Projects & Shows
2021 Festivals & Shows
May 1-2, 2021- Artsfest on Walnut Street, Springfield, MO
May 8-9, 2021- Spring Beaux Arts Fair, Davenport, IA
May 19, 2021- Iowa City Farmer's Market, Iowa City, IA
May 22, 2021- Iowa City Farmer's Market, Iowa City, IA
May 26, 2021- Iowa City Farmer's Market, Iowa City, IA
May 28-29, 2021- Good Makers Market, Tipton, IA
June 5, 2021- Ogden Farmer's Market, Ogden, UT
June 12, 2021- Cache Valley Gardener's Market, Logan, UT
June 17-19,2021- Summerfest Arts Faire, Logan, UT
June 26, 2021- Cache Valley Gardener's Market, Logan, UT
July 2-4, 2021- Whitefish Arts Festival, Whitefish, MT
July 10-11, 2021- Art in the Park, Steamboat Springs, CO
July 17-18, 2021- Salida Arts Festival, Salida, CO
July 31, 2021- Cache Valley Gardener's Market, Logan, UT
August 6-8, 2021- Sweet Pea Festival, Bozeman, MT
August 13-15, 2021- Huckleberry Days, Whitefish, MT
August 21, 2021- Cache Valley Gardener's Market, Logan, UT
August 28-29, 2021- Treasure Valley Fine Arts Festival, Meridian, ID
September 3-4, 2021- Good Makers Market, Tipton, IA
September 11-12, 2021- Fall Beaux Arts Fair, Davenport, IA
September 18-19, 2021- Riverssance Festival of Fine Art, Davenport, IA
*Juries are still in progress for a number of events, so please check back for updates and watch my News page for specific show details. I do intend to find opportunities nearly every weekend, and have applied for outdoor festivals carrying into at least October this year. I plan to attend my regular holiday shows in Iowa City as well, and will post those dates when announced. Additionally, I am currently on Wait Lists for a number of shows this summer (Salt Lake City, Sun Valley, Jackson Hole) so may still be invited to those events.Things are a bit different this season... the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has forced many shows to reschedule (which has caused painful scheduling conflicts) and many festivals have decreased the number of artists invited to allow for additional spacing- so I plan to stay flexible and be grateful for every opportunity that I have.
Tipton Community Guide- In what I feel is a great honor, I was asked to contribute photos for the Tipton Community Guide, released in late 2020. Tipton is a very special place to me; it's where I grew up, it's where my family lives along with others who I dearly love, and it is, no matter where life may take me, where my heart will always call home. It's with this mindset that I approached this project, trying my best to capture the essence of this town which so many of us hold dear. The guide is available now so please keep an eye out for it at Tipton area businesses.
Iowa Diversity Bike Project- In 2019 I took a solo bike tour of Iowa, following the route of the American Discovery Trail across the state to take pictures and have a look around. I saw it very much as a "rediscovering my home state" kind of endeavor, and everything went pretty much according to script. I met friendly people, enjoyed the scenery, and managed to keep my sense of humor even while bumbling through a series of mishaps along the way. Reflecting on this a year later, however, I had to question if I truly explored the full Iowa experience, or simply indulged in the side that I already knew. As an admittedly awkward white farm boy, there was a great deal of familiarity in the rolling hills and small towns I rode through, and the metro areas all had beautiful trail networks that felt mostly like a journey through the forest as I slipped past. But what is the Iowa experience really like for those who are not awkward white farm boys? For those of other ethnicities and backgrounds, how might life be different than that I grew up knowing in the state? Could everyone casually enjoy such an adventure, or is their reality different and my limited awareness due to a privilege that I need to confront?... In my work, I have always sought to dispel Iowa stereotypes. Just as I know it is not one big flat cornfield, I also know that it's a land of wonderfully diverse people and culture. I wanted to take a closer look and get to know these other sides of my home state too. And I wanted to get a true understanding, through the stories and experiences of others, of how inclusive of a place it actually is. So in September 2020, I returned with a much greater focus on listening to the accounts of others; and trying to better learn the Iowa view from all walks of life. It was another ride intent on rediscovery, this time determined to get it right...-Stay tuned. I'll be posting photos, videos, and the stories from what I've discovered on both adventures to my blog in the months ahead.
Alt NPS- I am a writer with Alt NPS (Alt National Park Service) and contribute weekly blog posts sharing stories to raise awareness and advocate on behalf of our environment and public lands. Click here to view my Alt NPS profile and article listing. Update: Alt NPS has elected to put its blog project on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope to have further updates coming this summer.
Nature First- I've recently joined the writing team at Nature First photography, and will be contributing articles for this world-wide coalition advocating ethical nature photography, as well as doing some community outreach at the art shows I have scheduled above. You can learn more about Nature First by clicking HERE- or come see me in person and ask what we're all about!