bio

Born and raised in the small town of Mount Juliet Tennessee to two veterinarians, I was taught to appreciate the intricacy and beauty of the natural world. Driven by a love for animals and organic systems I began my artistic career early on in high school by attending the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts where I developed a passion for sculptural and printmaking practices. Continuing these interests, I pursued a degree in both sculpture and printmaking at the University of Tennessee. Over the course of my college career, I had the opportunity to work with and learn a variety of techniques and materials. These ranged from steam bending hardwoods and casting metal into ceramic molds to carving stone and laser cutting plastics. As I learned, I strove to incorporate more and more artisanal practices into my works as well  as incorporate aspects of my wider education whether they courses in the humanities, sciences, or other non-artistic fields. Springing from my love for animals and scientific discovery, my early artistic career focused on the creation of a series of fictitious animals. These were creatures that I designed to have certain physiological and biochemical characteristics that would allow them to survive and live in hypothetical environments. Often these would include completely fictitious environments like planets in a distant solar system, and at other times they would be more suited to actual environments like the Jovian moons. This emphasis on research and world building around the creatures I would create lead me to unconventional methods of displaying my work. Often I could be seen installing my work in local science museums or labs and display areas where they could be seen with other actual specimens.

This guerilla style of installation allowed my artworks to be seen as more than just pieces of artworks, but as authentic specimens of what I was trying to create. Building off of this, my work began a transition into creating cybernetics and bionics. This started with conceptual form studies as well as historical models for prosthetics that could have been made during different periods in world history. Like my previous works, these were displayed in settings that aided in their perceptual authenticity; storefronts, robotics fairs, ect. These works culminated in a thesis show in which i transformed an isolated gallery space into a showroom for 5 sets of bionics that were based off of the biological traits of various animals complete with displays, advertisements, and product descriptions. Post graduation I began working at the Massachusetts Museum for Contemporary Art where I worked as an art fabricator and lighting designer building and lighting shows for various artists from Nick Cave and Alex Dacorte to James Turrell and Elizabeth King. During my time at the museum, I was exposed to a wide variety of manufacturing, creative, curatorial, and collaborative practices which not only allowed me to grow and develop as a maker; but allowed me to reevaluate and reexamine my own artistic practice. Coming to the conclusion that my current artistic practice could at most only inspire and motivate the technological changes in prosthetics, orthotics, bionics, and cybernetics; I began looking into non artistic fields that would allow me to better utilized my exhaustive research practices as well as my skills as a maker. Deciding to delve into the field of industrial design, I began rebuilding a new portfolio as well as teaching myself 3d modeling with Rhino 3d and web based coding in HTML and CSS. My goal was and still is to make the conceptual and theoretical models that were present in my artistic practice into realistic models that also incorporate the wider considerations of design. Continuing this goal, I enrolled at the Rhode Island School of Design where I am currently studying to get my Masters of Industrial Design.

curriculum vitae

education

2019
Masters of industrial design 2.5 Year program,
rhode island school of design (ongoing)

2015
BA Magna Cum Laude, Sculpture, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Studied under Jason Brown and John Powers

2014
ISEFE, Universite de Savoie, Chambery, France

2012
Apprenticeship under Andreas Dobay, Salve, Italy

2010
Governor School for the Arts, MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN

solo exhibitions

2015
Facsimile Industries Showroom Opening, Gallery 10/10, Knoxville, TN

group exhibitions

2018
Into the void, neon void gallery, adams, mA

2015
This May Be It, Harb's Gallery, Knoxville , TN

2015
With Love, Your Biggest Fan II, Arch Enemy Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2015
U – Turn Exchange Exhibition, Apothecary Gallery, Chattanooga, TN

2015
The Art of Recycling, Knoxville Convention Center, Knoxville, TN

2015
2015 Student Art Show, Ewing Gallery, Knoxville, TN

2015
The Workshop, Gallery 10/10, Knoxville, TN

2010
Graduation Exhibition, Governor School for the Arts, Murfreesboro, TN

awards/ relevant activity

2018
co-Founded Neon void gallery, adams, MA

2017-2018
Massachusetts Assets for Artists: North Adams Grant

2015
Film Award for Best Editing, UTK School of Art Hand-held Festival,
Knoxville, TN

2013
CIE Study Abroad Scholarship, UTK School of Art, Knoxville, TN

2012
Orin E. Erma Graff Scholarship, UTK School of Art, Knoxville, TN

work

2018
Art Handler for cynthia reeves gallery

2016 - 2017
Art Fabricator for the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA), worked under
the Director of Fabrication and Art Installation, Richard Criddle.
Fabricated & Installed Artwork, and did lighting for the following shows:

Richard Nonas: The Man in the Empty Space
Alex Da Corte: Free Roses
Sarah Crowner: Beetle in the Leaves
Multiple Artists: Explode Everyday, An Inquiry into the
Phenomena of Wonder
Federico Uribe: Here Comes the Sun
Nick Cave: Until
Ran Hwang: Untethered 
Richard Nielsen & Tristan Duke - Metabolic Studio Optics Division
Liminal Camera: Drought
Zarouhie Abdalians, Rachel Sussman, Andy Graydon, Amalia Pica, and Walead Beshty: The Space Between
Chris Domenick: 50 Days
Tanja Hollander: Are You Really my Friend?
Elizabeth King: Radical Small
Steffani Jemison: Plant You Now, Dig You Later
James Turrell: Into the Light
Louise Bourgeois: At Mass Moca 
Laurie Anderson: At Mass Moca 
jenny holzer: Deeper Look 
Doug ashford, Aidas Bareikis, Sarah Braman, Tomashi Jackson,
Rosy keyser,Eric mack, Rose Marcus, Rodney McMillian,
Matt Saunders, Letha Wilson, Brenna Youngblood:
In the Abstract
Gunnar Schonbeck: No Experience Required (Also Instrument Restoration)
Sol Lewitt: Structures 
Joe Wardwell: Hello America: 40 Hits from the 50 States
Janice Kerbel: Slip 
Multiple Artists: The Half-Life of Love
Dawn Dedeaux & Lonnie Holley: Thumbs Up for the Mothership

2017
Assistant Lighting Designer, Seitel Lighting LLC.

2015
Foundry Assistant to Foundry Director Michael Bonadio for the Salem Art Works 2015 Intercollegiate Iron Pour.

2015
Assistant Wood shop Technician, UTK School of Architecture, responsibilities included supervising and training
students in the use of tools and equipment in the School of Architecture's Wood shop.

2015
Assistant to Erik Waterkotte for his SGC International Conference silk screening demo “3-ring Circuits: Creating
Interactive Sculptures with Paper Circuits.”

2015
University of Tennessee Arts Academy for High School Students, sculpture, assistant technician, Knoxville, TN

2015
Install Assistant for the show “Knoxville Collects Yee-Haw”, The Emporium, Knoxville, TN

2015
Student Assistant for the instillation by Crystal Wagner at the University of Tennessee’s Art & Architecture
building for the 2015 SGC International Conference, Knoxville, TN

2014
Assistant at the Tennessee Art League, Nashville, TN

2013
Assisted with the Instillation of Steinunn Thorarinsdottir’s piece “Horizons” at the Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN

2011-2013
Metal Shop Assistant Technician, UTK School of Art, Knoxville, TN

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contact

phone

1 - 615 - 681 - 7286

alternative email

ntamas@risd.edu

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