In 1991, I completed my formal art instruction at Munson-Williams-Proctor-Institute School of Art (now Pratt at Munson-Williams-Proctor) in Utica, NY. I receieved a BFA in Film, and BA in Studio Arts (photography) in 2002 from the University of Colorado, Boulder. While at CU, I served as a Council Member in the Native American Student Organization, Oyate; and was also privileged to work for the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), primarily at their National Indian Law Library (NILL) in numerous positions for four years.
In 2007, I completed my MFA at Syracuse University’s Film Program in the Department of Transmedia at the College of Visual and Performing Arts. While working toward my MFA, in 2006, I began working part-time at Syracuse University Project Advance as a Digital Media Specialist until I was hired full-time in 2011, where I continue to work today. During my MFA studies, I was a contributing editor for the Native American Indigenous Cinema and Arts Organization (NAICA, Inc) a non-profit organization from 2005 to 2009. I was eventually appointed to its Board of Directors as a Vice-President in 2008. In 2010, my role at NAICA changed as NAICA evolved to become FLAB MAG, where I was a contributing writer.
In 2007, I also began my four year association with Seattle based, Longhouse Media Native Lens Superfly Filmmaking program, and that year also marked my various engagements with film festivals, organizations and higher education facilities as a visiting filmmaker, and educator, which continues today. My video and films have been curated and screened throughout the world in group and individual exhibitions, and they have been acquired in University and personal collections. In 2012 to the present, I have been serving as an Electronic Media and Film panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts.
I remain active creating experimental video art, as well as video art that specifically contests images of Native Americans within and by the dominant society.