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abbreviated résumé:


Northwestern University
The Graduate School
Master of Arts (2001)
History of art and architecture

University of Cincinnati
College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
Bachelor of Architecture (1998)
Major: architecture
Minor: art history


Chicago, Illinois
- Independent curator, consultant, writer + editor (Nov 2010 -- Present)
- Institutional clients include:

The Field Museum
Chicago, Illinois
- Exhibition Development Manager (March 2010 -- Nov 2010)
- Senior Exhibition Developer (March 2007 -- Feb 2010)
- Exhibition Developer for The Ancient Americas (Aug 2002 -- Feb 2007)


Doug Fogelson: On Climate
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
12 June 2016 — 4 September 2016
Co-curated with artist Doug Fogelson, this solo exhibition presents Fogelson's recent photographic works addressing climate change and dwindling biodiversity, in addition to a new outdoor installation titled Physis.

Regeneration: The Nature of Transformation
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
16 August 2015 — 1 November 2015
Co-curated with WM FitzPatrick, this group exhibition brings together the work of 13 artists and designers who explore the concept of regeneration in nature with a focus on designed objects and art created from reclaimed materials.

Avian Spirits
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
13 July 2014 — 31 August 2014
Curated this group art exhibition featuring artists who use bird imagery as metaphors for the human spirit.

Gaze: Rob Bondgren and Ivan LOZANO
Azimuth Projects
31 May 2014 — 3 August 2014
Collaborated with Helen Maurene Cooper to curate this art exhibition exploring desire, attraction, and objectification as seen through the gay male lens.

Facing Extinction
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, Deerfield, Illinois
9 March 2014 — 30 April 2014
Curated this group art exhibition that addresses decreasing biodiversity

Post Industrious
Manifold Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
14 November 2013 — 21 December 2013
Curated this exhibition featuring artwork of WM FitzPatrick + Barry Phipps

SynergiCity: Reinventing the Postindustial City
Chicago Architecture Foundation
15 March 2013 — Fall 2013
Wrote and edited label copy for this exhibition about urban renewal

Genius Loci: Learning from Nature's Muse
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, Deerfield, Illinois
8 July 2012 — 31 August 2012
Organized and curated this exhibition featuring 11 artists & designers

Art of Green
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, Deerfield, Illinois
10 July 2011 — 31 August 2011
Organized and curated this exhibition featuring 15 artists & designers


Chicago Gallery News
Tri-annual magazine featuring gallery guide and articles on Chicago's art scene
- Contributing writer since October 2013

In The Field
Tri-annual membership magazine of The Field Museum
- Editor since August 2013
- Associate Editor from May 2011 to July 2013

Membership Magazine
The Art Institute of Chicago's magazine published six times per year
- Guest editor from May to August 2014

Time Out Chicago
Online arts and culture magazine
- Contributing writer to the "Art & Design" section since March 2011
- Guest editor of the "Art & Design" section from June to October 2012


Design for a Living World
The Field Museum
May 2011 -- November 2011

Mammoths & Mastodons
The Field Museum
March 2010 -- September 2010

The Aztec World
The Field Museum
October 2008 -- April 2009

The Ancient Americas
The Field Museum
March 2007 -- ongoing