PhD Creative Practice, received May 2019

Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership/AHRC Funded

Newcastle University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

Doctoral Thesis, Putting Wicked Problems in Their Place: Interrogating the Global through Participatory Art and Infrastructuring

Master of Fine Arts

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in partnership with Tufts University

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Bachelor of Arts, French and Medieval Studies

State University of New York, College at Geneseo, Geneseo, New York, Dean’s List

DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de la Langue Française), Montpellier, France,


My PhD research focuses on the potential of participatory art and design practices to interrogate local-global discourse and the sustainability of place. Current projects explore how the global issue of climate change is experienced within the local context. This includes investigating how notions of ‘infrastructuring’ might be applied to create an environment for ongoing, creative and experimental responses to wicked problems.



Northern Bridge Postdoctoral Research Placement in collaboration with CuanTec, Glasgow, UK

A to Z Unit micro_food library, collaborator with Sneha Solanki at Great North Museum, European Science Researchers Night, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


A Circular Household, ArtHouses, Whitley Bay, UK


A to Z Unit micro_micro at Artsadmin 2 Degrees Festival, London

A to Z Unit micro_micro at Feed, Queens Hall, Hexham, UK

Collaboration with Fab City (Fab Lab Barcelona) and Project Gastronomia (Basque Culinary Center), Project Gastronomy introductory event (2017)


BWK-BCN: A participatory art project exploring local responses to the global issue of climate change (ongoing)


The 404th Wall at The NewBridge Project (UK), collaboration with Dominic Smith and Anthony Schrag (2014-2015)

DIY-Wania in collaboration with Anthony Schrag, ISEA2014, Dubai

Working Culture Residency at The NewBridge Project, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Up the Creek/Under the Cloud, with Victoria Bradbury, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, UK


SHOW, Neon Arts, Hexham, UK

Mellor Management, Project Pontypool, Pontypool Indoor Market, Pontypool, South Wales, UK


Unicorn Union, representing HotelMaria Kapel at KunstVlaai Art Fair, Amterdam

SweatSHOP, AND Festival, part of the Cultural Olympiad, Manchester, UK

neo:artprize 2012, neo:art gallery 22, Bolton, UK

A SOCIAL, HotelMaria Kapel, Hoorn, Netherlands

Unicorn Union, A-Team Project, Fengersfors, Sweden

Terminal, Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN USA


MIND THE GAP, part of ISEA2011 Istanbul, upcoming

Woman as Photographer: Picturing Life as a Woman, Mpls Photo Center, Minneapoplis, MN

curated by Christina Chang, Asst Curator Weisman Art Museum

Mash-ups, Lake Forest College, Illinois

Alexia Mellor: From Here to There, the taos gallery, Taos, NM

An Exchange with Sol LeWitt, Cabinet Magazine, Brooklyn, NY


Land Arts of the American West 2010, SCA Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico

VideoPerformance Showroom, Evora, Portugal

d2d.5=direct to documentation, 7a*11d 8th International Festival of Performance Art, FADO Performance Art Centre, Toronto, Canada

Perpetually Waiting (Shanghai), collaboration with People In Space at the Shanghai World Expo and Mobius, Boston USA

LACDA 2010 Digital Art.LA International Juried Exhibit, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, selected by Peter Frank, Critic, Curator; Riverside Art Museum

Lokönenie, Stick My World #4, Rome, Italy

Professors Exposed, Robert Morris University Gallery. Pittsburgh, PA

Perpetually Waiting, Pixilerations [v.7], Providence, RI

SoyaHaus,HousEART, Providence, RI

Virion 2010 Screen Based Exhibition, Kelvin Grove Urban Screen Network, Brisbane, Australia

Lokönenie, ArtRages, Mobius Performance Space, Boston, MA

The Pattern Project, Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY

Apocalypse Food, Sluggos, Pensacola, FL

Apocalypse Food 2030 Time Capsule buried at University of West Florida Art Department

The STORE Show: 55 Soya, WRMC Collaborative, MEME Gallery, Cambridge, MA

8bitsperPixel, Perpetually Waiting,WRMC Collaborative, MEME Gallery, Cambridge, MA

A Million Little Pictures, 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA


ART in Embassies Program, U.S. Embassy in Venezuela, Ambassador Patrick Duddy

Riders on the Train, Axiom Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA

Jamaica Plain Open Studios, Urbano Project, Jamaica Plain, MA

Bag It! GASP Gallery, Brookline, MA

The GASP Engine, GASP Gallery, Brookline, MA

TRANS: Crossing and Connecting video screening, GASP Gallery, Brookline, MA

New England Photography Biennial, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA

EFFECTUS III Performance Event, TT Baum Studios, Boston, MA

7th Annual UIWANG International Placard Art, Uiwang City, Korea

Quick Shots, The Archive, New York, NY

This is Not Happening,Thesis Exhibition at Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts

Quick Shots Video Screening, Thank You Art Day, Hong Kong curated by Nana Seo & Leung Chi Wo

Any Second Now, William Morris Hunt Library, MFA, Boston, MA


Performance of Stewing as part of Black Womanhood Symposium, Davis Art Museum, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA October 2008, curated by Magdalena Campos-Pons

6th Annual UIWANG International Placard Art, Uiwang City, Korea

Sprung! Performance Event, Mobius, Boston, MA

Mash-Up, Doran Gallery, MassArt, Boston

Calming Itch Relief, co-curated and performed with Sean M. Johnson, SMFA, Boston


5th Annual UIWANG International Placard Art, Uiwang City, Korea

‘Art School Feminism’, SMFA Mission Hill Gallery, SMFA, Boston, MA

‘Mediating the Mediated Gaze’, Courtyard Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Wanderlust, William Morris Hunt Library, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

‘Pretty MFA’, Roxbury Open Studios, Mission Hill Gallery, School of the Museum of Fine Arts

‘Making Sculpture’, BAG Gallery, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Annual MFA Juried Show, Anderson Auditorium, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

‘Proof of Purchase’, Rhys Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts,

‘Present Tense’ Drawing Show at artSPACE@16, Malden, Massachusetts Juried by Heidi Marston

Medal Award Dinner Juried Auction, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Conversation Starters, Sparr’s Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts


Solo Exhibition, San Geronimo Lodge, Taos, New Mexico

Group Show, University of New Mexico-Taos, Stables Gallery, Taos, New Mexico


Teaching, Mentorship and Consulting

Northern Bridge funded placement with Making Sense project at Fab Lab Barcelona (September 2016-June 2017). A Horizon 2020 funded project aimed at exploring how open source software, open source hardware, digital maker practices and open design can be effectively used by local communities to fabricate their own sensing tools, make sense of their environments and address pressing environmental problems in air, water, soil and sound pollution. (

Engineering Experience: collaborative module between Architecture, Fine Art and Engineering, Newcastle University (2016)

Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, Discovery Museum Conversation Space (2015-2016)

Practising Participation: social practice, Life Work Art strand at Newcastle University (2016)

The Art ‘Market’: Negotiation, Exchange and Value in Participatory Arts, Life Work Art strand at Newcastle University (2015)

Practising Participation: Life Work Art strand at Newcastle University (2014)

Workshops for Arts Business and Creativity, MA students, Newcastle University (2013-2014)

Artist Mentor and Co-Developer of ArtScience Program on Synthetic Biology at King  Center for World Heritage, Saudi Aramco, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia (2013)

Post Graduate Teaching Fellow, Performance Area, SMFA, Boston, MA (2009-2010)

Performance Art Instructor, Urbano Project, Jamaica Plain, MA (2009-2010)

Performance Art Instructor, Cloud Foundation, Boston, MA (2008-2010)

Teaching Assistant in Performance and Painting Departments, SMFA, Boston, MA (2007-2009)

Artist Mentor, MIT Sloan School of Business: 21st Century Visual Arts Workshop for Business Leaders, Boston, MA (2007-2008)

Directing and Curating

The 404th Wall at The NewBridge Project, Newcastle (2014) with Dominic Smith

Participatory Programmes Director, The NewBridge Project, Newcastle (2013-2015)

Creative Director and Curator, MIND THE GAP, Istanbul, Turkey (2011)

Co-Curator, The Travellers Box Project (2010-2011)

Graduate Colloquium student coordinator, Performativity: Four Perspectives with Amelia Jones, AA Bronson, Matthew Nash, Helge Meyer, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2009)

Organising and Assisting

Research Assistant for REF HE Assessment, Newcastle University (2013)

Family Day Coordinator, Performance Area, SMFA, Boston (2009)

Graduate Steering Committee, Student Representative, SMFA Boston (2008-2009)

Open Studios Coordinator, Performance Area, SMFA, Boston (2008)

Graduate Interview Day Reviewer, SMFA Boston (2007)


BWK-BCN at Newcastle Institute for Sustainability, Newcastle University, Newcastle UK (2017)

BWK-BCN, Renewable Futures Conference, Baltan Labs, Eindhoven, NL (2017)

BWK-BCN at Heritage Town Forum annual conference, Berwick-upon-Tweed (2016)

BWK-BCN: Participatory art and the wicked problem of climate change, Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference, London (2016)

The Artist as Problemetiser, co-authored with Anthony Schrag, Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference, London (2016)

Interrogating Local-Global Discourse through Participatory Art Practice, Insights Public Lectures: New Voices on Social Renewal, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne  (2015)

From the Field to the Funding Body: Participatory Practices and Instrumentalisation, co-presented with Anthony Schrag; The Arts in Society Conference, Imperial College, London (2015)

The Participatory Paradox, 10 days, 100 conversations, 1000 people – As part of Paul Hamlyn ArtWorks Conversations, National Glass Centre, Sunderland (2015)

Locating the Artist with Anthony Schrag, European League of Institutes of the Arts Biennial, Glasgow (2014)

Locating the Artist with Anthony Schrag, ISEA2014 Dubai, Zayed University (2014)

ArtWorks North East: Pilots to Practice, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (2014)

Artist presentation at Digital Cultures Group, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (2014)

Biology Neuroscience Computer Science (BNC), Research Away Day, Newcastle University (2014)

Transformation: Content, exhibition panel with Louise Mackenzie, The Holy Biscuit, Newcastle upon Tyne (2014)

Up the Creek/Under the Cloud, with Victoria Bradbury, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, UK (2014)

Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference, London, UK as part of Newcastle University InBetween Project (2013)

University of Wales, Newport, UK (2012)

InBetween Symposium, in collaboration with Newcastle University, Addo Creative and Torfaen County Borough Council, Pontypool Wales (2012)

Artist Talk, The A-Team Artist Residency at Not Quite, Fengersfors, Sweden (2012)

MIND THE GAP, Panel Chair and Presenter, ISEA2011 Istanbul, Sabanci University (2011)

Guest Artist Critique, Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, PA for Prof. Andrew Ames (2011)

Digital Isolation,2010 Biennial at Museo de las Americas, Denver, CO, curated by Miguel Tarango

Post-Baccalaureate Seminar Guest Artist Speaker, SMFA, Boston  (2009)

SMFA Contemporary Art Practices Seminar, Guest Artist for Patte Loper (2009)

Studio Visits for Emerson College (2008)

Representative of Performance Area, New Student Orientation, SMFA Boston (2008)

Student Representative at New Student Orientation, SMFA, Boston, MA (2007)

Presenter at “Student Voices” program for Medici Society Visitor Committee, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, Massachusetts (2006)



Diving In: Artist Uses Performance Art to Examine Dreams and Expectations, The Taos News, July 21, 2011

Murals Adorn Recession’s Canvas, The Providence Journal, November 12, 2010

Decorating Providence home exteriors with the help of the neighborhood, Providence Business Journal, August 16, 2010

2009 Nomination: Best Performance Art, and Standout work by a local artist in a group show, New England Art Awards, The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research

Six Art Students to See, The Boston Globe, April 17, 2009

The Weekly Dig, April 16, 2009

Stuff Magazine Boston, April 3, 2009

The Taos News, April 30, 2009

artSPACE@16 press release, June-July 2006

The Boston Globe, May 14, 2006

SMFA Viewbook, 2006 – featured student

The Taos News, June 6, 2005, Tempo


AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship for PhD, Newcastle University, Newcastle UK, 2014-2017

Nominee for Newcastle University’s Environment Awards, Student Sustainability Champion Category, 2017 (BWK-BCN)

Northern Bridge DTP Placement with Making Sense EU at Fab Lab Barcelona, September 2016-January 2017

Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts for A to Z Unit with Sneha Solanki, 2015

Newcastle University Institute for Social Renewal grant in support of BWK-BCN project

Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts for DIYwania, 2014-2015

Artist-in-Residence, Pontyoool Wales (2012-2013): Hosted by Torfaen County Borough Council’s Strategic Regeneration Team and jointly funded by the Arts Council of Wales and Torfaen County Borough Council, in collaboration with Addo Creative and Newcastle University

Cornerhouse/AND Micro Commission, supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, part of the Cultural Olympiad (2012)

A-Team Project, Not Quite, Fengersfors, Sweden (2012)

A SOCIAL, HotelMaria Kapel, Hoorn, Netherlands (2012)

Terminal Award Winner, SoyaBall, Austin Peay State University (2011)

Land Arts of the American West Artist Program Residency, University of New Mexico (2010)

Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship for Beginning Performance and I-Dentity: Performing the Self, SMFA Boston (2009-2010)

Montague Award for International Travel – Turkey (2009)

Montague Award for International Travel – Sweden (2008)

Tufts University Travel Grant (2008)

Dean’s Discretionary Fund Grant (2008)

Tufts University Travel Grant (2007)

Grant for Master of Fine Arts program, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2007)

Grant, Dean’s Discretionary Fund, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2006)

Grant for Master of Fine Arts program, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2006)

Grant for Post-Baccalaureate study, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2005)


Doctoral Thesis, Putting Wicked Problems in Their Place: Interrogating the Global Through Participatory Art and Infrastructuring  (2019)

Locating the Artist, co-authored with Anthony Schrag, engage issue 37, Time and Place: Hosting and commissioning artists, 2016

Professional Parody: An Examination of Artist Practices Parodying and Disrupting Business Models to New EndsOrganizational Aesthetics, Vol. 4, 2016, pp 92-107

A {Digital} Stitch in Time, Media-N Journal: Found, Sampled, Stolen: Strategies of Appropriation in New Media, Fall 2012

Playing in Place Nowhere: Creating an Open Source Country, WRMC Collaborative, ISEA2011 Istanbul

Rules of Engagement: Creating a Feminine Aesthetic of Humor and Play, project


A to Z Unit with Sneha Solanki

WRMC Collaborative/ProjectSoya

CONT.cept International Artist Collective with Sezin Aksoy


Unicorn Union, workshop at Studioweave, Romford, UK (2012)

Mellor Management Sweat:SHOP, AND Micro Commission, Manchester UK (2012)

Stewing Graduate Student Orientation, SMFA, Boston, Mission Hill Gallery (2008)

Stewing Performance for Four Practices Artist Presentation, SMFA, Boston, Mission Hill Gallery (2008)

Bildwechsel Archive, Hamburg, Germany (2010-Present)

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