Education & Early Career
I attended the University of South Dakota and graduated with a BFA in Art Education. After college, I taught middle school art in the Sioux Falls School District. In the summer of 2014, I opened Exposure Gallery & Studios, a contemporary art gallery and studio space for local artists and designers. Exposure uses art as a tool for positive change in our community through public art projects, community events, and arts advocacy. That same summer, I started working at Downtown Sioux Falls Inc. (DTSF). While at DTSF I oversaw a variety of programs including the Art & Wine Walk, the Street Musician Program, and the Loft Tour.
Outside of my work at Exposure, I'm a traveling artist with the South Dakota Arts Council. Through the Artists in Schools & Communities program, I work with schools, communities, and organizations to create collaborative community art projects. This past year brought me to Milbank High School, the State Veteran's Home in Hot Springs, and St. Joe's Indian School in Chamberlain.
I'm also an active substitute teacher in the Sioux Falls School District. I love working with students and believe that understanding their strengths, needs, and culture is vital to Sioux Falls' future.
- Vice Chair of the Visual Art Commission
- Member of DTSF's Design & Development Committee
- Board member of AIGA: South Dakota
- Board member of the Minnehaha County Historical Society
I have a passion for smart urban design and creating safer, beautiful, and more affordable cities. Inspired by the work of national and groundbreaking organizations like Strong Towns and Build a Better Block, I advocate for and implement a variety of citizen-led projects. Check out my Press & Media page for some examples of past projects.
My wife, Molly O'Connor is a graphic designer working at a digital marketing agency called Lemonly. We live in the All Saints Neighborhood with our dog Ollie and are excited to announce that we are expecting a little girl this June!