Projects & Shows
*2021 Schedule Coming Soon... Please Read Below
May 9-10, 2020-
Spring Beaux Arts Fair, Davenport, IA (Cancelled for 2020)
May 16-17, 2020-
East Lansing Art Festival, East Lansing, MI (Cancelled for 2020)
June 5-7, 2020-
Iowa Arts Festival, Iowa City, IA (Cancelled for 2020)
June 13-14, 2020-
Ogden Arts Festival, Ogden, UT (Cancelled for 2020)
June 18-20, 2020-
Summerfest Arts Faire, Logan, UT (Cancelled for 2020)
June 25-28, 2020-
Utah Arts Festival, Salt Lake City, UT (Cancelled for 2020)
July 3-5, 2020- Whitefish Arts Festival, Whitefish, MT
July 10-12, 2020-
Art Fair Jackson Hole, Jackson, WY (Cancelled for 2020)
Art in the Park, Steamboat Springs, CO (Cancelled for 2020)
July 31- August 2, 2020-
Kimball Arts Festival, Park City, UT (Cancelled for 2020)
August 7-9, 2020-
Sun Valley Arts & Crafts Festival, Ketchum, ID (Cancelled for 2020)
August 29-30, 2020-
Bucktown Arts Festival, Chicago, IL (Cancelled for 2020)
September 4-5, 2020- Good Makers Market, Tipton, IA
September 12-13, 2020-
Fall Beaux Arts Fair, Davenport, IA (Cancelled for 2020)
September 19-20, 2020-
Riverssance Festival of Fine Arts, Davenport, IA (Cancelled for 2020)
September 26-27, 2020-
Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair, Peoria, IL (Cancelled for 2020)
November 14, 2020-
ICFM Holiday Market, Iowa City, IA (Cancelled for 2020)
December 5-6, 2020-
Holiday Thieves' Market, Coralville, IA (Cancelled for 2020)
December 11-13, 2020-
The Maker's Holiday Market, Iowa City, IA (Cancelled for 2020)
*-2020: the season that never was... After a decade in the business, with growing success doing local farmers markets and art festivals part-time around the Midwest, this was the year that I finally decided to take the plunge. I've long dreamt of a full-time career in nature photography, and early last January I committed to throwing everything I have into trying to see this through. I made arrangements, applied to juried shows all over the country, and set my sights for a summer on the road. Scary? Sure. But life is about taking risks, and if I wasn't willing to roll the dice and believe in myself, who ever would?
Neither timing nor luck have ever been my strongpoints... We all know how 2020 played out. With just a couple of exceptions, COVID-19 decimated the art show circuit. I was able to participate in just two outdoor events last year (Tipton and Whitefish) which were well-organized and took place with an abundance of safeguards and precaution. Every other show was cancelled, as were most across the country. I do hold hope that with vaccine developments and the competence of a new administration we will finally begin to get this pandemic under control, and that next season can bring a return of these festivals.
Rather than remove shows from the list as we still endure this unprecedented situation, I have instead decided to note cancellations and leave my full 2020 schedule posted. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, every art show I have listed and all that I had applied for this year are juried events, meaning my work was deemed worthy by a panel of judges for participation in each of the shows noted here. It's a badge of honor to announce this acceptance, in a time when such "wins" are so hard to come by, and I am extremely grateful for all that were willing to give me a chance. Also, I think this offers further perspective on the far reaching effects of COVID-19. Millions of us are struggling through this; in health, loss, uncertainty, economics and with the strain of isolation; and independent artists are no exception. Beyond the devastating financial impact, as this is an occupation where every single sale is critical in allowing us to continue creating and doing what we love, cancellation of shows can also weigh heavy on our spirits. Despite the vulnerability that comes with presenting our work in a public setting, art shows can be very uplifting as they allow us a chance to connect personally with our audience and feel like our work is meaningful and appreciated.
2020 was a very difficult year on many fronts. Please continue to support the arts and artists in any way that you are able as we all look for ways to pick up the pieces and move on.
Update 1/4/21: I am currently in the process of submitting applications and awaiting jury results for the 2021 season. It's pretty scary, as I don't know what to expect and financially there is absolutely no margin for error going into this year... but I'm determined to make it happen. Jury selections for early spring and summer shows are usually announced in March, so I will update this page with my new schedule once that starts to take shape. There are a handful of events that, with last years cancelations, granted selected artists automatic entry in 2021. These include the Beaux Arts Fair, East Lansing Arts Festival, Logan Summerfest, Art in the Park in Steamboat Springs and Riverssance. It is likely that I'll accept those invitations, and reapply to many of the shows listed above. Please check back this spring, or watch my News page or social media for further updates.
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.