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Education                    

2006     Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis MN

            Bachelor of Fine Arts- Illustration


Computer Skills
Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver
Apple/ Mac: iWebiMovieiPhotoiDVD
Microsoft Office 2008: Powerpoint, Word, Excel

Mediums

Acrylic, watercolor, ink, gouache, collage, graphite, charcoal, pastel, and digital

Teaching Positions

2014                 Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis MN
                        Visiting Faculty- Design Department
                        Introduction to Illustration, Digital Illustration, and Professional Practice
2014                 Plymouth Youth Center- Arts and Technology High School, Minneapolis MN
                        Afterschool Program: Multi-Media/ Digital Arts
2013                 Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis MN
                        Visiting Faculty- Design Department
                        Foundation Studies 2D, Introduction to Illustration, and Tools of the Trade   
2013                 Plymouth Youth Center- Arts and Technology High School, Minneapolis MN
                        Art Teacher and Arts Integration Specialist
2013                 Plymouth Youth Center- Arts and Technology High School, Minneapolis MN
                        Afterschool Program: Multi-Media/ Digital Arts
2009-2013         Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis MN
                        Adjunct Faculty- Design Department
                        Foundation Studies 2D, Sophomore Seminar: Contemporary Practice, Introduction to Illustration, and Tools of the Trade                     
2012-2013         Minneapolis College of Art and Design/ University of Minnesota Center for Sustainable Polymers, Minneapolis MN
                        Project Manager: Catalyst 4 Chemistry     
2008-2010         The Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata MN
                        Instructor- Youth, Teen, and Adult
                        Painting, Watercolor, Drawing I, Drawing II, Illustration, Design, and Building a Portfolio
2007-2009         Breck School, Minneapolis MN
                        Substitute Teacher, Art Department
2004-2005          Osseo Area School District, Osseo MN
                        Consultant and Arts-Integration Curriculum Coordinator

Published Children’s Books

2008    You are Healthy, written by Todd Snow, Maren Green Publishing
            You are Helpful, written by Todd Snow, Maren Green Publishing
            Lucky, Published by Avian Welfare Coalition
            Tu Eres Importante, Spanish translation, Maren Green Publishing
            Tu Eres Valiente, Spanish translation, Maren Green Publishing
            Tu Eres Creativo, Spanish translation, Maren Green Publishing
            Tu Eres Amigable, Spanish translation, Maren Green Publishing
            Tu Eres Hermoso, Spanish translation, Maren Green Publishing

2007     You are Important, written by Todd Snow, Maren Green Publishing

            You are Brave, written by Todd Snow, Maren Green Publishing
            You are Creative, written by Todd Snow, Maren Green Publishing
            You are Friendly, written by Todd Snow, Maren Green Publishing
            You are Beautiful, written by Todd Snow, Maren Green Publishing
            Colorful World, written by Cece Winans, Keith Thomas, and Alvin Love III, Maren Green Publishing

Awards                        
2009    Teachers’ Choice Award (Colorful World)
            Teachers’ Choice Award (You Are Important Board Book Series)
            Mom’s Choice Award (Colorful World)
            Mom’s Choice Award (You Are Important Board Book Series)
2008     Moonbeam Gold Medal Award- Music & Theatrical Category (Colorful World)
2004     Society of Illustrators LA- Illustration West 42 (5 pieces)
2003     Society of Illustrators East- (1 piece)


Solo Exhibitions

2012     St. Catherine University- Minneapolis Campus Library Gallery, Minneapolis MN
            Three Rooms Gifts and Art Gallery, Edina MN
            FLOW 2012, Dimensions in Hair, Minneapolis MN
            Melodee Strong Studios, St. Paul MN
2009     Keith Ellison Congressional Office, Minneapolis MN
            Ridgedale Mall Business Office, Minnetonka, MN
            Northpoint Health and Wellness, Minneapolis MN

2008     P.A.T.H. Lobby Gallery, Minneapolis MN

            Children in Books: Illustrations by Melodee Strong, Homewood Studios Gallery, Minneapolis MN
            P.A.T.H. Lobby Gallery, Minneapolis MN
            Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata MN
            Copp Student Center Gallery- Normandale Community College, Bloomington MN
            Papa’s Pizza and Pasta, Minneapolis MN
            Keith Ellison Campaign Headquarters, Minneapolis, MN

2007     Calypso Café, Minneapolis MN

2006     Homewood Studios Gallery, Minneapolis MN          

                       

Group Exhibitions

2013     The Culture of Balance, Rhythm, and Texture, Pope John XXIII Gallery- Basilica St. Mary’s, Minneapolis MN
2012     Faculty Exhibition: On-Location, MCAD Gallery, Minneapolis MN
            Who Am I… Who Is We…? Hennepin Gallery, Minneapolis MN         
            Fade 2 Blaq, Sean Garrison Studios, Minneapolis MN
            Black Champions Happy Hour Exhibition, General Mills Corporation, Minneapolis MN
            Fight Like a MotherColorwheel Gallery, Minneapolis MN
2011     TAWU Exhibition of Selected Works, UROC, Minneapolis MN
            Our History, Hennepin Gallery, Minneapolis MN
            FLOW 2011, Emerge, Minneapolis MN
            Faculty Exhibition, MCAD Gallery, Minneapolis MN
2010     Foot in the Door, Minneapolis Institute of Art MAEP Gallery, Minneapolis MN
            Big BlaqUrbanocity, Minneapolis, MN
            Gratitude- A Ten Year Anniversary of Artists, Homewood Studios Gallery, Minneapolis MN
2009     Opening Eyes to the Northside, The Minneapolis Foundation, Minneapolis MN
2008     Minn-Illo, College of Visual Arts Gallery, St. Paul MN
            TAWU Exhibition of Selected Works, General Mills Corporation, Golden Valley, MN

2006     Senior Exhibition, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

2003     Society of Illustrators, New York NY


Guest Artist, Lectures and Appearances

2013     Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis MN The Nuts and Bolts of Public Speaking
2012     St. Catherine University, St. Paul Campus MN Making A Career and Being A Mom Too
            St. Catherine University, Minneapolis Campus MN Making A Career and Being A Mom Too
            Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis MN Visiting Artist Seminar Lecture           
            Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis MN The Nuts and Bolts of Public Speaking           
            Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis MN VIVA City Artist Lecture: My Career as an Illustrator
            North St. Paul School District- Equity Education Alliance, North St. Paul MN
2011     Minneapolis Public Schools- Equity and Diversity Department, Minneapolis MN 100 Strong Who Care
            LA Times Festival of Books, USC Los Angeles CA
            North St. Paul School District- Equity Education Alliance, North St. Paul MN
            Target Children’s Book Festival, Minneapolis MN
2010     Rasmussen College, Woodbury MN
            North St. Paul School District- Equity Education Alliance, North St. Paul MN
            Minneapolis Public Schools- Equity and Diversity Department, Minneapolis MN 100 Strong Who Care
            Franklin Artworks, Minneapolis MN Big Blaq Artist Talk      
            Target Children’s Book Festival, Minneapolis MN
            Alexandria KXRA 1490AM Talk Radio Morning Show, Alexandria MN
            LA Times Festival of Books, UCLA Los Angeles CA
2009     Salvation Army Target Remodel Kick-Off, St. Paul MN
            Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis MN VIVA City Artist Lecture: Preparing Your College Portfolio
            King Family Foundation Child Development Center, Minneapolis MN
            Target Children’s Book Festival, Minneapolis MN
            NY Times and Target Children’s Book Festival, Columbia University- New York, NY
            Minnetonka Center for the Arts- Community Outreach, Wayzata MN
2008     KARE Saturday (NBC Affiliate), Minneapolis MN
            Target Children’s Book Festival, Minneapolis MN
            Target Children’s Book Festival, Boston MA
            Minneapolis College of Art and Design The Working Life of a Children’s Book Illustrator
            Bloomington Area Schools, Bloomington MN Working as a Children’s Book Illustrator
            Minnetonka Center for the Arts- Community Outreach, Wayzata MN
2007     Target Children’s Book Festival, Minneapolis MN
            Twin Cities Continental Societies, Inc., St. Paul MN
            Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Fall Conference, Minneapolis MN Guest Panelist
            Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis MN Life After MCAD as a Freelance Illustrator
            Minneapolis College of Art and Design The Working Life of a Children’s Book Illustrator
            PATH, Minneapolis MN Diversity and Working with Children

Mural Projects                          

2013     St. Peter Catholic School, Maplewood MN, 20’ x 8’
            Maplewood Middle School, Maplewood MN, 62’ x 7’
            Harmony Alternative Learning Center, Maplewood MN, 12’ x 8’
2012     OH Anderson Elementary School, Mahtomedi MN, 21’ x 8’
            Lowry Ave Harvest Fest and Open Streets Event, Minneapolis MN, Billboard 8’ x 4’
            FLOW Community Mural, Minneapolis MN, Billboard 8’ x 4’
            Maplewood Library, Maplewood MN, two banner-style 5’ x 5’ and 5’ x 12’
            Dimensions in Hair Salon and Barbershop, Minneapolis MN, Outdoor 21’ x 15’
2011     Skyview Community School, Oakdale MN, 86’ x 5.5’
            John Glenn Middle School, Maplewood MN, 68’x10’, 76’x15’, and 68’x12’
            Carver Elementary School, Maplewood MN, 22’ x 8’
            North St. Paul High School- CREED Program, Maplewood MN, 30’ x 7’
            Tartan High School- CREED Program, Oakdale MN, 20’x 7’
            Phoenix Recovery Program, Maplewood MN, Three large-scale paintings on stretched canvas, 5’x 7’ and 4’x 4’ (x2)
2010     North St. Paul School District- Educational Equity Alliance, Maplewood MN, Three banner-style   murals, 12’X 5’ each
            Carver Elementary School, Maplewood MN, 28’x 4’
2009     First Universalist Church of Minneapolis, MN, Three banner-style murals, 4’x 13’ (x2) and 4’x 8’

            St. John the Baptist Catholic School, Wayzata MN, Three wall murals, 8’x 8’ each

            Gleason Lake Elementary School, Wayzata MN, 11 walls between 6’x 6’- 15’x 6’

2008     Gleason Lake Elementary School, Wayzata MN, Three banner murals, 15’x 5’ and 5’x 7’(x2)