My work investigates how concepts of self are affected by memories of specific events. Obstacles become launching points. Recycling perceived memories through the mature perspective of the present assist in the development of allostasis, or the balancing and stabilizing of basic physiological life functions during changing environmental and developmental contexts. My goal is to gain an understanding of the self and to use art as a means for communicating with levels of my unconscious in an intense experiment of self-discovery.

My paintings document the transformative process while the sculptures allow a resting place for contemplation giving the roots time to take hold. Together they keep outer events from becoming core identifiers of self and place them in new configurations which construct an active identity while maintaining empathy and acceptance for their origin.

EDUCATION
2016
MFA in Painting, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA

1996
BS in Art Education, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018    
UPCOMING EXHIBITION (November 2018), Quinlan Art Center, Gainesville, GA

2016
“Allostasis”, MFA Thesis Exhibition, APG Gallery, Tula Art Center, Atlanta, GA

JURIED EXHIBITIONS
2018
“Fresh Blood”, Mason Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

2016 
“Open Studios”, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA
“Allostasis”, MFA Thesis Exhibition, APG Gallery, Tula Art Center, Atlanta, GA
“UNG Art Educator and Student Exhibition”, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA
“An Affair of the Art”, ArtsNOW and Jerusalem House, Atlanta, GA

2015 
“Open Studios”, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta and Savannah, GA
“UNG Art Educator and Student Exhibition”, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA

2014
“Now is the Time”, Limelight Gallery, Atlanta, GA
“Layers”, Women’s Caucus for the Arts, Perimeter College, Atlanta, GA
“Open Studios”, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
“UNG Art Educator and Student Exhibition”, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA

2013 
“Open Studios”, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA,

2012 
“GAEA Art Educator Art Show”, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA

2009 
“Relay for Life Art Auction”, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA
“Art Educator Juried Exhibition”, Atlanta Institute of Art, Atlanta, GA

2008
“UNG Art Educator and Student Exhibition”, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA

2006
“GAEA Art Educator Art Show”, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA

2003 
“UNG Art Educator and Student Exhibition”, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA

1996
“Senior Exhibit”, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA

PUBLICATIONS
2017  
“Lenka Clayton: Expanding Constructs”, The Art Section, Oct. 2017

INTERNSHIPS, GRANTS, AWARDS RECEIVED
2017
Selected Juror, Festival of the Arts for Forsyth County district wide exhibition, April, 2017

2016                    
Best in Show“UNG Art Educator and Student Exhibition”, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA
Milton High School Teacher of the Year Finalist, Milton, GA

2015
Teaching Internship, Professor Robert Brown, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA
Emerging Art Writing Mentorship Program Participant Scholarship, Atlanta, GA
Honorable Mention, “UNG Art Educator and Student Exhibition”, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA

2014 
Internship, Deanna Sirlin, The Art Section, Alpharetta, GA
Milton High School Teacher of the Year Finalist, Milton, GA

2013-2016 
Educator Scholarship, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA

2012
Art Educator Workshop Scholarship, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

2011
Georgia Art Educator Association Secondary Art Teacher of the Year, Nominee, GA
“Artist in Residence”, Bagel Boys Café, Alpharetta, GA

2009
Georgia Art Educator Association Secondary Art Teacher of the Year, Nominee, GA
Special guest to the College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

2008
Honorable Mention, “UNG Art Educator and Student Exhibition”, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA

2006-2014 
PTSA Grants, $150- $1500 grants, Milton High School, Milton, GA

1999                   
CGM Foundation Grant, Oil Painting from the Masters Program, Boulder Valley District, Boulder, CO

1998 
Education Foundation Grant, Open to Art program, Adams District #12, Thorton, CO

1996 
Hal B, Rhodes Scholarship, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA
Hal B Rhodes Outstanding Art Student of the Year Nominee, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA
Selected member of Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Fraternity, Dahlonega, GA

1995 
First Place Graphics Award, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA
Third Place Pottery Award, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA

1994 
Gloria Shott Scholarship, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA
Internship, Quinlan Art Center, Gainesville, GA

COLLECTIONS
Graduate Painting Permanent Collection, Savannah College of Art and Design
Visual Arts Department Permanent Collection, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA
L. Wright, Atlanta, GA
J. McKinney, Atlanta, GA
E. Benedict, Elberta, AL
H. Beglin, Westfield, NJ
The Thomas Collection, Lilburn, GA
The Singleton Collection, Jacksonville, FL

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2017- present
Visual Arts Teacher, Forsyth Central High School, Forsyth County Schools, Cumming, GA

2004- 2017 
Visual Arts Teacher, Milton High School, Fulton County Schools, Milton, GA

2012- 2017   
Fine Arts Department Co- Chair, Milton High School, Milton, GA

2011- 2013        
Itinerant Art Chair, Fulton County Schools, Atlanta, GA

2007- 2012      
Fine Arts Department Chair, Milton High School, Milton, GA

2000- 2004      
Visual Arts Teacher, Norcross High School, Gwinnett County School District, Norcross, GA

1999-2000       
Visual Arts Focus Teacher, Base Line Middle School/ Boulder School of the Arts, Boulder Valley Schools,  Boulder, CO

1998-1999        
Visual Arts Teacher, Arapahoe Ridge Elementary, Adams District #12, Westminster, CO

1997-1998        
Visual Arts Teacher, Tarver Elementary, Adams District #12, Thorton, CO