SUMMARY Motivated, sensitive, and attentive team player, with an international education and work experience. Classical training in dance, piano, and visual arts built a disciplined foundation and critical thinking. Since 1999, I’ve worked on projects in public and land art. Since 2006, I worked with media, marketing, and communications. Since 2011, I guided movement and meditation courses for diverse ages and abilities. As a creative, my consulting, research, presentation, and teaching skills were developed over time. My interests include psychology, biology, geology, and ways artists’ work intersects with science and technology. I believe cooperation between the arts and sciences are the future in working together to realise shared goals.
TECHNICAL Mac/PC, Digital/Film Cameras, Apple Suite, Google Workspace, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, CaptureOne, iMovie, YouTube and Vimeo, WordPress/WebDevelopment, Film Development/Scanning/Archiving, Digital and Darkroom Print Making, Printing and Pre-production for CMYK and RGB output on machine or plate printing, glass and matte cutting including museum glass, art handing and installation.
CREATIVE & PRACTICAL Photography, video/cinematography/editing, all forms of writing, drawing/illustration, painting including large scale and various substrates/papers/canvases, lighting design, branding and concept development, graphic design, layouts and print production, styling and staging, singing, music composition, classical and modern dance, presentation for education or sales.
INSTRUCTION Movement, meditation and breathwork, art and performance: dance, colour theory, drawing, painting, photography.
2008 – now ARTIST & CREATIVE PRODUCER | Freelance – On-site, Online
Consulting and content creation, marketing research, web analytics, SEO, critical thinking, project management, social media and campaign strategy. Freelance photography and video for media. Creative skills used: copywriting, photography, web and print design including layouts, videos, and editing. Creative direction included creating events and installations, from conception, on-site work, and presentations. Managed multiple projects, requiring diverse skills, on multiple timelines, in different timezones. Duties and responsibilities ranged from working independently and on-site, or as a contributing member, as part of a team. Attention to detail, relationship building, storytelling, using verbal and written communications across diverse cultures and countries.
Clients: BBC, 22nd Century Media, Kastel Shoes, Nordre Aker Bydel, Smeltverket at Vulcan, Temoco, Bare Flyt, Yoto Studio, Ekebergparken, Barnas Open House Oslo, Boffi Studio, Outdoor Illinois Wildlife, MIT, The Cook Chicago, Dales Bottle Stoppers, Healing Spring Acupuncture, Socially Authentic, JB Chicago, Resume Strategies, Akasha Yoga Studio, iTeach iOS, Driven Realty, Department of Natural Resources, Jesse Bornstein Architecture, PXS Architecture.
2011 – now TEACHER | Freelance – International
Leading mind/body movement, dance, art and literacy courses for all ages. Sample of workshops: Body Architecture, Forest Bathing, Pattern Recognition, Visual Literacy. Drawing upon 21 years of professional experience and studies in mindful practices of meditation and yoga, art, performance, installation, and communications, coursework adapts to each group or individual with special attention to relating the experience within the body to the environment and group using art and natural materials for representation.
2016 – 2020 PHOTO REVIEWER & WRITER | LensCulture – Online
Writing editorial content, conducting artist interviews, and contributing to over 400 project reviews. Building rapport with artists and connecting audiences to critical discourses in contemporary photography.
2016 – 2017 ADMISSIONS COUNSELLOR | Otis College – Los Angeles, California
Counselled graduate and undergrad applicants. Grew enrolment through portfolio reviews and presentations in national/international travel. Data entry and maintenance of detailed records in CRM management. Attentive listening and empathy throughout international, admissions processes. Trouble-shooting and researching administration and applicant questions. Maintaining a maximum 48-hour response time with a positive attitude and diplomacy. Leading campus tours, while answering and directly questions to department expertise.
2013 – 2015 TEACHING ASSISTANT | Otis College – Los Angeles, California
Supported professors in teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in art and photography with materials preparations, assisting in critiques and individual mentorship, conducting research and organising materials, providing support during student studio time, labwork, and field-trips around Los Angeles. Taking the initiative to digitise class materials for the professor and students to access through download. Classes: Graduate Modernism to Conceptualism, Undergraduate Advanced Photography.
2012 – 2013 GALLERY MANAGER | College of Lake County – Grayslake, Illinois
The Community Exhibits Coordinator position including managing daily operations for a gallery and annexed gallery sales shop. During my time serving for the gallery spaces, I developed inventory sales system with the college’s IT department, instituted gallery sales shop policies and formalised artist contracts to build rapport with a growing network of artists in the community. Delivered financial reports and deposits with the accounting department. Grew art sales for the artists and the college, while and building trust within the visual communications department by running a student logo contest and rebranding the gallery sales shop website. Juried a student photography contest based on my professional background with photography. Managed and planned themed exhibitions and events with catering and live musicians. Organised a holiday fundraiser with over 200 attendees and 30 artists in cooperation with the college’s facilities, biology, accounting, and PR department. Led open meditations during lunchbreaks and yoga courses for professors, faculty, and staff.
2012 – 2016 PHOTOGRAPHER | 22nd Century Media – North Shore Chicago, Illinois & Malibu, California
Editorial photography, photo-editing, within 12 hour or less turn-around time. Consistently delivering cover-worthy images and covering multiple events in a day. Gathering permissions and ages for publication. Published in North Shore Chicago & Malibu newspapers.
2008 – 2010 AUTHOR | Chicago Tribune Media – Chicago, Illinois
Author of The Art of Advice column on living life as art. Creating original written content on a schedule for Chicago Tribune’s blogsite. Interviewed live 2x on WGN Radio.
2006 – 2008 COPYWRITER | MSI & Momentum – Chicago, Illinois
In-house and contract agency work. Wrote client-winning presentations, taglines, headlines, concept development, style guides, and body copy for consumer packaged goods. Branding, product naming, trademark, patent research in government database for client such as Wahl, The Home Depot, BonTon, Sam’s Club, and Kohl’s. Additional brands included Kraft, Triscuit, Tombstone, A1, Mac ’n Cheese, and Chicago Blackhawk’s Pitch. Photographed produced in-house for the agency’s portfolio and mockups for client presentations. Assisted on photoshoots.
2006 – 2009 GRAPHIC DESIGN & PRINT PRODUCTION | Alphagraphics & Freelance – Chicago, Illinois
Branding, typography, logo design, layout and pre-production for digital and plate printing presses.
2006 – 2009 LIBRARY ASSISTANT | Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg, Illinois
Checking books in and out of college library. Assisted patrons in research and critical thinking for projects. Catalogued books, magazines, and audio-visual materials. Processed book orders and assisted library manager in inventory duties. Ensured daily facilities operations and closing maintenance responsibilities.
2013 – 2015 MASTER FINE ART | Otis College of Art and Design – Los Angeles, California
Art history from 1800s, modern & post-modern theory, studio art, critique. Honours.
2003 – 2006 BACHELOR ART | Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg, Illinois
Interior Design, Advertising Communications. Dean/President Honours.
2017 -2019 JAPANESE CULTURE | Keio Univerity & University of Oslo
Courses: Rare Books, Washi Paper, Butoh Dance, Avante-Garde, Music Moves
2015 NORWEGIAN LANGUAGE | Rosenhof Voksensopplæring – Oslo, Norway
2013 PHOTOGRAPHY | College of Lake County – Grayslake, Illinois
Courses: History of Photography and Darkroom
2013 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY | Ehime University – Matsuyama-shi, Japan
1993 – 2003 CLASSICAL PIANO | Byron, Illinois
1990 – 2003 DANCE | Various Studios – Ogle County, Illinois
Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop
ANE VIGDIS ØVERÅS, Founde, Kjerringøy Land Art Bienale & Residency, Kjerringøy, Norway
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ANNETTA KAPON | Graduate Chair, Otis College, Los Angeles, CA, USA
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ERICK ROWE | Instructor Art Photography, College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL, USA
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CHRIS SISSON | Associate Professor of Art; Department Chair of Art & Art History, Rockford College, Rockford, IL, USA
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JOHN WAGNER | Painter, Former AS3 Facilities Manager, Denmark
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