Art + Nature + Community
Over the past two decades, Jodi has been featured in numerous galleries; she has curated and implemented over 110 community arts projects & exhibitions; and she has completed dozens of community development projects and artist residencies culminating in public art or temporary environmental sculpture installations.
Environmental Sculpture & Artist Residency Projects
Jodi has completed installations in state and county parks, fine art galleries, and public buildings. Projects have received funding from the Peninsula Arts Association, Door County Community Foundation, Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, the Wisconsin Arts Board, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
VisionPerry was an art-based economic development project in the rural community of Perry County, Tennessee. Styled after the Works Project Administration, the project was a response to the County's unemployment rate of 27%, which was the third highest in the United States at that time. Local youth, age 14-24, were hired by city government to carry out various public works projects, including the creation of an arts district. Jodi was among the founding members of VisionPerry, and oversaw a staff of twenty-four youth who were hired to create ten public art projects over 12 weeks.
The art staff worked with regional artists to create public art including murals, ceramic tile installations, a giant basket-woven fence, and embellished trash cans.
The project received funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the State of Tennessee, and the Southwest Tennessee Workforce Association. Staff members learned vocational skills while gaining a stronger sense of community, identity and purpose.
As a unique rural arts destination, the creation of the arts district drew tourists into the small county of just over 6,000 people. VisionPerry received national and international media attention including coverage on NPR, BBC, Al Jazeer, and the New York Times.
Projects under Jodi's direction have received funding from numerous sources including those named above. In 2004, she was awarded the Fred Alley Visionary Award for excellence in community arts programming. In 2012, she was nominated as the Accessories Designer of the Year by RAW Artists Tucson.