art is essential

I create highly personal and intimate work, centering around ideas related to imagination, desire and the integration of art into daily life. I am drawn to the whimsical. Fashion, architecture, history and the observation of human behavior inspire my work. I studied ballet for 15 years before pursuing a BS in architecture at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. While working towards a degree, I spent a year in France, where I studied at the Ecole d'Architecture de Versailles. Subsequently I returned to the performing arts to begin a career in film design where I worked as an art director and production designer for several feature films. Designing films helped me learn to express mood and emotions through color, character expression and storytelling. I currently live in Chicago, and incorporate all of these previous experiences into my artistic practice through the manipulation and transformation of materials.

Patrón "Simply Perfect" Art Project

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Education
1988University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Bachelors in Architecture
1986 - 1987Ecole d'Architecture de Versailles, France
2006School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Exhibitions
2013Sharks Are Born Swimming, South Suburban College, South Holland, IL
2012Adornments -13th Inter’l Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia
Layers, Paths and Channels, Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago IL
Ways of Making Art. Governors State University, University Park, IL
This Captivating Culture, Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago, IL
Pine Feather Period, Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago IL
2011“Simply Perfect” sponsored by Patron Spirits and CAC, Chicago IL
T.A.W.G.A. (Throw Away Won’t Go Away) An Environmental Art Exhibit, Harold Washington Library, Chicago IL,
High Gloss - Houston TX
Elephant Room Gallery Inc. Chicago IL
Bridge Gallery, Chicago IL
2010Macy’s Department Store, Los Angeles CA
Art Here, Art Now, University of Chicago and Hyde Park Arts Alliance,
Mt. Prospect Library, Mt Prospect IL
Not Just Another Pretty Face, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago IL
Forget About the Future, Solo exhibit -Elephant Room Gallery Inc. Chicago IL
Museum of Contemporary Art Store, Chicago IL
Little Black Pearl – Teaching Artist Grades K-2
2009University of Chicago-UChiTech - Department of Intellectual Properties
Little Black Pearl Gallery, (featured artist), Chicago IL
Museum of Science and Industry, Black Creativity, Chicago IL-
Museum of Contemporary Art Store, Chicago IL
2008Not Just Another Pretty Face, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago IL
ARC Gallery, Chicago IL
Kaw Kaw’s Cigar Shop, Chicago IL- Interior Designer 2009
1991 – 1998Art Director, Set Designer
Feature films including Harpo Films Beloved, Warner Brothers Richie Rich, Fox Films Soul Food, and Addis Wechsler Pictures Love Jones
Awards
20123Arts Award Nominee
“Ways of Making”- Governors State University- Best of Show
2010Black Creativity – Museum of Science and Industry – Honorary Mention
2009Black Creativity – Museum of Science and Industry - Green Art Award
Bibliography
Neux Magazine, Reborn Summer 2011, “Reusable Materials as Wearable Art” pgs.138-144