NCPPC Youth Camp Standards.
- Provide specialized instruction in black and white film and darkroom photography and digital photography for ages 12 and up in seasonal recreation class program.
- Designed photography studio with M-NCPPC Maintenance & Development Division and maintain darkroom equipment and digital studio.
- Teach and integrate the cultural and educational needs through the visual arts programs.
Photoworks, Glen Echo Park, 1998-99
- Offer classes in Polaroid Emulsion and Image Transfer for adults and Alternative Photo Processes for children.
Corcoran School of Art, Continuing Education, 1999 to 2005
- Teach classes in non-darkroom photography and historic photo processes for children and adults at McLean Project for the Arts.
- Freelance Photography and Photography Services 1994-present
- Worked on commission with an array of clients, including magazine editors, architects, landscape architects, designers, wildlife and fine art photographers, corporations and individuals for a variety of photographic projects including photographing and exhibition printing.
- Select clients include: Lost Script Productions (“Earth, final conflict”), Track 2 Productions ( Oliver Stone’s “Nixon”), The Learning Channel (“Understanding Beauty”), MDB Communications (“DC Lottery”), Smithsonian Associates, Hasten Design Studio, Vizual Design Studio, National Geographic photographer Sam Abell, and wildlife artists Joanne Miller, Luther Goldman and Christopher Corson.
- Photographers’ Assistant, 1989-1994, working with both local and national photographers on location and in the studio. Responsibilities included scheduling shoots, preparing equipment, ordering supplies, processing and printing film and managing daily studio operation.
Fluent in German
1986-1989 Corcoran School of Art, B.F.A. program
1983-1985 Maryland Institute College of Art, B.F.A. program
1978-1983 Dover College, Dover, England. Advanced Level certification in Art, Classic Civilization and German Translation.
Participation in Group Exhibitions: Artomatic 2017
East City Art’s Emulsion 2017 Exhibition
Ewing Gallery “Dog Days Dog Show”
Capital Hill Art League “Beyond the Monuments”
Washington Center for Photography “Your Shot, our Show”
Tartt Gallery “Alternative Processes”
Corcoran College of Art and Design “White Walls Gallery”
Patuxent Art League Exhibit Three Rivers Arts Festival 1999, 2000, 2001
Rockville Arts Place “Time and Again”
“Hoops” in the collection of The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities 1999
Harmony Hall Regional Center, Instructors Exhibit 1999, 2003 The Ellipse Art Center, “Photo 2001", Arlington, VA
The 2002 International Photography competition, The Frazier Gallery, Bethesda