S A S S A W I L K E S

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS

• Owner/Operator/Instructor, /Māk/ Art Studio, Barboursville, WV, 2018-Present

• Artist, 1981 – Present

COMMUNITY SERVICE/VOLUNTEER WORK

• Board Member, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV

• Regional Coordinator, The Feminist Art Project, 2017-Present

• Vice President, Barboursville Arts & Wellness Council, Barboursville, WV, 2017-2019

EDUCATION

• Master of Arts in Teaching, with Honors, Marshall University, 2013

• Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sculpture, with Honors, Marshall University, 2011

SELECT EXHIBITIONS, PERFORMANCES, PROJECTS, AND PUBLIC WORKS

• Solo Exhibition, Chapter 38: A Novel/Art Experience, book launch and immersive art exhibition & performance, Steptoe & Johnson, Huntington, WV, April 2019

• Interactive Novel, Qualia. Published weekly online from August-April, Released in print form April 2019.

• Creator/Host, Village Art Market & Village ArtWalk (periodic art vendor/live music events), Farmers Market Pavilion & Downtown Barboursville, WV2017-present

• Two Person Exhibition, Home/Made, /Māk/ Art Gallery, Barboursville, WV, 2017

• Art Director, Maggie’s Playground, Ronald McDonald House, Huntington, WV, 2017

• Solo Exhibition, Personal Space, Marshall University, Carroll Gallery, Huntington, WV, 2017

• Art Vendor Curation, Vineyard in the Village Annual Art & Wine Festival, Barboursville, WV, 2017-present

• Invitational Exhibit, Morsels & Minutia III, Apartment Earth Gallery, Charleston, WV, 2016

• Public Art, The Seeker, Nancy Cartmill Garden, sponsored by the City of Barboursville, WV, 2016

• Solo Exhibition, Phantoms, Esther Allen Greer Museum, Rio Grande University, OH, 2016

• Solo Exhibition, Before I Wake, Apartment Earth Gallery, Charleston, WV, 2016

• Featured Artist, Art/Music demo, Marshall University Visual Art Center, Huntington, WV, 2016

• Biennial Juried Exhibition, Cream of the Crop, Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth, OH, 2016

• Invitational Group Exhibit, Earth Day, Apartment Earth Gallery, Charleston, WV, 2016

• Group Exhibition, Celebrating Women, Feminist Art Project, Ohio University Southern, OH, 2016

• Group Exhibition, Paper Works, Ohio University Southern Gallery, Ironton, OH, 2015

• Invitational Exhibit, Morsels & Minutia II, Apartment Earth Gallery, Charleston WV, 2015

• Group Exhibition, Art, Music & Social Change, Ohio University Southern, OH, 2015

• Public Art Project, We Are All the Same, Huntington, WV, 2015

• Group Exhibition, The Art of Teaching Art, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV, 2014

• Invitational Exhibit, Morsels & Minutia, Apartment Earth Gallery, Charleston, WV, 2014

• Interactive Painting Installation, Think Inside the Box, Apartment Earth Studio, Charleston, WV, 2011

• Featured Artist, Sassa: Drawings and other Musings, Romano & Assoc. Artwalk, Charleston, WV, 2011

• Annual Student Juried Exhibition, Birke Art Gallery, Marshall University, Huntington, WV, 2011

• Juried Exhibition, Unheard Voices, Gallery 842, Huntington, WV, 2011

• Capstone Exhibition, Go Figure, Birke Art Gallery, Huntington, WV, 2011

• Public Art, Dancing With Max, Large-scale permanent steel sculpture, Harris Riverfront Park, Huntington, WV, 2011

• Marshall University Sculpture Exhibition, Welcome to my Studio, Gallery 842, Huntington, WV, 2010

• Juried Exhibition, Social Justice: Art in a Time of Change, Birke Art Gallery, Huntington, WV, 2010

• Annual Student Juried Exhibition, Birke Art Gallery, Huntington, WV, 2010

TEACHING & DEMONSTRATION

• /Māk/ Art Studio, Painting & Drawing Courses, Private Lessons, 2017-present

• Governor's School for the Arts Visual Art Faculty, Huntington, WV, Summer 2017

• Studio Art Teacher, Fine Arts Academy, Cabell Midland High School, Ona WV, 2014-2017

• Interim Art Education Professor, Marshall University School of Art, Huntington, WV, 2013-14

• Drawing Instructor, Marshall University School of Art, Huntington, WV, 2011-2013

ARTIST TALKS, PANELS & WORKSHOPS

• Featured Speaker, Women’s History Month Event, Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington, WV

• Panelist, Women’s Work, Marshall University Art Department Panel Discussion, Huntington, WV, 2019

• Featured Speaker, Mind-Altering Aesthetics, Cellar Door Art Society Talk, Huntington, WV, 2018

• Featured Speaker, Mindfulness in the Art Room, Cabell County Art Educators, Huntington, WV, 2018

• Workshop Presenter, Book-Making, Annual Teacher Institute, Cabell County Board of Education, Huntington, WV, 2016

• Presenter, Model Schools Conference, Atlanta, GA, 2015

• Panelist, Feminist Art Exhibit Panel Discussion, Ohio University Southern, Ironton, OH, 2015

RECOGNITION & AWARDS

• Barboursville's Finest, Rotary Club of Barboursville, 2018

• Teacher of the Year, Cabell County Teacher Induction Program, 2015

• Rookie of the Year, Cabell Midland High School, 2015

• Graduate Teaching Assistantship Award Recipient, Marshall University, 2013

• Outstanding Undergraduate in Art & Design, Marshall University, 2011

• Best of Show, Student Juried Exhibition, Marshall University, 2011

• Huntington Steel Public Art Competition Winner, Huntington, WV, 2010