I think about things. When I can’t stop thinking about them, sometimes I research them.

Sometimes I make art about them.

Sometimes I do both.

My artwork has been shown at the New Britain Museum of American Art, the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History (a Smithsonian affiliate), the Awagami International Miniature Print Exhibition, the Museum of Art and History (MOAH), Lancaster, California, the Wesleyan Potters Annual Show and Sale, MAC650 Gallery, and several times at Middletown Framing in conjunction with the North End Gallery Walk.

Some examples of what I do:

Environmental Themes (pesticides and climate change)

neonicotinoids killer hornets


agrotis crinigera agrotis fasciata



Clockwork Invertebrates

jellyfish seahorse


Sewn Plastic


School of Fish 51 x 61 inches  Photo credit: John Groo



Octopus 96 x 59 inches Photo credit: John Groo



Whale 75 x 61 inches Photo credit: John Groo

sewn-shrimpShrimp 27.5 x 20.5 inches


Oyster 27.5 x 20.5 inches

Comics on politics

I also like creating comics of political concepts and the founding documents (think the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution). I do some of this myself and also ask my students to do this in our politics classes.

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Rights and Resp example

I also use art to engage with my community.


Photo of a workshop: Printmaking in environmental and policy courses, Re-envisioning the Laboratory: Sci-Art Symposium, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, September 2016 (Photo by the talented Rebekah S. Smith)

I host Craftivism workshops (think crafts+activism) with public and non profit organizations and groups of all ages. I love to create public works of art and have had to opportunity on occasion to support causes I believe in by creating pieces that help them fundraise or spread their message. Read further to learn more about each of these ways I engage with my community!


June 2016. Craftivists Unite for teens at the Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.


December 2014 at the Green Street Arts Center, in collaboration with the North End Action Team in Middletown, Connecticut.

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November 2014 at the Green Street Arts Center, in collaboration with the North End Action Team in Middletown, Connecticut.

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Fall 2014. Craftivism on Main Street public art event in collaboration with the North End Action Team, Middletown, Connecticut.

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Summer 2014. Outside the Box, Franklin Avenue and Brown Street, Hartford, Connecticut. I was one of 16 artists chosen by The City of Hartford, Marketing, Events, & Cultural Affairs Office (MECA) and Livable Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative (LSNI) Divisions to create murals on City of Hartford utility boxes. More information can be found here.

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Summer 2013. No Strip Mall, No Wrecking Ball, Middletown, Connecticut. This print was a response to a local action to stop the destruction of historic houses to make way for a commercial complex in Middletown, CT. It was controversial not only for the proposed destruction of the homes, but also because commercial property is readily available a block away on Middletown’s Main Street. I created the print to help raise money for a group of citizens fighting the changes. 100% of sales of prints and t-shirts went to the legal defense. You can read about the project here. 

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3 thoughts on “Art

  1. Maria Johnson says:

    My Hillyer colleague Fran Altvater showed me your Covid quilt square and when I went over the moon she shared your web address. I love love love your work!
    I host and produce a radio show, “Open Studio: Conversations on Art & Why It Matters,” from Wesleyan’s WESU-FM (I live in Middletown). Would you like to come on the show sometime?

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