Columbus, Ohio, USA

Since 2015, I have served as Manager of Fresh A.I.R. Gallery, which exhibits the work of artists affected by mental illness and addiction. By curating, overseeing, and facilitating programs for more than six in-person and online exhibitions each year, I help the gallery educate the public, break down stigma, and support artists in their careers and recovery. Prior to joining Fresh A.I.R., I curated exhibits for the Athens Photographic Project and produced multimedia-based educational materials for the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

In recent years, I have facilitated art collaborations, exhibitions, and programming with the Columbus Museum of Art, the Columbus Cultural Arts Center, Ohio Prison Arts Connection, Otterbein University, Westerville Education Foundation, WeRISE (Westerville for Racial Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Engagement), Bridge Gallery/400 W. Rich, All People Arts Gallery, OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, Bricker & Eckler LLP, the Martin de Porres Center, St. Louis University, and 934 Gallery, among many others. In conjunction with the American Religious Sounds Project at The Ohio State University, I am also co-curating exhibitions for the Urban Arts Space and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), both of which will debut in spring 2022.

Coping Mechanisms: Art at the Intersection of Racism and Mental Health

Co-curated with Michael Coppage
Bridge Gallery: Columbus, Ohio, July 9 – August 16, 2021
Other locations forthcoming

Coping Mechanisms takes place as America begins to reckon with its systemic racism, something that became especially blatant in 2020 – not only with the murders of George Floyd and other Black Americans, but in the devastating and disproportionate toll of the coronavirus pandemic. According to the CDC in May 2021, Black people are nearly twice as likely to die from COVID-19 as white people in America, and Latino, Hispanic, and Indigenous people are nearly two and a half times as likely. These and other stark disparities point not only to the inadequate healthcare access that has long burdened communities of color, but to the stressors and inequities that regularly contribute to distress, poor health, and vulnerability. It points to racism as its own pandemic, one that impacts mental, and in turn physical, well-being.

When data and statistics like these are difficult to grasp, art can provide a point of entry. In collaboration with Cincinnati artist and activist Michael Coppage, who works in the behavioral health field, Fresh A.I.R. Gallery curated the works of eight artists whose art addresses the intersection of racism and mental health on a personal, human level. Through photography, video, painting, and sculpture, the exhibit addresses issues such as dehumanization, intergenerational trauma, and the cumulative mental effects of microaggressions and biased language. It also invites visitors to engage with these sources of mental duress and begin the work of dismantling them.

Belief, Unbound

October – December, 2019
Saint Louis University: St. Louis, MO

Site-specific photography installation from artist residency with Saint Louis University’s Lived Religion in the Digital Age Project. Exhibit explored the ways religion often crosses institutional boundaries to intersect with everyday life – the ways it is a complicated dance between the banal and the sacred.

Post-Traumatic Expression

September 5 – November 9, 2018
Fresh A.I.R. Gallery: Columbus, Ohio

Exhibit featuring artwork by Shawn Augustson

The Fool

December 4, 2019 – January 17, 2020
Fresh A.I.R. Gallery: Columbus, Ohio

Exhibit featuring artwork by Patrick Vincent

You Have Nothing to Worry About

September 6 – November 15, 2019
Fresh A.I.R. Gallery: Columbus, Ohio

Exhibit featuring artwork by Melissa Spitz

Pathways

July 10 – August 23, 2019
Fresh A.I.R. Gallery: Columbus, Ohio

Exhibit featuring artwork by Matt Swift

My Blessing, My Curse

October 5 – November 18, 2016
Fresh A.I.R. Gallery: Columbus, Ohio

Exhibit featuring artwork by Charles Wince

Athens Photographic Project

2015 – Present
The Market on State: Athens, Ohio

Permanent installation featuring artwork by photographers in southeastern Ohio