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Tessa Sutton                           
                                       Born: Iowa, USA
                                       Lives in Iowa

2019   Teacher Education Program, Art (K-12) & Social Studies (U.S. & World History,
       5-12), expected December. College of Education, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
2006   MFA Painting and Drawing, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
1997   BA History, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA


2019   UI Teacher Leader Certificate (6 workshops and 40 hours volunteer work)
2018   Google Educator Certification, Level 1
       Dyslexia Training Certificate, Nessy Learning
2017   Mandatory Child and Dependent Adult Abuse Reporter Training Certificate
       Iowa Substitute Teacher Authorization Certificate
1996   Studio Art Certificate, Lorenzo de’Medici and the Art Institute of Florence, Italy

Residencies / Workshops

2009         The Everyday in Art Practice
             Workshop in Berkeley, CA with Claire Gavronsky and Rose Shakinovsky.

2005, 2003,  La Cipressaia Workshops
1997, 1996   Montagnana, Italy. Teachers: Claire Gavronsky and Rose Shakinovsky

2003         South Africa Cultural Exchange
             Four week workshop ending with a week-long residency at the
             Michaelis School of Fine Arts, University of Cape Town, led by
             Claire Gavronsky and Rose Shakinovsky.

1999         Teacher Training Workshop
             Montagnana, Italy.  Teachers: Claire Gavronsky and Rose Shakinovsky

Selected Exhibitions

group shows unless otherwise noted

2019 CLIMATE                         (SCENE) Metrospace, Michigan State Univ., E. Lansing, MI
2018 Ekphrastic 3.0                   Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN
2017 Reunion       
                  Greenly Gallery, Bloomsburg University, PA
     Ekphrastic 2.0                   Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN
2016 The Staff Show                   41 Cooper Square Gallery, The Cooper Union
2011 Drawing from Reference           Modified Arts, Phoenix, AZ
     Birds and Bees                   
Linksoul Lab, Oceanside, CA
     Crossing Disciplines: Books      Schafler Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
2010 The Everyday in Art Practice     Bushwick Open Studios, Brooklyn, NY
     Monument to a State of Change    Figment, Governor's Island, New York, NY
2009 Older than Jesus                 Window installation, Keys that Fit, Oakland, CA
2008 Begin Anywhere                   23HAM, Berkeley, CA
     The Water Project                Thoreau Center for Sustainability, Presidio, SF
     Admirans                         Upstairs at the Market Gallery, Los Angeles
     9 to 5                           Admin Gallery, CCA, San Francisco
     drawings on file                 Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, CA           
2007 Through the Eyes of Strangers    Chemeteka Community College Art Gallery, Salem, OR
     Intangible Textures              United Space, Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico
2006 Fitch Gallery Holiday Show       Fitch Gallery, Des Moines, IA
     MFA Thesis Exhibition            California College of the Arts, SF          
     don’t believe everything you think VIVA-Culinary Institute of Florence, Sebastopol, CA
2005 Fantastic Amnesia                Playspace, California College of the Arts, SF
     Home                             Gallery Krebsen, Copenhagen, Denmark
     Confluence                       Fitch Gallery, Des Moines, IA           
2004 Palimpsest                       Alaska Pacific University, solo show, Anchorage
     All Alaska Juried Art Exhibition Anchorage Museum of History and Art, AK
2002 Malleable                        Bunnell Street Gallery, two person show, Homer, AK
     New Works                        International Gallery of Cont. Art, Anchorage, AK
     Small Works                      Small Works Gallery, Gordana Bezanov, Florence, Italy
     All Alaska Juried Art Exhibition Anchorage Museum of History and Art, AK
2001 La Cipressaia                    Traveling show, art exchange, Kansas and Maine
     Under 30 Inches                  Out North juried show, Anchorage, AK
2000 New Visions                      Pro Arts Gallery, juried show, Oakland, CA
     Multiplicity                     Ampersand International, San Francisco, CA
     Constellating                    Belcher Studios Gallery, San Francisco, C

Grants / Articles / Awards

2019   Judy Skalsky Memorial Scholarship, Art Education, University of Iowa
2015   Inclusion in textbook: Art for Everyone, Chemeteka Community College, Salem, OR  
2008   Rapko, John: “The ‘Water Project’ at the Thoreau Center,” Artweek, September 2008.
2007   “Through the Eyes of Strangers,” Chemeteka Community College Art Gallery Catalog.
2005   Richard K. Price scholarship, CCA
2005   Pierre, Amanda: “Fitch Gallery Favors New Artists,” Des Moines Register, July 10.
2003   Selbig, Aaron: “Open to Interpretation,” Anchorage Chronicle, March 6.
2002   Career Opportunity Grant, Alaska State Council on the Arts.  Anchorage, AK
1997   Best of show, Grinnell College Art Salon.  Grinnell, IA

Teaching / Work Experience

8/2019-12/2019     Student Teacher, Art (K-12)                  
Harding Middle School, Des Moines Public Schools, Des Moines, IA (8 weeks)
Lovejoy Elementary, Des Moines Public Schools, Des Moines, IA (7 weeks)

7/2019-9/2019      Recruiting Assistant
U.S. Census Bureau, Des Moines, IA

2017-2019          K-12 Substitute Teacher
Iowa City Public Schools, Iowa City, IA (January 2018 to May 2019, part-time)
Des Moines Public Schools, Des Moines, IA (October to December 2017, full-time)
Anchorage School District, Anchorage, AK (2001-2004, part-time)

2/2019-4/2019      Art Educator: School of Art Workshops (Volunteer)
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Instructed adolescents in 8 thematic, weekly sessions as part of Secondary Art Methods

9/2018-11/2018     Art Educator: Saturday Art Workshops (Volunteer)
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Taught 4th and 5th graders for 8 weeks as part of Elementary Art Methods

10/2018            Art Educator: International Day (Volunteer)
University of Iowa, Coralville, IA
Taught middle school kids for a half day creating freedom flags as part of a team

6/2018-7/2018      Continuing Education Instructor
Kirkwood Community College, Coralville, IA
Taught portrait drawing in a 5 week session to adults

2/2018 - 5/2018    Practicum Experience
Art at Northwest Jr. High, 70 hours, North Liberty, IA

3/2016-3/2017      Assistant to the Dean
The School of Art, Cooper Union, New York, NY

2012-2015          Operations/Resource Manager
Yabu Pushelberg, New York, NY

2010-2011          Acting Assistant to the Chair, Industrial Design
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

2007-2010          Program Manager, Graduate Program in Design
California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2009               Children's Art Instructor
Young Artist Studio Program (YASP), California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Taught art to adolescents as part of a two-week summer session

2006-2007          Web Editor
Stelter Inc., Des Moines, IA

2006               Art Instructor
Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco, CA
Children’s classes.           

2004-2005          Teaching Artist
Berkeley High School, through the Center for Art and Public Life at CCA
Participant in teaching exhibit: Mapping the Landscape of Learning
Oliver Arts Center, Oakland campus, CCA

2000-2004          Adult Art Instructor
January 2003 to May 2004:  Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, AK 
                           Foundation Drawing and Foundation Painting
January 2001 to July 2002:  Taught drawing privately.  Anchorage, AK
January 2000 to October 2000:  Cellspace: taught drawing.  San Francisco, CA

2002-2004          Adult Education Tutor
Hiland Mountain Correctional Facility, Eagle River, AK
Tutored incarcerated women in general holding and the mental health ward to pass the
GED & taught drawing classes           

2001, 2002         Title I Summer Art Enrichment Instructor
North Star Elementary, Anchorage AK
Taught two summers in the four-week summer school program for homeless youth & youth
in transition, ages 8-12

Technical Skills





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