CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

2013 MFA in Studio Art – Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

2009 B.S. in Art Education (K-12 Certification), Southern Illinois University,Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Il

2008 B.F.A emphasis in Sculpture, Minor in Art History
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Il

Non-academic Teaching Experience:

2015 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois

2014 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois

2013 Instructor/Fabricator, St. Louis ArtWorks, St. Louis, Missouri

2010-2008 Instructor/Fabricator, St. Louis ArtWorks, St. Louis, Missouri

2009-2006 Instructor, Sculpture and Ceramics, Laumeier Sculpture Park and Museum,
St. Louis, Missouri

2004 Instructor Drawing and Painting Saturday Studio, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois

Academic Teaching Experience

2014-2015 Substitute Teacher, Highland school district, Highland, Illinois

2013-2014 Substitute Teacher, Triad school district, Troy, Illinois

2012-2011 Teaching Assistant (Instructor of Record): Three Dimensional Form
(Foundations), Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

Teaching Assistant (Instructor of Record): Drawing One (Foundations),
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

2011 Teaching Assistant (Instructor of Record): Color and Design (Foundations), Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

2010-2011 Teaching Assistant (Instructor of Record): Three Dimensional Form (Foundations), Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

Lectures and Workshops:

2015 Artist Panel Discussion – University of Missouri St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
2013 Artist Lecture – MFA Thesis Exhibition – Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, Michigan

2012 Artist Lecture – 7th Global Conference: The Erotic: Exploring Gender and Sexuality, Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom

Artist Lecture – International Lesbian Lives Conference, University College of Dublin, Ireland, School of Social Justice, Dublin, Ireland

Artist Lecture – EDGES Conference, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

2011 Artist Lecture- Sculpture X Conference, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

Artist Lecture- EDGES Conference, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

Fellowships/Awards/Honors

2013 Excellence in Diversity Honorable Mention, Office of Inclusion Initiatives,
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

Graduate Student Research Enhancement Fellowship, Michigan State University,
East Lansing, Michigan

Graduate Dissertation Completion Fellowship: College of Arts and Letters, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

2012 Selma and Stanley Hollander Graduate Fellowship in Studio Art, College of Arts and Letters, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

Graduate Assistantship – Department of Art, Art History, and Design, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

Department of Art, Art History, and Design – Special Research Fellowship: Funding for Travel or Special Projects, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

2011 Excellence in Diversity Award: Office of Inclusion Initiatives,
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

Emerging Artists Award: Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles, California

Department of Art, Art History, and Design – Special Research Fellowship: Funding for Travel or Special Projects, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

Graduate Assistantship – Department of Art, Art History, and Design, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

2010 Department of Art, Art History, and Design – Special Research Fellowship: Funding for Travel or Special Projects, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

Graduate Assistantship – Department of Art, Art History, and Design, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

2009 Featured Promotional Artist: Seattle Erotic Art Exhibition, Seattle, Washington

Sculpture on Campus 1 of 12 chosen to fabricate/exhibit outdoor sculpture on campus, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Illinois

Selected Exhibitions:

2015 Group Exhibition: A woman in her place, Woodrow W. McGlothlin Center for the Arts at Emory & Henry College, Emory, Virgina

Group Exhibition: Exposure 18 Nervous Laughter, University of Missouri St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri

Group Exhibition: Schwules Musueum, Berlin, Germany

Group Exhibition: Homosurrealism, Helen Mills Theater, New York, New York

Group Exhibition: A woman in her place, E.B White Art Gallery, Butler Community College, El Dorado, Kansas

2014 Group Exhibition: Art of the Imagination, St. Charles Community College,
St. Charles, Missouri

Group Exhibition: Bodies, bodies, bodies…
Queer Cultural Center, San Francisco, California

Group Exhibition: Drawing Democracy
AirSpace Project, Sydney, Australia

Group Exhibition: Equilibrium: Art for a Changing World,Women’s Caucus for Art, Arc Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, Juror: Beate Minkovski (catalog)

Group Exhibition: Choice Exhibition, Northern California Women’s Caucus for Art, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, California, Juror: Catherine Clark (catalog)

2013 Group Exhibition: AIGA Beyond the Bar, Detroit, Michigan

Group Exhibition: Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

Group Exhibition: Second Annual Art for Aids Auction, Lansing Community College, Lansing, Michigan

2012 Group Exhibition: VAGINA Exhibition, Creole Gallery, Lansing, Michigan

Group Exhibition: Mid America College Art Association Exhibition, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, Curator: Tose Anna Rivard

Group Exhibition: The Broad Without Walls, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, Curators: Alison Gass, Michael Rush, Laura Cloud, Jefferson Kielwagon

Group Exhibition: UNCENSORED: Queer Art and the Church, Leslie Lohman Gallery, New York, New York

Group Exhibition: Beyond the Mask (Traveling International Exhibition), Loranger Art and Architecture Center,University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit Michigan, The LeBel Art Gallery, University of Windsor, Ontario, Curators: Libby Blume and Allegra Pitera

Group Exhibition: Woman, Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Detroit, Michigan, Curator: Myett Risker

Group Exhibition: On the Surface, Scene Metrospace, East Lansing, Michigan
Curator: Tim Lane

2011 Group Exhibition: Never Alone – a look at Tom of Finland and His Friends, ONE Archives Gallery and Museum, West Hollywood, California

Musical Group BITCH, Art Alley, Lansing, Michigan, Curator: Diane Wilson

Group Exhibition: Six for Six, Scene MetroSpace, East Lansing, Michigan, Curator: Timothy Lane

2010 Group Exhibition: Emerging Erotic Art Competition, Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angles, California

Group Exhibition: From the Center, National Women’s Caucus Art, Chicago, Illinois, Curator: Lucy Lippard (catalog)

2009 Group Exhibition: Seattle Erotic Art Exhibition, (Featured promotional artist), Seattle, Washington

Group Exhibition: Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction Exhibition, Indiana University School of Fine Arts Gallery, Bloomington,Indiana
Curator: Jennifer Cahn

Public/Private Collections

2014 AirSpace Projects, print image
2013 Private Collector, “He always finishes first” from the Womankinn Series
2010 TOM House, Tom of Finland Foundation, “Fully Cocked” from the Womankinn Series
2009 Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction
“The Standard” from the Womankinn Series

Public Sculpture/Space Commissions

2015 The Missouri Nature Conservancy, St. Louis, Missouri
St.Louis Artworks, St. Louis, Missouri

2014 Forest ReLeaf of Missouri, St. Louis, Missouri
Olio Restaurant, St. Louis, Missouri

2013 LaMancha Coffee House, St. Louis, Missouri
Musical Sensory Playground design for Old North Restoration Group, St.
Louis, Missouri
Pocket Park for Old North Restoration Group, St. Louis, Missouri
Mathews Dickey Boys and Girls Club of St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri

2012 4-H Children’s Garden, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

2010 Shafly Brewing Company, St. Louis, Missouri
Centene Corporation, St. Louis, Missouri
Kakao Chocolates, St. Louis, Missouri
Motorcycle Museum, St. Louis, Missouri
Monsanto/Forest Park Forever, St. Louis, Missouri

2009 Regional Art Commission, St. Louis, Missouri
Incarnate Word Foundation, St. Louis, Missouri
Trailnet, St. Louis, Missouri

2008 Justine Peterson Foundation, St. Louis, Missouri
Crepes in the City, St. Louis, Missouri
Cash’s recycling, St. Louis, Missouri

Selected Publications:

2014 Advocate Magazine Artist Spotlight: www.advocate.com/…/artist-spotlight-deborah-wheeler

2013 Recapsmagazine: recapsmagazine.com/reprint/homosexuals-only-by-deborah-alma- wheeler/

The girl with the purple cane: www.thegirlwiththepurplecane.com/tag/deborah-alma-wheeler/

Eli and Edythe Broad Museum: http://broadmuseum.msu.edu/exhibitions/master-fine-arts-exhibition

AirSpace Projects: http://airspaceprojects.com/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/participating-artists/

Entirely East Lansing: http://news.jrn.msu.edu/entirelyeastlansing/2012/03/22/scene-metrospace-begins-on-the-surface/

Lansing City Pulse: http://www.lansingcitypulse.com/lansing/article-8715-ditch-the-limo-jeeve.html

Lending Hands: http://www.lendinghandsmi.org/uploads/File/LH-Newsletter5-13.pdf

2009 Arts Journal.com: http://www.artsjournal.com/anotherbb/2009/04/seattle_erotic_arts_festival.html

Woman made Gallery: http://womanmade.org/show.html?type=group&gallery=fromthecenter2010&pic=64

The Stranger: http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2009/03/27/im-happy-youre-happy

The Alestle: http://www.alestlelive.com/lifestyles/article_4fc8ab1a-0c4f-5986-bc6c-3a1a944fb32c.html

San Francisco Chronicle: http://blog.sfgate.com/steinberg/2009/05/21/seattles-grand-celebration-of-art-and-eroticism/

Professional Memberships:

2009- present College Arts Association
2009- present International Sculpture Center
2010- present Womens Caucus for Art
2012- present Queer Caucus for Art

Work Experience

2013 General Curatorial Operations, Laumeier Sculpture Park and Museum, St. Louis, Mo

2011 Studio Assistant, Michigan State University, Department of Art, Art
History and Design: Monitored undergraduate students in metal shop,East Lansing, Michigan

2009 Gallery attendant, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, Missouri

2007 Installation crew, Laumeier Sculpture Park and Museum, St. Louis, Missouri
Foundry Assistant, Southern Illinois University, Department of Art and
Design: Monitored undergraduate students in metal and foundry areas,
Edwardsville, Illinois

2007-2005 Wood-shop Assistant Southern Illinois University, Department of Art and
Design: Monitored undergraduate students in wood shop area, Edwardsville,
Illinois