School of Visual Arts, NY, NY. Masters of Fine Art, Illustration as Visual Essay, May 2003
Earlham College, Richmond, IN. Bachelor of Arts. Phi Beta Kappa. May 1999


Lead artist for over 80 diverse projects locally and globally, including community-based social justice work, restorative justice work and international street art projects.

New York City Health + Hospitals Resident Muralist, First project at Lincoln Medical Center in the South Bronx completed in 2015 with future projects at other NYC Public Hospitals scheduled through 2017.

Amnesty International, Art for Amnesty project about women’s reproductive health. New Orleans, LA, 2015.

Japanese American National Museum, 2014. Los Angeles, CA. Large-scale outdoor permanent installation.

Groundswell Community Mural Project, 2004-present. Brooklyn, NY. Lead artist for 15 projects in diverse communities covering specific themes relevant to each community, working with teams of youth muralists and community partners.

Philadelphia Mural Arts, Lead Artist. 2013-present

New York City Dept. of Education (multiple schools in the NYCDOE system) 2005-present

Converse (Boston Public Schools/Boys and Girls Club collaborations) 2010-present

Boggs Educational Center, 2009-present

School of Design, Cordoba, Argentina. 2013.

Detroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance, 2006, 2013

New York City Dept. of Corrections, 2011-2013

Covenant House, NYC Shelter for Homeless Teens, 2012

Barrilonia Housing Occupation, Barcelona, Spain, 2010

National University for Social Sciences, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, 2009

Cereso #5 Women’s Prison, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, 2009

Zapatista Army for National Liberation, Morelia, Chiapas, Mexico, 2009

Lutheran Medical Center, HIV/AIDS clinic, Brooklyn, NY 2009

Crossville Arts Council, Crossville, TN, 2009

Earlham College. Richmond, IN, 2006

St. George Episcopal Church, Maplewood, NJ, 2005

Marcus Garvey Academy, Detroit, MI 2005

South Orange Public Schools, South Orange, NJ 2004-2007

Books and Publications(author/illustrator):

*Writing and Illustrating “YAMA,” picture book biography of architect Minoru Yamasaki. Lee and Low, Fall, 2015.
*Writing and Illustrating “WHEN THE COUSINS CAME.” Holiday House, Fall 2015.
*Wrote and illustrated children’s book ‘Fish for Jimmy,’ Holiday House. January, 2013
*Illustrated ‘Lifelines: The Black Book of Proverbs.’ Random House. November, 2009.
*Illustrated HONDA: The Boy Who Dreamed of Cars, Lee and Low Books. August, 2008.
*Wrote and Illustrated Edwin Moses’ biography for children: Edwin’s Lucky Thirteen. Lee and Low Books. Release Date TBA. Winner of Lee and Low’s Prestigious 2008 New Voices Competition
*Editorial Illustration for Walrus, the Canadian literary magazine. 2006-present.
*Commissioned by New York Times for editorial illustration, 2003-2006

Featured artist in publications and press:

*NYT Book Review of ‘Fish for Jimmy.’ Pamela Paul, 2013

*”Canvas Detroit,” book by Nichole Christian and Julie Pincus. Wayne State University Press. 2014
*”Mural Art 2: Murals on Huge Public Surfaces Around the World,” book by Kiriakos Iosifidis. 2009
*”New York and the Fight for the City,” book by Peter Classon (in Danish), Copenhagen, Denmark. 2012.

Additional work and personal features have been covered by the New York Times, Eileen Fisher, NHK (Global Japanese network), Time Out New York, New York 1, The Village Voice, Publishers Weekly, The School Library Journal, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, The Brooklyn Eagle,, The Socialist Worker, Free Speech TV, and multiple local news outlets specific to on-location mural work. International projects have been covered by numerous Cuban, Spanish, Mexican and Japanese news outlets.

Teaching Experience:
*The School of Visual Arts, Faculty. 2013-Present.
*Teaching artist, 4th- 8th Grade. Ballet Tech, the New York City Public School for Dance. 2000-Present.
*Rikers Island teaching artist, worked with female inmates on multiple public art projects. Spring-Summer, 2012.
*Voices Her’d Visionaries, Lead Teaching Artist. Works with a group of young women of color year-round to address contemporary social justice issues relating to women. Women link social justice issues with large scale public art projects. Fall, 2007- present.
*Guest artist, Santiago de Cuba. April 2007. Working with Cuban teens, studying their art and identity, building on a new dialogue with art students in New York City. This residency complements my solo exhibition at the Galería Oriente described below.
*Groundswell Community Mural Project. 2003-Present. Lead muralist for large-scale, outdoor public art projects for young, minority women in the inner city. Facilitates in-house curriculum and educational workshops for other muralists and mentors new muralists for Groundswell.
*Spanish teacher in NYC and Detroit public schools. 1999-2001. Fluent in Spanish.

*Panelist: “The Color of Citizenship: Tracing the Legacies of Japanese Internment from WWII to Stop and Frisk.” The Japanese American Nat’l Museum with Hunter College. May, 2014.
*Northwestern University, Global Engagement Summit, Evanston, IL. April, 2014.
*University of California Merced, October, 2013.
*Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, IA. April, 2013.
*TEDx Brooklyn speaker, December, 2012.
*Influencer Con panelist, October, 2012.
*Guest Lecturer, Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute, Summer 2011.
*Guest Lecturer Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Institute, Summer 2011.
*Guest Lecturer: Brooklyn Museum’s Sackler Center for Feminist Art. Presented public art projects and teaching philosophy involving young women of color, their stories, and modern feminism in the context of the contemporary urban landscape. August, 2007 & September, 2008
*Visiting artist/author/illustrator to elementary-high schools around the country. 2007-present.
*Resident Artist, Earlham College, Richmond, IN. Fall, 2003. Created mural for Social Science department, presented on public art and muralism to art department, mentored undergraduate art students.

Major Exhibitions:

-7 World Trade Center, Benefit/Silent Auction for Groundswell Community Mural Project. Oct., 2012. New York, NY.

-Cue Art Foundation, Benefit/Silent Auction for Groundswell Community Mural Project. October, 2011. New York, NY.

-Affirmation Arts, Benefit/Silent Auction for Groundswell Community Mural Project. October, 2010. New York, NY.

-Affirmation Arts, Benefit/Silent Auction for Groundswell Community Mural Project. October, 2009. New York, NY.

-Brooklyn College Gallery, Pintando Postales Solo Exhibition. April-August, 2009. Brooklyn, NY.

-Romare Bearden Southern Sensibility Tribute Benefit Group Exhibit and Auction. September, 2008. New York, NY.

-Affirmation Arts, Benefit/Silent Auction for Groundswell Community Mural Project. November, 2008. New York, NY.

-Galería Oriente, Postcards from New York. Solo exhibition. Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. April, 2007. Paintings of New York City public school students as they describe themselves in postcards written to the children of Santiago. This show was the first of a two-part visual dialogue between these children.

-Exit Art, Benefit/Silent Auction for Groundswell Community Mural Project. November, 2006.

-PPOW Gallery, Thesis Exhibition. New York, NY. May, 2003.

-Woodstock Guild, 5×7 Show. Woodstock, NY. December, 2002.

-AIGA Manhattan, The Turning Page. New York, NY. September, 2002

-Woodstock Guild, Artists Choose Artists. Woodstock, NY. Spring, 2002.

-Manhattan Marymount College, Watching You Watching Me. New York, NY. January, 2002.

-Detroit Public Library, Asian Americans in the Arts. Detroit, MI. Summer, 2000

Competitions, Grants, Honors, etc.:
*Journal of the Alliance of Black School Educators, featured artist/educator. October, 2012.
*Art for All Public Art Festival. Malaga, Spain. Invitee. May, 2010.
*New Voices Honor Award, Lee and Low Books. 2008.
*Celebrate Urban Birds, Cornell University Ornithology Lab. Winner of national competition to create image for Int’l Urban Bird program. January, 2007.
*Urban Artists Initiative, New York City. Winner of grant provided to minority artists for the Postcards from New York project. December, 2006.
*New Yorker of the Week, News Channel New York 1. Honored by New York 1 for the Voices Her’d mural and work with young women. Summer, 2006.
*Inter-nos Presenter. Santiago de Cuba. Invited to participate and present at international conference for mural arts in Cuba. Presented on mural work being done by myself and other muralists in the United States, especially New York. January, 2006.

Marshall Arisman, Chairman. The School of Visual Arts MFA Illustration as Visual Essay.
Jennifer Hayashida, Director. Asian American Studies Dept. Hunter College.
Amanda Rosman, Executive Director. Boggs Education Center.
Dr. Harvey Hambrick, Founder and Principal (retired). The Marcus Garvey Academy.