I am a Dutch native based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I am a writer, curator and artist and help direct Springboard Design. As an active artist, my approach to making quilts is grounded in art. Modern painting and design – graphic, interior or architectural – are major influences. My ongoing art quilt series, Formations, embodies my credo of shape, color, and simplicity. Formations #25 and #28 are part of the international invitational of contemporary quilts, Color Improvisations 2, which is traveling in Europe through 2018 and Formations #26 is traveling with Quit National 2017 as my juror’s entry.
I received degrees in psychology (BS) and film studies (MS) from the University of Leiden and Amsterdam in the Netherlands and earned a Master of Arts Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University. Upon graduation, I directed Carnegie Mellon’s art galleries for over ten years and curated well over one hundred exhibitions in a variety of media ranging from quilts, paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, video, architecture, and design, to multi-media and site-specific installations.
Since 2003, I have helped direct Springboard Design, whose work includes museum, exhibition and public interest design, while also working as an independent writer, curator and artist. I am co-curator of 125SF, Pittsburgh’s smallest art gallery, which was launched by Springboard in October of 2016.
It was an honor to be asked as a juror for Quilt National ’17. I also was the juror for the professional artists category for the fine arts exhibit for the 2017 Ohio State Fair and Expo. Next I will jury the regional exhibition for the Muskegon Museum or Arts, opening in September 2017. In past years, I have juried for the Pittsburgh Society for Artists, Group A, and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts’ New Collective, among others.
My most recent published writing is an analytical essay for the catalogue of Circular Abstractions, a quilt exhibition traveling throughout the United States.
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