2004-2007          MFA Sculpture, West Virginia University, College of Creative Arts, Morgantown WV

1997                 Study Abroad, Printmaking, University of Brighton, Brighton UK

1994-1998          BFA, Sculpture, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY   

 Selected Professional Experiences

2024                    Adjunct Instructor, Union College, teaching sculpture

2018-2022          Adjunct Instructor, SUNY Adirondack, teaching 2D, 3D, Drawing foundations

2014-2018          Gallery Director, JD Brooks Gallery, Fairmont State University

2012-2018          Visiting Assistant Professor of Sculpture, Foundry Manager: Fairmont State University; Teaching 3D foundations, Sculpture I,II,III, Independent Study.  Designed and implemented a full-spectrum sculpture and metal casting program

2012                 Adjunct Instructor, West Virginia University; taught Beginning Sculpture

2011-2012          Adjunct Instructor, Fairmont State University; taught 2D and 3D Foundations courses

2008-2010          Design Manager, Closets By Design, Exton PA. Managed a team of design professionals in a design/build environment. Conducted design critiques, designer reviews, and worked cohesively with our fabrication department on production and installation schedules.

2007-2008          Assistant Project Manager, M. Cohen and Sons, Broomall PA.  Designed, fabricated, and installed high-end ornamental, sculptural, and structural metal work for clients, builders, and architects across the country.  Oversaw multiple teams of fabricators and installers

2006                 Graduate Student Representative, West Virginia University College of Creative Arts New Faculty Search committee.  Reviewed and interviewed potential candidates for multiple positions.

2004-2007          Graduate Teaching Assistant/Adjunct Instructor, West Virginia University; Taught Bronze, Iron, and Aluminum Casting, investment molds, resin sand molds, and Iron Cupola Construction.  Taught seven sections of coursework as Graduate Teaching Assistant and one section of Advanced Casting as an adjunct faculty member

                        Instructor of Record of the following:

                                    - 3 sections of 3-D Design

                                    - 2 sections of Introduction to Sculpture

                                    - 2 sections of Advanced Metal Casting

2004-2007          Graduate Assistant, West Virginia University; full-time Graduate Assistant in Sculpture at West Virginia University; assisted Professor Alison Helm in her studio, coordinated Foundry program.        

2004-2006          Graduate Assistant, West Virginia University; Mesaros Gallery Technician

2001-2003          Instructor, Creative Spark Art School, Charleston, SC; Conducted on-site art workshops for children and teens consisting of painting, plaster sculpture, mixed media sculpture

  • Lead Visual Artist, Storefront School for the Arts, Charleston, SC; Developed and taught a two and three dimensional arts curriculum for the Charleston County Housing Authority’s after school programs.

1999-2000          Artist-in-residence, City of North Charleston, North Charleston, SC; Taught two and three dimensional art workshops at public schools in the North Charleston School District.  Designed and implemented an after school program for teenagers in North Charleston, teaching drawing, painting, and plaster sculpture.

Studio Proficiencies 

Wood fabrication;

-arbor, miter, panel, band, radial arm saws 

-wood Lathe, joining techniques, carving and hand tools

Bronze, Aluminum, and Iron casting/Furnace construction;

-ceramic shell molds

-plaster/silica investments

-rigid sand mold systems

-wax molding, spruing, gating, chasing

  • Metal fabrication/technology;

-Arc, Mig, Tig welding of all alloys

-Hand held and CNC plasma torch, CNC waterjet machining

-Grinding, polishing, all methods of finishing, patina

  • Ceramic hand building, basic pottery, advanced figure drawing
  • Printmaking; mono-type, silk screen, etching
  • Glass casting, blowing
  • 2-3 part plaster molds, concrete casting and form construction

Awards, Grants

2017                 Best in Show, 6th Annual Juried Exhibition, Marshall University, Huntington WV

2013                 Foundation Grant, Faculty Development Committee, Fairmont State University

2006                 HERF Supplementary Fellowship, College of Creative Arts, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV: $2000

2006                 International Travel Grant, College of Creative Arts, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV: $2,500 to travel to England to attend International Cast Iron in Art conference.

  • Traveling Honor, North Charleston Cultural Art Exhibit, North Charleston, SC

1998                 Divisional Honors, BFA Show, Alfred University, Alfred, NY

Selected Exhibitions

2024                 “The meeting of houses” outdoor sculpture commission, Albany Parking Authority, Albany NY (*July install)

2024                  “Structural Misinformation” Chicago Outdoor Sculpture exhibition, Chicago IL

2022                 SOLO show “Aggregate” Visual Arts Gallery,, SUNY Adirondack, Queensbury NY

2022                 SOLO show “Aggregate” Gannett Gallery, SUNY Polytechnic, Utica NY

2019-21             “WVU inaugural outdoor sculpture exhibition” West Virginia University, Morgantown WV

2018                 “The 8th ICCCIA Steering Committee Exhibition” Mahady Gallery at Marywood University, Scranton, PA

2018                 “Off the Wall” Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC

2017                 Oglebay outdoor sculpture exhibition, Oglebay Resort Wheeling, WV

2017                 Curated Professional Exhibition - Sloss Furnaces 20 32nd Street North, Birmingham, Al

2017                 “Printmaking Reimagined: Wheaton Biennial” Beard and Weil Galleries, Norton MA

2017                 “Give me some space!” 6th annual juried exhibition, Marshall University, Huntington WV

2017                 SOLO show “Hypaethral” Phaze-2 Gallery, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown WV

2016                 “Concept to Completion” WCIAA conference exhibition, Scottsdale AZ

2016                 “2016 International Juried Exhibition” The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster NJ

2016                 “off the wall” Maryland Federation of Art Annual Exhibition, Annapolis MD

2016                 “Rivertown Art Walk” outdoor sculpture installation, Mon River Trail Morgantown, WV

2016                 “Melvin Johnson Sculpture Exhibition 2016” Chautauqua Art Institute, Chautauqua NY

2016                 “beyond function” juried exhibition, Art+Lit Lab, Madison WI

2015                 “appetite: process and priority of consumption” two person show, Martha Gault Gallery, SRU, Slippery Rock PA

2015                 “10th annual juried exhibition” Axis Gallery, Sacramento CA

2015                 “SM15” Front Art Space catalog show, Front Space Gallery New York,  NY

2015                 “Exhibition 280” National juried exhibition, Huntington MOA, Huntington, WV

2015                 SOLO show “clear, hold, build” , JD Brooks Gallery, Fairmont WV

2015                 “Icebreaker 6” Ice Cube Gallery, Denver CO

2014                 “Small Works III” PSG Gallery, Philadelphia PA

2014                 “Dimension XLII” Corpus Christi Art Center, Corpus Christi TX

2014                 “Exhuberant Politics” Public Space One, Iowa City, IA

2013                 “HWD: Regional Sculpture Exhibition” Kettering, OH

2013                 ”Future-Cast” Cohen Gallery, Alfred NY

2013                 “14th Annual Juried Exhibition” Nelson Gallery, Lexington, VA

2007                 “bridgewalkers” MFA Thesis Exhibition, Mesaros Gallery, West Virginia University, Morgantown WV

2006                 “Arts for All” Birke Symposium at Marshall University Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Pullman Square, Huntington, WV

2006                 “The West Virginia Five” Clara Eagle Gallery, Murray State University, Murray KY

2006                 “not to scale” Nationally juried show, Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA

2006                 “Katharsis” Zen Clay Gallery, Morgantown, WV

2005                 SOLO SHOW, “Citizen Series” Laura Mesaros Gallery, Morgantown, WV

2005                 “what you will” Paul Mesaros Gallery, Morgantown, WV

2004                 “structural blends” Monongalia Arts Center, Morgantown, WV

2002                 North Charleston Cultural Arts Exhibit, North Charleston Convention Center, North Charleston, SC

2002                 “novo” Permanent Outdoor Installation, North Charleston Cultural Arts Headquarters, North Charleston, SC

2000                 SOLO SHOW, North Charleston Cultural Gallery, North Charleston, SC

1998                 BFA Show, Harder Hall, Alfred University, Alfred, NY

Panels, Performances, and Presentations

2022     Panelist, “decoupling: Shedding carbon-intensive processes for a sustainable foundry future” 9th ICCCIA Berlin Germany

2018     “Electric City” performance piece, 8th ICCCIA Post Industrial Iron, Divergence, Dialog, and New Directions

                        Performers/contributors: Jeremy Entwistle, Dylan Collins, Michael Bonadio

2017     Panelist, “Transatlantic Explorations in Iron: The ICCCIA Past, Present, + Future” 2017 National Conference on    Contemporary Cast Iron Art & Practices (NCCCIAP), Birmingham AL

                        Panelists: Jeremy Entwistle, Ken Payne, Mary Neubauer

2015     Co-chair, “Fire Induced Euphoria: Collectivity & Innovation in Contemporary Cast Iron Art”                    

                        SECAC 2015, “Confluence” Pittsburgh, PA

2012     Panelist, “Collaborative Venture: Foundry practice in the age of austerity” Nor’Easter Conference

            Aesthetics and Practice in Cast Iron Art, Buffalo, NY

                        Panelists: Jeremy Entwistle, Dylan Collins, Kurt Dyrhaug

2012     Presenter, “Combining the Arts and Sciences” WVAEA, Fairmont, WV

2006     Panelist, “The New Sculptural Paradigm: Investigating the Future” SECAC, Nashville TN

                        Panelists: Jeremy Entwistle, Benjamin Godward, Benjamin Jones, Marie Bower

2006     Visiting Artist, Murray State University, Murray KY

2006     Panelist, “Birke Symposium”, Marshall University, Huntington, WV

Panelists: Jeremy Entwistle, Alison Helm, Jonathan Cox, Charlie Brouwer, Jim Killy, Kevin Lyles, and Claire Sherwood

Organization Affiliations/Conferences:

2018                 8th ICCCIA board member and co-chair Post Industrial Iron, Divergence, Dialog, and New Directions

                        process and technical panels/presentations


2017                 “In Iron We Rust” 2017 National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art & Practices (NCCCIAP),                                           Sloss furnaces, Birmingham AL


2016                 Fire at the Furnace, Keystone Iron Works pre-conference steering committee: 8th ICCCIA co-chair

                        process and technical panels/presentations


2015                 National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art

                        Conferences attended: “Breaking the Mold” Birmingham, AL


2013-2015          Salem Art Works Intercollegiate Iron Pour

2012                 Nor’Easter Cast Iron Art Conference and Iron Pour


                        Conferences attended: “Crossroads” 2006 Cincinnati, OH

SECAC member

 Conferences attended:

2022                 ICCCIA 9 Berlin Germany

2018                 ICCCIA 8 2018 Scranton PA

“SECAC/MACAA” Nashville, TN

                        “Confluence” Pittsburgh, PA

5th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art

Conference attended: “IRON BRIDGING ART + TECHNOLOGY: Past, Present + Future” Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire, UK


Professional Academic References:


Jennifer Boggess

Former Department Chair, Professor of Painting

Fairmont State University



Alison Helm

Director, Visual Arts Department

West Virginia University (304) 293-4841 ext. 3140


Joseph Lupo

Professor of Printmaking

West Virginia University

(304) 293-4841