Curator / Writer / Critic
As the Galleries Director at Arizona State University I oversee three separate galleries on two different campuses as well as arrange exhibitions for display cases in the art building. My main duties include organizing the exhibition schedule, promotion, installation and de-install of our diverse curatorial initiatives, as well as coordinating the MFA thesis exhibitions, BFA thesis exhibitions, ASU club exhibitions and proposed shows for the gallery system throughout the year. In addition to my curatorial duties I teach two courses, one on the history of curatorial practice (ARA 460: Gallery Exhibitions) and a professionalization course (ART 482: Senior Projects) as well as serving on MFA thesis committees and guided independent studies with graduate students (ARA 592: Independent Research). In addition to these duties, I also produce content for the school of art website and social media channels as well as promoting our curatorial projects through various arts organizations and advertising partnerships. As part of these responsibilities I hire, train and oversee three T.A.'s, a photography team, and thirty plus student workers who participate in our galleries system as docents, art installers, lighting technicians, etc. Beyond my on-campus duties I act as a stakeholder for the interests of the ASU galleries system in the greater metro Phoenix area, Tempe city council meetings, warehouse district meetings, innovation district meetings, artlink meetings and various special events throughout the year.
I am the director of the day-to-day operations of a non-profit arts organization dedicated to gaining wider exposure for artists who are living and working in Arizona. My duties include organizing exhibitions, writing press releases, updating the website, holding board meetings, participating in financial planning and fundraising as well as organizing the documentation, transportation, installation and insurance of artworks. As the director I plan the programming for four separate spaces at Fine Art Complex 1101 which includes a main gallery, a project room, the new media arts center and a public works space that is on view 24/7. Programming often involves collaborating with visiting curators, visiting artists, and other key members of the arts community to create events and exhibitions that benefit emerging, unrepresented and under-represented artists.
I wrote long form reviews of significant local, national and international artists exhibiting throughout the greater Phoenix Metro area, Tempe and Scottsdale.
I was the director of the day-to-day operations of a non-profit arts organization dedicated to exhibiting emerging and under-represented artists. My duties included organizing exhibitions, writing press releases, updating the website, participating in financial planning and fundraising as well as organizing the documentation, transportation, installation and insurance of artworks. My core duties consisted of defining the direction of purpose-based outcomes, establishing metrics for measuring success, promoting accountability in achieving project aims, and creating social and economic benefits for the arts community. In addition to these duties I was also responsible for supporting community outreach programs and traveling exhibitions that work to build intercultural dialogue. During my time as program director I curated over forty exhibitions, organized The Arts Resource Center in order to connect artists with greater opportunities and worked with other galleries and institutions to promote various cultural events.
I was elected to assist in organizing exhibitions, distributing awards, holding meetings and furthering the mission of FAR through strategic outreach initiatives. This included hosting the famous ATA (artist talk art) series, developing fund raising strategies for special projects through grant proposals and partnering with other institutions, curators and artists to develop challenging and innovative exhibition programming.
The focus of my first book was broadening the scope of the Foucaultian project of understanding social control through an in-depth analysis of the micro-physics of power. This lead me to develop an entirely new lexicon for thinking about the process of subjectivation in relation to architecture, culture and capitalism. The book spent more than a year as a top seller in its genre and was endorsed my major figures in the field of surveillance studies, philosophy and critical theory, including Mark Poster and William Bogard. It was reviewed in Interstitial Journal and is often cited as an important contribution to thinking about how governmentality operates in both the east and the west through architectural forms.
I was hired to teach philosophy from the 18th century to the present with a specific focus on agency and action as it relates to intersections between continental philosophy and architectural practice. My duties included lecturing, assigning weekly, mid-term and final projects as well as providing feedback on student projects in both individual and group critiques.
I was selected to organize and lead discussion groups with EGS graduate students residing in Southern California who were pursuing a Ph.D. or masters in philosophy and communications. My main duties included facilitating the peer review process, giving feedback in on-line forums, and helping students to prepare for their thesis defense. I also helped coordinate travel, orientation, and enrollment for new students.
I was selected to represent the interests of the Alumni of the Art Center College of Design in searching for a qualified candidate to oversee the Humanities and Design Sciences department at ACCD. My main duties were to help develop the screening questions for potential candidates for hire, promote the public presentations of candidates who were currently under review and making sure that we followed the university guidelines throughout the selection process.
I was selected to teach introductory painting classes to undergraduate fine art students at UCI. My duties included lecturing on topics from the use of artistic materials to the exploration of ideas from modernism to the present. I was also responsible for assigning weekly, mid-term and final projects as well as leading class critiques. I also did live demonstrations of different paintings techniques, organized an open painting lab based on classical and contemporary themes and worked to promote an atmosphere of inquiry, growth and self-expression.
I was hired to instruct students and the general public in the technical aspects of drawing as well as providing brief informal lectures on the historical context of twentieth century art. Duties included lecturing in a museum environment, giving technical drawing demonstrations and providing individual feedback on in-class assignments.
I was selected to help distribute selected readings, to help facilitate class discussions and to run an on-line forum as well as collecting and grading assignments.
I was selected to assist with distributing class materials, providing the teacher with technical support in the lecture hall and grading class assignments. This included screening films for the class, leading group discussions on film and cultural theory, and tutoring students during office hours.
I was hired to teach introductory level art classes to high school students. My responsibilities included lecturing on the fundamentals of color, composition, form, anatomy and visual storytelling. I was also responsible for developing curriculum and organizing a final presentation of the student work that was completed in the course. I introduced comic book story-telling, storyboarding and figure invention classes to the program, as well as regularly teaching a one-week intensive course on illustration techniques.
I was hired to contribute to large-scale mural works, easel painting and various drawing projects shown in both national and international exhibitions.
I was hired to teach art classes about visual storytelling and illustration techniques to high school students. Duties included curriculum development, class demonstrations and a final presentation of student works completed in the course.
I was hired to instruct students from 4th through 8th grade in basic drawing and painting skills. Duties included curriculum development and a final presentation of the student works completed in the course.
I helped to organize and served as a teacher’s aid for Glen Villpu, Steve Houston and john Watkiss. My duties included videography, tutoring, and assisting with the distribution of class materials.
I founded a comic book company where I oversaw the art production of eight issues and one card set of the Uncut Comics characters. My job included working with ten artists per an issue, attending conventions, doing roundtable discussions, and leading drawing workshops. I also gained experience working with printing companies, distributors, and advertisers.
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