Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • This Proverbial Life, Juried Exhibition Series, Chapel Hill Town Hall Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC, 2017

  • The Work of Kara Bender, TD Gallery, Greenville, SC, 2014

  • Chapel Hill Juried Exhibitions Series, Chapel Hill Public Library, Chapel Hill, NC, 2013

  • Standard Deviations,  WCU Fine Art Museum, Cullowhee, NC, 2013

  • Friends of the Arts Show, Gallery 130, Cullowhee, NC, 2012

  • As it Stands, Woodlands Gallery, Greenville, SC, 2011

  • A World in Fragments and Flies, Bang!, Greenville, SC. 2009

  • Portrait of an Infestation, Highsmith University Union Gallery, Asheville, NC, 2008

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • The Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY (Upcoming June 2018)

  • Open Studios Artist Exhibition, Metropolitan Arts Council Gallery, Greenville, SC, 2017 (Upcoming November 2017)

  • USC Upstate Faculty Exhibition,  Curtis R. Harley Gallery, Spartanburg, SC, 2017 (Upcoming November 2017)

  • 2017 Juried Exhibition, Juried by Fleming Markel, The Arts Center of Clemson Gallery, Clemson, SC, 2017

  • Flat Out Under Pressure, Juried by Suzanne Camarata Ball, Metropolitan Arts Council Gallery, Greenville, SC, 2017

  • Fine Arts Center Visual Arts Exhibition, Sheffield Wood Gallery, Greenville, SC, 2017

  • Artisphere Artists of the Upstate Juried Exhibition, Juried by Denise Detrich, Founder's Room Gallery, Greenville, SC, 2017

  • 4th annual FL3TCH3R: Social and Politically Engaged Art Exhibit, Juried by Eric Avery, Reece Museum, Johnson City, TN, 2016

  • Art Advocacy Speaks, Art For Social Change, Spinning Plate Gallery, Pittsburg, PA, 2016

  • One Square Foot, Metropolitan Arts Council Gallery, Greenville, SC, 2016

  • Small Works Exhibition, Juried by Dale Cochran, Guild Gallery of Greenville, Greenville, SC, 2016

  • 4th Annual Juried Exhibition, Juried by Michael Manes, Headquarters Library, Spartanburg, SC, 2016

  • Flat Out Under Pressure, Juried by Chrystine Keener, Metropolitan Arts Council Gallery, Greenville, SC, 2016

  • First LaGrange Southeast Regional Exhibition, LaGrange Art Museum, LaGrange GA, 2016

  • Art, Heart, Hope: A Matter Of Time, Riverworks Gallery, Greenville, SC, 2015

  • Open House and Exhibition, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC, 2015

  • Flat Out Under Pressure, Juried by Carolyn Grosch, Metropolitan Arts Council Gallery, Greenville, SC, 2015

  • The Arts Center of Clemson Juried Exhibition, Juried by Frank McCauley, Clemson Arts Center Gallery, Clemson, SC, 2015

  • The Williams Prize in Drawing For Emerging Artists, Juried by Fred Wessel, Artist for Artists Project, Simsbury, CT, 2014

  • The Persistent Ones,  Juried by Linda McCune, Riverworks Gallery, Greenville, SC, 2014

  • A Fine Line: Contemporary Drawing Exhibition, Juried by Anne Harris, Claypool-Young Gallery, Morehead, KY, 2013.

  • Painting Invitational, Riverworks Gallery, Greenville, SC,  2013

  • Slump! Unconventional gallery space, Sylva, NC, 2011

  • UNCA Alumni Show, Pisgah House, Asheville, NC, 2011

  • Flat Out Under Pressure, Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville, SC, 2011

  • Group Show (following installation work), Gallery 130, Cullowhee, NC , 2010    

  • FracticallyYours, Village Studios and Gallery, Greenville, SC, 2010

  • Flat Out Under Pressure,  Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville, SC, 2009

  • Beard and Mustache Club Show, Athens, GA, 2009

  • Greenville Tech Alumni Exhibit, Riverworks Gallery,  Greenville, SC. 2008

  • How Do You Like Them Apples, Upstate Visual Arts Gallery,  Greenville, SC. 2008

 

Public Works

  • Light up Spartanburg bulb, design for community build bulb, 6' outdoor sculpture, 2017

  • A Sunny Day at the Market,  50' Mural, Welcome Elementary School, Greenville, SC, donated 2013

  • In Memory of Henry Staton, Painting, American Legion Post 3, Greenville, SC, donated 2010

 

Commercial Works

  • Slo-Pony album cover, Work Horse, Produced by Kitching Studio, Guangzhou, China (upcoming December 2017)

  • Sow True Seed, Packet cover illustration, Leek and Parsnip, 2015

 

Bibliography

  • The Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Art Library online database (upcoming June 2018)

  • TALK Magazine, Featured artist (upcoming November 2017)

  • FL3TCH3R: Social and Politically Engaged Art, Reece Museum, East Tennessee State University, gallery catalog, 2016

  • Art Advocacy Speaks, Art for Social Change, exhibition catalog, pg 14-15, 2016

  • 1st LaGrange Southeast Regional, exhibition catalog, pg 14, 2016

  • Artist for Artists Project, 2014 Winners' Catalog, page 78-79 and page 84, 2014

  • Standard Deviations, ProQuest Publishing, 1536579, 2013

 

Selected Public-Speaking Engagements/ Activities/ Demonstrations

  • Demonstration, Open Studios, Greenville, SC, 2017 (Upcoming November 2017)

  • Demonstration/ Activity, Design orchestrator for Community Bulb build, Spartanburg Art Museum, July 2017

  • Demonstrations, Open Studios, Greenville, SC, 2016

  • Guest, Fox Carolina News,  “Art, Heart, Hope: A Matter of Time”, Greenville, SC,  2015

  • Demonstration/Activity, Spartanburg Art Museum open house, Spartanburg, SC, 2015

  • Guest Speaker, Trustee Breakfast, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC, 2012

  • Speaker, North Carolina Social Business Conference, Greensboro, NC, 2012

  •  “Questioning the Canvas” WCU Graduate Research Symposium, Cullowhee, NC, 2012

  • “As It Stands”, Woodlands Gallery, Greenville, SC, 2011  

  • Talk, Guest artist, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC, 2010

  • Demonstration/Talk, “Artists in Action”, Upstate Visual Arts, Greenville,  SC, 2008.

  • Demonstration/ Talk, “Art in the Park”, Greenville,  SC, 2008.

  • Demonstration, Fluor Field, Greenville, SC,  2008.

 

Grants and scholarships

  • Graduate research grant for the study of innovative lino cut and printmaking techniques, Western Carolina University, 2013

  • Out-of-state educational scholarship Western Carolina University, 2013

  • Graduate research grant for the study of "reverse painting" techniques, Western Carolina University, 2012

  • Out-of-state educational scholarship Western Carolina University, 2012

  • Graduate research grant for the study of shaped canvases and three-dimensional painting techniques, Western Carolina University, 2011

  • Out-of-state educational scholarship Western Carolina University, 2011

  • Out-of-state educational scholarship Western Carolina University, 2010

  • Individual artist's grant, University of North Carolina at Asheville, 2007

 

 Organizational Involvement

  •  Greenville Technical College, Artist Advisory Board Committee,  Member since 2014

  • Founding member of: “The Contemporary Network of Talent”, Greenville, SC, 2010-2013

  • Founding member of: “The Professional Artist’s Association”, Greenville, SC, 2008-2010

 

Education

  • Department of Fine and Performing Arts, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina, M.F.A in visual arts, 2013

  • Department of Fine and Performing Arts, University of North Carolina, Asheville, North Carolina, B.F.A. in painting and mixed media, 2008.

  • Department of Fine and Performing Arts, Greenville Technical College, Greer, South Carolina, A.A. in graphic design 2004.

 

Teaching Experience

  • 2016-Present, University of South Carolina, Upstate campus, Spartanburg, SC, Instructor of 20th Century Art History, Two-Dimensional Design, Color and Composition, Art Appreciation, and Art History from the Renaissance to the Present.

  • 2013- Present, Greenville Technical College, Greenville, SC.  Instructor for Two-Dimensional Design, Art Appreciation

  • 2014- Present, Spartanburg Arts Museum, Spartanburg, SC. Drawing Instructor for children, teen and adult classes

  • 2013- Present, Cascades Retirement Home, Greenville, SC. Painting instructor, Independent contractor, bi-monthly art history and activity presenter

  • 2011-2013- Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC. Teacher-of-record, Drawing

  • 2010-2012- Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC. Teacher-of-record, Two-Dimensional Design