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Select Professional Accomplishments

Education
 

2014 MFA, Interdisciplinary Studio Art, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA.

2014 MA, Visual and Critical Studies, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA.

2007 BFA, (High Honors), Painting, Art History minor, University of Michigan, Flint, MI.

2007 BA, (High Honors), English with specialization in Writing, University of Michigan, Flint, MI.

Group Exhibtions

2023 Contain Your Fear, Revolve Gallery, Asheville, NC.

2023 Biennial Faculty Art Exhibition, S. Tucker Cooke Gallery UNC Asheville, Asheville, NC.

2023 Contain Your Fear, Dayton Society of Artists, Dayton, OH.

2022 Contain Your Fear, Toe River Arts Galleries, Spruce Pine, NC.

2022 Push It Forward 5, SOMA Arts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA.
2021 Survivor Art Show, Revolve Gallery, Asheville, NC.

2021 Contain Your Fear, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL.

2021 Fresh Produce, Toe River Arts Galleries, Spruce Pine, NC.
2019 Push it Forward 4, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco CA.

2018 CCA Staff Exhibition, Hubbell Street Galleries, San Francisco, CA.

2018 Push it Forward 3, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2017 Thinking Out Loud | CCA First Year Program, College Ave Gallery, Oakland, CA.
2016 Posters for Imaginary Events, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland CA.

2015 LEXhibition @ The Center, San Francisco LGBT Community Center, San Francisco, CA.
2014 CCA MFA SHOW, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA.

2014 Synthesis: Student Innovations in Printmaking at CCA, Oliver Art Center, Oakland, CA.

2013 Underneath it All, ISE Cultural Foundation, New York City, NY.

2013 Underneath it All, Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cotuit, MA.

2013 Underneath it All, Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, AZ.

2012 Underneath it All, Textile Center, Minneapolis, MN.

2012 Now Knowing, Cara y Cabezas Contemporary, Kansas City, MS.

2011 In the Round, an installation and performance, Buckham Gallery, Flint, MI.

2011 Kinsey Institute Juried Show, Indiana University SOFA Gallery, Bloomington, IN.

2010 New Work, Court Street Gallery, Saginaw, MI.

2010 Anatomy and Figure, Gallery 194, Lapeer, MI.

2010 A Group Show of Individuals, Anode Gallery, Chicago, IL.

2010 Mothers, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL.

2008 Petty Treasons: Betraying the Standard, Red Ink Flint, Flint, MI.

2008 Greater Michigan Art Exhibition, Alden B. Dow Center for the Arts, Midland, MI.

2007 REACT: Perceiving the Female Figure, Red Ink Flint, Flint, MI.

Solo Exhibitions

2014 Dog Show, Expo, Shane Co., Lexington Club, San Francisco, CA.

2011 Always Already Other, Feelmore510 Adult Gallery, Oakland, CA.

2009 5/8” Seam Allowance, Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL.

2009 Dramatis Personae, Buckham Gallery, Flint, MI.

2007 The Becoming, UCEN Gallery at the University of Michigan, Flint, MI.

Select Teaching Experience

2023, Adjunct Assistant Professor, UNC Asheville, Asheville, NC. ART 133: 3D Design (Fall 2023)

2021 - 2022, Adjunct Instructor, Asheville-Buncombe-Technical Community College, Asheville, NC. ART 111: Art Appreciation (Spring 2022),  ART 122-01: 3D Design (Spring 2022), ART 122-02: 3D Design (Spring 2022), ART 122-01: 3D Design (Fall 2021)

2016 – 2017 Visiting Faculty, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA. English 101: Sound, Texture, Image: Writing Off the Page (Spring 2017), Critical Studies 390: Interdisciplinary Research Colloquium (Fall 2016), English 100: Composition A: Seeing/Saying (Fall 2016)

2014 Adjunct Professor, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA. ART 551: Resources and Strategies for Art and Learning (Summer 2014)

2012 – 2014 Graduate Teaching Assistant, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA. SCULP 204: Metal Techniques for Sculpture (Spring, 2014), MARCH 623: Architecture Research Seminar (Fall, 2013), VISST 220: Intro to Visual Studies, Eye Openers (Fall, 2012), VISST 108: Intro to Modern Arts (Fall, 2012)

Publications

2019 Girls Garage: How to use any tools, tackle and project, and build the world you want to see. Emily Pilloton. Final copy editor and safety advisor.

2015 “The Inward Turn.” Amanda N. Simons. Art Practical. December 3.

2014 “Ehren Tool: One Death is a Tragedy at Pro Arts.” Amanda N. Simons. Art Practical. October 19.

2014 “Rhonda Holberton: YOU BECAUSE FREE INSTANTLY NEW.” Amanda N. Simons. Art Practical. September 14.

2014 "Standouts from a California MFA Show Worth Seeing.” Ben Valentine. Hyperallergic, May 19, 2014.

2013 "Performance, Place, and Un-United States: Queer Marriage in Post-DOMA U.S." Amanda N. Simons. Sightlines Publication, California College of the Arts.

2013 “Amanda N. Simons on Marriage (In)Equality and the Media.” SFMoMA Open Space, May 26.

2007 African, Native, and Jewish American Literature and the Reshaping of Modernism. Alicia A. Kent. Palgrave Macmillan. Cover Art

Lectures and Workshops on Pedagogy
 

2023 “Against the Grain: What third graders can teach us about ergonomics, queer experience, and DEI initiatives in makerspaces.” AICAD Conference, Cincinnati Ohio, November 8.

2023 “Against the Grain: What third graders can teach us about ergonomics, queer experience, and DEI initiatives in makerspaces.” Student Shop Managers Consortium Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA. July 13.

2023 “Against the Grain: What third graders can teach us about ergonomics, queer experience, and DEI initiatives in makerspaces.” UNC Asheville Queer Studies Conference, Ashevile NC. March 25.

2017 “How Can I Help? Language as the Culture of Tinkering” presentation and “What Tool Can You Make to Move an Object?” keynote workshop. Live Curious, Go Beyond Conference. American School Foundation of Monterrey, Monterrey, MX. February 17-18.

2015 Co-Designer, Facilitator, and Panelist. Tinkering School for Educators: a 3-Day Workshop and Seminar. San Francisco, CA. October 10-12.

2014 Guest Panelist. Discussion with local educators for course FINAR 604: Graduate Teaching Practicum. California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA., October 24.

2007 “Demystifying Spaces: Methods for Improving Writing in Art.” International Writing Center Association Conference. Houston, TX. April 12-14.

2006 “Demystifying Visual Analysis: Methods for Improving Writing in Art Appreciation.” 23rd National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. November 10-12.

Artist Talks

2019 “The Distance Between Two Things,” Slide Lecture, Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC. October 2.

2019 “Procedure,” Artist Talk and Q&A for Queer Art / Queer Times, California College of the Arts, May 8.

2015 Artist Talk. SC 240: History of Sculpture Theory and Methods. San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco CA. February 3.

2014 “Fail Until You Don’t.” SCULP 360: Sculpture History. California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA. October 29.

2009 “Little has Changed in 50 Years.” In conjunction with solo exhibition 5/8” Seam Allowance. Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL. September 24.

Grants and Awards

2022 Grant Recipient, Craft Emergency Relief Fund, Artist Get Ready Grant

2016 Grant Recipient, Pro Arts Commons Community Engagement Grant

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