I’m a sculptor and poet whose work gives form and voice to lived experience. Best known for my series of life size sewn fabric “skins” sculptures, for which I received the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Award for Creativity, I am also the author of SKINS, a multimedia theatrical performance which debuted at La MaMa Theatre in New York City.
My multi-year project, Mapping Nebraska, is a stitched, drawn and digitally imaged cartography of the state (physical and psychological) where I live. Portions of this this multi-year project toured Nebraska as part of the Sheldon Statewide series of exhibitions and in 2013 I received the Nebraska Arts Council Distinguished Artist Award for this body of work.
I received my MFA in Sculpture from the University of California Santa Barbara. Prior to my training in sculpture, I was a lawyer for Alaska Native groups in Alaska and worked on the settlement of their aboriginal land claims.
An Associate Professor and Associate Director in UNL’s School of Art, Art History and Design and a Fellow of the Center for Great Plains Studies and the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, I teach foundation design and creative thinking courses. As part of a team with faculty from Computer Science, Digital Humanities, Educational Psychology and Music, I was awarded a second National Science Foundation grant to integrate creative thinking into beginning computer science and other courses. My research into computational creativity is part of my on-going interest in integrating the digital (pixels and code) with the digital (the work of the hand).
More information about my work is at http://www.mappingnebraska.com.