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Kelsey Courage, BFA, MS

Artist & Art Therapist

Norfolk, VA · (757)-277-2177

Kcourage4jewelry@gmail.com www.kcouragedesigns.com

2019 - 2021

Master of SCience

Art Therapy & Counseling,

Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS)

Specilizations: Medical Art THerapy, School Art Therapy, Depth Psychology, Trauma Informed, & Licensure prepared

2008 - 2013

Bachelor of fine Arts

MetalSmithing & Jewelry Design,

Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD)

Minors: Fibers & Performance Art

ART THERAPY EXPERIENCE

December 2020 -May 2021

Expressive COmmunity Arts Facilitator, THe Norfolk Street Choir Project, Norfolk, VA

  • Facilitated group community art for 24 individuals impacted by homelessness

  • Created weekly  group art directives and experientials

  • Wrote proposals and material budgets for art-based activities

September 2020 – May 2021

Art Therapy and Counseling Intern, Sentara General Hospital (Rehabilitation Unit), Norfolk, VA

  • Functioned as a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team

  • Participated in staff meetings to discuss patient care

  • Advocated art therapy services to acquire patients

 

January 2020 – March 2020

Art Therapy and Counseling Intern, Rivermont Alternative School , Virginia Beach, VA

  • Conducted art therapy with individual adolescents with special needs including autism, learning disabilities, and behavioral disorders.

  • Developed group psychoeducational activities for class room bonding

  •  Created interdisciplinary  treatment plans with school staff

 

 

ART EXPERIENCE

 2018 – Present

OWNER & CREATOR

K. Courage Designs LLC

Norfolk, VA

  • Created jewelry designs both one-of-a-kind and commercial pieces

  • Handmade commission work

  • Social media, marketing, customer relations

  • Budgeting, accounting, sales, and inventory management

2018 –2021

CONTRIBUTING ARTIST

CHAS FOUNDATION

Norfolk, VA

  • Designed a unique Collection inspired by families affected by mental illness and suicide

  • Participated in events to promote the foundation

  • Produced the Dragonfly Collection with proceeds benefiting the foundation

2016

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE,

Elsewhere Studios

Paonia, CO

  • Lived on site with other resident artists

  • Engaged with the community and taught art courses

  • Created collaborative community artwork

  • Designed and presented a group exhibition

 

 

GALLERY & MUSEUM EXHIBITION

August 2020

Weathered Together Series, Storming and Forming Exhibition

Selden Market

Norfolk, VA

 

August 2016

Emotion Wheel, Group exhibition

Elsewhere Studios

Paonia, CO

 

May 2012

Fear Like Feral Foliage, Thesis Exhibition

Oglethorpe Gallery

Savannah, GA

 

January 2012

Featured Emerging Artist

Smithsonian Museum

Washington, DC

ART INSTRUCTION

 

May 2016 - August 2017

After School Art Instructor

Park Place Children’s Life Center

Norfolk, VA

 

2017

Jewelry Workshop Instructor

Hip Innovative Studio Boutique

Newport News, VA

 

March 2012- January 2014

Instructor & Ceramics Assistant

The Clay Spot

Savannah, GA

 

2013-2014

Metalsmithing & Welding Instructor

Maven Makers

Savannah, GA

 

2010-2012

Teachers Aid & Studio Assistant (Fahm Hall)

Savannah College of Art & Design

Savannah, GA

 

 

 

2013

  • Crashed  Jewelry Collection

Exposed Senior Collection: Fashion Designer Kaitlyn Machos

SCAD Fashion Week

Savannah, GA

 

2012

  • Coralation Jewelry Collection

Coral Collection: Fashion Designer Alana Sola

Puerto Rico High Fashion Week Runway

San Juan, PR

  • Mirror Finish

Exhibition of collective senior class of the Metals and Jewelry Design Department

Savannah, GA

  • Poison Tree Head Piece

An Lee Photography

Jimon Magazine #6 issue

  • Labohemia Jewelry Collection

Labohemia Artisanal: Fashion Designer Eduardo Calvo

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Runway

Supima Design Competition

New York, NY

 

2011

  • Alternative Fashion Show at 24 East

Broughton Street

Savannah, GA

  • Embrace Uncertainty, Locket inspired by the poppy flower

Featured at Alexander Hall

Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) Metals & Jewelry Department Juried Exhibition

Savannah, GA

  • Gravity in Glue, Featured Alternative Materials Neck Piece

Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) Scholarship Gala

Savannah, GA

 

 

May 2016 - August 2017

Sales Associate

Serendip Boutique

Norfolk, VA

 

May 2014 – January 2014

Server

The Pink House

Savannah, GA

  • Fine dining experience

  • Cicerone certified beer server

  • Certified wine specialist

 

 

August 2013- January 2014

Artist & Co-operative Gallery Manager

ReCreate Gallery

Savannah, GA

  • Inventory and display management

  • Event coordination and marketing

  • Communication & costumer service

  • Artist recruitment

 

March 2012-August 2012

Server & Sales Associate

The Savannah Tea Room

Savannah, GA

 

June 2006- August 2009

Server

The Leaping Lizard Café

Virginia Beach, VA

 

 

 

MARY ROBERTS

robertmr@evms.edu

 

LORI GOLDING ZONTINI

ghentfarmersmarketnfk@gmail.com

 

SAM WELTY

info@samwelty.com

 

BEAU TURNER

Beau.turner@757makerspace.com

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