Charis Lillene Fleshner 

charis.lillene@gmail.com

 charismakesart.com

Master of Fine Arts in studio art University of New Mexico Albuquerque, New Mexico May 2018 

Graduate certificate in women’s studies University of New Mexico Albuquerque, New Mexico May 2018 

Master of Art in art and design University of Northern Colorado Greeley, Colorado August 2015 

Bachelor of Fine Arts in visual arts studies University of North Texas Denton, Tx December 2005 

Teaching Experience

August 2018 -Current Colorado Early College Middle School 7th and 8th grade art teacher in Fort Collins, Colorado

March 19, 2019 Visiting artist to Professor Abbey Hepner’s University of Colorado Colorado Springs Art and Activism course in Colorado Springs, Colorado

April 2018 Assisted Gina Beavers with children’s workshop at the Albuquerque Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Spring 2018 Instructor of record, Drawing 2, University of New Mexico 

October 2017 Developed performance workshop for professor Szu Han Ho’s politics of performance class, University of New Mexico

Fall 2017 Instructor of record, Art Practices 1, University of New Mexico 

January 2017 Shape making community workshop at the Graft gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Spring 2017 Graduate assistant to Ligia Bouton: Art Practices 1, University of New Mexico 

Fall, 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, and Summer 2017 Instructor of Record: Drawing 1, University of New Mexico 

2013-2015 Graduate assistant to the art education department at the University of Northern Colorado 

2007-2013 Art teacher at the Coulson Tough K-6 School in The Woodlands, Tx 

2006-2007 Art teacher at Bailey Middle School in Spring, Tx 

Curatorial Experience

March 2017 Curator of “Salon des Refuses” graduate student group show at the Masley Gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico

2008-2011 founded, organized, promoted and hosted an annual “Painting with Coffee” at show even at Starbucks, The Woodlands, Texas

Guest judge for the 2005 Northwest ISD art show, Texas

Solo Art Exhibition Experience

(anticipated) November 2019 “Lobo Alert” at CFA Downtown Studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico

(anticipated) August - November 2019 “The Bell Jar” at The Coffee Tree in Loveland, Colorado

March 2018 “All The Feels” MFA Thesis show at CFA Downtown Studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico

January 2017 “Welcome to Shapetopia” solo show at Graft gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico

May 2015 “The Experiment” Masters of Art thesis show at Artworks Loveland in Loveland, Colorado

February 2014 “The Bell Jar” at crvsh gallery in Greeley, Colorado

January 2014 “The Bell Jar” at AIMS Ed Beaty gallery in Greeley, Colorado

Group Art Exhibition Experience

February 2019 Pandora’s Box installation in “Mental Health Art and Exploration” group show at Downtown Artery in Fort Collins, Colorado

October 5-27, 2018 “Fantastical” group show at 40 West Arts Gallery in Lakewood, Colorado

June 1-22, 2018 Addressing Power by Creative Advocacy group show at CFA downtown studios, Albuquerque, New Mexico

March-May 2018 “Here/Now” 24th Annual Juried Graduate Exhibition, University of New Mexico Art Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico 

June 2017 Solo performance piece “Map of my Movement” for Cruise Control group art show at Graft gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico 

December 2016 Participant in “Talking Back, A Performance Event” at CFA downtown studios in Albuquerque, New Mexico 

May 2016 “New Cartography” group show at Graft gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico 

September 2015 “At First Sight” group show at CFA downtown studios in Albuquerque, New Mexico 

October 2014 “Liars and Dreamer” group show at Atlas in Greeley, Colorado 

January 2012 participant in The Brooklyn Art Library’s 2012 “The Sketchbook Project” 

November 2010- January 2011 group show at Art 6 in Denton, Texas 

July - September 2009 Art House Co-op “Canvas Project” group show at the Hartsfield Jackson airport in Atlanta, GA 

Bibliography

January 2019 featured artist in Uppercase magazine issue 40 https://issuu.com/uppercaseyyc/docs/uppercase40issuu

April 2018 "It's Really About Questions: Part 1 Here, Now Artists In Conversation", University of New Mexico Art Museum http://artmuseum.unm.edu/events/its-really-about-questions/

March 2018 “All The Feels” Thesis catalogue

March 2017 Guest blogger for Artworks Loveland http://artworksloveland.org/art/women-abstract-expressionism-still-matter/

August 2015 “The Joan Mitchell Experiment” Masters of Art thesis http://www.worldcat.org/title/joan-mitchell-experiment/oclc/930803360

July 2015 article in the Loveland Reporter Herald http://www.reporterherald.com/loveland-art/ci_28448817/charis-lillene-fleshner-moves-toward-career-teaching-art

Scholarships, Honors, and Awards

October 2018 Award of Excellence from 40 West Gallery, Lakewood, Colorado

2017-2018 Hilmer G. Olson Fine Arts Scholarship award, University of New Mexico

 2017-2018 Betty Sabo Endowment Scholarship award, University of New Mexico 

2016-2017 Phyllis Muth Fine Arts Scholarship award, University of New Mexico 

Spring 2015 Honorable mention award at the University of Northern Colorado student juried art show