1/2009 – present Art Institute of Washington, Arlington, VA. Department Chair, Art Foundations.Manage all aspects of the Art Foundations program at an applied arts college with a student body of 2,000. Students in various art & design majors take art foundations (studio art) courses as an essential first step towards attaining bachelors’ and associates’ degrees in their fields of study (e.g. graphic design, computer animation, interior design). Significant job duties include:

  • Create a quarterly schedule of over 30 classes per quarter, meeting both student and faculty needs
  • Hire, train, and oversee faculty (8 full-time and 4 adjunct); conduct faculty observations and annual reviews
  • Manage the department’s process of assessing student learning in preparation for passing SACS accreditation review
  • Develop curriculum to ensure all Art Foundations classes meet the various needs of different departments
  • Developed two departmental websites (one for faculty, one for students)
  • Organize and participate in student portfolio reviews
  • Award annual high school scholarship applications
  • Serve as member of Gallery Committee, organizing and curating art shows housed in the institute’s ground floor gallery
  • Represented college at annual NASAD conference for schools applying for membership
1/2006 – 1/2009 Art Institute of Washington, Arlington, VA. Assistant Department Chair, Art Foundations.  Performed most of the same duties as above. 
1/2002 – 1/2006 Art Institute of Washington, Arlington, VA.  Faculty, Art Foundations.


10/2002 – present Art Institute of Washington, Arlington, VA.  Teach one to two Art Foundations classes per quarter (e.g Drawing, Life Drawing, Color Theory).
1997 – 2009 Yellow Barn Studio, Glen Echo, MD.  Taught hundreds of continuing education students, receiving many accolades as an instructor.  Courses taught include Acrylic Painting, High School Portfolio Development, Principles of Drawing, Figure Drawing, and Beginning & Intermediate Watercolor, Pastel Painting. Typical class size of 10-20 students, with students ranging in age from high school to retirees.
4/2002 – 7/2003 Smithsonian Institution, Resident Associates Program, Washington, D.C.  Taught Introduction to Watercolor, Introduction to Pastel, Plein Air Watercolor to Continuing Education students.
Spring  & Fall 2000 American University, Washington, D.C.  Acted as teaching assistant for two Studio Experience (foundations level) courses.
Spring & Summer 2000 Washington Studio School, Washington, D.C.  Taught drawing and painting for teens, and Watercolor Outdoors. 


2000        Yellow Barn Watercolorists, Yellow Barn Gallery, Glen Echo, MD.  Organized and curated exhibit of paintings by my watercolor students.

1997         The Yellow Barn Eight, Yellow Barn Gallery, Glen Echo, MD.  Organized and curated exhibit of artwork by eight Presidential Scholars in the Visual Arts.  Covered by CBS Sunday Morning & The Washington Post.


2007        Olney Artist’s Association.  Jurid annual member’s show.
2002        Yellow Barn Gallery, Glen Echo, MD.  Juried annual Montgomery County High School Scholarship show.
1999         Montgomery County Art Association, MD.  Juried annual members show.
1997         Yellow Barn Gallery, Glen Echo, MD.  Juried annual members show.


1993-95           Taipei Language Institute, Taipei, Taiwan.
Assistant to the President. Wrote all English language correspondence for President.  Acted as a liaison between the institute’s Chinese staff and numerous foreign visitors.
English Editor.  Wrote, edited, and laid out institute’s quarterly magazine.  Designed school brochures, advertisements, tests, forms, handbooks, contracts, and posters.


2001         M.F.A., Painting and Drawing, American University, Washington, D.C..
Studied with Stanley Lewis, Deborah Kahn, Raoul Middleman.
1992         B.A., East Asian Studies, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.
Studied with Frank Lobdell, Nathan Oliveira.


Washington, D.C. Commission on the Arts
Stanford University Student Health Center
Pizza Hut
Sovran Bank


2003 – present        annual Art Institute of Washington faculty show, Arlington, VA
2009                  Sub-Urban Trading, Kensington, MD
2008                  Glen Echo Popcorn Gallery, Yellow Barn faculty show, Glen Echo, MD
2002                  Dumbarton Concert Gallery, Washington, D.C.
2001                  Watkins Gallery, American University, Washington, D.C.
2000                  Yellow Barn Gallery, Glen Echo, MD; Dumbarton Concert Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1998                  Yellow Barn Gallery, Glen Echo, MD; Upstairs Gallery, Lahaska, PA; Dumbarton Concert Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1996                  Yellow Barn Gallery, Glen Echo, MD; Naked Art Gallery, Northampton, MA
1988-92               four separate exhibits on Stanford University campus, CA


1988         Presidential Scholar in the Visual Arts


Computer          proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint; working knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
Languages         working knowledge of Mandarin Chinese, French



Suzanne Hintz (supervisor 2009-2012)
Dean of Academic Affairs, Art Institute of Washington

David Epstein (supervisor 2006-2008)
Former Department Chair of Graphic Design/Advertising/Art Foundations, Art Institute of Washington

Chauncy Butcher (former colleague)
Former Academic Advisor, Art Institute of Washington

Sarah Wichlacz (former colleague)
Former Assistant Department Chair, Digital Photography
The Art Institute of Washington

Eric Westbrook (former colleague at the Yellow Barn Studio)
Professional Illustrator

Walt Bartman
Director of the Yellow Barn Studio

Shahin Bagheri
long-time student at the Yellow Barn Studio