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Lena B. Ellis-Boatman

rhizome.artstudio@gmail.com        rhizomeartstudio.com

Education

2014     Master of Fine Arts, Printmaking | Michigan State University; East Lansing, Michigan | University Distinguished Fellowship Recipient

2008     Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art, 2-D Studies, Printmaking and Painting | Bowling Green State University; Bowling Green, Ohio | Summa cum laude | University Honors thesis: making up meanings

Teaching

2015-     Assistant Professor (fixed term) | Department of Art, Art History, and Design; Michigan State University | Courses taught:

  • STA 113: Color & Design, Fall 2016 & Spring 2017
  • STA 110: Drawing I, Spring 2016
  • STA 114: 3-D Form, Fall 2015

2014     Instructor | High School Summer Residency | Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University | August 4-15, 2014

2012-2014     Instructor (as graduate student) | Department of Art, Art History, and Design; Michigan State University | Courses taught

  • STA 113: Color and Design, Spring 2013 & Spring 2014
  • STA 110: Drawing I, Summer 2013
  • Substitute Instructor for STA 432: Lithography, Fall 2013
  • Teaching Assistant for STA 112: Contemporary Practices in Art | Design, Fall 2012

2013     Workshop Leader | Summer Printmaking Workshops | Printmaking + Installation Association, Michigan State University | July–August 2013 | Workshops taught:

  • Low Tech Screenprinting: Drawing Fluid, Screen Filler, and Stencils
  • Reduction Relief Printing: One Block/Three Colors

2013     Workshop Leader | Sense of Site Studio Workshop Series | Department of Art, Art History, and Design; Michigan State University | Spring 2013 | As Research Assistant to Dr. Karin Zitzewitz | Click here for video documentation of student exhibition

2010     Assistant Instructor | Young Artists at Work (YAAW) summer program | Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, in Toledo, Ohio | June-August 2010 

2009-2010     Assistant Instructor | TSA Artisans’ Guild (TAG) after-school program | Toledo School for the Arts; Toledo, Ohio | October 2009 to May 2010 | As AmeriCorps Member

2003-2006     Art Education Major | Bowling Green State University; Bowling Green, OH | Coursework:

  • Education in a Pluralistic Society, Spring 2006
  • Expression and Response in Art Education, Spring 2006
  • Educational Psychology, Fall 2005
  • Foundations in Art Education, Spring 2005
  • Intro to Education, Spring 2004

Solo Exhibitions

Our Natures | Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center | Sioux Falls, South Dakota | April 16 – August 7, 2016

Works of Fiction: visual divergences | written narratives | Kresge Art Center, Michigan State University; East Lansing, Michigan | October 16–26, 2012

Selected Juried and Group Exhibitions

Really Big Prints Again! | Steamroller relief prints | Organizers: Berel Lutsky (University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc), Ben Rinehart (Lawrence University), and Katie Ries (St. Norbert College) | Collaboration with Rachel C. Allen | Venues to date:

  • Wriston Art Center Atrium, Lawrence University; Appleton, Wisconsin | December 2016 – May 2017
  • Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum; Two Rivers, WI | Oct 7Nov 30, 2016
  • Rahr-West Art Museum; Manitowoc, WI | July 31 – August 28, 2016

Unique Impressions: The Bluegrass Printmakers’ Cooperative | Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery, Georgetown College; Georgetown, KY | March 23 – May 2, 2016

Edinboro National Print Competition | Bruce Gallery, Edinboro University; Edinboro, PA | February 3–26, 2016 | Juror: Karen Kunc (Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

Mid America Print Council Juried Members’ Exhibition | Elmhurst College; Elmhurst, IL | October 26 – November 22, 2015 | Juror: Nicole Hand (Professor, Murray State University)

ReallyBIGPRINTS!! | Steamroller relief prints | Organizers: Berel Lutsky (University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc) and Ben Rinehart (Lawrence University) | Venues:

  • Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum; Two Rivers, WI | Sept 10 – Nov 22, 2014
  • Rahr-West Art Museum; Manitowoc, WI | August 10–17, 2014

Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition | Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University; East Lansing, MI | April 3–13, 2014

2012: Unknown Endings | Traveling exhibition | Organizer: Nicole Geary, University of South Dakota; Vermilion, SD | Venues:

  • Black Door Gallery, 124 South Spanish St.; Cape Girardeau, MO | Nov, 2012
  • The Printmaker’s Gallery, University of Arkansas; Jonesboro, AR | Jan–Feb, 2012
  • College of Fine Arts, University of South Dakota; Vermillion, SD | Nov–Dec 2011

Glass Fashion Show | Glass Arts Society Conference; Toledo, Ohio | June 2012 | Collaboration with Emily Finkel.

Navigating Currents: 100 Inkteraction Reactions | Traveling exhibition | Organizers: Christopher Clark of Inkteraction and Jonathan Stewart, University of Dallas; Irving, TX | Venues:

  • The 567 Center for Renewal; Macon, Georgia | April 6-30, 2012
  • Cedar Valley College; Lancaster, TX | Jan 24 – Feb 21, 2012
  • School of Art, Texas Tech University; Lubbock, TX | Jan 17 – Feb 19, 2012

Artomatic 419! | 407 Washington; Toledo, OH | April 2011

Toledo Emerges | Curator: Wynn Perry, Walter E. Terhune Gallery, Owens Community College; Toledo, OH | June 14 – July 29, 2010

Toledo School for the Arts Faculty & Staff Exhibition 2010 | Gallerie 333, Toledo School for the Arts; Toledo, OH | February 5 – March 2, 2010

The Black Flag on the Moon | Curator: Joseph Loccisano, Fine Art Gallery, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota; Bradenton, FL | May 29 – September 24, 2009

Artomatic 419! | 201 Morris Street; Toledo, OH | April – May 2009

Spring Show 2008 | Artspace/Lima: Lima, OH | April 18 – May 31, 2008 | Jurors: Melissa Eddings and Robert Lepo

Selected Workshops, Trainings, and Seminars Attended

University Graduate Certification in College Teaching Institute | Michigan State University | May 8-9, 2014 and May 9-10, 2013

How People Learn: A Cognitive Science Perspective | Center for Academic and Future Faculty Excellence, Michigan State University | April 4, 2014

Dr. Amy Driscoll, Assessment Leaders Colloquium | The Graduate School, Michigan State University | February 11, 2014

Sherri Harper Woods, MSSA, Good Youth, Difficult Behaviors (Youth Behavior Training) | The Community Partnership; Toledo, OH | May 19, 2010

Sarah Smelser, Monoprint Workshop | School of Art, Bowling Green State University | Fall 2006

Arts Administrative, Gallery, and Other Professional Experience

Assistant to the VRL Technology Coordinator | Visual Resource Library; Department of Art, Art History & Design; Michigan State University; East Lansing, Michigan |  September-October 2015

Preparators’ Assistant for Naiza Khan: Karachi Elegies exhibition | Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University | February 2013 | As Research Assistant to Dr. Karin Zitzewitz

Creative Community Data Specialist | Arts Commission of Greater Toledo; Toledo, Ohio | November 2010 to February 2011

Studio Worker for Visiting Printmaker Crystal Wagner | Installation project: Tropic | School of Art, Bowling Green State University; Bowling Green, OH | November 5, 2010

TAG Program Coordinator | TSA Artisans’ Guild (TAG) after-school program | Toledo School for the Arts; Toledo, OH | October 2009 to October 2010 | As AmeriCorps Member

Gallery Coordinator | Gallerie 333, Toledo School for the Arts; Toledo, OH | October 2009 – October 2010  | As AmeriCorps Member

Gallery Installer | Parkwood Gallery, Arts Commission of Greater Toledo; Toledo, OH | October 2009 – October 2010 | As AmeriCorps Member

Gallery Consultant & Installer | Decisive Moment Studio and Gallery, 1113 Adams Street; Toledo, OH | September 2010

Art Show Assistant and Salesperson | Elemental Earthworks Studio for artist Corky Dunsmore | Bowling Green, OH and Hart, MI | August 2007 to August 2011 (seasonal)

Studio Worker, Printing with Visiting Printmaker Karen Kunc | Print edition: Solid Illusion | School of Art, Bowling Green State University | November 4–7, 2008

Membership in Professional Organizations & Studio Membership

Southern Graphics Council International, 2007 – Present

Mid America Print Council, 2008 – Present

Member, Bluegrass Printmakers’ Cooperative; Lexington, Kentucky | 2014 – Present

Member, Wayne Professional Print Workshop, Wayne State University; Detroit, Michigan | Fall 2008 to Spring 2009

Residencies & Travel

Really Big Prints Again! | Participant in steamroller printing event | University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc; Manitowoc, Wisconsin | July 15-17, 2016

Really Big Prints! | Participant in steamroller printing event | UW-Manitowoc; Manitowoc, Wisconsin | July 21–25, 2014

Artist Residency | Stone Trigger Press; Abiquiu, New Mexico | June 10–18, 2014

Self-Directed Summer Travel Abroad | Contemporary Art and History of Place | London, Oxford, Glasgow, Scottish Highlands, and Edinburgh; United Kingdom | June 2013

Artist Residency | London Print Studio; London, England | June 6–16, 2012

Self-Directed Summer Travel Abroad | Contemporary Art and History of Place | London, Glasgow, Deal, and Dover; United Kingdom | June 2012

Presentations & Visiting Artist Experience (Outreach)

Seeds of South Dakota | Designed and directed collaborative installation project with area printmaking students (in conjunction with Our Natures solo exhibition) | Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center; Sioux Falls, South Dakota | April 12 & 13, 2016 (installation remained on view through October 2016)

Gallery Talk: The Nature of Reality | Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition | Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University; East Lansing, Michigan | April 9, 2014

Slide Lecture: Contemporary Printmaking: Print Media, Techniques, Artists, and Trends II | With Rachel C. Allen | Printmaking Area presentation delivered to STA 112: Contemporary Practices in Art & Design, Michigan State University | December 6, 2013

Slide Lecture: Contemporary Printmaking: Print Media, Techniques, Artists, and Trends | Printmaking Area presentation delivered to STA 112: Contemporary Practices in Art & Design | Michigan State University | Fall Semester 2012

Studio Demo Assistant, Integrating Digital Imaging and 4-Color Printing Using Photopolymer Printing Plates | Demonstrator: Professor Janet Ballweg | Command Print: The 2008 Southern Graphics Council Conference | Virginia Commonwealth University; Richmond, VA | March 27, 2008

Panelist, Living and Sustaining Life as a Woman Artist | Moderator: Gallery Director Jacqueline Nathan | The Women’s Center, Bowling Green State University; Bowling Green, Ohio | March 30, 2007

Panelist, Socially Engaged Art: Environmental, Ecological & Activist Art | Art Conversation Event | Moderator: Brad McCombs | School of Art, Bowling Green State University | September 21, 2004

Selected Exchange Portfolios

Twelve on Twelve Exchange | Organizer: Peter Lusch, MFA Candidate in Graphic Design, Michigan State University; East Lansing, Michigan | 2013

The Interdisciplinary Exchange | Organizer: Taiki Fujimori, BFA Candidate in Ceramics, Michigan State University | 2013

The Big Ten Print Exchange: Round 3 | Organizer: John McCaughey, Lecturer, The Ohio State University; Columbus, Ohio | 2013

2012 | Organizer: Nicole Geary, MFA Candidate, University of South Dakota; Vermilion, South Dakota | 2011

Curatorial Projects & Exhibitions Organized

MFA All Media Exhibition | 18 artists | Kresge Art Center, Michigan State University; East Lansing, Michigan | August 26 – September 13, 2013

Sense of Site | nine artists | Kresge Art Center, Michigan State University | April 8-12, 2013 | As Sense of Site Workshop Facilitator and Research Assistant to Dr. Karin Zitzewitz | Click here for video documentation

explorative journeys + substances | Co-curated with Steven Stradley | twelve artists | Kresge Art Center, Michigan State University | April 9-20, 2012

screen | print: student works | Kresge Art Center, Michigan State University | December 16, 2011 – January 13, 2012

Toledo School for the Arts Parents’ Exhibition | Inaugural parents’ exhibition | 30 artists | Toledo School for the Arts; Toledo, Ohio | October 1-25, 2010

Looking Forward and Back: Work by BGSU Students and Recent Graduates | five artists | Gallerie 333, Toledo School for the Arts | July 22 – September 24, 2010

Toledo School for the Arts Faculty & Staff Exhibition 2010 | seven artists | Toledo School for the Arts | February 5 – March 2, 2010

Selected Awards & Fellowships

Fellowship for Research / Travel / Professional Development | Department of Art, Art History, and Design; Michigan State University | To attend the Southern Graphics Council International conferences in 2014 (San Francisco, CA), 2013 (Milwaukee, WI), and 2012 (New Orleans, LA)

University Distinguished Fellowship | Michigan State University | 2011 – 2014

The Feminist Future Symposium Student Scholarship | To attend The Feminist Future: Theory and Practice in the Visual Arts symposium | The Museum of Modern Art; New York, NY | January 2007

Works in Collections

  • Anchor Graphics at Columbia College Chicago Archives; Chicago, IL
  • Bowling Green State University Printmaking Archives; Bowling Green, OH
  • Mid America Print Council Archives
  • Printmaking Education and Research Studio (PEARS) Archives, North Dakota State University; Fargo, ND
  • Southern Graphics Council Archives

Service & Community Involvement

Volunteer | Bluegrass Printmakers’ Cooperative | Periodic/as needed | 2016 – Present.

Member of College Advisory Council Subcommittee charged with writing faculty/staff survey for Review of the Dean | College of Arts & Letters, Michigan State University | Spring 2014

Graduate Student Representative | College Advisory Council | College of Arts and Letters, Michigan State University | October 2013 – May 2014

Founding President & Leadership Team Member | MSU Printmaking + Installation Association | Department of Art, Art History, and Design; Michigan State University | 2012-2014

Secretary | Graduate Student Exhibitions and Events Committee | Department of Art, Art History, and Design; Michigan State University | 2011-12

Student Member | Graduate Committee | Department of Art, Art History, and Design; Michigan State University | 2011-12

Volunteer | One Bowling Green Campaign (to extend local protections in housing and employment) | Bowling Green, Ohio | Fall 2010

President | Two-Dimensional Artists’ Association (2-DAA) | School of Art, Bowling Green State University; Bowling Green, OH | 2007-08 (Member 2006-07)

Treasurer | Print Society | Bowling Green State University | 2007-08 (Member 2006-07)

Volunteer & Youth Committee Member | Equality Toledo | Toledo, OH | 2006-07

Board Member | LGBT Advisory Board | Bowling Green State University | November 2004 – May 2006

Vice President | Vision (LGBT+ student organization) | Bowling Green State University | January 2005 – April 2005 (Member 2004-06)

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