- an artist working in sculpture, glass and on paper.

Résumé/CV

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Education

2001-03 Master of Fine Arts, The Ohio State University – Columbus, OH
1993-97 Bachelor of Fine Arts/BS in Psychology, Emporia State University – Emporia, KS
1991-93 Associate of Arts/Associate of Science, Butler County Community College – El Dorado, KS

Solo Exhibitions

2014 New sculpture and works on paper“, Michele C. Quinn Fine Art Advisory, Las Vegas, NV.
2012
Locals Only: Brent Sommerhauser“, Michele C. Quinn Fine Art Advisory, Las Vegas, NV.
2011   “Brushing the Firmament”, OSX Gallery, Nevada Arts Council, Carson City, NV.
2010Unlikely Events,” Brett Wesley Gallery, Las Vegas, NV.
2009thewindwouldfinditout,” Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA.
2008Amidst: An exhibition of recent coercions,” Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, Las Vegas, NV.
2007Structuring the Invisible,” Clark County Government Center, Las Vegas, NV.
2004Threshold,” Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI.
2003This is not now…,” Hoyt L. Sherman Studio Art Center, Columbus, OH.
2000The Subtle and the Sublime,” Millennic Glass, Kansas City, MO.
2000Absentia,” AEGON Gallery, Danville, KY.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020

Time Machine Wonderland, one of 24 invited artists providing work for an interactive art space, Las Vegas, NV.
Paper Works:
Works on Paper from the Collections of the Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery and the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, Las Vegas, NV.

2019

Still Here Now, Traveling exhibition featuring work from the 2010-2014 recipients of the Nevada Arts Council’s Artist Fellowship program, February 2019-June 2021
Dissolving Artifact
s, Studio200, Brooklyn, NY.

2018

Plural, UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, Las Vegas, NV

2017

Peckham International Art Fair, represented by Apotheosis Art, London
Tilting the Basin: Contemporary Art of Nevada (Featured artist, invitational), 920 Commerce Street, Las Vegas, NV

2016

Tilting the Basin: Contemporary Art of Nevada (Featured artist, invitational), The Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV

2015

Recent Acquisitions, UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum, Las Vegas, NV
Artist-in-residence, Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’s P3Studio in partnership with New York’s Art Production Fund (August 2015).
Tin Can Transmissions: 10 Years in the Making, California State University, Northridge Art Galleries, Northridge, CA.

2014

PARADE: The Collective, The Art of Cirque du Soleil Employees, Trifecta Gallery, Las Vegas, NV.
Life is Beautiful Music Festival (invitational), Las Vegas, NV.
 ‘Out of Town’ – Open USA: 44 American Glass Artists, The Contemporary Glass Society, United Kingdom.
MAS Ltd Ed @ Las Vegas, V A S T Space Projects, Henderson, NV.

2013

Indelicate, (invitational), Contemporary Arts Center, Las Vegas, NV.
Exquisite Corpse, (invitational), Contemporary Arts Center, Las Vegas, NV.

2012

Inosculation” (invitational) – Urban Arts Space, Columbus, OH.
Telegraph Art Collective:Conversations and Collaborations, The Clara Hatton Gallery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.
Inclusion in the Fine Art Program in support of Keep Memory Alive, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Las Vegas, NV.
ArtWiki, digital venue of the 7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art.

2011

minUMENTAL Invitational, Trifecta Gallery, Las Vegas, NV.
Continuing Lines : Telegraph in Esslingen, K&K Entenmann, Esslingen, Germany.
“10 x 10: A creative exchange between visual artists & writers” (catalogue), Clark County Government Center Rotunda, Las Vegas, NV.
Invitational Exhibition, Galerie Meinblau e.V., Berlin, Germany.
Opening Lines: Telegraph in Berlin, Pavillon am Milchhof, Ateliergemeinschaft Milchhof e.V., Berlin, Germany.
Drawing Connections, Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italy.
One Good Idea, invitational, The Hatchatory, Philadelphia, PA.
Chain Letter, curated by Christian Cummings & Doug Harvey, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
Seven x 11, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI.
Constructed Drawing, (w/Telegraph Art Collective), Free Museum of Dallas, Dallas, TX.
I hope you are feeling better, invitational exhibition, Contemporary Art Center, Las Vegas, NV.

2010

Pure, Flame Run Gallery, Louisville, KY.
Let’s Talk About Love, Baby
, traveling invitational project curated by Chido Johnson.
Exhibited at Printed Matter (NYC), Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Oakland University (Rochester, MI), Asni Village (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), National Gallery (Harare, Zimbabwe), Joan Flasch Artist’s Book Collection (Chicago, IL) & Craft Alliance (St. Louis, MO).

2009

On, Of or About: 50 Paper Works, invitational exhibition, Gallery I & II, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.
International Drawing Annual 2008 exhibition-in-print (catalogue), Manifest Creative Research Gallery & Drawing Center, Cincinnati, OH.
The 10th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition, invitational (catalogue), University of Hawai’i at Manoa Art Gallery, Honolulu, HI.
Clark County 2009 3D Invitational, Clark County Government Center, Las Vegas, NV

2008

EMU as Muse, (w/Telegraph Art Collective), Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI.
After Tractatus: Art in Amazonia, traveling invitational exhibition (catalogue)
-Presented at the following venues: Universidad Nacional (Colombia), Universidad de Iquitos (Peru),  Universidad del Estado del Amazonias UEA (Brasil), Biblioteca Publica del Banco de la Republica (Colombia), Museo de Arte Contemporaneo and Universidad Nacional De Colombia (Colombia).

2007

3dementia, invitational sculpture exhibition, Contemporary Arts Collective, Las Vegas, NV.
Architecture/Structure in Contemporary Craft, invitational, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA.
LVAM 56th Art Roundup Juried Exhibition, The Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, NV.
Home sweet home: Ross Salyers, Brent Sommerhauser, and Laura Ward, SOIL, Seattle, WA.
Telegraph Collective, (w/Telegraph Art Collective), (catalogue), Meadowbrook Art Gallery, Oakland University, Rochester Hills, MI.

2006

Review Studios Group Exhibition, Review Inc., Kansas City, MO.
Me Bike Project (collaboration with Christian Tedeschi,) Gallery Chiellerie, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
ArtChicago/Stray Show, (w/Telegraph Art Collective), The Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL.

2005

In, Around, and Through: Observations and Interventions in the Built Environment, (w/Telegraph Art Collective), Urban Culture Project, Kansas City, MO.
2005 Kansas City Flatfile Invitational, H & R Block ArtSpace, Kansas City, MO.
NOVA Young Art Fair, (w/Telegraph Art Collective), Chicago, IL

2004

Toronto Alternative Art Fair International, (w/Telegraph Art Collective), Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Ontario.
Windsor Biennial 2004, Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario.
unCAGEd, Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Ann Arbor, MI (honoring the residency of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company).

Awards & Honors

2011

Artist Fellowship Award, Nevada Arts Council.
The George and Dorothy Saxe Award, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA.

2008

Cirque du Soleil Community Support Grant for the Visual and Performing Arts, Las Vegas, NV.

2005

Nominee, Charlotte Street Award, The Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City, MO.
Resident Artist, The Studios, Inc., Kansas City, MO.
Selected Entry, Jutta Cuny-Franz Memorial Award, Düsseldorf, Germany.
New Glass Review 26, Corning Museum of Glass Corning, New York, Work selected as one of one hundred innovative works in glass worldwide.

2004

Distinguished Alumni Award for Excellence in Professional Career, Butler County Community College – El Dorado, KS.

2000

Harvey and Bess Littleton Award, Full Scholarship, Penland School of Crafts – Penland, NC.

Selected Collections

H & R Block World Headquarters – Kansas City, MO.
Cam Ocağı (The Glass Furnace), Istanbul, Turkey.
Pilchuck Glass School – print archives

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Professional Experience

Recent & Current
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Props Technician, Stage Carpenter, FollowSpot Operator, Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV (May 2014 – Present)
-Art Handler for Aboveboard Art Installation, MGM Resorts International, Michele C. Quinn Fine Art Advisory, The Mob Museum, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, the Wynn & others., I provide museum-quality installation & maintanance of investment level artwork for private and corporate art collections and general preparator work for various institutions. (February 2009 – present)

2019

-Preparator, installation crew for Lost Vegas: Tim Burton @ The Neon Museum. Las Vegas, NV
-Props technician, One Night for ONE Drop, design/creation of props and major scenic elements for the annual one night only production featuring artists from all Cirque du Soleil productions with guest performers. (2013, 2015 – 2019)

2018

-Participant and demonstrator, Global pathways for craft today; Foro caminos globales en medios artesanales. A conference of strategies for the sustainability of crafts. Hosted by Garland magazine, a publication of the World Crafts Council. Oaxaca, Mexico

2017

-Instructor, UrbanGlass – Making A Way: Glass in Multi-Media Sculpture, Brooklyn, NY
-Artist Assistant to Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira, creation of commissioned work for the lobby of the new Park MGM, Las Vegas, NV.
-Created custom award for Rihanna’s 3rd Annual Diamond Ball benefiting The Clara Lionel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street, New York City

2016

-Preparator, Springs Preserve, an 180-acre attraction featuring botanical gardens, museums, traveling exhibits, and trails. Las Vegas, NV (2016 – present)
-Instructor, LEAP Program (Liberal Education for Arts Professionals), Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA
A nationally recognized BA program designed for current and former professional dancers. (2016 – 2014)

2015

-Art Breakers, Featured in the episode “Vegas Vibes” of Ovation’s original television series (October 2015)
-Bullseye Glass Educators Workshop, invitational workshop with hands-on projects, technical discussions, informational exchanges, andteaching methods for kiln glass, Bullseye Glass Resource Center, Portland, OR
-Artist-in-residence, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’s P3Studio in partnership with New York’s Art Production Fund

2014

-Art Handler, Bellagio (MGM Resorts International), Las Vegas, NV (November 2010 – August 2014)
-Consultant, Berengo Studios, Murano, Italy.

2013

-Production Coordinator, Michael Jackson ONE, Cirque du Soleil, Las Vegas, NV.

2012

-Cultural Action Coordinator, Cirque du Soleil, Global Citizenship Department, Resident Shows Division, Las Vegas, NV (2012 – 2013)
-Assistant Professor/Graduate Faculty, Department of Art, University of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV (2006 – 2009, 2011 – 2012)
-Shop Carpenter, Production Resource Group/Scenic Technologies, Las Vegas, NV (January 2011 – January 2012)
-Gaffer, Fabrication of custom glass sculpture, Domsky Glass, Las Vegas, NV (June 2010 – present)
-Art handler/installer, Michele C. Quinn Fine Art Advisory, Las Vegas, NV (February 2009 – present)
-Collection Technician, Art Handler/Preparator, Cirque du Soleil – Resident Shows Division (May 2010 – 2012)

 

2009

-Program Assistant/Emerging Artist-in-Residence Coordinator, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA (July – November)
-Crew leader, designer and installer, Pilchuck’s 31st annual Glass Auction, The Westin, Seattle, WA (October)
-Assistant, Entertainment Engineering and Design department, University of Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV.

2008

-Consultant, Glass Division, Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO), Las Vegas, NV (April – November)
-Instructor, The glass sandwich, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA (July)

2007

-Art Installer, Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, NV (September 2007 – February 2008)
-Gaffer, Las Vegas Hot Glass Works, Las Vegas, NV.

2006

-Gallerist, Exhibitions coordinator and preparator, Review Inc., Kansas City, MO (September 2004 – July 2006)

2005

-Lecturer, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO.

2004

-Glass Section Head, Instructor and Visiting Artist, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI (September 2003 – May 2004)
-Co-teacher with Jonathan Tepperman, The Glass Furnace (Cam Ocağı), Istanbul, Turkey.

2003

-Gallery assistant, The Thomas R. Riley Galleries – Columbus, OH (2002 – 2003)
-Graduate Teaching Associate (instructor of record), The Ohio State University – Columbus, OH.
-Curator, Specify Glass exhibition and catalog, funded in part by Coca-Cola, J. L. Camera Center Building, OSU Medical Center, The Ohio State University – Columbus, OH

2001

-Associate Producer, Lino Tagliapietra: Maestro of Glass.  HDTV production, Mark Pingry Productions, Seattle, WA
-Graduate Fellow, Art Department Staff, Studio Technician/Artist-in-Residence, Centre College – Danville, KY (1999-2001)

1999

-Adjunct Instructor of Studio Art, Glass/3-d Program Head, spring semester, Hastings College – Hastings, NE

1998

-Glass and Sculpture Studio Technician/Studio assistant to Tom Kreager, Hastings College – Hastings, NE (1997-98)
-Teaching Assistant, Glass workshop with Tom Kreager, Tokyo Glass Art Institute – Kawasaki, Japan
-Board of Directors, Student representative, Glass Art Society (1997 – 1998)