Curriculum Vitae

Solo Art Exhibitions

2009     “Small Works in Color” South Shore Arts, Crown Point, IN

2004     “Sacre Coeur: Journey into the Light” Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL   Retrospective

2003     “Sacre Coeur: Journey into the Light” ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL

1999     “Journey from Silence: Coming Full Circle” Dorothy Thiel Gallery South Suburban College, South Holland, IL

1994     “Medicinal Visuals: An Artists Journey Through Healing Child Sexual Abuse” Enid Okla Homa Gallery, Chicago, IL

1993     “Journey from Silence” Park Forest Art Center, Park Forest, IL

                         

Gallery Representation

2007-2009         Cowley Fine Arts Gallery, New Buffalo, MI & St. Joe, MI

2003- 2004        Okla Homa Gallery, Chicago, IL

Fine Art Exhibitions

2014    “Minute Musings” Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL Jurors Jessica Segal, Madeline Henry

2013    “Anthology: Works by Union Street Gallery Artists” Group Invitational Gallery 7, Joliet, IL

2012    “ArtFutura 2012: Art in Motion”, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, IL Juror, James Rondeau, Curator of the Modern Wing at The Art Institute of Chicago

           “Sanctuary” Group Invitational South Shore Arts Munster, IN Curator, Mary McClellan

2011    “68th Annual Salon Show South Shore Arts” Munster, IN Juror, David Klamen

           “18th Annual Hokin Honors Exhibition” Columbia College Chicago, IL

           “BFA Exhibition” Columbia College, Chicago, IL

2010    "Either/Or” Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL Juror, Jason Lahr

            “6th Annual National Self-Portrait Exhibition” 33 Collective Gallery, Chicago, IL Juror Tami Miller

            “A Whole New Mind 2010 Brainstorm” Governors State University, University Park, IL Jurors, Susan Aurinko & Tricia Van Eck

            “Gallery 2010” Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL Juror, Joanna Goebel

            “Synergy” Group Exhibition, Christopher Art Gallery, Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL

2008     “The Essence of Color“ McCord House Gallery, Palos Heights, IL Juror, Margi Hafer

2007     “Crossroads: Altered History” Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL Regional Invitational

2006     “A Perfect 10” Christopher Art Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL Curator, Jan Bonavia

            “She” 33 Collective Gallery, Chicago, IL Juror, Sergio Gomez      

2005     “Secret Place, Sacred Space” Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL Jurors, Lauren R. Mathews & Skye Enyeart

              67th Annual Salon Show Northern Indiana Arts Association, Munster, IN Juror, Karl Wirsum

2004     “Sacred Art Exhibit” First United Methodist Church & Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL

                        Jurors, David D’arcy Northshore Art League, George Dorado

            “From Our Own Backyard” Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL Curator, Paul Rinaldi

2003     “Women’s Works” Northwest Area Arts Council, Woodstock, IL   

                        Jurors, Sharon Hartshorne, Dale Osterle, Alice White (2003)

                        Jurors, D. Wiezien, T.J. Parker, N.J. Carrigan (2000)

                        Juror, Renie Breskin Adams (1997)

            “Chicago Art Open” Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago IL (2004-1999)

2002     “26th Annual Alice & Arthur Baer Art Competition” Beverly Art Center, Chicago, IL

                        Jurors, Margaret Buchon, Artist Illinois Artisans Program of Chicago and Robin Mumford, Fine Art Dealer, Illinois New York, California

            “2x2x2”, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL Juror, Kathryn Hixson, New Art Examiner

2002     “The Dance” Tall Grass Arts Association, Park Forest, IL Juror, Arthur Bourgeois, PhD, Governors State University

            “Reactions” Invitational Exhibition, Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL

            Northern Indiana Arts Association, Munster, IN (1997, 1996)

                        59th Annual Salon Show, Juror, Paul Sierra (2002)

                        57th Annual Salon Show, Juror, Richard H.W. Brauer (2000)

2001     John G. Blank Gallery, Michigan City, IN (1997, 1996) Area Artists Association Annual Juried Exhibit Juror, Susan Wilczak, Michigan State University

1998     “Nude Naked” National Juried Art Event Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL Jurors, John Lustig, John Spomar

1997     “Distilled Life” Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL Merit Award, Juror, Don Baum

            “eee! Motional” DePaul University Gallery, Chicago IL Invitational group exhibit, Curator, Bob Tavani

1996     “Dancing in the Circle” group exhibit, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL    

            “Open Mind, Closed Mind” Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL

Seminars, Workshops, Presentations

Seminars, workshops, and presentations for diverse audiences ranging from survivors to mental health and healthcare professionals, law enforcement officials, and educators and students

2010     1st International Conference on “Art in Response to Violence” Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL “All Will Be Well”, Invited speaker

2004     “Sacre Coeur: Journey into the Light” Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL “Journey into the Light: Healing from Child Sexual Abuse”

             Worskhop with Cece Sykes, LCSW CEU’s through Prairie State College

2003     Prairie State College, Psychology Department, Chicago Heights, IL (2002) “Journey from Silence” Healing from Child Sexual Abuse Seminar, Speaker

2002     South Suburban Family Shelter, Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL “Future Implications of Childhood Trauma”, Speaker

2000     Downstate Multi-Disciplinary Training Conference on Child Abuse

             Williamson County Advocacy Center, Herrin, IL (1999) “Journey from Silence” Child Sexual Abuse Seminar, Speaker

1998     Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN “Journey from Silence” Healing from Child Sexual Abuse Seminar, Speaker

             AEYC Annual Conference, Chicago, IL (1997, 1996) “Art and Literature in Prevention and Intervention in Child Sexual Abuse” Speaker

1997     The Women’s Center DePaul University, Chicago, IL “Journey from Silence” Healing from Child Sexual Abuse Seminar, Speaker

             Aunt Martha’s, South Suburban Social Service Agency, Chicago Heights, IL (1996, 1995) “Journey from Silence” Healing from Child Sexual Abuse

             Seminar, Speaker

1996     Columbia College, Chicago, IL (1995) “Journey from Silence” Healing from Child Sexual Abuse Seminar, Speaker

1995     Chicago Heights Police Department, Chicago Heights, IL “Journey from Silence” Healing from Child Sexual Abuse Seminar, Speaker

             Enid Okla Homa Gallery, Chicago, IL “Stolen Gardens, Bitter Harvest”, 2-Person Invitational Exhibition

1994     Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL “Approaching the Problem of Child Abuse” Symposium, Art Installation

             The Peace Museum, Chicago, IL (1993) “What are the Signs? Artists Explore the Signs of Family Violence from the Inside Out” Art Installation

             Believe the Children, Arlington Heights, IL (1993) National Conference, Group Art Exhibit

             Victory Memorial Hospital, Waukegan, IL (1994) “Journey to the Light” conference, Exhibition and Speaker

Author & Illustrator

2004     “All-ee, All-ee in Free” (1996 1st ed.)    Children’s book on healing from child sexual abuse

1996     “All the King’s Horses and All the King’s Men” Children’s book on the grief process

1996     “Eenie, Meenie, Minie Mo” Children’s book on conflict resolution

Bibliography

Advocate for survivors of child sexual abuse participating media interviews for TV, radio, and newspapers to increase awareness, provide education, and offer the possibility of healing

2004     Comcast (May 2004) Southern Suburbs of Chicago, IL

                        Special “Journey into the Light” Interview with Vicki Sline

            Outreach Radio WCSN 820 AM, 850 AM, 1240 AM, 1470 AM (May)

                        Special “Journey into the Light” Interview with Jeffrey L. Stein, Executive Producer of Outreach

2000     ABC News, WSIL 3 (April 12, 2000) Carterville, IL

                        Special “Journey from Silence” with Christy Hefner

1998     NBC News (November 18, 1998) Nashville, TN

                        Special “Journey from Silence” with Dorinda Carter

             US 99 FM Radio (April 26, 1998) Chicago, IL

                        Interview with LeeAnn Trotter, News/Public Affairs Director

                        Chicago Tribune, Woman News (March 22, 1998) Chicago, IL

1999     Daily Southtown, Southern Suburbs of Chicago, IL 

                        “Artist Heals Herself, Others Through Work” (April 20, 1999) author Cathleen Falsani

                         “Healing Art” (October 28, 1999) author Elizabeth Kaufman

1995     Star Publications, Southern Suburbs of Chicago, IL 

                        “Artist’s Book Helps Children Express Pain” (August 3, 1995) author Marybeth Beechen

 1994                “Symposium March 26 to Open Discussion on Abuse of Children” (March 17, 1994)

 1993                “Park Forest Art Center Displaying Survivor’s Art” (March 11, 1993) author Terry Loncaric

 1992                “Sins of the Father” (August 27, 1992) author Marybeth Beechen

Art Exhibit Curator

2011                 “Voyages” Sergio Gomez July-August, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL

                        “Into Bhutan” Cecily Hunt & Nancy Frazier, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL

1999-2005         Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL   Juried & invitational exhibitions

1996                 Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL   “Art & Soul” juried competition

Awards

2012     “ArtFutura 2012: Art in Motion”, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, IL Honorable Mention,

            Juror, James Rondeau, Curator of the Modern Wing at The Art Institute of Chicago

2008     “The Essence of Color“ McCord House Gallery, Palos Heights, IL Honorable Mention, Juror, Margi Hafer

1997     “Distilled Life” Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL Merit Award, Juror, Don Baum

1982     The Municipal Art League of Chicago, Monetary Ward

             Countryside Art Center, Monetary Award

Grant  South Suburban Arts Council Grant (1993) “Journey from Silence”

 

Professional Experience

2017- present Art Therapist, Private Practice

2013-2017      Art Therapist, Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, Lemont IL & Private Practice

 

  • Created safe and non-judgmental environment to encourage individual expression

  • Utilizing art therapy strategies for problem-solving, integration of memory and meaning-making, containment, potential for growth and change

 

2015-2016          Adler Univeristy, adjunct faculty

  • Teaching and supervising art therapy students

 

1996-Present     Teaching & Mentoring Freelance

  • Created safe and respectful environment for each individual and encourage individual expression at an individual’s level

  • Teaching and mentoring multiple individuals in art education and creative expression

  • Facilitating groups in art education and creative expression

            “The Artist’s Way”, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL Facilitator

            “Spirituality & Breathwork: Creating from Your Center” Flossmoor Community Church,Flossmoor, IL

             Co-facilitator with Cecily Hunt, yoga instructor (Summer, 2011)

 

1996-2019         Studio Artist 1527 Otto Boulevard (1655 Union Street), Chicago Heights, IL

  • Create and market artwork

  • Responsible for studio operations

  • Market seminars, workshops, presentations, and exhibitions

 

2005-2009         Gallery Administrator Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL

  • Conducted daily operations and programming for nonprofit arts organization

  • Provided economically challenged and diverse community access to positive cultural influences of art appreciation and participation including visual arts, spoken word arts events, and expressive arts activities

  • Grant writing resulting in funds procured from Target, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation, Illinois Arts Council, Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development

  • Managed communications for collaborative group of 16 studio artists

  • Led monthly meetings with artist collaborative for gallery programming including exhibits and outreach

  • Developed, implemented, and conducted gallery internship program

  • Implemented gallery volunteer program, trained volunteer chair

 

2001-2003        School Director Tall Grass Art School, Park Forest, IL

  • Conducted daily operations and programming for nonprofit art school

  • Scheduled classes, recruited and hired art instructors

  • Produced quarterly class catalog

 

1984-1994         Founder and President Klyczek Graphic Design, Inc., Chicago Heights, IL

  • Conducted daily operations two person graphic studio

  • Specialized in corporate identity, brochures, and book jacket designs

Education 

2013                 Adler Professional School of Professional Psychology

                         Masters in Counseling Psychology: Art Therapy

2009-2011        Columbia College Chicago

                         Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honors

1996-2007        Making Personal Art & Mentored Workshops Grand Marais Art Colony, Grand Marais MN

1975-1977        Portrait Studio, Mohamed Drisi, Glenwood, IL

1973-1975        Prairie State College

                         Associate of Arts, National Honor Society

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