MPHIL/PH.D. FINE ART (expected, 2020), Royal College of Art, School of Fine Art, London, England

MFA PAINTING, Boston University, College of Fine Arts,  School of Visual Arts, Boston, MA


BFA, PAINTING AND CERAMIC SCULPTURE, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Chicago, IL



2019 — NWSA Travel Grant

2019 — CHASE Consortium Travel Grant: The Historian’s I: Autobiography, Memory and Practice, University of Essex, UK

2019 — AHRC and CHASE Consortium Funded Residency: Methodologies and Contexts of “Recovery” Research in the C21, UK

2018 — TECHNE and Conflux Funded Residency: The Object of Research, University of Cumbria, UK

2018 — Travel Grant, Critically Queer Working Group, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

2018 — Research Travel Grant, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2018 — Research Travel Grant, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2017 — Texas Tech University J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts Helen DeVitt Jones Graduate Fellowship, (declined), Lubbock, TX 

2017 — Texas Tech University Graduate School, Helen DeVitt Jones Graduate Fellowship (declined), Lubbock, TX

2017 — Artists Grant and Professional Development Program Award, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art-Assets for Artists

2016 — Faculty Development Grant, Mount Ida College, Newton, MA

2015 — Residency Grant, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

              Annual Conference Travel Grant, College Art Association

              Research Travel Grant, Boston University, College of Arts and Sciences, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Boston, MA

              Fine Arts Grant, Albert K. Murray Foundation

2014-15 — School of Visual Arts Scholarship, Boston University, College of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, Boston, MA

2013-15 — Constantin Alajalov Scholarship, Boston University, College of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, Boston, MA

2013 — Education Grant, Philanthropical Educational Organization Sisterhood (P. E. O.  Sisterhood)

1988-92 — National Merit Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Chicago, IL

1988-89 — AICA Gold Scholarship Award, Kansas City Art Institute, (KCAI), Kansas City, MO



2019 — Painting from the Other Side, Dyson Gallery, London, UK

2019 — There's something lurking in the shadows that might be interesting, Dyson Gallery, London, UK

2018 — FLIGHT MODE, Royal College of Art Research Exhibition, Assembly Point, London, UK

2017 — Gathering Differences, Helga Christoffersen Curator (Assistant Curator at New Museum of Contemporary Art, Manhattan, NY)

              A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

             Debtfair (included artist), a project of  Occupy Museums, Whitney Biennial 2017, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, NY

             Reparative Representations, A.I.R. Gallery, VOLTA NY, Manhattan, Ny (solo project exhibition)

2016 — Cooperative ConsciousnessKochi-Muziris Biennale 2016, Kochi, Kerala, India

              Curated by Kathryn Myers (University of Connecticut, Storrs) A.I.R. Gallery Off-Site Project

    New Art in an Old House, Nolan Park, Governors Island, New York, NY A.I.R. Gallery Off-Site Project

              In the Secret Garden, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Curated by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado (El Museo del Barrio)

              Generations X, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2015 — Small, Smaller, Smallest, Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville, MA

              Lifeline MFA Thesis Exhibition, 808 Gallery, Boston, MA

              Places, Times, Colors, Solo Exhibition, Commonwealth Gallery, Boston, MA

2014 — MFA Candidate Exhibition, Sloane House, Boston, MA

              Movement, TEDex Somerville, Somerville, MA

              Engendered, Atlantic Works Gallery, Boston, MA

              Reclamation, The BLAA Gallery, Boston, MA

              Hot Spot, Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville, MA

              Group Exhibition, Commonwealth Gallery, Boston, MA

              Intuition, Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville, MA

2013 — 25 and Up, MassArt Student Life Gallery, Boston, MA

              Brickbottom Open Studios Exhibition, Somerville MA

              Summer Color, Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville, MA

              Media Mix Up, Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville, MA



PAINTING FROM THE OTHER SIDE: Tracing the reparative turn in contemporary practice 

Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal special issue Encountering Artistic Research Practices: Analyzing their Critical Social Potentialities 

Guest Editors: Karin Hannes, Social Research Methodology Group, KU Leuven, Belgium and Rudi Laermans, Theory, Culture and Religion Research Group, KU Leuven, Belgium 


2020 —Tao Hua Tan 7th International Artist Retreat and Painting Residence: Tao Hua Tan, Anhui Province, China

2018 — Methodologies and Contexts of “Recovery” Research in the C21 - CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership, hosted by University of East Anglia, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), advanced training for doctoral researchers in all humanities disciplines whose PhD project involves an element of “recovery” research (research that seeks to bring to light, restore and/or critically recuperate works/individuals/objects that have been lost, obscured, neglected or denied). Forest Retreat, Hampshire, UK

2018 — The Object of Research: a process-led residency and enquiry into method for researchers,organized by Royal College of Art/University of the Arts London/Kingston University, hosted by University of Cumbria, Carlisle/Ambleside, Supported by Conflux funding, Techne consortium, Carlisle, UK

2016 — Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2015 — Fellowship Finalist, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA

2013 — Landscape Painting, with artist John Walker, Darmiscotta, ME

2012 — Figure Painting, with artist James Everett Stanley, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA



PAINTING FROM THE OTHER SIDE: Tracing the reparative turn in contemporary practiceVisiting Artist lecture, College of the Atlantic, October 2019, Bar Harbor, Maine USA

41st Annual NWSA Conference: Protest, Justice, and Transnational Organizing, November 2019, San Francisco


Panel Chair-KJ Surkan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Reparative Painting-Affective Encounters with Hopeful Futurity-Shannon Forrester, (Presenter and Panel Convener), Royal College of Art (RCA) London

Ritual Art Practice and Collective Transformation-Col Self, Royal College of Art (RCA) London

Activating Radical Empathy Through Fine Art Practices and Pedagogies-Mariana Aboim, Royal College of Art (RCA) London and Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam

Marginalizing Code: Changing Encoded Gender Bias in the Online Public Sphere, Cicilia Östholm, Royal College of Art (RCA) London

Reparative Painting and the Painterliness of New Materialism, Artists and the Philosophers we Love International Symposium, June 2019, convened by the Theorising Visual Art and Design Research Group, School of Creative Arts, University of Hertfordshire and Writing Visual Culture Journal

Reparative Painting an Encounter with Hopeful Futurity, SUMMER SCHOOL FOR SEXUALITIES, CULTURES, AND POLITICS August 2019, Belgrade, Serbia. Organised by: Research Center for Cultures, Politics and Identities (IPAK.Center) and Department for Critical Political Studies Faculty for Media and Communications, Singidunum University, Belgrade

Material Aliveness and Affective Projection in Reparative Painting, Living Research: the Urgency of the Arts, NAFAE conference

Visiting Artist Lecture, The Reparative Turn in Painting, Liverpool Hope University

Hiraeth of Beautiful Monsters, the Reparative Turn, Critically Queer conference, University of Bristol, organized by the Critically Queer working group at University of Bristol, supported by SPAIS Gender Research Centre of the University of Bristol and the South West Doctoral Training Partnership, ESRC. The Critically Queer conference is funded by a generous grant from the SW Doctoral Training Partnership, ESRC. 

The Truth of Gabrielle d’Estrées, poster session, Gender at a Crossroads conference, Cardiff University, sponsored by South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership, Cardiff, UK

Sex/Gender/Sexuality, Academic Lecture Series, Royal College of Art, London, UK

LINKING: Foundation Year Studio-based Artistic Research in Contemporary Art and Social Justice—Creating Interdisciplinary Curriculum to Engage Students With Content Beyond Media-Based Exploration, Session Chair. To the Core and Beyond, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education 16th Biennial conference, Kansas City, MO, USA


2017-2020 — Professional Interests, Practices and Standards Committee on Diversity Practices, College Art Association (CAA)

2016 — Rainbow Alliance Faculty Liaison, Mount Ida College, School of Design, Newton, MA

2014-2015 — Program Manager, Graduate School of Visual Arts Lecture Series, Boston University, School of Visual Arts, Boston, MA



2013-2015 — women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, Graduate Consortium of Women’s Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA

2012 — women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA

1988-1989 — foundation studies, Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI), Kansas City, MO

1984-1987 — high school, The Academy, Art, Music, Dance, and Theatre, Chicago, IL



College Art Association

Foundations in Art: Theory and Education

International Council of Museums