I'm always working on a project, am energized by creatives, and love strategic thinking, problem-solving, and creating meaningful connections.
I'm a curator based in Grand Rapids, MI, and the Director of Curatorial for the Urban Institute for Contemporary design (UICA) and Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD). Focusing on contemporary art and design, I have over a decade of demonstrated expertise in generating provocative, accessible exhibitions. I've worked in art-centered and academic institutions and guest curated, contributed to exhibition catalogs, juried shows, and spoken across various venues.
As a longtime arts advocate, I'm most interested in discourses at the intersection of art, design, and technology – emphasizing marginalized genders and queer culture. I'm also an experienced artist and provide artists with both guidance and management throughout the creative process. Overall, I find a sense of collective authorship and civic responsibility in curating and artists' advocacy.
In the fall of 2020, I created the Standard project space in my 220 sq. ft garage to support local creatives and connect their skills and services with a broader community. It operates on a seasonal basis, showcases the work of folks who are of a Marginalized Gender, are Queer, and/or BIPOC, and focuses its efforts on relationships and accessible art collecting.