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Education

2020 MFA Studio Art, UC Davis (planned), Davis, CA

2018 BA Art Studio and History of Art and Visual Culture with honors, UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

1998 AA Multidisciplinary Studies, DeAnza College, Cupertino, CA

Group Exhibitions

2019 Colorism: The Spectrum of Internalized Bias, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

2019 blip, JayJay Gallery, Sacramento, CA

2019 East on West, State of California Building, Senator Scott Weiner’s office, San Francisco, CA

 2019MFA Collaborations, Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, Davis, CA

2018 Underground: MFA Exhibition, Aggie Gallery, UC Davis

2018 Art as Response/Artist as Catalyst, Porter Faculty Gallery, UC Santa Cruz

2017 Art/Now/Next, Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA

2017 SCRAP, Santa Cruz City Arts, Radius Gallery, The Tannery, Santa Cruz, CA

2016 Rachel Maryam Smith, Eduardo Carrillo Gallery, UC Santa Cruz

2017 Points of Departure, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

2017 Sanctuary, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

2017 Self, Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery, UC Santa Cruz

2017 Eduardo Carrillo Scholars, Eduardo Carrillo Gallery, UC Santa Cruz

2017 In Conversation, R. Blitzer Gallery & Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA

2017 Sanctuary, Bridge Gallery, UC Santa Cruz

2015 Beads, Fiera Abilimente, Vicenza, Italy

2014 Dimensions, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, San Luis Obispo, CA

2019 UnDressed: Exposé Conceptual Garments, Pajaro Valley Arts Center, Watsonville, CA

2019 World of Beads, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY

2013 One & Only, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI

2010 California, Cabrillo Gallery, Aptos, CA

2019 American Craft Council Show, San Francisco, CA

2019 Pismo Glass Bead Invitational, Pismo Glass, Boulder, CO

2009 Form & Function, Mountain Art Center, Ben Lomond, CA

2019 Convergence, Widisch-Hunt Gallery, Coconut Grove, FL & Ohio Glass Museum

2019 Pismo Glass Bead Invitational, Pismo Glass, Boulder, CO

2008 Bead Invitational, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE

 

Fellowships, Residencies, and Honors

2018 Dean’s Honors Spring and Winter Quarters, UC Santa Cruz

2017 Santa Cruz Recycled Art Program Residency, Santa Cruz City Arts, Santa Cruz

2019 Dean’s Honors Fall and Winter Quarters, UC Santa Cruz

2016 Theoretical Art Science Fellowship, UC Santa Cruz

2019 Dean’s Honors Fall, Winter, & Spring Quarters, UC Santa Cruz

2015 Dean’s Honors Fall Quarter, UC Santa Cruz

2004 Altos de Chavon School of Design Residency, La Romana, Dominican Republic

 

Awards and Grants

2018 Arts Dean’s Undergraduate Award for Sunset Bubbles Project, UC Santa Cruz

2019 Porter College Service Award, UC Santa Cruz

2019 Gold Slug Service Award for Sunset Bubbles Project, UC Santa Cruz

2017 William Hyde and Susan Benteen Irwin Grant, University of California, Santa Cruz

2019 Porter Senate Grant for Sunset Bubbles Project, UC Santa Cruz

2019 Eduardo Carrillo Scholarship Award, UC Santa Cruz

2016 Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Award, UC Santa Cruz

2019 Arts Dean’s Undergraduate Award, UC Santa Cruz

2019 Art + Environment & Politics, UC Santa Cruz

2019 William Hyde and Susan Benteen Irwin Grant, Fall & Spring Quarters, UC Santa Cruz

2019 William Hyde and Susan Benteen Irwin Scholarship, UC Santa Cruz

2019 Eduardo Carrillo Scholarship Award, University of California, Santa Cruz

2015 Art + Environment & Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz

2019 William Hyde and Susan Benteen Irwin Grant, Fall Quarter, UC Santa Cruz

2014 Honorable Mention, World of Beads, Bead Society of Greater New York

Commissions

2017 Rachel Carson College, UC Santa Cruz

Related Experience

2019 Mentor, Mentor-Mentee Program in Humanities, Arts, Cultural Studies and Social Sciences, UC Davis

2018 Arts Dean’s Advisory Board, UC Santa Cruz

2019 History of Art and Visual Culture Representative, UC Santa Cruz

2019 History of Art and Visual Culture Mentor, UC Santa Cruz

2017 Metal and Foundry Studios Monitor, UC Santa Cruz

2019 Arts Dean’s Advisory Board, UC Santa Cruz

2019 History of Art and Visual Culture Representative, UC Santa Cruz

2019 History of Art and Visual Culture Mentor, UC Santa Cruz

2016 Metal and Foundry Studios Monitor, UC Santa Cruz

 

Bibliography

2015 Nelson-Smith, Rachel. Two Stitches, Lark Books

2014 Mornu, Nathalie. Beading All-Stars, Lark Books

2013 DeCoster, Marcia. Marcia DeCoster’s Beads in Motion, Lark Books

2019 Choo, Chunghi. Showcase 500 Art Necklaces, Lark Books

2012 Hemachandra, Ray. Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry, Lark Books

2019 Gidez, Mabeline. I Can Right Angle Weave, Lark Books

2011 Nelson-Smith, Rachel. Rachel Nelson-Smith’s Bead Riffs, Lark Books

2019 Baharal, Talya. 500 Silver Jewelry Designs, Lark Books

2009 Nelson-Smith, Rachel. Seed Bead Fusion, Interweave

2019 DeCoster, Marcia. Marcia DeCoster’s Beaded Opulence, Lark Books

2019 Convergence: Contemporary Jewelry Design with Glass, Int. Society of Glass Beadmakers

2008 Wilcox Wells, Carol. Masters Beadweaving: Major Works by Leading Artists, Lark Books

 

Media

Baine, Wallace. “Mom is face of ‘re-entry’ at UCSC.” Santa Cruz Sentinel 2 May 2016: 1.

Rappaport, Scott. “Art students contribute work to de Young Museum’s New Generations Student Showcase.”             University of California Santa Cruz Newscenter. 20 April 2016.

Gomez, Phil. Interview. 5 O’Clock News. KSBW-8, 21 April, 2016.

 

Teaching

2019 Teaching Assistant, Contemporary Art Appreciation, Annabeth Rosen, UC Davis

2019 Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Sculpture, Jeremiah Barber, UC Davis

2019 Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Critical Theory, Lisa Oxley, UC Davis

2019 Teaching Assistant, Screen and Digital Printing, Alicia Decker, UC Davis

2018 Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Sculpture, Robin Hill, UC Davis

2017 Teaching Assistant, Public Art, Dee Hibbert-Jones, UC Santa Cruz

1995 – 2013 Central California Bead Society, Yosemite, CA | Beading by the Bay, South San Francisco, CA | Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild, Franklin, MI | North Suburban Needle Arts Guild, Chicago, IL | South Florida Jewelry Arts Guild, Miami, FL | Hooked on Wire, San Francisco, CA | Bead & Button Show, Milwaukee, WI | Santa Cruz Bead Society, Santa Cruz, CA | Central California Bead Society, Yosemite, CA | Toronto Bead Society, Toronto, Canada | Bead Society of Northern Virginia, Alexandria, VA | Bead Society of Greater New York, New York, NY | Northern California Bead Society, Oakland, CA | Central Coast Textile Association, Aptos, CA | South Bay Bead Arts Guild, San Jose, CA | San Diego Bead Society, San Diego, CA | Wild West Bead Society, Dallas-Fort Worth, TX | Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild, Franklin, MI | San Francisco Embroiderers Guild, San Francisco, CA | Bead Cruise, Mexico | Swarovski, Tucson, AZ | Puget Sound Bead Festival, Tacoma, WA | Bead Fest Atlanta, Atlanta, GA | Bead Expo, Charleston, NC | Bead Cruise, Jamaica | Camp Gan Israel, Sunnyvale, CA | Lapidary Journal’s Bead Fest, Philadelphia, PA | Altos de Chavon School of Design, La Romana, Dominican Republic

 

Professional Associations

College Art Association

Asian American Women’s Artist Association