University of Nebraska-Lincoln Sculpture M.F.A. 2014
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Sculpture (Summa Cum Laude) B.F.A. 2010
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 (UNL) 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 (UNL) 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.
Faculty Instructor: Making for Innovation January - May 2015
Interdiciplinary 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.
LUX Center for the Arts Instructor 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, Department, UNL, 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, Department, UNL, 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, Department, UNL, 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.
Solos and Two Person Shows
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
2009 Between Seeing and Knowing, McFarland Student Union Art Gallery,
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Kutztown, Pennsylvania
2021 Across Media: MECA's studio technician art show, Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine (Upcoming)
2019 Gifted, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, Nebraska
2019 Grounding, Mildred’s Lane, Beach, Pennsylvania
2018 Colors, International Online Art Competition, Art Room Gallery, Online Presence
2016 XxChange: A showcase of woman-identifying makers , Area 405, Baltimore, Maryland
2016 Her Stories: A Women's Art Show , Hal Gomer Gallery, Chesapeake Arts Center, Brooklyn Park, Maryland
2016 Nebraska Rising, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska
2016 Owning It, Invitational, Love Library, Lincoln, Nebraska
2016 Pixels/Voxels, International Invitational, LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, Nebraska
2016 Continuum: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture Alumni Invitational, Esientrager-Howard Gallery, Lincoln , Nebraska
2015 $150 and Under Group Show, Spativm, Lincoln, Nebraska
2015 Benefit Art Auction 2015, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska
2015 Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Collaborative Kinetic Project, Nebraska Innovation Campus, Lincoln, Nebraska
2015 A deLUX Art Gala, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, Nebraska
2014 A deLUX Art Gala, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, Nebraska
2014 7th Annual Juried Exhibition, Norfolk Arts Center, Norfolk, Nebraska
Juror: Steve Elliot, Arts and
Humanities Interim Dean at Wayne State College
2013 A Body Responds to a Body, Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska
2013 Not Trash, Four Person Group Show, Rotunda Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska
2013 How Much Do We Control? M.F.A. Juried Exhibition, Wichita State University (WSU), Kansas
Juror: Robert Bubp,WSU Associate Professor of Art
2012 Tragic Magic, Four Person Group Show, Parallax Space, Lincoln, Nebraska
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 student work.
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 in a panel discussion about the 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.
Professional Development and Affiliations
2020 Frederick Arts Council Volunteer
2015 College Art Association Member
2015 Women's Week in Web; Interface School of Web Design
2015 Makerworks MakerSpace Boot Camp; Detroit, Michigan
2014 Maker Club Executive Committee Member, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2011-2012 Visual Arts in Practice Treasurer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2009-2010 Art Club President, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
2010 Sculpture Monitor, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Grants and Awards
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.