I am a Chicago-based artist and freelance photographer. I studied photography and printmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and my work has been published in Le Nouvel Observateur (l’Obs, France), The Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Reader, Newcity, Red Eye, The Daily Southtown, The American Legion Magazine, and The Guardian (UK). I strive to capture my clients needs with honesty and clarity to provide memorable images that tell compelling stories.

Solo exhibitions include Modern David at the Robert F. DeCaprio Gallery in Palos Hills, IL in April 2017, and in July 2017 a solo exhibition and book release of American Legion at Firecat Projects, Chicago.

In 2017, 24 images from Modern David were included in the exhibition Gendered at the Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC and 30 images at the Chicago Cultural Center as part of the DCASE 50x50 Invitational - The Subject is Chicago: People, Places, and Possibilities. In 2016, 22 images from Modern David were included in Masculinity, a group show curated by Exhibition Projects (Chicago) at Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL. Other group exhibitions include Midwest Contemporary at LillStreet Art Center, Chicago, UNBOUND3! at Candela Gallery, Richmond, VA, and Help Us Help You Help Us at Firecat Projects, Chicago.

I am a recipient of a 2016 DCASE Individual Artist Grant from Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, was a 2016 Sponsored Artist with High Concept Labs at Mana Contemporary, Chicago, a finalist for Photolucida's Critical Mass 2016 and 2017, shortlisted for the 2015 Lucie Foundation’s A Photo Made Scholarship, and named one of the photographers for Best of ASMP 2015.

As a member of ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) since 2013, I currently serve on the Board of Directors and as acting Treasurer for the Chicago/Midwest Chapter. As a Chair of the Chapter’s Fine Arts Committee, I organize and execute events and exhibition opportunities for photographers in the Midwest region.

Awards and Honors

Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award 
2018 finalist

Information Exhange Award, The American Legion Department of Illinois

Individual Artist Grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

High Concept Labs Sponsored Artist

Photolucida Critical Mass
2016 & 2017 finalist

Lucie Foundation Photo Made Emerging Scholarship
2015 shortlisted

Best of ASMP

Author Talk: American Legion
Make It Better Magazine
July/August, 2018

What's In A Name: The Modern David Project of Mariah Karson
Esthetic Lens Magazine
March 20, 2018

Photo-Emphasis, Rachel Jump
June 2018

Loomis and Logan
Bob Logan, Crest Ink
January, 2018

Legion Towns: Through the Lens
The American Legion Magazine
October, 2017

Review: American Legion at Firecat Projects
Tom Mullaney, New Art Examiner
August 7, 2017

Guest on Nocturnal Journal 
Dave Hoekstra, WGN Radio 720am
July 22, 2017

How Do You View Gender?
Barbara Schrieber, Charlotte Observer
June 27, 2017

What GENDERED was Like and Why you Should go
CLT Tales
June 29, 2017

Light Leaked - Constructing Narrative
Curated by Dana Stirling and Yoav Friedlander
May 2017

Searching for Modern David
Jessi Virtusio, Daily Southtown
March 31, 2017

After Michelangelo
David Hammond, Newcity Art
February 23, 2017

Virilites La Cause du Desir 95
Cover image, French Revue of Psychoanalysis
Spring 2017

Light Leaked - America
Curated by Roger May
November 2016

Freeport Museum Offers Different Takes On Masculinity
Guy Stephens, Northern Public Radio
June 8, 2016

Freeport Art Museum Unveils a Topical Exhibit on Masculinity
Jane Lethlean, Journal Standard
May 21, 2016

Central Structure and School’s Out Forever PostIt Journal of Literature and Art
Issue 9
March 2016

Review, Midwest Contemporary
Michael Weinstein, New City Magazine, Chicago, IL
June 18, 2013

Editorial Publications

Le Nouvel Observateur

“Mike, Jeune, Noir... Et Mort”
Natacha Tatu, No. 2599, September 2014

“Comment Les Etats-Unis Ont Repare Leur Economie”
Natacha Tatu, No. 2596, August 2014

Sur Un Air Latino”
Natacha Tatu, No. 2502, October 2012

“Gare a la Dette Etudiante!”
Natacha Tatu, No. 2531, May 2013

“Transgenres: Est-ce Une Fille Ou Un Garcon?”
Natacha Tatu, No. 2573, February 2014

“Detroit, Ruine Et Renaissance”
Natacha Tatu, No. 2567, January 2014

"Ruee Sur L’or Noir!"
Natacha Tatu, No. 2493, August 2012

“Ventres a Louer”
Natacha Tatu, No. 2519, February 2013

"Classe Moyenne"
Natacha Tatu, No. 2502, October 2012

"Etats-Unis, View a Credit"
Natacha Tatu, No. 2461, January 2012

"L’ecole de la Tolerance"
Natacha Tatu, No. 2461, January 2012

Pediatric Annals, Vo. 43, No. 6, June 2014
“Tipping Points in Caring for the
Gender-Nonconforming Child and Adolescent”

Robert Garofalo, MD, MPH

Sun-Times Media, October 21, 2013
“Chicago Red Hots Fast Roller Derby Ablaze for National Title”
Andy Frye

The Guardian (UK), July 2012
“When School is Out: Gay Friendly Education in the U.S.”
Gary Younge

Chicago Reader, June 21, 2012
“Best Roller Derby Nickname”
Kevin Warwick

Chicago Reader, February 23, 2012
Monica Kendrick

Brooklyn Vegan, January 10, 2012
“Anatomy of Habit”
Zach Pollack

Red Eye, December 7, 2011
“Scary Humor”
Andrea Jablonski

Brooklyn Vegan, November 9, 2011
“Anatomy of Habit”
Zach Pollack

Chicago Public Library, Austin-Irving BranchChicago, IL
American Legion
July 1 - September 30, 2018

Firecat ProjectsChicago, IL
American Legion
July 28 - August 18, 2017

Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte, NC
Gendered, Modern David
June 16 - July 21, 2017

Chicago Cultural CenterChicago, IL
The Subject is Chicago: People, Places, Possibilities, Modern David
February 11 - April 9, 2017

Robert F. DeCaprio Gallery, Palos Hills, IL
Moraine Valley Community College
Modern David Solo show
March 26 - April 25, 2017

Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL
Masculinity, Modern David
Curated by Exhibition Projects
May 27 - August 6, 2016

Candela Books, Richmond, VA
curated by Gordon Stettinius

Midwest Contemporary, Chicago,IL
Curated by Natasha Egan and Karen Irvine

Firecat Projects, Chicago, IL,
Help Us Help You Help Us
curated by Stan Klein

The Compound, Chicago, IL
Santa’s Village Part Deux
collaboration with Nina Faile

The Compound, Chicago, IL
Santa’s Village
collaboration with Amy Small

Additional Experience

Artist Talk sponsored by ASMP Chicago/Midwest
American Legion Artist Talk with Stan Klein
Firecat Projects, Chicago, IL 2017

Artist Talk 
American Legion Artist Talk with Commander Brent M. Webb
National Veterans Art Museum, Chicago, IL 2017

Artists in Conversation with Steven Schapiro
Loyola Museum of Art, Chicago, IL 2016

In Between Drinks, Gil Leora
Firecat Projects, Chicago, IL, June 2013

Eastern, Adam Siegel
Highland Park Art Center, Highland Park, IL, October 2010

Embroideries, Peter Frederiksen
The Compound, Chicago, IL, July 2009