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Education 

2021        MFA, Drawing, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA 

 

2017        BFA, Game, Animation, and Simulation Design, Southern Arkansas University, 

                 Magnolia, AR (Summa Cum Laude and Honors)

 

Teaching Experience 

2021       Co-Instructor, Advanced Digital Painting, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston LA

2020       Co-Instructor, Advanced Digital Painting, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston LA

2020       Graduate Assistant, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston LA

                Assistant to Professor Nick Bustamante 

2020       AR and VR Instructor for Louisiana Tech University's VISTA GearUp camp, Virtual Camp 

2020       Graduate Assistant, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA

                Assistant to Professor Nick Bustamante in Digital Painting

2020       Instructor of Record, Drawing I, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA 

2019       Graduate Assistant, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA

                 

2019       Graduate Assistant, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA

                Assistant to Professor Nicole Duet in Illustration

 

2018        Graduate Assistant, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA

                Assistant to Professor Nicole Duet in Color Theory 

 

2018        Graduate Assistant, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA

                Assistant to Professor Nicole Duet in Drawing I

 

2017        Art Instructor for Southern Arkansas University’s Game Development Camp, 

                 Magnolia, AR 

 

2016       Assistant Art Instructor, Children’s Summer Art SAS Art Gallery, Springhill, LA 

 

2016        Assistant Paint Party Instructor, SAS Art Gallery, Springhill, LA 

 
 

Professional Experience 

2020       VISTA Artist for Louisiana Tech University's 2020 COVID-19 Incubation Awareness Campaign 

2020       VISTA Artist for Louisiana Tech University's 2020 Flu Vaccine Campaign 

 

2019-      Photo Editor, PhotoEscapes Rodney L. Driggers, Ruston, LA 

2019-21  VISTA Graduate Assistantship, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA 

2019-21  Richardson Studio Supervisor, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA  

2019       Graduate Gallery Manager, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA  

2019       Student Orientation Counselor, Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, AR 

2018-21  Gallery Preparation Graduate Committee- Louisiana Tech University 

2018-19 SOD Graduate Assistantship, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston LA 

2018       Contractor, WhyteSpyder, Fayetteville, AR 

 

2017       Disney College Photopass Photographer Internship, Walt Disney World Lake Buena 

                Vista, Florida

2016       Freelance Website Designer 

 

2016       Stacy’s Art Studio Art Gallery Internship, Springhill, LA  

 

2014-      Freelance Illustrator 

 

2014-      Freelance Photographer 

 

2013-18 Business Office Secretary, Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, AR  

 
 

Publications 

2021       Center of My System, Quatrain magazine cover photo, Mixed Media Painting

2020       #MeToo, The New Southern Fugitive, Mixed Media Painting

2020       Why Must I Remain in Shadows?Quatrain, Photograph

2020      VidaQuatrainPhoto-Plate Print

2018       Meeting in the NightLoveBug Zine, Illustration

2018       CecityWebComic Almanac Zine, Illustration

2017       The BattleEmergence, Short Nonfiction

 

2015       Pencil FeathersEmergence, Poem 

 

2015       Broken Piece of Universe, Emergence, Short Fiction

2012.      The Quiz, TeenInk, Short Nonfiction 

 

Exhibitions

2021      Subterrene: Operating Beneath the Surface, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA

2020       62nd Delta, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR

2020       SOD Student Show 2020, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA 

2020       #LatechMFA2020, Monroe Art Crawl, The Downtown Gallery, Monroe, LA 

2020       Femme Fest 2020, Jazz and Heritage Foundation Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2019       Inspi[Her], The Amiee Thompson Gallery and Wellness Center, Benton, AR

2019       Mannequins and Puppets, LoosenArt Gallery, Rome, Italy

2019       31stAnnual Texarkana Regional Arts Exhibition, Texarkana Regional Art and Humanities 

                Council, Inc., Texarkana, TX  

 

2019       SOD Student Show,Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA  

 

2019       BLOOM!, R.W. Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport, LA  

 

2019       #LatechMFA, Monroe Art Crawl, The Downtown Gallery, Monroe, LA  

 

2019       Year of the River, Monroe Parish Court House, Monroe LA  

 

2018       The Crisis, The Enterprise Center, Ruston, LA  

 

2017       Senior Capstone Show, Brinson Art Gallery, Magnolia, AR

 

2016       Illustrated Poster Series, Brinson Art Gallery, Magnolia, AR

 

2016       Alpha Build, Brinson Art Gallery, Magnolia, AR

 

2015       Rocking Creatures, Brinson Art Gallery, Magnolia, AR  

 
 
 

Online Exhibitions

 

2021       3rd All Women Art Exhibition, J. Mane Gallery

2021       Stop Pretending Stop Protecting, photograph, Creative Quarterly 61

2020       Glitch animation, Creative Quarterly 60

2020       At Least the Dog is Happy, #EveryOneOfUs, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center

2019       Fins, Feathers, and Fur, J. Mane Gallery, https://www.jmanegallery.com/current-

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Honors and Awards

2020       Student Fine Arts Runner up, Stop Pretending Stop Protecting, photograph, Creative Quarterly 61

2020       Student Fine Arts Runner Up, Creative Quarterly 60

2020       SOD Best of Painting, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA 

2020       Academic Excellence Graduate Award, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA 

2020       Best MFA Project, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA 

2019       Honorable Mention, Illustrators of the Future Contest 4th Quarter

2019       Louisiana Tech University’s SOD Student Show MFA Best of Show award, Ruston, LA 

 

2017       Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Southern Arkansas University Magnolia, AR  

2017       Graduated with Honors, Southern Arkansas University Magnolia, AR  

2017       Southern Arkansas University’s Liberal and Preforming Arts Art and Design Department 

                Student of the Year Award, Magnolia, AR    

 

2017       Acceptance Certificate from CAE for a B52 Bomber Model, Little Rock, AR 

 

2017       Second Place nonfiction, Emerging Writers contest, Southern Arkansas University, 

               Magnolia, AR 

2016       Student Spotlight, Given an individualized commercial shown across four states to 

                represent Southern Arkansas University’s Game, Animation, and Simulation 

                 Design BFA, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma 

2016       Billboard Model, Representing Southern Arkansas University’s Game, Animation,

                  and Simulation Design BFA, Texarkana, TX 

 

2015       First Place, Southern Arkansas University Undergraduate Research Poster Contest

 

2013       Presidential Academic Scholarship, Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, AR  

 
 
 

Overseen Organizations and Projects 

2021      KO STEAM, Partners Kara O'Neal, Kaitlin Maloy, Morgan McCullin

2019      Serving our Designers Fundraiser, Ruston LA

 

2017       Organizer, Day of the Undead Zombie Fundraiser Run, Magnolia, AR  

 

2016-17  Producer, Assistant Designer, and Artist for the video game Syrian Survivor, Southern

                 Arkansas University 

 

2016        Global Game Jam Organizer, Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, AR 

 

2015        Assistant Director, SAU Game Development Camp, Magnolia, AR 

 

2013-17  Vice President, Southern Arkansas University Game Development Club, Magnolia AR

 

Projects 

2020       Exystence, 2020 Walt Disney Imagineering's Imaginations Design Competition Semi-Finalist, Partner          

               Dellanee Wade 

2019       Paradise Gardens, 2019 Walt Disney Imagineering's Imaginations Design Competition Participant, Partners

                George and Stephanie Rusinko 

2017       Atlantis, 3D artist, 2D artist, Lead Designer, Global Game Jam

                https://globalgamejam.org/2017/games/atlantis

 

2016      Shadow Greed, gaffer aid, consistency crew,Southern Arkansas University student 

               film, Director: Jarome Harris

 

2016       G.A.T.E., artist and co-designer with Lynn Z. Hardy

 

2016       Timmy Needs a Friend, 2D artist, Global Game Jam

               https://globalgamejam.org/2016/games/timmy-needs-friend

 

2015       Toupee, 3D artist, Rigger, Animator, Video Game Project 

 

Grants and Awards

 

2021​     Applied for the Society of Children's Writers and Illustrators Work-in-Progress 2021 Award

 

Presentations

 
 

2021​     MFA Thesis Presentation, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA

2021​     Graduate Experience Guest Speaker, Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, AR

 
 

Conferences

2021​     Dr. Lindsey Vincent, Dean Don Schillinger, Dr. Tireka Cobb, SVP Susanne Thompson, Nathan Lippe, Dr. David                 Lafargue, Professor Nick Bustamante, Dr. Jamie Newman, Kayla O’Neal. GEARing UP for Student,        

              Parent, and Teacher STEM Success, Hawaii University International Conference 

2021​     Professor Nick Bustamante, Dr. Jamie Newman, Kayla O’Neal, Ron McKinney. Asking

              Someone Out: Building Interdisciplinary Teams and Empowering Students to Impact 

              their Community, Universities of Louisiana Academic Summit

2016       Kayla O’Neal, Z. Lynn Hardy. Organization of Teams. National Collegiate Honors Council 

                Seattle, WA, Nov2016 (Poster Presentation)

 

2015       Kayla O’Neal, Z. Lynn Hardy. G.A.T.E.,National Collegiate Honors Council Poster,

                Chicago, IL (Poster Presentation)

 

2015        Kayla O’Neal, Z. Lynn Hardy. G.A.T.E., Southern Arkansas University Undergraduate  

                Research Conference, Magnolia, AR 

 
 

Service

2021       Apart but Still Together, COVID-19 Relief Charity ZineArtist Participant, Illustration

2020       Tales From Paradise Estate, St. Jude's Research Charity ZineArtist Participant, Illustration

2020       Miraculous Ladybug Pandemic Relief Zine, Artist Participant, Illustration 

2020       Wind in My Hair, Pandemic Relief Zine, Artist Participant, Illustration 

2019       Serving Our Designers Fundraiser

 

2019        Donated painting “Among the Flowers” to Artists for Education program.

 

2019        Donated wood sculpture to Off the Wall fundraiser for the Mauser Museum and 

                 worked the event, Monroe, La. 

 
 
 

Professional Organizations 

2021-       Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI

2020-       Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)

2018-       North Central Louisiana Arts Council 

 

2017-       Disney College Alumni 

 
 

Technical Abilities

Programs:

 

  • Creative Cloud Suite 

  • Photoshop

  • Illustrator

  • Premiere 

  • Autodesk Maya 

  • Blender 2.8

  • Unity

  • Crazybump

  • xNormal

  • Document/Image Capture

  • Microsoft Suite

  • Poise

  • Skylite

  • SourceTree

  • Wordpress

  • iMovie

 

 Skills:

  • Animation

  • Drawing

  • Illustration

  • Writing/Creative Writing 

  • Photography

  • 3D Modeling 

  • UV Mapping

  • Texturing

  • Web Design

  • HTML/CSS

  • Business Card Design

  • Oral speeches and presentations