EDUCATION

2016MFA, Interdisciplinary Arts & Media, Magna Cum Laude, Columbia College. Chicago, IL
2013BFA, Interdisciplinary Expressive Arts, Summa Cum Laude, Western New Mexico University. Silver City, NM
1997BA, Spanish, San Francisco State University. San Francisco, CA
1995 – 96La Universidad Católica de Chile (thru SUNY-Plattsburgh). Santiago, Chile
1989 – 95City College of San Francisco. San Francisco, CA

LANGUAGES

CurrentEnglish, Spanish. Proficient in French.

AWARDS & HONORS

2015Albert P. Weisman Award, Columbia College. Chicago, IL
2013Follett Graduate Merit Award, Columbia College. Chicago, IL
2012Professional Research & Development Grant, Western New Mexico University. Silver City, NM
Award of Excellence, Billy Shannon Music Video. IndieFest, La Jolla, CA
1999Volunteer of the Year, Woman’s Will Theater Company. San Francisco, CA
1995Full Year Study Abroad Scholarship, National Security Education Program, United States Congress

SELECTED ART / EDUCATION EXPERIENCE

2018 -Digital Arts Instructor, Chicago Center for Art + Technology (CHICAT). Teach photography, video, motion graphics, audio recording, graphic arts, to high school and middle school students. Design curriculum & workshops, purchase and maintain equipment, manage all aspects of digital arts studio. Recruit, promote. Chicago, IL
2017 - 18Adjunct Instructor, SAE Institute. Taught Visual/Performance Art: History and Practice to college students in music business and audio engineering programs. Developed lectures & curriculum. Chicago, IL
2016 - 18 Training Coordinator, CAN TV, public access television station. Taught field & multi-camera studio production, editing to teenage and adult local community producers. Created curriculum. Created promotional video and motion graphics. Chicago, IL
2017Instructor, Illinois Media School. Taught Video Production, Web/Social Media, Graphic Design to college students focused broadcasting careers. Chicago, IL
2017Visiting Assistant Professor, Northern Illinois University. Courses: Video Art, Intermedia. Taught lower and upper division courses in Time Arts department. Developed courses, curriculum. DeKalb, IL
2016Studio Assistant, Paul Catanese, Hybrid Artist. Assisted artist during residency, including video mixing & streaming, general tech support, blimp wrangling. Chicago, IL
2015 – 16Teaching Assistant, Television Department, Columbia College. Developed and delivered lectures, developed and graded assignments, held office hours for 50-seat class “Aesthetics & Storytelling.” Chicago, IL
Graduate Ambassador, Admissions, Columbia College. Posted on Facebook and Twitter, wrote regular blog posts, met with & gave tours to prospective students, coordinated recruiting events. Chicago, IL
2013 – 15Web Aide, Interdisciplinary Arts Department, Columbia College. Promoted department through several social media accounts and Wordpress blog posts. Updated department website. Photographed events, interviewed colleagues & faculty. Chicago, IL
2013Studio Assistant, Paul Catanese, Hybrid Artist. Assisted artist during residency, including general carpentry, drone flights. Bisbee, AZ
Studio Assistant, Michael Metcalf, Sculptor. Assisted in production of large-scale stainless steel sculpture funded by public art grant. Silver City, NM
2012 – 13Studio Assistant, Interdisciplinary Expressive Arts Program, Western New Mexico University. Assisted student projects in digital 2D, 3D, & 4D studio. Instructed students on use of both media hardware (cameras, sound & lighting equipment, etc) and software (Adobe Creative Suite). Researched & recommended cutting-edge hardware/software for purchase. Streamlined AV equipment checkout. Maintained updates on Mac platform. Silver City, NM
2008Production Assistant, The Rise and Fall of Jeremy Starr Feature Film. San Francisco, CA
2003Education Program Intern, Bay Area Video Coalition. San Francisco, CA
1997English/Spanish/French Tutor, City College of San Francisco. Tutored writing to students, including first-generation immigrants and students with learning disabilities. San Francisco, CA
1996Photojournalist Intern, La Epoca newspaper. Covered breaking news, government & community events, citizen profiles. Front page exposure. Santiago, Chile.
1996Community Assessment Intern, EcoPact NGO. Developed and implemented survey to assess needs for enviromental education in city schools. Santiago, Chile

SELECTED BUSINESS EXPERIENCE

2005 – 10Co-Founder / Partner, Metis Capital Management LLC. Managed investment accounts. Researched, bought, and sold stocks & bonds for high-net-worth clients. Analyzed global & domestic economic trends and policy. Developed and maintained rigorous compliance standards. Purchased, implemented, and maintained office technology on Windows platform. San Francisco, CA
2000 – 05Office Manager / Research Assistant, Barber Investment Counsel. Managed all administrative aspecta of boutique investment advisory firm, including office technology, data management, reporting, client correspondence, SEC compliance. Assisted in corporate & economic research. San Francisco, CA

EXHIBITIONS / SCREENINGS

2018 (ongoing)Rebel Rebel, Channel 21, CAN TV. Episodic Television Show. Co-Executive Producer. Chicago, IL
2017 (ongoing)Cool Jesus, Channel 19, CAN TV. Video. Chicago, IL
2017Unpresidented: Day One, Channel 19, CAN TV. Video. Chicago, IL
2016Mourning Michele, Evening Sky (MFA Thesis Exhibition), The Center Gallery, Columbia College. Acrylic Sculpture, Video, Sound. Chicago, IL
2015Edgewater Oriented Ontology (solo exhibition), C33 Gallery, Columbia College. Interactive video, Ambient Sound, Kinetic Sculpture, Installations. Chicago, IL
Forms of Edgewater, The Fountains Foundation, Columbia College. Acrylic Sculpture. Chicago, IL
Albert P. Weisman Award Exhibition, Columbia College. Acrylic Sculpture, 3D Prints. Chicago, IL
Engage/Connect, Arcade Gallery, Columbia College. Interactive Video. Chicago, IL
2014Chicago Art Expo, Navy Pier. Video. Chicago, IL
4 Micro Documentaries on New Media Topics, Columbia College. Documentary Video. Chicago, IL
We Become Each Other’s Unmakers, Collaboration with Interdisciplinary Arts and Creative Writing Department Graduate Students, Columbia College. Co-Curator. Acrylic Sculpture, Imaging. Chicago, IL
Ultrasonic Brain Balm, Manifest, Columbia College. Acrylic Sculpture, Sound. Chicago, IL
2013IDEAS Unleashed, The Wherehouse. Interactive Multi-Media Installation, Steel Sculpture, Video, Sound, LEDs, Arduino. Silver City, NM
2012Focal Point, Maryland Federation of Art. Steel Plate + Imaging. Annapolis, MD
ISEA Machine Wilderness, Collaboration with Interdisciplinary Expressive Arts Department Students & Faculty, Santa Fe College of Art & Design. Set Design & Construction, Visual Coordinator. Santa Fe, NM
Grant County Art Guild Members’ Show, Hearst Church Gallery. Steel Sculpture + Imaging. People’s Choice Award, First Place 3D Art, Second Place Photography. Piños Altos, NM
Student Annual Art Exhibit, Western New Mexico University. Steel Sculpture + Imaging, Video. Juror’s Choice & Third Place. Silver City, NM
iDEAs, Chashama Foundation. Steel Plate + Imaging, Video. New York City, NY
Gila River Three Minute Film Fest, Collaboration with Interdisciplinary Expressive Arts Department Students. Producer, Co-Sound Designer, Co-Set Builder. Silver City, NM
2011Tucson Film & Music Festival, Music Video. Tucson, AZ
Student Annual Art Exhibit, Western New Mexico University. Music Video. Best of Show. Silver City, NM
2010Performance Art or Protest, Western New Mexico University. Video. Silver City, NM
2008The Collection Agency, Channel 29. Live Music Television Show. Producer, Director, Set Deigner, Editor. San Francisco, CA

CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE

2016em(body) Extensions; //part 2 (in progress). Uptown Arts Center. Project lead and co-curator for Columbia College Interdisciplinary Arts Alumni group exhibition. Chicago, IL
30 Seconds Guerrilla Film Festival, Co-Curator. College Art Association Annual Conference. Washington, D.C.

PRESS

2012 “Peoples Choice Award Goes to Allen.” Silver City Sun-News. May 10. Page 5A. Silver City, NM
2011“WNMU Student Produced Video Wins Awards, Festival Entry.” Abe Villareal. Hidalgo County Herald. September 2. Page 4. Lordsburg, NM
“Student Video to Show at Film Fest,” Silver City Sun News. August 28. Page 1. Silver City, NM

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

2013“IDEAS Unleashed,” Academic Research Symposium. Video Presentation. Western New Mexico University. April 30. Silver City, NM
2012“Women on the Edge: Pushing the Boundaries of Contemporary Art,” Academic Research Symposium. Co-Presented with Anna Davis. Western New Mexico UniversityMay 1. Silver City, NM

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

2018 - Advisory Board Member, DreamWorks Foundation. Chicago, IL
2018 - Program Advisory Committee Member, SAE Institute. Chicago, IL
2016 - Alumni Group Co-Founder, Columbia College Interdisciplinary Arts Graduate Students. Chicago, IL
2015 – 16Student Activities Coordinator, IMAGE UNIT student group, Columbia College. Chicago, IL
2011 – 13Photographer, Mimbres Region Arts Council. Silver City, NM
2011Graphic Designer, Virus Theater. Silver City, NM
2010Photographer, Arts and Cultural District. Silver City, NM
2009 – 10Community Advisory Board President, SF Commons Public Access Television. San Francisco, CA
1998 – 2010Photographer/Bookkeeper, Woman’s Will Theater Company. Oakland, CA

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL
College Art Association, New York, NY
New Media Caucus, CAA Affiliate Society
International Sculpture Center, Hamilton, NJ

CREATIVE SKILL SUMMARY

Graphic Design / Web: Layout, Social Media & Blogging, CMS. HTML, CSS.
Photography: Fine Art, Photojournalism. Traditional Darkroom & Digital Production.
Video: Producing, Directing. Preproduction, Production (Camera, Sound), Editing, Special Effects, Live Video Mixing.
Sound & Music: Multichannel Recording, Editing. Vocal, Saxophone, Piano, Composition.
Sculpture: Fabrication. MIG Welding. Laser Cutting. 3D Printing.
Electronics, Arduino, Sensor-based Interactivity & Kinetics.
Software: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Premiere, After Effects,. GIMP. Final Cut Pro. Resolume. ProTools. Digital Performer. Audacity. Soundhack. Max/MSP. Isadora. Processing. Arduino IDE. Sketch Up. Tinkercad. Makerbot.