2012 MBA, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

1997 MFA, Painting, Pratt Institute, New York City, NY

1992 Honors BS, Psychology, John Brown University, Siloam Springs, AR


Adjunct Professor, Western Washington University, College of Business and Economics and College of Fine and Performing Arts, Bellingham, WA, 2012

· Integrated design thinking and discovery-based strategy frameworks to create the core curriculum for a new masters degree program in Arts Management to be offered as a combined degree from Western's Colleges of Business and Economics and Fine and Performing Arts.

· Created an original creative cycle that uses design thinking, financial modeling, emergent strategy/discovery driven growth, and uncertainty/risk analysis to build strategic plans for moving creative and inventive projects from concept to business model to strategic implementation. Guided radical collaboration and strategic discovery.

· Teaches rapid business model generation and prototyping, integrated with design thinking frameworks to an integrated cohort of marketing and fine arts students with radical collaboration as a key activity.

Creative Director and Digital Strategist, HEAL Africa, Monroe, WA, and Berkeley, CA, 2009- 2012 (Project Contract)

• HEAL Africa is a Congolese led public health program based in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo with offices in Washington State and California. Create strategy for communicating HEAL Africa’s programs and initiatives within the mediascape of the war as it exists in the United States and Africa. Identify problems in framing the war in contemporary US media and create alternative media solutions that seek to change or counter public perception to further the public health goals of HEAL Africa in Congo. Segment, Target and Position in accordance with strategic long-term goals. Facilitate strategies to support rapid growth, sustain internal tension and measure progress. Build internal financial reporting to support donor initiatives and evaluate messaging response. Write ethics and best practices papers for media projects. Design web architecture. Create in collaboration with Jason Alejandro, Princeton University Press. Write and edit newsletters. Build international publication workflow to support and enable a media department in Eastern Congo delivering original photographs, stories and videos to clients around the world. Write and edit multimedia pieces for web publication and promotion.

Principal, Aric Mayer Studios, New York City, NY, and Bellingham, WA, 2003-Current

· Photographed Hurricane Katrina for The Wall Street Journal, working independently in New Orleans under tight deadlines with little or no supervision to deliver breaking news photographs. Images have been exhibited in two solo exhibitions at Gallery Bienvenu and University of Heidelberg, and published in numerous publications.

· Clients include: The Wall Street Journal, Bomb Magazine, Columbia Journalism Review, Volume, Sony Entertainment, McSweeney’s Public Culture, Harper’s Bazaar, Seventeen Magazine.

· Read a paper in 2009 at Northwestern University, modeling the operations of visual imagery in the market and demonstrating that future innovation would be limited by business models, not by invention or individual creativity. (See below for a complete list of papers and lectures).

Imaging Specialist, Seventeen, Hearst Magazines, New York, NY, 2006-2007

· Led all pre-press print production for Seventeen Magazine—retouching, final book assembly, color management and color reviews.

· Brought product photography in-house.

· Maintained relationships with and take direction from both editorial and business leadership, keeping balance to ensure a high quality product in alignment with Hearst business goals.

Lead Imaging Specialist, People Magazine, Time Inc., New York, NY, 1997–2003

· Led a team of eight in a critical production role at a $1 billion magazine, problem solving, maintaining relationships and taking input across departments both vertically and horizontally, from executive team to managers.

• Trained and problem solved all areas of image creation, including; photography, illustration, scanning, retouching, color management, image database management, picture multi-purposing and printing.
• Helped create what was then the world's largest image database.
• Created workflows and procedures for handling 50,000 images per week. Wrote and taught seminars on creative thinking.

Director, New York City Annual, New York City, New York, 1997

· Co-created and co-curated a citywide juried exhibition of graduate fine arts students work.

· Selected, contracted and coordinated jury consisting of: Fereshteh Daftari--Associate Curator at the Museum of Modern Art, Martin Eisenberg--Collector, Arts Patron and Founder of Bed, Bath and Beyond, and Charlotta Kotik--Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum.

Producer and Co-Creator, SoHo Annual Exhibition, New York City, New York, 1994-96

· Created and produced the first SoHo Annual, a citywide exhibition showcasing the work of accomplished emerging artists.

· Selected, contracted and worked with high profile jury consisting of: Robert Storr----Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, Michael Brenson--published Art Critic and Independent Curator, and Susan Hort--Collector and Patron.

· Wrote grant proposals, securing grants from; the Rema Hort Mann Cultural Support Grants, Henry Luce Foundation, Pratt Institute, Columbia University and The School of Visual Arts.


University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany, 2012

• Imaging Disaster, Exhibition of photographs and lecture at Deutsch Amerikanische Institut, Heidelberg.

Gallery Bienvenu, New Orleans, LA, 2006

• Balance + Disorder: A Response to Hurricane Katrina and the Photographic Landscape. Solo exhibition of photographs to commemorate the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

Consolidated Works, Seattle, WA, 2006

• The Shop Of Wild Dreams. Theatrical debut of a 58-minute film created in collaboration with The Tiptons and Danijel Zezelj. Presented with a live painting performance and live music. Supported by grants from the King County Arts Commission and the Seattle Arts Commission.

Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, New York City, New York, 2005

• Adieu: A Farewell Exhibition.

Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, New York City, New York, 2003

• SYLVA (‘silve) [L. silva a wood, forest, woodland.] A Tree Show.

Museum Commissions

The Studio Museum In Harlem, New York City, NY, 2008 and 2006

• Commissioned twice to make bodies of photographs in Harlem for publication in Studio, the journal of The Studio Museum In Harlem. Photographs are included in Harlem: A Century in Images, Skira Rizzoli.

Select Publications

“The Aesthetics of Catastrophe,” Public Culture 20:2, Duke University, 2008

Select Lectures

“Hurricane Katrina and the Cultural Sublime,” at the Imaging Disaster global conference, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany 2012

“Photographing Hurricane Katrina and the Limits of the Documentary Form,” at Rhodes College, Memphis, TN, 2010

“Representing the Unrepresentable: Locating the Political in the Viewer-Image Exchange,” at Aesthetics of Catastrophe symposium, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2009

“Aesthetics of Catastrophe,” a lecture on trauma and the media experience given at the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Seattle, WA, 2009

“Advertising, Publishing and Death: The Aesthetics and Avoidances of For-Profit-Publishing,” invited presenter and grant recipient at the National Communication Association National Convention, San Diego, CA, 2008

“Hurricane Katrina: A Photographer's Notes On Photojournalism, Aesthetics, and the Market for News,” as part of the Visual Democracy: Image Circulation and Political Culture Conference at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2007

"The Post-Documentary Landscape," APA/Apple Image Makers Series, SoHo Apple Store, New York City, NY, 2007

"Hurricane Katrina," Visiting Educator, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA, 2006

Software Proficiencies


Adobe Creative Suite

Volunteer Positions

Board of Directors, Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Seattle, WA, 2008-2009


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