EDUCATION

MASTER OF FINE ARTS

2019 University of Georgia (Athens, GA, U.S.)

MFA in Studio Art with emphasis in Photography

Magna Cum Laude

BACHELOR OF ARTS

2015 Milligan College (Elizabethton, TN, U.S.)

Fine Arts with emphasis in Photography, Humanities

Cum Laude

 

RECOGNITION AND AWARDS

AWARDS   

  • 2019 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, University of Georgia

  • 2019 Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

  • 2015 Most Outstanding Fine Arts Student Academic Award, Milligan College 

  • (2012 – 2015) Dean’s List at Milligan College

  • 2012 & 2013 Photographer’s Forum Magazine Photography Contest Finalist

  • Milligan College Juried Art Show Awards of Merit (2012-2014) and Awards of Excellence (2015)

  • 2009 Eagle Scout

 

RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE

TEACHING

August 2017 – Recent

University of Georgia Lamar Dodd School of Art, Athens, GA

  • Instructor of Record of Introduction to Photography and Image Culture

  • Instructor of Record of Video Concepts and Practice

  • Teacher’s Assistant for Introduction to Black and White Photography

  • UGA Summer Academy instructor; Cameraless Photography

GRADUATE ASSISTANT

August 2016 – June 2017

University of Georgia Public Service and Outreach Department – Archway Partnership, Athens, GA

  • Photograph communities throughout the entire state of Georgia with an emphasis in public service

 

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

August 2015 – May 2016

Milligan College Fine Arts Department, Elizabethton, TN

  • Curate art shows, classroom lecturer, maintain darkroom and gallery space, photograph ten fine arts events per semester, manage the fine arts webpage

 

DARKROOM TECHNICIAN & TEACHER’S ASSISTANT (WORK STUDY)

August 2012 – May 2015

 Milligan College Photography Department, Elizabethton, TN

  • Help with basic black and white photography courses, darkroom maintenance, lecture assistant, help teach students how to develop film and enlarge photographs, critique students work

 

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

Fighting for Recognition, Derthick Art Gallery – Milligan College, October 2019

Playing Possum, Five Bananas Gallery – Athens, GA, January 2019

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes, Five Bananas Gallery – Athens, GA, August 2018

At War with the Ordinary, Derthick Art Gallery – Milligan College, April 2015

Camera Obscura, Derthick Art Gallery – Milligan College, November 2014

 

GROUP

2019:

University of Georgia Master of Fine Art Exhibition, The Deupree Building – Athens, GA

Looking at Appalachia, Curator: Roger May. Massillon Museum – Massillon, OH

Shutter Hub Open Traveling Exhibition, 5&33 Gallery – Amsterdam, NL  

2018:

SAY I WAS ORANGE, Thomas Street Art Complex – Athens, GA

David & Goliath: Small Works and Their Colossal Counterparts, Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation – Watkinsville, GA

Shutter Hub Open 2018, London Photo Month at The Old Truman Brewery Gallery – London, UK

Give Them the Slip, Curator: Wendy Vogel, bitforms gallery – New York City, NY

2017:

Making Masters, Madison Museum of Fine Art – Madison, GA

South East Women Wrestlers, Gallery 101 Lamar Dodd School of Art – University of Georgia, Athens, GA

5th Annual Knoxville Photo 2017, Juror: Baldwin Lee, Emporium Center – Knoxville, TN

Lyndon House Arts Center 42nd Annual Juried Exhibition, Juror: Susan Krane, Lyndon House Arts Center – Athens, GA

Out There! Photographs in the Spirit of Jeremy Ayers, Athens Institute for Contemporary Art –  Athens, GA

2016:

Reliquaries, Bridge Gallery at the Lamar Dodd School of Art – University of Georgia, Athens, GA  

Locus – First Year MFA Exhibition, Curators: Claire Dempster, Margaret Hankel, Bridge Gallery at the Lamar Dodd School of Art – University of Georgia, Athens, GA

BEFORE 2016:

Art from the Buffalo School, Nelson Fine Art Gallery – Johnson City, TN, February 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015

Milligan College Juried Art Exhibition, Derthick Art Gallery – Milligan College, April 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Jurors: Becky Hope Mallory 2012, Sarah K. Davis 2013, Mary Barton Nees 2014, Tom and Peggy Root 2015  

 

FEATURED PRESS

AINT – BAD

Burnaway

Flagpole Magazine

Johnson City Press

Looking at Appalachia

Southern Glossary

University of Georgia

Photographer's Forum

Shutter Hub

LECTURES

2019:

MFA Speaks – Lamar Dodd School of Art

History of Photography Lecture on Frederick Douglass – Milligan College

2018:

Annual Graduate Photography Lecture – Lamar Dodd School of Art

2017:

Artist Lecture for Out There! Photographs in the Spirit of Jeremy Ayers – Athens Institute for Contemporary Art

2015:

History of Pinhole Photography – Milligan College

2013:

Lecture on Competitive Eating and the Slow Food Movement at the Third International Food Studies Conference – University of Texas

COLLECTIONS

The Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University

Looking at Appalachia

The University of Georgia Art Library

PUBLICATIONS

Major, William, “Conti, Kingsolver, and Pollan: How Competitive Eating and the Slow Food Movement Can Create a New Food Dialogue” Third International Conference on Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Conference. 15 October 2013. Austin, Texas. 3rd Edition. Champaign, IL: Common Grounds Publishing, December 2013. Presentation. Print.

Sparks, Ryan. Southern Glossary Winter Issue 2017. N.p. Issue No. 3. 2017. Print.