Curriculum Vitae of Professional Experience.
Selected highlights from my CV. Please submit a contact form to request a full CV.
2008 MFA, Studio Art, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
2002 BA, Art Education, Goshen College, Goshen, IN
Teaching Experience
Associate Professor of Communication, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT. (August 2019-Present).
Assistant Professor of Communication, (August 2016-2019).

Courses Taught: 
COMM 300 The Art of Type
COMM 322 Multimedia Image Production
COMM 326 Web Design
COMM 370 Design Foundations
COMM 371 Multimedia Tools and Production
COMM 372 Design and the User Experience.
Broadview Entertainment Arts University, Salt Lake City, UT.  Executive Program Chair, Creative Arts, Aug. 2015-July 2016; Program Chair, Visual Design BFA, July 2014-Aug. 2015; Program Chair, Graphic Design, Sept. 2012-July 2014. AIGA Campus Chapter Faculty Advisor 2013-2016.
Women to the Front: Perspectives on Equality, Gender, and Activism. Group Exhibition, curators Nancy Rivera, Scotti Hill. Funded by the Utah Division of Art and Museums. Rio Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT. March 16-May 8, 2020. Catalogue.
Lacrimae Rerum. Solo Exhibition, Bountiful Davis Art Center, UT. January 2019.
In the Distance Between Here and My Heart. Solo Exhibition. Main Gallery, Salt Lake City Public Library, Salt Lake City, UT. Jan. 14 to Feb. 24, 2017.
Utah ‘16, Annual State Juried Competition. Rio Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT. Catalogue. 
Unfinished. Davis County Art Center, UT. August 2016. Curator Namon Bills. 
A Measure of Salt: Contemporary Artists Engaging Great Salt Lake. Granary Art Center, Ephraim, UT. Feb. 13-May 25, 2015. Curator Hikmet Sidney Loe. Catalogue.
Be in a place where you may cry freely. Installation in SMART Space. Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. Dec. 3-Jan. 15, 2015.
Going This Way. Granary Art Center, Ephraim, UT. Nov. 15, 2014-Feb. 2015. Curated by Kelly Brooks.
Nation of Immigrants. Utah Cultural Celebration Center, West Valley, UT. Sept. Curated by Namon Bills. Catalogue.
flesh\re/flect. One World Gallery and Gifts. Salt Lake City, UT. March 8-April 5, 2014. Curator.
BEAU Faculty Art Exhibition. BEAU Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT. Aug. 8-Sept. 12, 2013.
OBJECTIVE / SUBJECTIVE: Mapping as Visual Language. NIU Art Museum, DeKalb, IL. March 19-May 24, 2013. Group Exhibition.
35 x 35 Artists of Utah. Salt Lake City Arts Council, Finch Lane Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT March 8-April 26, 2013. Juried Exhibition. 
We all like Figgie Pudding. Rio Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT. Dec.5-31, 2013. Invitational.
Utah ’12: “Craft and Photography” Annual. Rio Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT. Oct. 19-Nov. 30, 2012. Jurors Mary Anne Redding, Stefano Catalani. Catalogue.
Efflorescence. Unhinged, Salt Lake City, UT, Aug.10-Sept. 7, 2012. Solo Exhibition. 
Utah ’11: “Painting and Sculpture” Annual. Rio Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT. Oct. 21-Nov. 23, 2011. Jurors Ivar Zeile, Julia Latane. Catalogue. 
Ethnography of Loveamor. Exhibit and Convivio, Mestizo Coffeehouse and Gallery. Salt Lake City, UT. Sept. 12-Oct. 14, 2011. Curators Silvia Patricia Solis, Juan José Garcia. 
I’m thinking of changing my smile. Dole Mansion and Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, Crystal Lake, IL. June 3-24, 2011. Collaborative installation with Christina Gregor. 
Faculty Biennial. McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL. Jan. 21-Feb. 28, 2011.
In/visible. Northern Illinois University Art Museum, DeKalb, IL. Jan. 25-March 11, 2010. Guest curation of artifacts.
Flood the Luminous Body. Gallery One, McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL. June 21-July 16, 2010. Solo show.
Pushing the Limit. Artspace, Richmond, VA, May 20-June 20, 2010. Group Exhibition.
Regional Juried Exhibition VI. Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL, Nov. 7, 2009-Jan. 9, 2010. Juror David Menard.
Flood the Luminous Body. Bethel College, North Newton, KS, Nov. 6-Dec. 11, 2009. Solo Exhibition.
Between the Tears I See: A Journey of Hope-seeking. Buchanan Art Center, Buchanan, MI, May 3-30, 2009. Solo show.
Material Afterlife. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI. April 9-Aug. 9, 2010. Group Invitational.
Raveling Mercies. Mercy Seat, Minneapolis, MN. Dec. 15, 2008-Jan. 30, 2009. Group Fibers Exhibition.
Jordan Buscher and Erin Coleman-Cruz. Hershberger Art Gallery, Goshen College, Goshen, IN. Oct. 17-Nov. 16. 2008. Solo exhibitions.
Frayed. BadDog Gallery, DeKalb, IL. Oct.16, 2008. Group exhibition.
Fiber Nine. Christopher Art Gallery, Prairie State Community College, Chicago Heights, IL. Oct. 14-Nov. 6, 2008. Juror Christine LoFaso.
Mountain: A Force of Faketure. Beverly Arts Center, Chicago, IL. Aug. 14-Oct.31, 2008. Outdoor installation with Bradley Cahill. Group exhibition curated by Gabriel Akagawa.
When all our walls are full. Pleasant Street Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, March 31-April 5, 2008. Solo MFA Thesis Exhibition. 
Unpacked/Offset. Altgeld Museum, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL. March 27-May 10, 2008. Collaborative exhibition with curator Gabriel Akagawa. Print and DVD catalogue.
Graduate Art Association Second Annual Juried Show. Jack Olsen Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL. Nov. 2007 Juror Tim Lowly.
Arte de Descartes VII. Stables Gallery, Taos, NM. Aug. 25-Sept. 8. Jurors Ed Larson, Tom Noble, Maye Torres. Marked/Unmarked. 214 Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL. June 4-8, 2007. Group exhibition.
Juried Graduate Art Exhibition. Jack Olsen Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL. April 13-26, 2007. Juror Adelheid Mers (print catalogue).
Ars Nova Juried Exhibition. Jack Olsen Gallery, NIU DeKalb, IL. March 22-April 6, 2007. Juror Cam Choy.
Conception: Art Addressing Women’s Issues. Pleasant St. Gallery, DeKalb, IL. March 6-21, 2007. Group exhibition.
Message Sent. 214 Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL. Jan. 22-26, 2007. Group exhibition. 
GAA Group Show. Pleasant Street Gallery, DeKalb, IL. Nov. 7-15, 2006
Memoir. Bluedoor Gallery, DeKalb, IL. Oct. 31-Nov. 6., 2006 Group exhibition.
Irrepressible Acts at Home. BadDog Gallery, DeKalb, IL. Oct. 15-22, 2006. Solo exhibition.
Special Projects
Merkeyna Coif Boutique. Collaborative Art installation with Bianca McGraw. 2008 to Present. 
Retrofitting the Pubis: A Prospectus for Re-envisioning the Twenty-First Century Merkin Presentation: 
UCLA Queer Fashion Conference, Los Angeles, CA. October 15, 2011.
Buffalo SUNY, Buffalo, NY. April 29, 2014.
Merkeyna Coif Boutique Installations and Performances:
Northern Illinois University Women’s Resource Center, DeKalb, IL. Nov. 18-21, 2008.
Ravenswood Art Walk, Chicago, IL. Oct. 2-3, 2009, and Oct. 2-3, 2010.
Sexy: Art Show. Pleasant Street Gallery, DeKalb, IL. March 5, 2009. Curator Karen Brown.
Middlewest Fest, DeKalb, IL, Sept. 11, 2010.
Revolting: Bodies, Politics, and Genders. Lesbian Lives Conference. University of Brighton, UK. Feb. 11-12, 2011. 
Accessorizing the Vagina. Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL. Feb. 2011
Accessorizing the Vagina. Buffalo SUNY, Buffalo, NY. April 30, 2014.
Hirschi, Julie. “Meet the Utah women at the forefront of art and activism.” The Salt Lake Tribune, March 22, 2020.
Duque, Annelise. “Women to the front: the legacy of women’s suffrage through contemporary arts.” SLUG Magazine. March, 5, 2020.
January 6, 2014 Interview with 365 Artists/365 Days 
Interview for the Sugar House Farmers Market. Radio Disney. June 2012. Utah.
Publication of artwork in the online journal Dialogist: Quarterly Poetry & Art, Volume I, Issue III. 2013.
Rowland, Brett. “Artists Transform Dole Mansion.” Northwest Herald. June 3, 2011.
Publication of artwork in the online journal Paramanu Pentaquark, Summer 2010.
Publication of artwork in the literary journal Rhubarb, Winter 2009.
Coleman-Cruz, Erin, Peter Olson. Käthe Kollwitz: Images of Death and Life. Companion brochure for the eponymous Northern Illinois University Art Museum exhibition, March 25-May 9, 2009.
Sider, Sandra. “Embedded in Fiber: Silent Screams,” n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal, Volume 21, January 2008, 89-95.
York Coppens, Julie. “IUSB faculty displays master works of art,” South Bend Tribune,  September 21, 2003.
The Rocky Terrain of Designing for Real People: Civic Engagement in the User Experience (UX) Design Classroom, presented at the Engaged Faculty Retreat, St. George, UT. February 9, 2019.
Inauguration Symposium: Which Values Will Endure in the Digital World? Panel Moderator. Host to Nicole Bedera, The Right Reverend Bishop Hayashi, Nate Walkingshaw, Kristine Johnson, Ray Bradford. Westminster College. September 28, 2018. 
Lacrimae Rerum: Cultivating a Narrative of finding “the tears in things” through graphical icons, typography, and art-making. Westminster College Faculty Retreat, August 20, 2018.
Revisiting Envision: Unpacking the Role of Art and Design Thinking in Addressing Critical Issues Across Disciplines and Pedagogies. Session presentation at Utah Campus Compact, Engaged Faculty Retreat, February 11, 2017. Moab, UT.
Revisiting Envision: Art Addressing Sexual Violence. Presentation at University at Buffalo SUNY, NY. April 30, 2014.
Shifting the Lens. Interactive live event digital air-brushing photos. University at Buffalo SUNY, NY. April 30, 2014.
Slow-Tech/Hi-Tech. Digital Foundations Networking Event. Sponsored by Utah Work Force Development. Sundance Festival, Park City, UT. January 2013.
Flood the Luminous Body: Reflections on Integrating Life and Art. Convocation lecture at Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas. November 6, 2009.
From the Mending Room. Visiting Artist lecture, Goshen College, Goshen, IN. November 16, 2008.

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