Self-motivated and enthusiastic artist / retail professional

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Desired salary: $35,000.00
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This resume summarizes my most recent jobs, internships, skills, rewards, and art exhibitions.


Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, MI Jan 2011 – June 2012
Courses, including: general chemistry, different levels of math, and humanities.

Siena Heights University, Adrian, MI May 2007
Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in art history with a studio concentration in painting
3.8 accumulated GPA, Magna Cum Laude
Dean’s List 2003-2007

I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art in Painting with a specialization in Art Historical Studies in 2007 from Siena Heights University. During my college years I worked for Peter Barr, the Director of Siena’s Klemm Gallery. I helped install, take down and curate exhibitions; I also shot slides for the art history slide library. For my senior year solo art exhibition, I gained experience with marketing my show through using local newspapers as well as having postcards printed. Since then, I have made use of social media and to market my artwork.
I have experience working / interning at the Detroit Institute of Arts, The University of Michigan Museum of Art, and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology (also at U of M). These experiences range from working in the museum gift shop and a curator’s office (D.I.A.) to restoring museum artworks and artifacts in art conservation labs (U of M). These experiences have introduced me to the inner workings of museums and the art world in general. Also since graduating I have had some brief employment at various galleries.

International travel has developed my multi-cultural knowledge / experience. Through my studies I have traveled to France (French studies) and Venice, Italy (art historical studies). Since college I took my interest in Asian art / culture all the way to southeast Asia; where I spent time in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.

•Outstanding Team Member, Whole Foods Market 2009, 2012
•Presidential Scholarship, for demonstration of leadership skills and good GPA 2003-2007
•Dean’s List, Siena Heights University, for good academic standing 2003-2007
•“Best on-Campus Event,” Siena Heights University, Concert for Peace 2005
•Art Department Outstanding Student Award, Siena Heights University 2007
•Arts Department Purchase Award, Siena Heights University 2007


Whole Foods Market, Ann Arbor, MI October, 2008 -Present Floral Buyer / Produce Team Member

•Duties include: Chalkboard signage design and writing. Helped lead produce department’s transition to all handwritten chalkboard signs.
•Customer service, ordering, merchandizing and inventory for floral department, maintain floral department appearance and product quality, build and design elaborate floral displays, arranging and gift-wrapping bouquets and plants, create custom bouquets and arrangements for weddings and other special occasions, maintaining signage quality.
•Maintaining produce floor appearance, requesting signage and performing sign walks, stocking product, pulling spoilage, taking customer special orders

Cut Fruit Team Member May 2008 – October 2008

Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI September 2007- April 2008
Curatorial intern
Supervisor: Dr. Nii O. Quarcoopome, Curator of African, Oceanic, and Indigenous Americas
•Researched origins and technical aspects of African art objects
•Scanned, labeled and organized of images and slides
•Translated French art articles to English.

Amber Eyes Gallery, Belleville, MI August 2007 – November 2007
Gallery Salesperson/Administrator
•Duties included: assisting customers and maintaining a friendly, charming atmosphere, handling and displaying of art pieces, running transactions, meeting and signing contracts with artists, opening and closing operations, and designing gallery’s Myspace™ page.

Siena Heights University Art Department, Adrian, MI August 2005 – May 2007
Klemm Gallery Work Study Assistant
•Developed essential curatorial, managerial and research skills working for Dr. Peter Barr, Professor of Art History.
•Curated the exhibition: Art, Artifacts, and Visual Culture from the Collections of
Siena Heights University Art Faculty, which ran from January 10 – February 9, 2005. In preparation for the exhibit, I interviewed faculty, researched art, wrote exhibition texts and announcements, and installed artworks.
•Assisted the Gallery Director with installation and deinstallations, opened and secured gallery, maintained gallery appearance by repairing walls after each exhibition, photographed, mounted and labeled slides for art history slide library, delivered artwork, completed condition reports on loaned objects and communicated with visiting artists via email and telephone.


Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Sept 2011 – April 2012
Conservation Intern
Supervisors: Claudia Chemello, Senior Conservator, and Suzanne Davis, Associate Curator of Conservation

•Assisted with examination and treatment of a wide variety of materials including metal, ceramic, organic material, and glass
•Researched excavation history of objects to be treated as well as their chemical properties and how to treat them
•Documented objects via photography and conservation reports
•Desalinated and reassembled a ceramic bowl from Seluecia (modern day Iraq)
•Stabilized two copper alloy objects from Seleucia
•Constructed appropriate housing for objects
•Learned how to use Hobo® Temperature and RH Data Logger for environmental monitoring of museum storage areas
•Performed XRF analysis on various object fragments from a copper alloy coin and finial, limestone stela, and an Egyptian cartonnage.
•Related elements present in objects to determine how the objects were constructed, decorated, and used.

University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI December 2009 – April 2011
Conservation Intern
Supervisor: Kewei Wang, Senior Conservator of Asian Art

•Assisted with examination, conservation and preservation of Chinese and Japanese works on paper and silk, scrolls, bound albums, and folding screens. Chinese and Japanese cultural materials each required different and specialized treatment approaches.
•Handled and re-housed extremely fragile and deteriorating works on paper and silk.
•Conducted photographic and written documentation of materials to determine their fragility and/or treatment needs. Diagrams of artwork with measurements were drawn.
•Used dry and wet cleaning methods on paintings and scrolls
•Inpainted surfaces to integrate losses
•Deframed and remounted paintings and artworks
•Responsible for lab administration and correspondence with museums and private clients including: survey forms, treatment proposals, authorization forms,
conservation reports, inventory excel reports, incoming artwork and payment receipts.


The Local Bazaar August 2012
The Blind Pig
Ann Arbor, MI

Holiday Gift Shop December 2009
Grosse Pointe Art Gallery
Grosse Pointe, MI

Art for the Holidays 2009 November 2009
Detroit Artists Market
Detroit, MI

Group Exhibition Summer 2008
Amber Eyes Gallery
Belleville, MI

Group Exhibition Summer 2007 Bodifikation Tattoos, Piercing and Art Gallery
Allan Park, MI

Unfiltered II: An exhibit for artists outside the mainstream Summer 2007
Octane Photographic Gallery
Ferndale, MI

Motion and its Effects Summer 2007
Scene Metrospace Gallery
East Lansing, MI

Printmaking Group Exhibition, Curated by Chris Reising Summer 2007
Wacker Gallery
Tecumseh, MI

Dissolution/Solution February 2007
Bachelor of Fine Arts Solo Exhibition
Klemm Gallery, Siena Heights University
Adrian, MI
Art History Slide Lecture:
The Chinese Image of Guanyin in Mahayana and Chan Buddhism
Studio Angelico, Siena Heights University

During my college years I worked for Peter Barr, the Director of Siena’s Klemm Gallery. I helped install, take down and curate exhibitions; I also shot slides for the art history slide library. Since then I have had experience working and exhibiting at various galleries. I have experience selling artwork, as well as registering artists to exhibit in galleries. I worked at a small gallery in Belleville, MI in which I helped implement the forms and documents used for this sort of work.
Since 2008, I have worked for Whole Foods Market; I started as a cut fruit team member, then was quickly promoted to floral buyer, and have since expanded my experience into the sign-making department through the implementation of chalkboard signage in the produce department. I am considered a multi-talented leader within the produce department, and my ideas and opinions are always taken into consideration.


  • Adobe Illustrator,
  • Adobe Photoshop,
  • File Maker Pro,
  • Microsoft Excel,
  • Powerpoint,
  • Word
  • Outlook Express
  • writing skills
  • clear communicator
  • artistic eye


    artistic, communication, display designs, leading, public speaking, teamwork

Groups & Associations

    American Institute of Conservation, Mid-American College Art Association, Siena Heights University Alumna

Spoken Languages

    English, French

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