• Olean, New York circa 1965

Formative Years:

  • Experimented with kid-friendly media and the Etch A Sketch, 1970-1980
  • First art award from Olean Junior High School, Untitled. Medium: Magazine Cutouts on Poster Board, 1978

Formal Education:

  • Attended Parsons School of Design 1983-1984; got a little wild, needed to transfer
  • Attended Washington University 1984-1987; learned to draw, failed gym, named Valedictorian, Class of ’87; awarded the unlikely title “Commencement Marshal.” Earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, 1987

Youthful Indiscretions:

  • Lots of waitressing and quitting jobs, painting in an attic after hours, 1987-1991

Now I’m Getting Somewhere:

  • Painted first public, outdoor mural (LOVED IT) in Philadelphia, PA, Untitled, 18th and Wallace Streets, 1989
  • Fell in love with a good man – who “just happened” to fund my first solo art commission – married him, and collaborated on our four wonderful works of art: Thing 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • At the forefront of the contemporary mural movement in Philadelphia. The concept of collaboration and scale take hold, 1989-present
  • Created fresco in Mexico City, La Venustanza Caranza Fresco through a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. Developed a lust for travel and for varying materials, 1995
  • Created landmark mural Common Threads. This one was a game changer. Philadelphia, 1998
  • Developed a method – later to become industry standard – for entire communities to collaborate on public art projects, 2000
  • Created the nation’s largest publicly funded mural for the new millennium, Once in Millennium Moon. More than 2000 Shreveport residents helped on this one. Shreveport, Louisiana, 2000
  • Best art opening ever. Man in a lime green tuxedo rappelled down the newly unveiled mural, Theatre of Life, waving Japanese ribbons, 2002
  • Eavesdropped on a bunch of people and incorporated their words into “altered signage” alongside Interstate 76 in Philly. This was part of a multi-site public art project called Passing Through, 2006.
  • Started playing card game “31” with artists, 2007-present
  • Created one of the nation’s largest exterior paintings, 8 stories tall, by a football field long (you do the math) in my “home away from home.” Omaha, Nebraska, 2008-2009
  • Watched the Phillies win the World Series, 2008
  • Witnessed my daughters and son become a B’nai Mitzvah, 2009, 2011, 2014
  • Created first work in glass. Transparent illuminated surfaces are “the bomb!” 2010
  • Created a work incorporating sculptures and moving parts, Magic Hour. It glows, it moves, it is experiential! Las Cruces, New Mexico, 2013
  • Started years-long discussion in my studio about HOME. Dialogue is essential. 2013-2015

Show and Tell:

  • In 2006, I was featured in Public Art Review as one of ten muralists nationally who has been influential in the past decade
  • Also in 2006, I received Philadelphia’s Visionary Artist Award from the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
  • I’ve received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Leeway Foundation, and more:
  • Visionary Woman Award, Moore College of Art, 2016.
  • Award for Distinction, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University, 2011.
  • RPM (Rescue Public Murals –http://rescuepublicmurals org) National Advisory Committee, 2005-2007.
  • Visionary Artist Award, 2006 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program award for outstanding vision and groundbreaking achievement.
  • Spotlight on Muralists Public Art Review, Fall/Winter 2005.
  • Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowship, 2002.
  • Franklin Institute IMAX Film, spotlight in Philadelphia Anthem.
  • NEA/Mid Atlantic Artists Create for the Millennium Resident Artist, 2000.
  • Leeway Foundation/Award for Excellence, 2000.
  • Art in America’s Public Art Year in Review, 1999.
  • National Endowment for the Arts / MidAtlantic Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, 1996.
  • Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowship, 1996.
  • National Endowment for the Arts, International Residency, 1995.
  • Pew Charitable Trust Disciplinary Finalist, Painting, 1993.
  • Rutgers University / Mid-Atlantic Foundation for the Arts Resident Artist, 1994.
  • Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowship, 1992.
  • Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Roster Artist, AIE, 1993 – 1996.
  • Rutgers University Museum of Fine Arts print collection.
  • Johnson and Johnson works on paper collection.