Marketing and designer at various architecture/engineering/design firms
Artist, designer, and facilitator of TapeScape exhibit
LEED certification documentation manager
Vespa, LEGO, music, VW, and curling geek
Growing up with Lego’s and with a father that working in the building industry I was drawn to architecture at an early age. When I went to college I studied both the arts, math, and sciences as an undergraduate for a strong background to get into a Master of Architecture program. Both made a strong impression on me as I enjoyed both the shaping of three-dimensional forms and the structural nature of how they come together. In the end I received an Art Major from Gustavus Adolphus College. I went on to earn my Master of Architecture at the University of Minnesota and have worked in the architecture, engineering, and design industry for the past 20 years.
Eleven years ago I joined the board of directors for an emerging museum in Mankato- the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota- to help with analyzing suitable buildings and sites for the museum. This started a tour of museums across the Midwest and Washington DC to see how other museums were creating interesting experiences for both children and engaged adult caregivers. After visiting City Museum in St. Louis with my family, I was blown away by the creativity and surprises in every corner, slide, bridge, stairway, mosaic, artifact, sculpture, and secret passage. It was a dream come true for our kids - and for me as well. What inspired me most was a well-designed museum and exhibits does exist, that appeals to just about everyone- that no matter what age you were. If designed right and there are elements or details for everyone, you will be more engaged and interested in the museum.
As a board member and an artist, I left City Museum inspired to help create a unique museum, exhibit and experience for my community that would be interesting to all ages. Soon after visiting St. Louis, I was paging through an Architectural Record Magazine, and stumbled across images of art installations by Numen For Use, the Slovenian architecture and industrial design firm, made of tape. It was a crazy visual of tape stretched projects across Europe: in an old building attic, between marble columns in a bank in Venice, and in a decommissioned air hanger in Berlin. I saw photos of people walking through them – some with kids – and I knew that I had to try to make one too.
This exhibit created a very unique museum exhibit and met our museum’s goals to have interactive, hands-on exhibits and engage children’s curiosity. It also filled the need for a large muscle exploration exhibit for a space our museum would only have for 7 months. The exhibit was a success. The attendance numbers for older children were the highest that we have ever had in three temporary locations and even got parents involved in play in the exhibit.
Since then I have created twelve major installations of what I call TapeScape- a combination of Packing Tape and Landscape. The first TapeScape was created and installed in Mankato, MN in 2011 at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota; the second in San Jose, CA in 2012 at the Children’s Discovery Museum; third in Pittsburgh, PA in 2013 at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh; fourth in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 2014 at the Manitoba Children’s Museum; fifth in St. Paul, MN in 2015 at the Science Museum of Minnesota; sixth in Jersey City/NYC Area at Liberty Science Center; seventh (and second installation) in Mankato at the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota, eighth (and second installation) in Pittsburgh, PA in 2016 at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, ninth in Hutchinson, MN is a pop up exhibit for the emerging Wheel and Cog Museum, tenth in Dubai, UAE for the Meet D3 Art Exhibition, eleventh (and second installation) in San Jose, CA at the Children’s Discovery Museum, and twelfth in Ipswich, Australia at the Ipswich Art Gallery.