Curriculum Vitae


BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art + Design, Minnesota, 1994; studio concentration in graphic design, typography and illustration.
MFA in Graphic Design, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, 2008.


Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine. Woodcarving taught by Bob Trotman, summer 1995.
The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Poetry Journal, taught by Grace Willow Morgan, spring 1999.
2012 Open Book Workshop, Lake Anne, MI. Sponsored and programed by Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI summer 2012.


United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.
September 2007 – August 2008, paid research internship

  • Exhibitions Department, Fall 2007. Research assistant to historian Danny Greene. I developed and edited potential content for upcoming exhibition on Nazi Propaganda and anti-Semitism.
  • Collections Department, Spring 2008. Research assistant to art and acquisitions historian and curator Suzy Snyder. I was responsible for registering recent donations to the museum, providing detailed content listings and Deeds of Gift registration.
  • Exhibitions Department, Summer 2008. Research assistant to historian Ann Millin. Created and maintained image database for copyright clearance and permissions for online exhibition materials of Nazi propaganda.


MFA Thesis Development
Graphic Expression of Internment refers to the specific representation of shared graphic art and artifacts of the Holocaust. The graphic nature of the three photo albums/scrapbooks addresses the language of design. The design process includes editorial decisions made in the process of their articulated planning and creation. By definition, graphic design is an art or profession of visual communication that skillfully combines images, words, and ideas to convey information to an audience. Graphic design can also be a form of personal expression that reflects the attitudes of a community for which the work is intended. This collection looks at the expressive nature of design in its ability to structure content, thereby creating a more inclusive narrative. The subject matter of the research is Holocaust Art, Displaced Persons (DP) Camps, the Organization for Rehabilitation and Training (ORT), and the Art and Artifacts collections of the USHMM. Through each of the three albums, I identify major themes common to Holocaust studies. Themes such as documentation, preservation, dedication, and memorial place each album in the grand context of Holocaust studies.


In the past ten years I have been frequently asked to present my portfolio as an entry point for young artists and design students. While this has predominantly taken the form of question-and-answer sessions, these have also become opportunities for me to offer opinions, guidance, and informal critique of students’ work. On separate occasions I have presented seminars to introduce print making and book art techniques, in association with developing a working portfolio.

  • Lecturer, Department of Design, University of Wisconsin–Stout. Teaching sections in Graphic Design I-II, Publication Design, Digital Typeface Design; Independent study, Zines: The Art of Self Publishing. Fall 2011, WinTerm January 2012. Academic calendar: 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014.
  • “Mentor/Sounding Board for Joseph Hrabe.” Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Senior Thesis–Design, invited by instructor Jan Jancourt. Spring 2011.
  • “Mock Interviews: Professional Practices.” AI–The Arts Institutes Minneapolis, with instructor Desirée Dorwart; September 2009, March 2010.
  • “eMAC Class: DIY Printmaking Workshop.” Maryland Institute College of Art with instructor Jenna Frye, November 2006.
  • “Mentor/Sounding Board for Adam Flannigan.” Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Senior Thesis–Design, invited by instructor Pam Arnold. Spring 2002.
  • “Interim Art Teacher.” Minnesota Business Academy, St. Paul, Minnesota. September 2000.


  • “Senior Thesis Presentations.” Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Spring 1999, Spring 2011.
  • “Professional Practice and Portfolio Preparation.” University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota. April 1999.
  • “Introduction to the Profession of Graphic Design.” Dwight–Englewood School, Englewood, New Jersey. March 1998.


  • Dimension And Typography: A Survey Of Letterforms In Space And Time. I Space Gallery, Chicago, IL. January 2009.
  • Artcrank 2007. Invitational Poster Show, One on One, Minneapolis, MN. April 2007.
  • Ms. Matched. Ivy Lounge, Minneapolis, MN. September 2005.
  • The Mayor of Uptown. Central Air :: Nomadic Art Space, Minneapolis, MN. February 2005.
  • 89th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition. Juried show, Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, MN. August 2000.
  • Radiator .001– UltraNormal. Group exhibition, Radiator Art Exhibition Company, Minneapolis, MN. September 1999.
  • First Alert: prints and drawings. Dunn Brothers Coffee Gallery, Minneapolis, MN. November 1995.
  • 84th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition. Juried show, Merit Award – drawings, Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, MN. August 1995.
  • Selections. Invitational exhibition, Minneapolis College of Art and Design. August 1994.


Central Air :: Nomadic Art Space
2005 – Present. Established Central Air :: Nomadic Art Space, organized exhibitions and produced opening receptions and exhibition catalogs, including the following:

  • NoNegative: Photographic work by Jerome Page Tobias, May 2007. Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Ivy Lounge: fashion, art, and music. July 2005 – March 2006. Curated a collection of exhibitions over several months at Ivy fashion boutique, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Featured by month and artist: July, Jennifer Davis; August, Roxanne Warren; September, Ms. Matched, works by J. Page; October, Amy Rice; November, Ellen Fitzgerald; December–March, Amy Crickenberger.
  • The Mayor of Uptown, February 2005. Minneapolis, Minnesota. Curated an exhibition of eighteen artists including: John Diebel, John Urste, Dan Keefe, George Mahoney, David Foley, Michael & Abigail Mouw, Robert Roscoe, Terence P. Brashear, Flaneur Productions, John Veda, Nissa Hagstrom, Signe Albertson, Terrence Payne, Stacey Meyer, John Nelson, Clea Feline, Kate Pabst, and Alissa Valdovinos.

Radiator Art Exhibition Company
September 1999 – December 2002, Co-founder, Curator and Director for Radiator Art Exhibition Company, co-curated exhibitions with Lee Anne Swanson-Peet. Its mission was to create a collective art space allowing founding-members to exhibit and promote their work as well as the works of like-minded artists. Radiator radically provided an exhibition space for group shows as well as thematic artist pairings. Radiator looked to reinvigorate the exhibition options in Minneapolis.

  • .006 Duped, December 2002. Exhibiting paintings by Lee Anne Swanson-Peet and photographs by Danny Peet.
  • .005 Ephemera Melancholia, December 2001. Featuring Ms. Davora Lindner, Darrin Mueske, and Anu Schwartz.
  • .004 The Underside of Heaven, September 2001. Artists Erica Olson and Christopher Zerendow.
  • .003 Save the Robots, April 2001. Artists J. J. Peet and Wilson Webb.
  • .002 Industry Standard, September 2000. Group art exhibition including: Richard Brewer, Lee Anne Swanson-Peet, Carolyn Swiszcz, Al Wadzinski, David Wiedel, and John Parot.
  • .001 UltraNormal, September 1999. Featuring artwork by: Amy Goldberg, Tracey Halvorsen, Randall Mastel, Maia Namtvedt, J. Page, Lee Anne Swanson-Peet, Carolyn Swiszcz, Amy Toscani, Wilson Webb, and David Wiedel.


  • Graphic Expression of Internment. John P. Corrigan. Published independently, Baltimore, MD, 2008.
  • Nazi Anti-Semitic Propaganda: Historic Visual Survey. John P. Corrigan. Published independently, Baltimore, MD, 2007.


  • “Exhibition Catalogs.” Indie Publishing: How to Design and Produce Your Own Book, by Ellen Lupton. MICA and Princeton Architectural Press, 2008.
    Pages 40, 43, 96-97, 98-101.
  • Graphic Design: The New Basics, by Ellen Lupton,  Jennifer Cole Phillips. Princeton Architectural Press, and Maryland Institute College of Art, 2008.
    Pages 132, 176-177, 179.


  • Violet Jo: A divine Spark. Photography by Daniel Peet. Central Air :: Nomadic Art Space, 2011.
  • Type + Code: Processing For Designers. By Yeohyun Ahn, and Viviana Cordova. MICA: Center for Design Thinking, 2009.
  • NoNegative: Photographic works by Jerome Page Tobias. Central Air Nomadic Art Space. 2007.
  • 500 Artists Return To Artists Space: 25 Years. Artists Space, New York, NY. 1998.
  • 2wice: visual/culture/document. Uniform, Vol. 2, No. 2. 2wice Arts Foundation. 1998.


  • Natasha Walter. “Central Air Opens in Uptown,” Pulse of the Twin Cities, Minneapolis, February 23, 2005.
  • “Best of the Twin Cities, BEST NEW ART TREND: Invasion of the Young Turks,” City Pages, Minneapolis, 2001.
  • “Best of the Twin Cities, BEST GROUP ART SHOW: Radiator’s UltraNormal at the Minn Par Building,City Pages, Minneapolis, 2000.

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