I was born in Athens when my father was an art student at the University of Georgia. I, too, earned my BFA in drawing and painting from UGA, as well as a PhD in art history. I also hold a MFA in painting from Virginia Commonwealth University.
I moved to New York City after completing my MFA. My first job was at Pearl Paint, the art store mecca on Canal Street in lower Manhattan. I also began a proof-reading and copy-editing position for Grove Press and later worked with a small independent publisher, Tanam Press, where we produced books by Jenny Holzer, Theresa Hak Kyung, Werner Herzog and others. Having worked for the Anderson Gallery, VCU’s three-story exhibition space in Richmond, I was able to secure my first gallery-related job in NYC at Artists Space. This was followed by work as a Curatorial Assistant at The New Museum of Contemporary Art and, later, at the Guggenheim Museum. I also worked for two years with independent curator Lynn Gumpert on “Beyond the Frame: American Art 1960-1990,” an exhibition that traveled to three major museums in Japan. This experience, in combination with work as the Assistant Director of The New York Kunsthalle, led to an invitation to be the Gallery Director and Curator for the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. In that position, I gave Atlanta-based artists such as Kojo Griffin, Chris Verene, Roe Ethridge and others their first major exposure and organized projects that brought internationally known artists like Ilya Kabakov, Gregory Green, James Castle, and Matthew Ritchie to Atlanta viewers. From Fall 2001 through Spring 2011, I taught all levels of drawing and painting, graduate seminar, and courses in contemporary art history for the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design at Georgia State University.
My work as a painter is represented in Atlanta by Sandler Hudson Gallery. I was formerly represented by Althea Viafora Gallery and Information Gallery in NYC, and ID Galerie in Düsseldorf, Germany. In addition to solo shows at these commercial venues, I have also presented solo projects at the Jersey City Museum, P.S. 1 Museum and White Columns as well as being included in numerous group shows in Atlanta, New Orleans, NYC, Cologne and Paris. I was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Grant, and Fellowship Residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Cite International des Arts (Paris), Hambidge Center, and the P.S. 1 National Studio Program.