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Biography - A Short Version

I was born in Utica, NY on December 14, 1942, just 12 days after the first nuclear reaction had taken place in Chicago in a handball court under the University of Chicago. Thus my identity as “Atomic Baby” was formed. The cold war marked my formative years, ducking and covering in the school hallway, watching the skies during the Cuban crisis, and half expecting to get hit by an Atomic Bomb any minute.

I attended schools in New Hartford, NY, Newtonville, NY, Mt Vernon, NY and Bronxville, NY, graduating from Bronxvile Senior School in June 1960. I then went to Syracuse University, University of Buffalo, and Hunter College in NYC where I got selected to attend Bennington College in Vermont for a term.  I returned to Hunter and received a BFA in painting in 1965. I went back to Bennington for graduate work and received a MA in painting and sculpture.

I settled into a loft on Chambers Street, NYC was making art and teaching at Hunter College. After two years I moved to a loft on Broadway and continued painting and teaching. When the economy hit the fan in 1975, I lost my job and eventually found work in central NY at the Gallery Association in Hamilton, NY making crates for traveling exhibitions. I had purchased farmland in Columbus, NY in 1973 after my mother died and left me a little money, and put up a pole building in which I lived and made art. After a few years of life as a carpenter, I got a teaching job at Colgate University in 1980.

After about 10 years living below the poverty line, things began to look up. At Colgate I met many interesting artists and became interested in using a computer for art making. I was encouraged to create a Digital Studio class and had the opportunity to design the Digital Studio in the Art and Art History’s Little Hall that opened in January of 2001.

I’ve have participated in many group exhibitions and collaborations around the county and most recently in Paris. My most recent one-person show was Atomic Baby in Colgate University’s Clifford Gallery. I have also participated in many NYFA and NYSCA panels and was an Official Observer, at the Governor's Conference on Art and Technology, March 1998. I was a board member at Sculpture Space in Utica, NY for 12 years.

I live with my husband Robert Huot and 4 Samoyeds in the Town of Columbus in Chenango County, NY. After retiring from Colgate U. in 2005 I moved into my new studio on my property and have been making art every since. In my spare time I enjoy doggie activities with my Samoyeds.