VOCATION

• Owner and Principal Artist, Iramba Studio, Chicago IL

RECENT TRADES

• Adjunct Professor, Northwestern University Department of Art Theory and Practice (sculpture)

• Senior Design Developer, The Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA.

• Lead Teacher and Educational Research Associate, The Exploratorium, SF, CA.

• Raptor Researcher with the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory

AWARDS

October 2008    MacArthur Fellowship - prestigious Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation - https://www.macfound.org/fellows/803/

TEACHING/LECTURES

Dec 2014-2016     Visiting Professor and Artist Northwestern University 

November 2016    Workshop Leader - The Promise of Peace Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago

November 2016    Guest Lecturer, Improvisation - School of the Art Institute of Chicago

December 2015    Panelist Building Blocks: the Architecture of Sound - Chicago Architecture Biennial.

October 2015        Invited presenter/workshop leader, Josef and Anni Albers Foundation Colloquium 

April 2015             Public lecture/conversation at Columbia College with Curator Jordan Stein.

2013-2014            Lead Teacher & Educational Research Associate Exploratorium, SF

2008                    Wornick Distinguished Professor of Wood Arts.

ARTS RESIDENCIES

April 2017             Artist in Residence, Dept. of Art and Art History, Columbia College Chicago

Dec 2014-2015      Jean Gimbel Lane Artist Residency, Kaplan Institute, Northwestern University

October 2008       Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin County, CA

Sept–Nov 2006     Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA

Nov ‘04–Jan '05     Singapore Science Centre, Singapore

September 2004    Skriduklaustur, Fljotsdalur, Iceland

2003-2007            Exploratorium, San Francisco - Four year interdisciplinary artist residency

SELECTED COMMISSIONS

March 2017       Nafasi Yako ni ya Kijani - Montalvo Art Center, Saratoga, CA

July 2016          La Llorona - a memorial in sound and movement - Del Rio, TX

January 2016    “Kuelea Kama Ndege” - Palo Alto Art Center

April 2014         Oakland Museum of California - “Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records”

April 2011         Walter and Elise Haas Fund, SF 2011 Recipient of the “West Wall” Commission.

March 2011       San Francisco Arts Commission - Public Art Installation at Terminal 2, SFO

2005-2008        Kronos Quartet - Instrument builder in residence. Received both Creative Work Fund & Rockefeller MAP Fund grants in 2005.

May 2007        Zaccho Dance Theatre (composition/sound design) - Departure and Arrival, SFO

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

August 2014    Fondazione Prada, Ca’ Corner della Regina, Venice 

March 2014    Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, CA - Solo show. 

November 2013    Center For New Music, San Francisco - Solo show. 

December 2012    Gallery 1855, Davis, CA - Solo photography exhibition

September 2008    American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore 

April-July 2007    San Francisco Airport Museum  

March 2007    Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco 

May 2006        Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco - Solo exhibition

February, 2002    Luggage Store Gallery (San Francisco) with Edgar Arcenaux and Kamau Amu Patton

SELECTED PERFORMANCES

December 2015    Elmhurst Art Museum (Elmhurst, IL) 

November 2015    Kinosonik (Chicago, IL) 

November 2015    Krannert Art Museum (Champaign, IL) 

September 2015    Museum of Contemporary Art 

September 2014    High Zero Festival (Baltimore)

November 2008    Artisterium (Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia) - In coordination with the Ministry of Culture, the Luggage Store Gallery in San Francisco, and Parsons the New School of Design in New York City.

May 2008        Walker Art Center Performing Arts (Minneapolis, MN) 

October 2007    SF Jazz Festival (with Kronos Quartet) 

March 2006    Carnegie Hall Premiere (New York, NY) 

GUEST ARTIST

March 2007    Auckland Arts Festival (Auckland, NZ) 

August 2005    Lincoln Center Outdoors (New York, NY) 

August 2005    Wave Hill Gardens (New York, NY) 

June 2005        Headlands Center for the Arts (Marin County, CA) 

SELECTED PUBLICATION

2013        Bird Knowledge: Life Lessons Learned from Birds, Vol I. - A photography based e-book available on iTunes

MILESTONE

June/July 2015    Six week, 12,235 mile, solo motorcycle journey - From Chicago to the Arctic Ocean in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska and back