At Nikki de Saint Phalle's  Magical Circle Garden .

At Nikki de Saint Phalle's Magical Circle Garden.

Standing with work from my show  Tell Me Something I Don't Know .

Standing with work from my show Tell Me Something I Don't Know.

Sierra Mathews

Resume Summary:

I want to use my passion for arts, education, and creativity to teach others to use their own unique voice, skills, and perspective to pursue the satisfaction that comes with creating. I am a working artist, using collage, found objects, and mixed media to create my pieces. I am deeply rooted in the conceptual theories behind art processes, which I love to explore in my own work and discuss with others. As a teacher, a goal of mine is to explore alternative methods of art creation as well as the conceptual theories behind aesthetic choices that encourage students to go beyond traditional, product-oriented art making. With my skill and expertise in many mediums, as well as extensive knowledge of art history and theory, I would deliver a rich curriculum and variance of creative experience to your school. I create art curriculum that complies with CA State Standards for the Visual Arts, but also allows students to learn from my unique perspective as a working artist and art educator and to experience new methods of modern and emerging concepts in art making. In addition to a background in  art and art education, I have over ten years experience in HR and training from working in the retail environment. My experience as a manager in the corporate sphere has given me a strong work ethic, eye for details, ability to notice opportunities while creating tangible solutions, and passion for developing the strengths of my associates.

Key Skills:

  • Adapt to new environments quickly

  • Strong leader

  • Innovative

  • Resourceful

  • Strong and adaptive communicator

  • Problem solver

  • Positive motivator

  • Divergent thinker

  • Detail oriented

  • Excellent listener

Media and Software Experience:

  • Oil, acrylic, watercolor, and gouache paint

  • Pencil, charcoal, pastel

  • Gel mediums

  • Additive and subtractive methods of sculpture

  • Adobe suite programs including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Premiere Pro

  • Google suite programs including Docs, Slides, Spreadsheets, and Groups

Education:

  • San Diego State University - School of Teacher Education, Single Subject Credential in Art, completed 2019.

  • Academy of Art University - BFA in Art Education, completed 2018

    • President's Honor Roll 

    • Valedictorian Candidate

  • San Diego City College - AA in Visual Art, completed 2013

    • Graduated with honors

Work History:

  • ArtReachSD, April 2019 - present

    • Teaching Artist, specializing in K-8 Visual Arts education in Title I schools.

  • Sweetwater Union High School District, August 2018 - present

    • Long Term Substitute, Bonita Vista High School, Photography and Computer Art

    • Student Teacher, Otay Ranch High School, Visual Art - Beginning

  • Madewell, 2013-present

    • Senior Sales Associate, 2018-present (stepped down to pursue teaching credential)

    • Assistant Store Manager, HR and Training, 2015-2018

    • Assistant Manager, Operations, HR, and Training, 2013-2015

  • Urban Outfitters, 2010-2013

    • Team Lead, Store Merchandising, 2012-2013

    • Team Lead, Men's Department, 2011-2012

    • Sales Associate, Men's Department, 2010-2011

  • Anthropologie, 2008-2010

    • Senior Sales Associate, 2009-2010

    • Sales Associate, 2008-2009

Professional Development:

  • Developing a Restorative & Trauma Informed Practice for Teaching Artists, workshop, Arts for Learning San Diego, May 4 & 25, 2019

  • Winter 2019 Art Ed Now Conference, an online professional development conference for art teachers, The Art of Education, https://theartofeducation.edu/, February 2, 2019

Volunteer Experience:

2nd Annual Sweetwater Student Conference on Issues of Personal, Local, and Global Significance

San Ysidro High School, May 18, 2019

  • Set up sign-in stations and refreshments

  • Facilitated student check-in and presentation set up

  • Oversaw student workshops

    • Youth Advocacy 101

  • Interviewed conference candidates on their presentations

  • Participated in award ceremony

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Mural Project with ArtReach

Mount Everest Academy, San Diego, April 2019

  • Assisted teaching artist with mural completion.

Recent Art Shows I’ve Exhibited In:

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3rd Annual Sketchparty Art Show

Group exhibition of hundreds of local artists from the biweekly SketchpartySD events. Proceeds from the show were donated to buy more supplies to support the SketchpartySD community.

La Bodega Gallery, San Diego, CA

December, 2018

Mermaid Art Show

Group art show exhibiting mermaid themed art by over 100 artists from across the world. Second year in a row participating.

La Bodega Gallery, San Diego, CA

November, 2018

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Community Service

Group exhibition with over 25 other artists from San Diego and around the world.

Visual, San Diego, CA

June, 2018

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PORTALS

Solo exhibition.

Dark Horse Coffee Roasters, San Diego, CA

June, 2018

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VENUS

Group exhibition of over 300 female and female identifying artists at La Bodega Gallery in San Diego.

La Bodega Gallery, San Diego, CA

March, 2018

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La Bodega Gallery 4th Anniversary Show

Group exhibition at La Bodega Gallery in San Diego. All art was created and exhibited on vinyl records.

La Bodega Gallery, San Diego, CA

January, 2018

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MICROCOSM

Group exhibition featuring work from nine San Diego artists, at Visual. All works are under 6"x6" in scale.

Visual, San Diego, CA

December, 2017

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Boss Habits

Group exhibition featuring work from six different women artists, at Bang Bang, San Diego.

Bang Bang, San Diego, CA

November, 2017

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SketchpartySD 2nd Annual Art Show

Group exhibition of hundreds of local artists from the biweekly SketchpartySD events. Proceeds from the show were donated to buy more supplies to support the SketchpartySD community.

La Bodega Gallery, San Diego, CA

November, 2017

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Tell Me Something I Don't Know

Solo exhibition featuring 17 new collage and mixed media pieces ranging from 5"x7" to 19"x28".

Visual, San Diego, CA

November, 2017

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Mermaid Art Show

Group art show exhibiting mermaid themed art by over 100 artists from across the world.

La Bodega Gallery, San Diego, CA

November, 2017

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Mausoleum Art Market

Group art market exhibiting original art, paintings, and products by seven local artists as well as a gallery show exhibiting the original work of over 25 artists.

Just Another Gallery, San Diego, CA

October, 2017

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Visual: The Group Exhibition

Group art show exhibiting work of over 20 local artists using various media.

Bar BASIC, San Diego, CA

October, 2017

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Ladies First!

Group art show exhibiting paintings, photography, and mixed media work by all female artists.

El Camino, San Diego, CA

September, 2017

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No One Is Listening

Solo show exhibiting 8 works in the "No One Is Listening" series.

La Loupe Vintage, San Diego, CA

February, 2017