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University of Kansas                                 BAE                            1994 (Art Education)

Parsons the New School of Design          MFA                            2005 (Studio Art)



Eastgate Sixth Grade Center, NKC           Art Educator                                    current

Lee’s Summit School District                     5th Grade Summer School              2021

The Joplin Globe                                       Food Columnist                               2019-2021

Josie Mai Personal Chef                           Chef Services                                  2019-2021

Pittsburg State University                          Online Adjunct                                 current

Joplin High School                                     Art Educator                                    2019-2020

Spiva Center for the Arts                           Executive Director                           2016-2019

Pittsburg State University                          Associate Professor of Art               2014-2016

Missouri Southern State University           Associate Professor of Art               2010-2014

Missouri Southern State University           Assistant Professor of Art                2005-2010

Missouri Fine Arts Academy                     Instructor                                          2006-2011

Soulfari Kenya, Inc                                    Founder and Executive Director      2006-2009

Parsons School of Design                         Admissions Counselor                     2005

Parsons School of Design                         Graduate Teaching Assistant           2004-2005

Cathedral School of Manhattan                 Art Assistant, Substitute Teacher     2003-2004

Chameleon Inc.                                         Program Director                              2004

Derrick Thomas Academy                         Art Teacher, Team Leader                2002-2003

JC Harmon High School                            Art Teacher                                      2000-2001

Studio 150                                                 Teaching Assistant                           2000


University Courses Taught

Art Education for Elementary, Beginning Drawing, Art Appreciation/Online, Intro to Visual Arts, Art Theory, Elementary Methods/Online, Secondary Methods/Online, Advanced Painting, First Year Experience, Art Education Theory and Practice/Online, 2D Visual Thinking


High School Courses Taught

Art Appreciation, Drawing, Painting, Investigative Installation, Symbolic Site-Specific, Drawing from Life: The Journal as Art, Interdisciplinary Class, Spiva’s ArtLounge and ArtLab



K-12 Art in Kansas, current

K-12 Art in Missouri, current




I Have No Words                                                  Joplin, MO                           2021

Pathmakers: Lee, Mai, Noriega                            Roeland Park, KS               2021

EAT ART, solo exhibition                                      Carthage, MO                     2018

Contemporary Abstraction, Core New Art            Denver, CO                         2017

Hand-Rubbed, Crabby’s Seafood Grill                 Joplin, MO                           2017

ArtCentral, JRAC Love Languages                      Carthage, MO                      2017

Hand-Rubbed, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center            Kansas City, MO                  2016

Sirens of SWMO, Carter Art Center                     Kansas City, MO                  2016

Hand-Rubbed, Maple UnCommon Gallery          Columbus, KS                      2016

ArtCentral Membership Show                              Carthage, MO                      2016

Hand-Rubbed, 609 Restaurant                            Joplin, MO                           2016

Featured Artist, Post Art Library                           Joplin, MO                           2016

Featured Artist, Urban Art Gallery                        Joplin, MO                           2016

Featured Artist, Chamber of Commerce              Neosho, MO                        2016

JRAC’s Sparkle and Shine at ArtCentral             Carthage, MO                      2016

Spiva Membership Show                                    Joplin, MO                             2015

JRAC Juried Exhibition: Beyond Compare         Joplin, MO                             2015

Joplin Regional Artists Coalition Showcase        Columbus, KS                       2015

Patchwork World at ArtCentral                            Carthage, MO                       2015

Patchwork World at Mother Road Coffeehouse  Carthage, MO                       2015

Assembly Required: PSU Faculty Art Show        Pittsburg, KS                        2014

Artworkers: Creativity in America                        Joplin, MO                            2013

Dear Diary solo show at the Percolator               Lawrence, KS                       2012

Dear Diary: Drawings, Paintings solo at Spiva    Joplin, MO                            2012

Spiva: On the Other Side group show                 Joplin, MO                            2011

A Sense of Order solo show Cottey College       Nevada, MO                         2010

A Sense of Order solo show Leedy-Voulkos       Kansas City, MO                   2010

Bread and Water, Group Show,Baker Univ         Baldwin City, KS                   2009

Commonalities, Group Gallery Leedy-Voulkos    Kansas City, MO                  2009

Commonalities, A Solo Exhibit                             Springfield, MO                    2009

Soulfari Kenya’s three, curator          Springfield, MO                     2009

Soulfari Kenya’s two, artist/curator    Kansas City, MO                   2008

Soulfari Kenya’s two, artist/curator    Jeff City, MO                         2008

Soulfari Kenya’s two, artist/curator    Joplin, MO                             2007

Soulfari Kenya’s one , artist/curator   Kansas City, MO                   2007

Spiva Membership Show                                    Joplin, MO                             2006-2007

Spiva 12x12 Show                                              Joplin, MO                             2006-2007     

Missouri Fine Arts Academy Faculty Exhibition  Springfield, MO                     2006-2010



Spiva Sketchbook Project exhibit                                                                      2018

Native American Contemporary: Spiva                                                             2018

Spiva Sketchbook Project @ North Middle School                                           2017

Director’s Cut: Works from the Permanent Collection: Spiva                            2016

Cowboys: Symbols of the West: Spiva Center for the Arts                               2016

Spiva Sketchbook Project                                                                                 2016-2017

East Town Mural Project: Education Coordinator                                             2016

Kansas People’s History Project: PSU Art Connectors Gallery                        2016

Radial Design: Sacred Circles: PSU Art Connectors Gallery                           2015

Carthage ArtWalks: Community Collaborative Projects                                    2015

Creature Comforts: PSU Art Connectors Gallery                                              2015

Matisse Mash-Up: PSU Art Connectors Gallery                                                2014

Opening of Gallery 831 and first exhibition                                                        2014

Juanita and the Magical Paintbrush: Artistic Director                                        2014

MAEA District 9 Art Teacher’s blog                                                                    2013

Spiva’s Blog, Writer and Editor                                                                          2013

MSSU MLK Day of Service campus-wide public art project                              2012-2013

Spiva’s Third Grade Visit: Curriculum and Volunteer Coordinator                     2009-2014

ArtLab, professional development for area art teachers                                    2009-10,13

Artworkers: Creativity in America: Curator and Grant Writer                             2012-13

small art, BIG LOVE: Curator and Editor                                                           2012

The Beehive Collaborative, an experimental education studio                          2012

TANK puh-blik art: Founder and Member                                                          2011-12

Joplin Community Mural: Grant Writer, Design Team, and Ed Coordinator      2011

Twist and Shout & Project Reclamation: Kansas City, MO                               2011

The Project: Portraits for Kenyan Children                                      2006-2009



National Art Education Association                                                                   2005-current

Kansas Art Education Association                                                                    2014-current

Missouri Art Education Association                                                                   2005-2013

Joplin Regional Artists Coalition                                                                        2015-2018



Artistic Innovations Grant Mid-America Arts Alliance                                        2017

Pittsburg State University Summer Faculty Fellowship                                     2015

Kansas Art Education Association Faculty Conference Grant                          2014

Power of Art Conference Attendee with Rauschenberg Foundation                 2013

Co-Writer of $20,000 NEA grant for ArtWorkers exhibit                                    2013

MSSU Faculty Development Research Grant                                                   2011-2013

Missouri Campus Compact Grant Recipient                                                     2006

Millay Colony Artist Residency                                                                          2003



ARTful Teaching Conference, virtual via Univ of Arkansas                              2021

Soroptomist International                                                                                 2019               

Joplin Rotary                                                                                                    2017, 2019

Joplin Daybreak Rotary                                                                                   2017

Joplin Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network                         2017

Pittsburg Kiwanis                                                                                             2016

PSU Interdisciplinary Lecture Series: Art and Healing                                    2015

MSSU Board of Governors presentation: MSSU Art & the City                      2013

Joplin High School: Career Connections Art and Math                                   2013

NAEA National Conference: Panel with America Now and Here                    2012

Faculty Study Conference: The Art of Collaboration                                       2012

MAEA Spring Conference: The Art of Collaboration                                       2012

MAEA Spring Conference The Memory Project in Missouri         2011

Art Educators Brunch at Spiva: Building Global Citizens through the Arts     2008

Spiva Center for the Arts Educator Brunch, Creator, Coordinator                  2008-2010 MSSU Brown Bag Series: Service Learning in Kenya                                               2007

MSSU Brown Bag Series: Service Learning in Kenya                                    2006



Joplin Rotary                                                                                                     2016-2017

Joplin Chamber of Commerce Cultural Affairs Committee                               2016-2017

Board Member of Connect2Culture, Joplin                                                       2016-2017

Joplin Artfest Committee, Joplin                                                                        2016-2017

Pittsburg State Museum of Art, Chair Education Committee                            2015-2016

Pittsburg State Museum of Art, Collection and Exhibition Committees            2015-2016

Kansas Art Education Association Fall Conference Planning Committee        2014-2015

Educational Consultant, Joplin Public Schools                                                 2012-2013

George Washington Carver Judge for 4th Grade Art and Essay Contest         2006-2013

Spiva Center for the Arts, Board Member, Vice Pres, Secretary                      2006-2013

Spiva Center for the Arts, Chair Education Committee                                    2009-2015

Missouri Arts Awards Selection Committee Member                                       2012





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