Education & Life Experience

"What do you want to be when you grow up?" "An Artist!" was always my reply. Working with textiles has been my lifelong journey. I have developed and practiced my needle and fiber skills for more than 40 years.

While studying Northern Illinois University from 1970 to 1973, I tried my hand at almost every medium in the Fine Arts Department. Painting and weaving were my favorites. In 1974 I earned my Associates of Arts Degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Kishwaukee College in Malta, Il.

After college and while raising a family I worked in alterations, tailoring, and custom sewing (making everything from wedding ensembles to tipis). After moving to the North Shore in 1986 I supported my family for several years by weaving birch bark baskets and sewing original designs in fur and leather.

In 1994 I made the choice to narrow my focus to beads and fiber, to develop my "bead paintings" as a personal means of artistic expression. Explorations of this patient medium lead me to designing special fabrics for many of my pieces. Working in this unique medium continues to be artistically challenging, exciting, and rewarding.

Affiliations

Surface Design Association
Member 2010
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Committees - 2006 to present
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Board of Directors - 2000 to 2006
Grand Marais Art Colony
Board of Directors - 2000 to 2002
Grand Marais Art Colony
Member - 1998 to 2005
Textile Center of Minnesota
Member - 2002 to present
Upper Midwest Bead Society
Member - 1997 to present

Exhibitions

Arrowhead Biennial (Dec. 2012 -Feb. 2013)
Duluth Art Institute, Duluth MN Catalog available
Lines Into Shapes (October 2011)
Art Center of Estes Park, CO
Land By Hand: Fiber Artists Explore Place (Sept 2011 - June 2012)
Textile Center Touring Art Exhibition
Featured Artist (June 2011)
The Grand Hand Gallery, St Paul, MN
Surface Design Association Member Exhibit (June 2011)
Katherine E Nash Gallery, U of M, Minneapolis, MN
"The Teapot Redefined" (2010)
Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA
"Shiny Is My Favorite Color" (September 2009)
University of St.Thomas, St Paul MN
Minnesota Botanical (August 2009)
The Grand Hand Gallery, St Paul MN
"Venus: Poets and Fiber Artists Reflect" (September 2008)
North End Art Gallery, Superior, WI
"Women Of Fiber" (July 2007)
Last Chance Gallery, Lutsen, MN
"Left-Handed Love Stories", Featured Artist (February 2007)
Lizzards Gallery, Duluth, MN
"A Common Thread" (January 2007)
Textile Center, Minneapolis, MN
"Vanishing Landscapes" (March 2006)
Ripple River Gallery, Aitkin, MN
"Crossing Borders" Tour of Studios, Guest Artist (October 2005 & 2006)
Lutsen, MN
"Materialized" (November 2004)
Sivertson Gallery, Duluth, MN
Grand Marais Art Colony Instructors Show (2004-2005)
Frank Stone Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
"The Cat's Meow" (January 2003)
Mary Vincent Gallery, LaGrange, IL
"Time In Place", Featured Artist (August 2002)
Ripple River Gallery, Aitkin, MN
"Great Northern Beadwork" (September 2002)
Copper County Arts Center, Hancock, MI
"Images From The North Shore" Invitational (September 1999)
Flanders Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MN

Programs & Presentations

Partial Listing

The Textile Center (June 2012)
Workshop for "Land By Hand" Exhibit
Textile Center of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Upper Midwest Bead Society (October 2010)
Workshop and Slide Presentation
Textile Center of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Florida Tropical Weavers Guild (March 2010)
Workshops for Annual Retreat
Leesburg, FL
Needlework Guild of Minnesota (August 2009)
Workshops for Annual Retreat
Buffalo, MN
"Painting With Beads" (2000 to present)
Workshops and presentations for regional and national organizations
North House Folk School (1996 to present)
Workshops Instructor, Bead Embroidery
Grand Marais, MN
Upper Midwest Bead Society (October 2003)
Slide Presentation and Workshop Instructor
Textile Center of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Northern Bead Symposium (September 2002)
Keynote Speaker and Workshop Instructor
Hancock, MI
Duluth Needle Society (October & November 2002)
Slide Presentation and Workshop Instructor
Duluth, MN
Grand Marais Art Colony (May 2002, 2003, & 2005)
Slide Presentation and Workshop Instructor
Grand Marais, MN
"Beadwork Bash 2001" (October 2001)
Workshop Instructor
Lake Tahoe, CA

Publications

Partial Listing

Surface Design Journal (Winter 2010/2011)
Surface Design Association
500 Beaded Objects (2004)
Lark Books, New York
Peace Calendar 2003 (2002)
Syracuse Cultural Workers, Syracuse NY
Beaded Embellishment by Clark & Atkins (2002)
Interweave Press
"Stitching A Sense of Place In Beads" (2000)
Beadwork Magazine, December Issue

Grants & Honors

Partial Listing

Artists Initative Grant (2013)
Minnesota State Arts Board
Artist Fellowship (2011)
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Artist Support Grant (2010)
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Artists Initative Grant (2005)
Minnesota State Arts Board
Special Merit Award (2004)
Jeane Pearce Walker Art Show, "Storm!"
Second Place Award (2003)
Superior Shores Competition, Plein Aire Paint-off
Career Development Grant (2002)
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Juror "Great Northern Beadwork" (2002)
Copper County Community Arts Council
Career Opportunity Grant (2001)
Minnesota State Arts Board
Emerging Artist Fellowship (2000)
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council

Commissions & Collections

Partial Listing

MN Historical Society (2009)
Contemporary Crafts Collection
St. Paul, MN
Mayo Clinic (2006)
Commission
Rochester, NN
Springboard for the Arts (2002)
Commission
St. Paul, MN
Interweave Press (2001)
Cover art for "Beadwork" magazine
Loveland, CO
Kimberly-Clark Paper Co. (2000)
Packaging art
Neeah, WI
Waters of Superior (2000)
Catalog cover art
Grand Marais, MN