Public Art

Chicago Sculpture International, Chicago Tree Project, Olympia Park, Fraxinus Raptor, Fall 2017

The Cliff Dwellers Club of Chicago, 60 linear ft. of Louis Sullivan inspired bronze stencil graphic and design around perimeter of the dining room. Charles Hasbrouck, SOM, Chicago, IL, 2013

Art and Soul Restaurant, Kidney, Northern, Pinto, 5’ x 30’ Wall of beans mosaic, Washington D.C., 2013

Ronald McDonald House and the PGA fundraiser  4’ Golf Ball sculptures, Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Il, Symbiosis-Aiding the Green. Summer 2012

Ant Bully movie poster, 4’ x 4’, Warner Brothers, time-laps film – the making of Jelly Belly mosaics. 2006

Martin Luther King Jr.  Jelly Belly portrait, University of Pennsylvania, special alternative mediums art for MLK day on campus. 2003

Candy Coral Kingdom, four 3.5’x 4.5’ jelly belly mosaics of a clown fish, Sharks, Trigger fish, and Candy Coral design sign. The Shedd Aquarium, Chicago 2001.

Amazon Rising, 8’, 3D, Red Bellied Piranha, boat top sculpture (traveled from The Shedd Aquarium to Navy Pier).  Also an 11’ Spotted Stingray (Sears Tower) now resides in Beaufort S.C. . Summer event program featuring endangered species from the Amazon River.  The Shedd Aquarium, Chicago 2000

Cows On Parade, Rudy the Yodeling Cow, Swiss Hotel and The Tribune Cow, Chicago 1999

St. Louis Metra link station, three 14’ tall painted Tina Turners on vinyl.  Attached to a helium balloons for the summer grand opening of the new station.  1993

The Chicago Historical Society, North Atrium Tromp L’oeil mural of Louis Sullivan window design. 2003


Select Collections/Commissions

The Cliff Dweller Club, 60 linear feet Louis Sullivan inspired bronze stencil, Chicago, IL 2013

Art and Soul Restaurant, Kidney, Northern, Pinto, 5’ x 30’ Wall of beans, Washington D.C., 2013

Jelly Belly Corp.  Jelly belly mosaics for Ant Bully Movie, Fairfield, and California 2006

Warner Bros., jelly belly mosaics, Sarasota, Florida    2006

John G. Shedd Aquarium, jelly belly mosaics, Chicago, Illinois 2000

John G. Shedd Aquarium, 2 Large-scale fish sculptures: Piranha and Stingray, Chicago, Illinois 1999

University of Pennsylvania, Martin Luther King Jelly Belly Mosaic, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2004

Harvest Manor Farms Nut Co., Nut mosaic of a one million dollar bill. Cedar Rapids, IA   2008

Several private art work commissions.


Select group exhibitions

2018 The Other Art Fair, Chicago, Illinois

2018 Evanston +Vicinity  Biennial, 2018, Chicago, Illinois

2017 Five Points Gallery, 2017 Biennial, Torrington, Connecticut

2017 Women Made Gallery, Reunion II, Chicago, Illinois

2017 Five Points Gallery, Figure This, Torrington, Connecticut

2016 Art Bazaar Jakarta, GACI Prak-Sis, GACI, Jakarta, Indonesia

2016 GACI Prak-sis, GACI Spring, Space 776, Buffalo, New York

2015 Webster University Cecille R. Hunt Gallery, 40@100, Saint Louis, Missouri

2015 Uncorked by the Sea, Atlantic Coast series, group showcase, Southport, North Carolina

2015 Epic Spices, Sweet and Savory, 2 person, Chicago, Illinois

2015 Hairpin Art Center, At Home, 3 person, Chicago, Illinois

2015 Woman Made Gallery, 18th International Open, Chicago, Illinois

2014 Woman Made Gallery, Contained, Chicago, Illinois

2014 GAG, Gung Ho, Chicago, Illinois

2013 Heritage Woods, Birdlime, artist initiated, 2 person, Chicago, Illinois

2013 The Franklin, Methodic Deconstruction, Chicago, Illinois.

2011, 2012, 2014, Morlen Sinoway Atelier Guerilla Truck Show, Chicago, Illinois,

2010 Ryerson Woods, Aviary show, Deerfield, Illinois,

2008 The University Club of Chicago, Big Birds – combined show. Chicago, Illinois

2007 Dankhaus German Cultural Center Germans in Mind, Chicago, Illinois

2005 Thomas Masters Gallery, The Blue Show 35 artists, Chicago, Illinois

2004 Art St. Louis, New Works Nine States, Juried exhibition, St. Louis, Missouri

2001 St. Peters Cultural Arts Center, St. Peters, Missouri

1999 Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1999 Charlie’s Choice Top 40 Eastwick Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1995 Red Trike Gallery/Brian Bonebrake, Chicago, Illinois

1993-1997 Group exhibits curated by Michael Hernandez du Luna, Café Baci Wacker Drive: Sumten Fishy, Red Show, Creature Show, and The Velvet Show.

1995, 1998 Flotilla, Chicago River, Luke Dohner, Dennis Callahan,


 Select solo exhibitions

2016 Prak-Sis Contemporary, Chicago, Illinois

2013 Uncommon Ground, Unfolding, A retrospective, Chicago, Illinois

2010 Foundry Art Centre, Twenty Years, St. Charles, Missouri

2010 Jackson Junge Gallery, FlockAmerican Birds Personified, Chicago, Illinois

2009 The University Club of Chicago, Big Birds, Chicago, Illinois

2001 Eastwick Gallery, Selected paintings, Chicago, Illinois

1995 Harold Washington Library, Coffee Cups, Chicago, Illinois



Joanne Trestrail, Cranes Magazine, The Cliff Dwellers gets a new lease on life, October 16, 2013

Jelly Belly Press Letter, July 2006,

Jan Parr/editor. Chicago Home Magazine, Spring/Summer, May 2003, p. 116,

The Candy Chronicle, Jelly Belly Candy Co., Jelly Belly Mosaics. February 2003 p.5

Kristina Anderson, Lakeland Media Newspaper, Home and Garden section, spring issue April 2002, p. 11

Connie Lauerman, Chicago Tribune, Front Page Tempo, Amazon Rising, August 22, 2000

John Carpenter, Chicago Sun Times, 21st Impressions, January 1, 2000, p. 35

Herbert Berchtold, Cows on Parade Exhibit Catalog, 1999 p. 69

Michael Hernandez de Luna, Sextablos, Works on Metal Catalog, 1999 p.19

Kevin M. Williams, Chicago Sun Times, Cows on Parade, August 5, 1999, p. 16

Robert A. Davis, Chicago Sun Times, Flotilla, July 29, 1998, p. 26

Teri Seiler, St. Charles Journal, (Missouri) Short Stories Exhibit, June 28, 1996

Esther Talbot Fenning, St. Charles Post Dispatch, “She’s got everything to do with it” August 1993

Wendi Fitzgerald, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Metra Link Art work, Tina Turner Blimps, 1993

Webster University news report magazine. June 1991

Select group traveling exhibitions

Sextablos Erotic works on metal curated by Mickael Hernandez de Luna, 1999, Augen Gallery, Portland, Oregon – Red Bud Gallery, Houston, Texas – Barristers Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana – Hyde Park Arts Center, Chicago, Illinois.

10,000 Plus, The Art Institute of Chicago, Alumni Board Room, March 18, 1994


Awards and Honors

2016 First Place Painting, Wells Street Art Fair

2010 Bucktown Art fest, Best of Show, Chicago

2010 Chicago Historic Bungalow Initiative, First Place, front yard landscape contest.

2009 First artist to show twice in the history of The University Club of Chicago, Big Birds.

1998 CAAP, Cultural Assistance Art program, Grant Award, Chicago

1993 Merit Scholarship and Grant Award, The Art Institute of Chicago,

1991 First Place BFA Exhibit, Webster University St. Louis, Missouri


2018 Instructor of Art, Still life drawing and figure drawing, adult beginning/intermediate, The Art Center of Highland Park, IL

2008-present   Self-employed artist, Albany Carroll Arts Building, Chicago, IL

-Exhibit Artwork in galleries.  Produce studio artwork for Commissions.

Duties and responsibilities: Maintain/update Word press website, schedule photo sessions of new work, Photoshop edits of new work for applications, research opportunities online, ie. Public art, exhibitions, grants, submit applications, design and create new artwork.

1998-2008  Self-employed, decorative arts business “Studi-O” serviced Chicago area as well as surrounding suburbs. Services included: faux finishing, murals, and custom commissions, sculpture and decorative objects.

-Sales, marketing, design, presentation of design to clients with clear communication, write bid proposals and invoices, complete projects from start to finish according to specifications, meet strict deadlines.  Worked with hired subcontractors on individual projects.

2004-2008 Contract artist for Refined Rustic, Philip Sassano. Elmhurst, IL

-Studio/job site artist – Worked in the company studio or at the current project residence or business location.

Duties and responsibilities: prepared artifacts and found objects for new finishes or sculpture projects, refinished artifacts or furniture pieces, carried out simple tromp l’oeil murals, faux finishes, cleaned studio shop, went on customer calls to complete decorative painting projects.

1994-1998 Showroom Manager, Hag Furniture, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

Duties and responsibilities: Assisted Sales representatives, updated dealer libraries products information, Computer invoicing and correspondence, presented demonstrations to potential customers.


Mitchell Elementary CPS

Room parent (3 years)

Volunteer field trip chaperone and assistant to teacher.

Art class volunteer – Instruct art projects where needed.

-Studio figure drawing group sessions. Hired models and organized weekly drawing group and instruction.

-Workshops at the Shedd Aquarium teaching kids the steps in making a jelly belly mosaic.

-Original organizer (team of 3) of an annual art open studio event. 1999-2016. Albany Carroll Studios.



The School of the Art Institute of Chicago-Post Baccalaureate Certificate

Webster University St. Louis, Missouri BFA Painting and Drawing


Artist Residency 2005 -The Cliff Dweller Club


Collaborations 2008 – Rachelle Moore and neighborhood residence, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Masters Thesis project, Conserva-STORY, a book presenting the history of Garfield Park through stories by some of its residents.


Online Magazine contribution, December 2015, Neoteric Art, WIP, What is Painting Project














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