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About: Photography has been my life-long practice. My photographic education includes photography in teaching (graduate school), workshops and classes. Currently, I participate in critique groups led by Jane Fulton Alt and Sarah Krepp (Dialogue Chicago). I have pursued my craft with courses at the Chicago Photography Classes and international workshops (Mike Langford, New Zealand). My work has been shown nationally and internationally.


My passion for photography continued through my career as an educator.  Holding a doctorate in educational psychology (Loyola University of Chicago), a masters in teaching (Harvard Graduate School of Education), and a bachelors in history (University of Wisconsin), I was a principal and a school superintendent. I taught middle school and, later, as an adjunct professor, taught graduate students at Loyola University of Chicago, Roosevelt and DePaul Universities. 


As a teacher, my photography was integral to my classroom. On family camping and backpacking trips out west (U.S. and Canada), my tripod and equipment accompanied me on long mountain hikes. On a yearlong trip around the world, I photographed relentlessly.


My work spans various genre. Landscapes, both real and altered, have captivated me. Environmental portraiture includes Latino landscape workers and Afghan and Thai truckers. Current projects include series on memory (the Holocaust) and abstractions of viewer’s interactions with art. 



Solo Shows

At Work/At Home, En el Trabajo/En Casa, Art on Armitage, Chicago, IL, January 2015


FilterPhoto 2012: Eight Photographers, Eight Solo Shows, in Eight Chicago Neighborhoods, October - November 2012, Dollop Coffee and Tea, Chicago, IL


Two-Person Shows

Surface Tension, The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago, IL, January – April, 2017


Surface Tension, artNextlevel, Chicago, IL, May – June 2017


Surface Tension, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL, July 2017


Group Shows


Portals (Juried by Aline Smithson), PhotoPlace Gallery, Online Gallery Annex, Vermont Photography Workspace, Middlebury, VT, August 16 - September 9, 2017


Art Encounter Gala (Invitational), Ovation, Apr 2017, Chicago, IL


One Inspired Evening (juried benefit) Jurors' Prize (3rd Place), Moonlight Studios, Chicago, IL, March 2017


Member's Show, Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists, Old Town Triangle Association Leslie Wolf Gallery, April - May 2017


Art in City Hall, The Art Center and the City of Highland Park, Highland Park, IL, January - April 2017


Art Encounters, Studio Visit: Kathy Weaver and Nelson Armour, Highland Park, IL, November 2016


Later Impressions, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL,October - November 2016


Dialogue Chicago: Full Force, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL, June – August 2016


Shared Creations, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL, August – October 2015


Beauty and Fragility in Lake Michigan, Health in the Arts Gallery Clinic, University of Illinois – Chicago, June – August 2015


Field Study, David Weinberg Gallery and Filter Photo Festival 2015, curated by Katherine Ware and Meg T. Noe, Chicago, IL, August – early October, 2015


2nd Annual Photography Show, Zia Gallery, Winnetka, IL, August 2015


Supermarket 2015, Stockholm Independent Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden, April 2015


The Golden Hours: At Dawn and Dusk, PhotoPlace Gallery, Juror Eddie Solway, Middlebury, VT,  June 2015


LENS 2015, juried by Paul Berlanga (Stephen Daiter Gallery), Perspective Gallery, Evanston, IL, March 2015


Park Avenue Beach, Nest Furniture Art Gallery, Chicago, IL, January – May 2015


Photography, Zia Gallery, Winnetka, IL, August 2014


Find the Light (Juried by Don Ross), PhotoPlace Gallery, Online Gallery Annex, Vermont Photography Workspace, Middlebury, VT, July 2014


Stormy Weather (juried exhibition) 1650Gallery, Los Angeles, California, April 2014


Mountains and Sea (Juried by Alan Nyiri), PhotoPlace Gallery, Vermont Photography Workspace, Middlebury, VT, September 2013


750 Show, Zia Gallery, Winnetka, IL, July 27 - August 31, 2013


Multiple Exposures: The Jane Fulton Alt Photography Group, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL, May – June 2013


The Magic of Light (Juried by Aline Smithson), PhotoPlace Gallery, Vermont Photography Workspace, Middlebury, VT, March 2013


WithinInSight Gallery, Fall 2011 Group Show, October 2011 - May 2012, Chicago Photography Classes, Chicago, IL



Selected Publications/Press:

Surface Tension, Artists' Talk on YouTube at Art NXT Level/33 Contemporary, Zhou B Art Center, June 16, 2017, Chicago, IL


Surface Tension, Exhibition Catalogue (Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, artNXTlevel, Evanston Art Center), Chicago, IL, January 2017


Nature in Chicagoland, "Photo Exhibition Tells the Tale of Two Lake Michigans—and Reinforces the Need for Good Environmental Stewardship," April 11, 2017



Chicago Sun-Times, February 26, 2017



East on Central, Volume 14, 2016 – 2017, Fall 2016, Highland Park, IL


East on Central, Volume 14, 2015 – 2016, Fall 2015, Highland Park, IL


Elizabeth Avedon Journal, November 18, 2015, http://elizabethavedon.blogspot.com/2015/11/filter-photo-festival-2015-portfolio_28.html


Lenscratch, Fine Art Photography Daily, June 20, 2015, http://lenscratch.com/2015/06/surface-tension/


The Golden Hours: At Dawn and Dusk, PhotoPlace Gallery, Vermont Photography Workshop, 20125. Middlebury, VT


Chicago Reader, March 12, 2015, Visual Arts, print edition, p. 33


LENS2015, Perspective Gallery's 5th Annual International Juried Photo Exhibition, Evanston, IL


http://chirpradio.org/blog/art-on-armitage, Chirp Radio Blog, Shawna Kaiser, January 14, 2015


http://highlandpark.chicagotribune.com/2015/01/09/highland-park-photographer-turns-lens-landscape-workers/, Highland Park photographer turns the lens on landscape workers, Highland Park News (Chicago Tribune), January 9, 2015 


http://www.artonarmitage.com/past-shows/?offset=1447686000988, Art on Armitage, Mary Ellen Croteau, January 5, 2015


http://artistsofchicago.com/post/95459991531/nelson-armour, Artists of Chicago, Nancy Strahinic, August 22, 2014


http://filterphoto.tumblr.com/post/90511821891/all-images-from-the-series-park-avenue-beach, Image 37, W. Tanner Young, July 1, 2014


Finding the Light, PhotoPlace Gallery, Vermont Photography Workspace, 2014, Middlebury, VT


Stormy Weather, 1650Gallery, 2014, Los Angeles, CA


Mountains and Sea, PhotoPlace Gallery, Vermont Photography Workspace, 2013, Middlebury, VT


The Magic of Light, PhotoPlace Gallery, Vermont Photography Workspace, 2013, Middlebury, VT