University of Nebraska-Lincoln Sculpture M.F.A. 2014
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Sculpture (Summa Cum Laude) B.F.A. 2010
Studio Arts, Studio Manager | Hood College | Frederick, MD | June 2021 - Current
Mange the studio arts discipline areas to facilitate a clean and organized studio environment that supports Hood College’s academic initiatives. Additional duties include upkeep of equipment, maintaining a safe environment with proper safety regulations, ordering supplies, and record keeping.
Adjunct Professor | Hood College | Frederick, MD | August 2022 - Current
Teach various levels of Drawing to art majors and non-art majors. Explored the figure and still life set-ups to develop a skill set drawing from observation.
Adjunct Professor | Northern Virginia Community College | Loudon Campus | Summer 2021
Educate student body in fine art drawing and foundations 2D design courses. Education was presented remotely due to COVID-19 from Zoom and Canvas platforms.
Sculpture Studio Technician | Maine College of Art | Portland, ME | September 2019 - May 2020
Maintenance of the studio facility and equipment. Additional duties include working with students to ensure health and safety regulations were upheld and equipment was used properly, keep an organized shop, order supplies, and took inventory of materials.
MakerSpace Coordinator | Chesapeake Arts Center | Brooklyn Park, MD | September 2016 - July 2017
Establish operational procedures, organize and create educational programming, as well as consultant and oversee renovations to space allocated for the CAC's MakerSpace. Additional duties are to help procure additional operational support and outreach for memberships to attract interest in the MakerSpace.
Director of Nebraska Innovation Studio | Nebraska Innovation Campus | University of
Nebraska-Lincoln | December 2015 - July 2016
Establish and manage daily shop operations for the wood working facility, rapid prototyping facility, electronics area, ceramics facility, darkroom/screen printing area, and textiles facility. Additional duties are to create and implement policies, standard operating procedures, teach safety/operational trainings to NIS members on all equipment, perform outreach activities to bring in new members, run events in NIS, purchase equipment, organize and curate exhibitions in the Cooper Foundation Makers Gallery and organize workshops to further educate members. Oversee and hire a shop manager as well as fundraise for space completion.
Coordinator of Nebraska Innovation Studio | Nebraska Innovation Campus | University of
Nebraska-Lincoln | August 2014 - December 2015
Coordinate fund raising efforts to build a maker space in Lincoln, Nebraska;
duties include creating a business plan, organizing a tool list, creating and implementing maker space
policies of operation and safety to run a maker space, and organizing the fit-out and construction plan for
the physical site.
Adjunct Professor | Nebraska Innovation Studio | Nebraska Innovation Campus | University of
Nebraska-Lincoln | January - May 2015
Making for Innovation -Interdiciplanary course co-taught with a Professor in Mechanical and Materials Engineering. Taught students how to operate and use advanced technology. Students were required to learn all tools available in a makerspace on Nebraska Innovation Campus culminating their experiences in a large final project.
Arts Instructor | LUX Center for the Arts | Lincoln, NE | July 2014- April 2015
Taught 4 separate 6 week courses on drawing topics to teenage through adult learners; En Plein Air Sketching, Figure Drawing, A Drawing Sampler of Techniques.
Teacher of Record: Intro to Sculpture | University of Nebraska-Lincoln | August- December 2013
Taught college students the
August - December 2012 fundamentals of gas weld, wood working, and plaster as well as unconventional material construction
on; kept the work environment safe and clean and maintained the shop in conjunction with instructing the
Teacher of Record: Intro to Drawing | University of Nebraska-Lincoln | January - May 2013
Taught college students fundament
as in drawing from observation; maintained a clean and comfortable work environment while working with life
-drawing models in conjunction with teaching the class.
Teaching Assistant | University of Nebraska-Lincoln | August - December 2012
Assisted the lead professor in teaching college
students the fundamentals to gas weld, wood working, and plaster; kept the work environment safe and clean.
Selected Solos and Two Person Shows
2023 The Essentials, Gallery 194, Chesapeake Arts Center, Brooklyn Park, MD
2020-2021 During the Quarantine, Frederick Arts Council Gallery, Frederick, Maryland
2019-2020 Layered Perspective, Waterville Public Library Carnegie Gallery, Waterville, Maine
2015 UpKeep, Spativm, Lincoln, Nebraska
2015 Everything All the Time, LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, Nebraska
2014 A Collection: Simulations of the Home, M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska
2014 Re-arrange, Kelly Stading and Liana Owad, Rotunda Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska
2013 Invented Environments, Zipline Brewing Company, Lincoln, Nebraska
2012 Interior Spaces, Camille Hawbaker and Liana Owad, Rotunda Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska
2022 A.I.R. Spanning 19 years, LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE
2021 Created During COVID, Hal Gomer Gallery, Chesapeake Arts Center, Brooklyn Park, MD
2021 Across Media: MECA's studio technician art show, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
2019 Gifted, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE
2019 Grounding, Mildred’s Lane, Beach, PA
2018 Colors, International Online Art Competition, Art Room Gallery, Online Presence
2016 XxChange: A showcase of woman-identifying makers , Area 405, Baltimore, MD
2016 Her Stories: A Women's Art Show , Hal Gomer Gallery, Chesapeake Arts Center, Brooklyn Park, MD
2016 Nebraska Rising, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE
2016 Owning It, Invitational, Love Library, Lincoln, NE
2016 Pixels/Voxels, International Invitational, LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE
2016 Continuum: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture Alumni Invitational, Esientrager-Howard Gallery, Lincoln , NE
2015 $150 and Under Group Show, Spativm, Lincoln, NE
2015 Benefit Art Auction 2015, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE
2015 Grand Opening Ceremony, Collaborative Kinetic Project, Nebraska Innovation Campus, Lincoln, NE
2015 A deLUX Art Gala, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE
2014 A deLUX Art Gala, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE
2014 7th Annual Juried Exhibition, Norfolk Arts Center, Norfolk, NE
Juror: Steve Elliot, Arts and
Humanities Interim Dean at Wayne State College
2013 A Body Responds to a Body, Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, Lincoln, NE
2013 Not Trash, Four Person Group Show, Rotunda Gallery, Lincoln, NE
2013 How Much Do We Control? M.F.A. Juried Exhibition, Wichita State University (WSU), KS
Juror: Robert Bubp,WSU Associate Professor of Art
2012 Tragic Magic, Four Person Group Show, Parallax Space, Lincoln, NE
2012 Little Waves Collaborative Project, Camille Hawbaker and Liana Owad, Rotunda Gallery, Lincoln,
2012 Red Meat and Gluten: Graduate Showcase, Four Person Group Show, Rotunda Gallery, Lincoln,
Residencies and Travel Abroad
2018 Artist in Residence, North and Found Project, Digital Residency: 1 month
2014 Artist in Residence, LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, Nebraska: 1 year
2010 Self-Directed Creative Residency, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania: 3 months
2008 Semester Abroad, Temple University, Rome
Selected Presentations and Demonstrations
2020 Big Art Day Visiting Artist, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania:
Spoke via Zoom conference about life in the arts to the KU student body as an alumni from their program.
2019 Visiting Artist, Maine College of Art:
Participated in the sculpture studio art majors’ final critique giving feedback and conceptual direction to students.
2016 Strategic Air and Space Museum's Science and Art Exhibition:
Introduced the traveling 2,500 square foot exhibit focusing on STEAM education.
2015 NEA's Omaha Roundtable on Creativity Connects, Nebraska Arts Council:
Participated on a panel to discuss change of artists' practice in today's world and how artistic creativity can benefits all fields
2014 Artful Teaching at the Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska:
Developed and demonstrated two hands on activities for an event at the museum for educators related to the current
exhibition, Things Speak.
Grants and Awards
2022-2023 NEA/FAC Create and Activate Now (C.A.N.) Recover Grant, Hood College Ceramic Arts Program, Co-PI
2018 Honorable Mention, Online International Art Competition, Art Room Gallery
2017 Omaha Entertainment & Arts Award for Best Group Exhibition with Nebraska Rising Bemis Center Curated Exhibition
2016 Grit Fund Award, Area 405, XxChange
2014 University of Nebraska-Lincoln/Bemis Center for Contemporary Artist Residency Finalist
2014 Honorable Mention Award, Norfolk Arts Center
2011-2014 Full Graduate Teaching Assistantship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2013 Graduate Student Scholarly and Creative Activity Grant
Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2013 Juror’s Award, How Much Do We Control? M.F.A. Juried Exhibition, Wichita State University
2010 Award of Merit, The 40th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, York Art Association
Press & Articles
Melinda Kozel. “Win! Place! Show!.” The Reader. February 21, 2017.
“People In Business.” The Business Monthly. January 3, 2017.
Kathe C. Anderson. “Art alum helps shape Innovation Studio.” Hixon-Lied College Magazine (Fall 2016): 26-29. September 9, 2016.
Andrea Kszystyniak. “Nebraska artists take over the Bemis.” World-Herald, August 11, 2016.
Michael Krainak. “Nebraska Rising.” The Reader, August 1, 2016.
“Psychogeography, tacos and the future explored in the Bemis Center’s summer exhibitions.” The Daily Nonpareil, June 9, 2016.
L. Kent Wolgamott. “Can pushing 'print' make art? 'Pixels, Voxels' answers ‘yes’.” Lincoln Journal Star. March 5, 2016.
L. Kent Wolgamott. “Works by UNL grads grab attention in ‘Continuum’.” Lincoln Journal Star. January 30, 2016.
L. Kent Wolgamott. “Major shows to open in campus galleries.” Lincoln Journal Star. January 9, 2016.
Chris Bowling. “Nebraska Innovation Studio offers holiday fun, looks at maker technology.” Lincoln Journal Star. December 19, 2015.
Marcella Mercer. “Construction continues on Innovation Studio.” The Daily Nebraskan. October 8, 2015.
Troy Fedderson. “NIC grand opening features UNL Maker Club device.” Nebraska Today. October 8, 2015.
L. Kent Wolgamott.“Everyday objects get new view in Liana Owad's 'Everything, All the Time’.” Lincoln Journal Star, June 13, 2015.
John Darwin. “Making Innovation Happen at UNL.” NeMac, Nebraska Manufacturing Advisory Council. (Blog) May 6, 2015.