EDUCATION                                                                

Arizona State University – Tempe, Arizona – 2008
Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art – Fibers
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

University of Tennessee – Knoxville, Tennessee – 2005
Master of Science in Teacher Education – Art Education
College of Education, Health, and Human Services

University of Tennessee – Knoxville, Tennessee – 2004
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art – Drawing
College of Arts and Sciences, School of Art
Additional Major in Art Education, Minors in Art History and English
Summa Cum Laude

University of Kent – Canterbury, England  – 2003
Exchange Program – Art History and English

 

EXHIBITIONS                                                              

2013    Unshelved
William King Museum – Abingdon, Virgina – Curated by Leila Cartier

Curious Deviations
Non-Fiction Gallery – Savannah, Georgia

Ossuary
Downtown Gallery – Knoxville, Tennessee – Curated by Laurie Beth Clark

E(Labor)ated Surfaces
Ground Floor Gallery – Nashville, Tennessee

2012    The Other Side (solo exhibition)
Vanderbilt University – Space 204 – Nashville, Tennessee

Alleged Posthumous Writings (solo exhibition)
Emporium Center for Arts and Culture – Knoxville, Tennessee

Recent Work (solo exhibition)
Riot Printing Company – Knoxville, Tennessee

In Stitches
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, New Jersey
Curated by Alison Craft

FAX Traveling Exhibit
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art – Salt Lake City, Utah
Curated by Independent Curators and João Ribas

FAX Traveling Exhibit
San Francisco Art Commission Gallery – San Francisco, California
Curated by Independent Curators and João Ribas

E(Labor)ated Surfaces
Pelissippi State Community College – Knoxville, Tennessee – Curated by Herbrt Rieth

Fusion
Ball State University – Muncie, Indiana – Curated by Tom Riesing

FAX Traveling Exhibit
The University of Hawaii Art Gallery – Honolulu, Hawaii
Curated by Independent Curators and João Ribas

Fiber Arts
Ohio University – Lancaster, Ohio – Curated by Leah May

Arts in the Airports
McGhee-Tyson Airport – Knoxville, Tennessee – Curated by Dorothy Habel

FAX Traveling Exhibit
DeVos Art Museum – Marquette, Michigan
Curated by Independent Curators and João Ribas

2011    Divination (solo exhibition)
Middle Tennessee State University – Lowercase Gallery – Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Points of Interest (solo exhibition)
Georgia College and State University Museum – Milledgeville, Georgia

Dogwood Arts Exhibition
Bennett Galleries – Knoxville, Tennessee – Juried by Virginia Derryberry

FAX Traveling Exhibit
South London Gallery- London, England
Curated by Independent Curators and João Ribas

Horsing Around
Archie Bray Foundation – Helena, Montana – Curated by Marco Rosichelli and Joshua Almond

Point Time
AVA Galleries – Chattanooga, Tennessee – Curated by Jean Hess

FAX Traveling Exhibit
Knoxville Museum of Art – Knoxville, Tennessee
Curated by Independent Curators and João Ribas

Instructor Exhibition
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts – Gatlinburg, Tennessee – Curated by Karen Green

Point Time
William King Museum – Abingdon, Virginia – Curated by Jean Hess

Point Time
Slocumb Galleries – East Tennessee State University – Johnson City, Tennessee
Curated by Jean Hess

2010    The Space Between Us (solo exhibition)
Pump Gallery – Asheville, North Carolina

Whatever/Forever/What For  (solo exhibition)
Fluorescent Gallery , Knoxville, Tennessee

Bearings (solo exhibition)
Appalachian Center for Craft – Tennessee Tech University – Smithville, Tennessee

Freeze (solo exhibition)
Stark Gallery – Phoenix, Arizona

Constructed Territory
Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries – Dayton , Ohio – Juried by Tracy Longley-Cook

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Commemorative Exhibition
Emporium Center for Arts and Culture – Knoxville, Tennessee – Juried by Carl Gombert

ABBA
The Phoenix Airport Museum – Phoenix, Arizona – Curated by Gary Martelli

Arts in the Airport
McGhee-Tyson Airport – Knoxville, Tennessee

Contemporary Focus
Knoxville Museum of Art – Knoxville, Tennessee – Curated by Chris Molinski

All or Nothing
Denler Art Gallery – St. Paul, Minnesota – Curated by Kjellgren Alkire

Artistic License
Fluorescent Gallery – Knoxville, Tennessee – Curated by Dale Mackey

Pattern Wizardry
Arizona Museum for Youth – Mesa, Arizona – Curated by Jeffory Morris

2009    Maps and Legends (solo exhibition)
Greenleaf Gallery – Whittier College – Whittier, California

The Sunshine State (solo exhibition)
eyelounge – Tempe, Arizona

Uncommon Threads
Walsh Gallery – Seton Hall University – South Orange, New Jersey
Curators: Jeanne Brasile and Howard Hurst

Arizona Biennial
Tucson Museum of Art – Tucson, Arizona

Wichita National Craft Exhibition
Wichita Center for the Arts – Wichita, Kansas – Curated by Kathleen Royster Lamb

30th Annual Contemporary Crafts
Mesa Arts Center – Mesa, Arizona – Juried by Namita Wiggers

Censored: Visual Explorations of Censorship in Contemporary America
Georgia College and State University Museum – Milledgeville, Georgia
Curated by Shannon Morris

Love Letters
Modified Arts – Phoenix, Arizona – Curated by Peter Bugg

Word and Image
Tempe Post Office – Tempe, Arizona – Curated by the City of Tempe

2008    Legend (solo exhibition)
Harry Wood Gallery – Arizona State University – Tempe, Arizona

Werewolf (solo exhibition)
eye lounge – Phoenix, Arizona

No Such Thing (site specific installation)
Tempe, Arizona – Curated by Elizabeth Janssen

Tempe Center for the Arts Biennial
Tempe Center for the Arts – Tempe, Arizona
Juried by Anne Coe, Joe D’Ambroisio and John Risseeuw

Mass Consumption
Mesa Arts Center – Mesa, Arizona – Juried by Greg Escalante

Craftsmanship
Gallery 100 – Tempe, Arizona – Juried by Clare Verstegen

Printstravaganza III
Step Gallery – Tempe, Arizona – Juried by Brian Reeves of Slop Art

TXT MSGS
Harry Wood Gallery – Arizona State University – Tempe, Arizona

Contemporary Repetition
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences – Loveladies, New Jersey

Number Ones
LAS Gallery – Phoenix, Arizona – Curated by Peter Bugg

Abookalypse
Paper Studio – Tempe, Arizona

Cold Sweat
Hotcakes Gallery – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Desire for Normality
Porter Butts Gallery, Madison, Wisconsin

2007    Uncharted Territory
Leedy-Voulkos Art Center – Kansas City, Missouri
Juried by  Annet Couwenberg and Wendy Huhn

You Are Here (site specific installation)
Artist Initiative 4 Temporary Public Art – Circle K Park – Phoenix, Arizona

28th Annual Contemporary Crafts
Mesa Arts Center – Mesa, Arizona – Juried by Mark. R. Leach

Master of Fine Arts Juried Summer Exhibition
Harry Wood Gallery – Arizona State University – Tempe, Arizona – Juried by Lara Taubman

Printstravaganza II
Gallery 100, Tempe, Arizona – Juried by Cannonball Press

Desire for Normality
Pacific Lutheran University – Tacoma, Washington

Books Gone Wild
Harry Wood Gallery – Arizona State University – Tempe, Arizona

Water Lust
Tempe Public Library – Tempe, Arizona

Arizona Artists’ Guild Scholarship Recipeint Exhibition
Paulina Miller Gallery – Phoenix, Arizona

Biblio-files
The Paper Studio – Tempe, Arizona

Nathan Cummings Foundation Exhibition
Harry Wood Gallery – Arizona State University – Tempe, Arizona

The Visual Text Project 3: Triptych
@Central Gallery – Phoenix, Arizona

Push/Pull
Step Gallery – Tempe, Arizona

2006    Current: The Aesthetics of Contemporary Culture
Baton Rouge Gallery – Baton Rouge, Louisiana – Juried by James Gaddy

Desire for Normality
Step Gallery – Tempe, Arizona

Tomato Art Exhibition
Art and Invention Gallery – Nashville, Tennessee

2005    BAM! 58th Annual Student Art Competition
Ewing Gallery – University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Juried by Robert Stackhouse and Carol Mickett

New Graduate Student Exhibition
Harry Wood Gallery – Arizona State University – Tempe, Arizona

Garden
Oak Ridge Art Center – Oak Ridge, Tennessee

2004    University of Tennessee Senior Honors Exhibition
Ewing Gallery – University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Carte Blanche: 57th Annual Student Art Competition
Ewing Gallery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville – Juried by The Art Guys

High and Away
Old City Java – Knoxville, Tennessee

Fact/Fiction: Recent Works by Nick DeFord and Lindsay Brine
Gallery 1010 –  Knoxville, Tennessee

Tomato Art Exhibition
Art and Invention Gallery – Nashville, Tennessee

Supermodernism
Cookie Aytes Elliott Art Gallery – Knoxville, Tennessee

2003    Art Buffet: 56th Annual Student Art Competition
Ewing Gallery – University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Juried by Terri Jones and Greely Myatt – brochure

2002    Open Wide the Circus Gates (solo exhibition)
Downtown West Theatre – Knoxville Tennessee

Lion: Recent Work by Nick DeFord and Thomas Sturgill
Gallery 1010, Knoxville, Tennessee

2001    University Center Concourse Student Exhibition
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Deus Ex Machina
Gallery 1010 – Knoxville, Tennessee

 

TEACHING                                                                  

2009-2012    University of Tennessee – Knoxville, Tennessee
Drawing and Painting
Lecturer

Undergraduate Courses:
Drawing I
Drawing II
Drawing III
Drawing IV
Introduction to Watermedia
Special Topics: Introduction to Fibers
Special Topics: En Plein Air Painting
Independent Study – Drawing
Independent Study – Painting
Independent Study – Sculpture
Honors Thesis Committee: Kelsey Roy (drawing and fiction)

Graduate Courses:
History and Philosophy of Art Education
Studies in Art Education
Independent Study – Sculpture
Independent Study – Ceramics
Thesis Committee: Kelly Hider (Drawing and Painting)
Thesis Committee: Guen Montgomery (Printmaking)
Thesis Committee: Sara Marie Miller (Printmaking)

 

2008-2009    Arizona State University – Tempe, Arizona
Fibers and Gallery and Museum Studies
Faculty Associate / Interim Gallery Director

Undergraduate Courses:
Introduction to Fibers
Gallery and Museum Studies

 

2005-2008    Arizona State University – Tempe, Arizona
Fibers and Foundation Core Program
Graduate Teaching Assistantship – Instructor of Record
Core Program Two-Dimensional Design Coordinator

Undergraduate Courses:
Introduction to Fibers
Two-Dimensional Design
Three-Dimensional Design

 

LECTURES, WORKSHOPS, and SYMPOSIA            

2014     Embroidery on Paper – two-week fibers workshop
Penland School of Crafts – Penland, North Carolina

2014     Visiting artist lecture
University of Mississippi – Oxford, Mississippi

2013    Visiting artist lecture, critique, workshop, and juror
Bloomsburg University – Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

2013    Visiting artist lecture
University of Georgia – Athens, Georgia

2013     Panel Moderator – “Building a Life in the Arts” Residency Symposium
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts – Gatlinburg, Tennessee

2013     A Thread, A Knot, A Woman – Poetry Reading
Canal Convergence – Scottsdale Public Art – Scottsdale, Arizona

2013     Juror – Makins Craft Festival
Morristown, Tennessee

2012    Visiting artist lecture and critique
Georgia State University – Atlanta, Georgia

2012     Random-Weave basketry workshop
Leadership Knoxville Conference – Gatlinburg, Tennessee

2012     Ripping Yarns: The Story of Fibers – week-long fibers workshop
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts – Gatlinburg, Tennessee

2012     Mediums – dual artist lecture/performance with Evan Meany
Nexus Conference – Knoxville, Tennessee

2012     Visiting artist lecture and critique
Idaho State University – Pocatello, Idaho

2012     Natural Woven Forms – basketry workshop
Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum – Knoxville, Tennessee

2011    Visiting artist lecture and critique
James Madison University – Harrisonburg, Virginia

2011     Visiting artist lecture
Middle Tennessee State University – Murfreesboro, Tennessee

2011     Presenter – PechaKucha Night
Knoxville, Tennessee

2011     Artist Lecture
University of Tennessee – Knoxville, Tennessee

2011    Embroidery: Exploring the Stitch – week-long fibers workshop
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

2011     Visiting artist lecture
East Tennessee State University – Johnson City, Tennessee

2011     Visiting artist lecture and basketry demonstration
Georgia College and State University – Milledgeville, Georgia

2011     New Market Suite – Poetry reading
Old Gray Cemetery – Knoxville, Tennessee

2010    Citrus Tree Tanzaku – A site-specific public poetry art project
Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department – Phoenix, Arizona

2010     Dine and Discover – Artist lecture
Knoxville Museum of Art – Knoxville, Tennessee

2010     Visiting artist lecture
Roane State Community College – Harriman, Tennessee

2010     Visiting artist lecture
Adams State College – Alamosa, Colorado

2010     Visiting artist lecture
Xavier Preparatory School – Phoenix, Arizona

2009    Visiting artist lecture
Skidmore College – Saratoga Springs, New York

2009     Visiting artist lecture
Whittier College – Whittier, California

2009     Visiting artist lecture
University of North Texas – Denton, Texas

2008     The Unnatural World II: Visualizing Monsters – Panel Moderator
International Medieval Congress – University of Leeds, England

2008      The Unnatural World II: Visualizing Wonders – Panel Moderator
International Medieval Congress – University of Leeds, England

2008     Visiting artist lecture
Beloit College – Beloit, Wisconsin

2007     Felting Workshop – Arizona Designer Craftsmen
Phoenix, Arizona

2007     Push / Pull Craft Panel – Panel Moderator
Arizona State University – Tempe, Arizona

2007     Artist lecture
Arizona Designer Craftsmen – Tempe, Arizona

2007     Three-Dimensional Art – Summer workshops for young adults
Herberger College for Youth – Tempe, Arizona

2006     Artist lecture
Sun City West Weavers Guild – Sun City West, Arizona

2006     Ikat Weaving – Demonstration and workshop
Appalachian Arts Center – Norris, Tennessee

2005     Knoxville Museum of Art Summer Art Workshops
Knoxville, Tennessee

2005     Drawing Workshop
Arrowmont Community Classes – Gatlinburg, Tennessee

2004     Phoenix Magazine Poetry Reading
Laurel Theater – Knoxville, Tennessee

2004     Presenter – Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement
University Center – University of Tennessee,  Knoxville

2003     Figure Drawing Workshop
University of Kent – Canterbury, England

2003     Presenter – Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement
University Center – University of Tennessee, Knoxville

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE                                

2012-present    Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
Program and Studio Manager
Gatlinburg, Tennessee

2012        Visiting Artist Coordinator – Mark Newport
University of Tennessee – Knoxville, Tennessee

Exhibition Assistant and Coordinator – Mark Newport
In Action – Downtown Gallery – Knoxville, Tennessee

2011        Visiting Artist Coordinator – Kjellgren Alkire
University of Tennessee – Knoxville, Tennessee

2010        Local Project Manager – Anne Wilson
Wind/Rewind/Weave – Knoxville Museum of Art
Knoxville, Tennessee

2009        Visiting Lecturer Coordinator – Asa Simon Mittman
University of Tennessee – Knoxville, Tennessee

2008        Project Assistant – Nina Katchadourian
Monument to the Unelected – Scottsdale Museum of Art
Scottsdale, Arizona

2006-2007    Two-Dimensional Foundations Coordinator
Core Program at Arizona State University

2006-2007    Studio Assistant – Mark Newport
Mesa, Arizona

2005    Studio Assistant
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg Tennessee

 

AWARDS                                                                     

2011     Old Gray Cemetery Foundation Poetry Contest
Second place prize for New Market Suite

2008    Nathan Cummings Travel Fellowship – Tempe, Arizona
Used to support research travel to Roswell, New Mexico and Marfa, Texas

2008     Arizona State University Graduate Travel Fund – Tempe, Arizona
Used to support travel to the International Medieval Conference in Leeds, England

2008     Selma Sigesmund Memorial Fellowship – Tempe, Arizona
Supports Master of Fine Arts candidates at Arizona State University

2008   National Society of Arts and Letters Sculpture Award – Phoenix, Arizona
Awarded for Basket .001

2007    Herbert Smith Graduate Fellowship – Tempe, Arizona
Supports Master of Fine Arts candidates at Arizona State University

2007     Artist Initiative 4 Temporary Public Art Grant – Phoenix, Arizona
Awarded for You Are Here site-specific installation

2007    First Place Award – Uncharted Territory – Kansas City, Missouri
Best in show award for 2007 SDA Student Textile Exhibition

2007    Arizona Artists’ Guild Scholarship – Phoenix, Arizona
Awarded for graduate studies at Arizona State University

2005    Graduate Tuition Fellowship – Tempe, Arizona
Awarded for graduate studies at Arizona State University

2004    Most Outstanding Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduate – Knoxville, Tennessee
Presented to one BFA candidate each year as voted by the School of Art faculty

2004    Dille Award for Best Fine Arts Entry –Knoxville, Tennessee
Awarded for Untitled;  jurors, The Art Guys – Carte Blanche: 57th Annual Student Competition

2004     Beauvais Lyons Award for Print – Knoxville, Tennessee
Awarded for Harry Potter Cyanotypes I-VIII – Carte Blanche: 57th Annual Student Competition

2004    Knoxville Watercolor Society Award – Knoxville, Tennessee
Awarded for Pokémon of the Smokies I-IV – Carte Blanche: 57th Annual Student Competition

2004    David T. and Jane O. Bailey Scholarship Endowment – Knoxville, Tennessee
Awarded for  graduate studies in art education at the University of Tennessee

2004    Chattanooga Writers Guild Poetry Contest – Chattanooga, Tennessee
Awarded First Place Prize for “Tomatoes”

2004     Dorothy Dille Materials Grant – Knoxville, Tennessee
Grant used to produce a series of cyanotype fabric prints

2004    Elenora Burke Award for Non-Fiction – Knoxville, Tennessee
Second place awarded for     “Searching for Orpheus”

2003    Margaret Woodruff Creative Writing Award – Knoxville, Tennessee
Awarded for selection of poetry

2003    McClure Scholarship – Canterbury, England
Used to support study abroad at University of Kent

2003    School of Art Buck Ewing Scholarship – Knoxville, Tennessee
Used for undergraduate studio art studies at the University of Tennessee

2003    Ewing Gallery Award – Knoxville, Tennessee
Awarded for 56th Annual Student Competition – University of Tennessee

2002    Summer Research Internship Award for Creative Endeavors – Knoxville, Tennessee
Research grant awarded for studio art and poetry at the University of Tennessee

2002     Russell Scholarship – Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Awarded for tuition for workshop at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

2002    Liquitex Paint Exchange Materials Grant – Piscataway, New Jersey
Used to create mixed media artwork

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY                                                          

Savannah Morning News – “Art & Soul” – Allison Hersh / Savannah, Georgia / September 8, 2013

UnShelved – exhibition catalog – essay by Leila Cartier

Metro Pulse – “The Emporium Center Presents Two Challenging Exhibits by Local Artists Nick DeFord and Jean Hess” – by Heather Joyner Spica / Knoxville, Tennessee / November 7, 2012

Nashville Scene – “Critics Picks: Sarah Applebaum and Nick DeFord” – Joe Nolan / Nashville, Tennessee / August 30, 2012

Strange Attractors: Investigations in Non-Humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexualities – Encyclopedia Destructica – editors: Christopher  Kardambikis, Jasdeep Khaira, Suzie Silver / Pittsburg, Pennsylvania / 2012

Elephant Magazine – “Finding Your Way: Cosmologies of the Self” – Ana Ibarra / Amsterdam /
Issue 7 Summer 2011

Culture Seen – “Studio Visit: Nick DeFord” – Christopher Jagmin / Phoenix, Arizona / August 30, 2011

Anne Wilson: Wind / Rewind / Weave – exhibition catalog / Chicago, Illinois / 2011

Design Sponge Online – Brooklyn, New York / April 2011

Knoxville News Sentinel – “Old Gray Cemetray Hosts Poetry Contest” – by Jessica Boyd / Knoxville,Tennessee / April 20, 2011

Thread and Needles – “Couture: les voyages immobiles” – Paris, France / March 03, 2011

Craftzine – “Embroidered Maps” – Becky Stern / November 11, 2010

Hayden’s Ferry Review – Editor: D. Bryon Darby – Volume 46

Contemporary Focus – Chis Molinski, Knoxville Museum of Art – catalog / Knoxville, Tennessee / 2010

Artistic License – Dale Mackey – catalog / Knoxville, Tennessee / 2010

Knoxville News Sentinel –     “New KMA Exhibit Will Be Work In Progress” – by Amy McCrary / Knoxville, Tennessee / January 17, 2010

New Times – “ABBA’s Greatest Hits” – by Leslie Barton / Phoenix, Arizona / October 18th, 2007

Fiberarts – “Student Showcase” – Loveland, Colorado / November/December, 2007

New Times – “Text Messengers: Words and pix tie the knot” – by Niamh Wallace / Phoenix, Arizona / March 25, 2007

The Mesa Republic – “Craft Show Spans Utilitarian, Hybrids” – by Srianthi Perera / Mesa, Arizona / January 25, 2007

State Press – “Not Normal” – by Celeste Sepessy  / Tempe, Arizona / August 31, 2006

Willow Springs – Issue 55 – Spokane, Washington

Migrants and Stowaways – Editors: Emily Dziuban and Kristin Robertson / Knoxville, Tennessee / 2004

Magpie – Issue 1 – Knoxville, Tennessee

Phoenix Literary and Art Magazine – Volume 45, Issue 2 – Knoxville, Tennessee

Logos Literary Magazine – Issue 8 – Canterbury, England

Metro Pulse – “The Chosen” – by Heather Joyner Spica / Knoxville, Tennessee / May 13, 2000

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