University of Delaware — Masters of Fine Arts
summa cum laude
GPA: 3.92 / 4.00
Indiana University of Pennsylvania — Bachelors of Science in Chemistry
Minor in Biology
GPA: 3.43 / 4,00
Broadway Gallery Fine Art and Custom Framing — Lead Art Consultant and Social Media Manager
GREAT FALLS, VIRGINIA
AUGUST 2018 - PRESENT
Manages sales, production and installation teams for Broadway Galleries, the largest full service art gallery in the DC Metro Area. Designs daily gallery displays, finalizes decisions on new artist intake, and oversees a rotating inventory of 350 – 500 pieces of art.
Develops and executed comprehensive marketing strategies designed to increase event attendance and public awareness; effectively boosting sales 20% from 08/2018 to 08/2019 and an additional 10% from 09/2019 to 08/2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
Fostered a robust network of buyers (corporate, federal and private) through gallery exhibitions, special events, and one on one appointments. Leveraged strong listening, presentation, and closing strategies to optimize sales in an ever changing environment.
University of Delaware Department of Art and Design — Graduate Teacher of Record in Ceramics, Graduate Teacher of Record in Media Design and Culture
AUGUST 2016 - JUNE 2018
Leads curriculum development and program evaluation to facilitate optimal learning environments and outstanding levels of comprehension and retention for both undergraduate and continuing education students. Teaches wheel throwing, handbuilding and slip casting as well as electric and gas firing, raku firing, crystalline firing and soda firing. Evaluates student ceramics work during group critiques and encourages critical thinking in the field of ceramics. Experience cross training in sculpture and woodworking studios. Taught a large scale 200 person lecture to freshman and sophomore students of all majors. Developed the full syllabus, tests, presentations and lectures for the class.
University of Delaware Department of Art and Design — Visiting Artist Program Coordinator
AUGUST 2016 - JUNE 2018
Coordinates logistics of artist visitations and oversees financial budgeting of artist and designer visitations. Booked travel and accommodations for visiting artists and designers and administered tours to visiting artists.
University of Delaware Department of Art and Design — Holiday Fundraiser Founder
OCTOBER 2016 - DECEMBER 2017
Mrs. Minori Thorpe, a well known donor of the university and internationally publicised and recognized ceramicist, and I, founded the First Annual University of Delaware Department of Art and Design Holiday Fundraiser, which will be entering its third year in December, 2019. This sale facilitates public outreach with the local community, as well as aids in bringing the products our department produces to the forefront in an accessible way.
United States Federal Government Social Security Administration — Social Insurance Specialist
PINE BLUFF, ARKANSAS
MAY 2014 - JUNE 2015
Managed initial claims taking, reconsideration appeals, medical CDRs, SSN enumeration, Medicare card issuance and W-2 tax withholding, court hearing and appeals council level disability claims assigned to my specific alpha.
Wegmans Food Markets — Sales Associate
AUGUST 2006 - MAY 2014
Sales Associate for the Olde World Cheese Department at Wegmans West Erie Store #69. Cross trained in the Pharmacy Department as a Pharmacy Technician. Excelled in the sales of Olde World Cheese department products. Created and ran demos in the department in order to educate customers on various products. Aided in making Wegmans West Erie Olde World Cheese Department the top selling Olde World Cheese department company wide in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
AUGUST 2006 - PRESENT
Creates custom artwork for a variety of domestic and international clients. Communicates effectively with customers in order to facilitate and execute their visions according to their individual needs. Invoices and processes payments via Paypal processing service. Meets deadlines, sustains a high level of customer satisfaction, and cultivates a database of clients.
2020 The Delaware Contemporary - Wilmington, DE
From Chaos to Order: Making Our Way in the New World of Covis-19
2018 The Delaware Contemporary - Wilmington, DE
“Twins”, “Gram Stain”, “Not a Paint Chip”
2018 The Delaware Contemporary - Wilmington, DE
THE FIGURE: The Indicative and the Allusive
2018 SAVY Art Collective - Berlin, Germany
2017 Masur Museum of Art Permanent Collection - Monroe, LA
“My Eight Sisters”
2017 Torpedo Factory Art Center - Alexandria, VA
Target Gallery: Ipseity
“My Three Sisters”
2016 Taylor Gallery - Newark, DE
The Common Ground Exhibition
“Speak your Mind” “Caustic and Abrasive”
2017 Voodoo Brewery Erie "Outside Patio Mural: 1,200sq ft " Erie, PA
2016 Don't Give Up the Drip Public Art Project "Untitled" Erie, PA
2015 Chalk the Walk at Celebrate Erie "3:30am" Erie, PA
2014 Chalk the Walk at Celebrate Erie "Perry 200" Erie, PA
Erie Art Museum Mural Tour
Masur Museum of Art 56th Annual Juried Show
Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory
Spring 2018 Minori Thorpe Gift for Continuing Education in Ceramics
Fall 2017 Minori Thorpe Gift for Continuing Education in Ceramics
Spring 2017 University of Delaware Professional Development Grant
Spring 2017 Minori Thorpe Gift for Continuing Education in Ceramics
Fall 2016 Minori Thorpe Gift for Continuing Education in Ceramics
American Art Collector June 2018 Issue 152: Indicative & Allusive
An exhibition exploring the enduring power of the figure is on view now at Delaware Contemporary.
ARTBLOG MAY 2018: Mind Games at University of Delaware’s MFA Thesis Exhibit
“Artist Simone Welsh collects swabs of bodily fluids, willingly given to her by her friends, places them in small circular plates filled with Trypticase Soy Agar, and displays it as part of her work. Six circular forms stand out on a simple grid of repeated geometric neon pink squares. From afar, the circles look like distorted images of a full moon, but in fact they are what chief curator of The Delaware Contemporary, Kathrine Page, calls “self-portraits of [Welsh’s] friends.”
Ipseity at the Torpedo Factory Art Center: January 21, 2017 - March 5, 2017
In the new all-media show at Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space for the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 17 artists explore their personal selfhood. Ipseity, defined as individual identity, features artwork that touches on themes of gender, religion, ethnicity, sexuality and other labels people use to identify themselves. Jessica Kallista, founder of Olly Olly alternative art space in Fairfax, Virginia, juried the exhibition.
Headlining Image Credit: Simone Welsh, My Three Sisters, 2016. Hand-built porcelain modified with sulfuric and phosphoric acids
Gas, Electric, Soda, Crystalline, and Raku Kiln Firing
Woodshop including lathe
Welding (arc, oxy-acetylene, and mig)
Kiln maintenance and repair
Technical knowledge of both ceramics and sculpture studios
INTERESTS AND OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
Won third place in the category of Sewing at Megacon Orlando 2015, for Katniss Everdeen Capitol Party dress from Mockingjay (2013 dir. Francis Lawrence).
Did promotion for Converse, DC Comics and Midtown Comics at New York Comic Con 2017 as Wonder Woman from Wonder Woman (2017 dir. Patty Jenkins)
Competed in 2018 NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay, one of the most prestigious cosplay competitions in the world.
Semi-Professional Paintball player in woods-ball with Squid Squad, an associated team in the Ultimate Woodsball League (UWL).
Top ranked female anti-tank gunner in the United States for 2015, 2016, 2017. Recognized at Oklahoma D-Day Scenario, Fulda Gap Scenario, Invasion of Normandy Scenario and Living Legends Chicago.
Has done multiple public works for the city of Erie in order to give back to the community and facilitate a positive working relationship with various small businesses in Erie County.