Whitney Joanne Payne Humphreys
Nostalgic Tones Artist Collective Co-Founder
Santa Cruz and Santa Ana, CA 2015-Present
Lead Event Organizer, Website Creator and Curator, and one of two founding members the collective of diversely talented artists that work to provide a variety of artistic services and committed to connecting communities through art making and collaborative creative events
Board of Directors
Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA 2015 - 2017
Invited to represent young, local artists in the Santa Cruz area to stand on the directing board for nearly century old arts organization, working closely with members and administrators of non-profit.
Cowell Press Member
UCSC Cowell Fine Press, Santa Cruz, CA 2013 - 2014
Selected for exclusive membership to year-long course in letterpress and bookbinding. Traditional letterpress skills, including hand-setting and printing lead type
Southern Graphics Council International
San Francisco, CA 2014 - Present
Lifetime member of worldwide printmakers’ group devoted to creating a community of artists through annual printmaking conferences. Attended 2014 SGCI conference in San Francisco to connect with local printmaking community
INTERNSHIP, RESIDENCY, AND VOLUNTEER
Campaign Creative Director
Steve Pleich City Council Campaign, Santa Cruz, CA 2016
Invited by campaign director to lead all creative aspects of the city council campaign, including designing all print elements like signs, flyers, and pamphlets, and designing and building campaign website, as well as working closely with candidate and event director to coordinate event aesthetics
Volunteer Printmaking Studio Monitor
UCSC Printmaking Studio, Santa Cruz, CA 2013 - Present
Selected to be one of thirty volunteer Studio Monitors trained to supervise the functioning and safety of the student printmaking shop during and outside of designated shift hours. Responsible for opening and closing of shop, as well as the cleanliness and wellbeing of all equipment and students working in the studio
Resident Demo Artist and Introductory Paint Class Instructor
Palace Arts, Santa Cruz, CA 2013 - 2016
Lead demonstrations of store products for customer participation, preformed live painting and taught in-store beginners’ group paint classes.
Volunteer Assistant Exhibitions Curator
Café Delmarette, Santa Cruz 2015 - Present
Responsible for designing, installing, and deinstalling bimonthly art exhibitions featuring up- and- coming local artists.
Summer Intern and Visiting Resident Artist
ArtMill, near Horazdovice, Czech Republic July 2014
Selected by Organization founder, Barbara Benish for Summer Internship/Artist Residency and administrative assistant to work at remote, Bohemian countryside center for sustainable creativity, ArtMill, in preparation for future Children’s Art/Farm Summer Camp Session
Volunteer Teaching Assistant
UCSC Art Department, Santa Cruz, CA 2014
Teacher’s Assistant for both Introduction to Printmaking and summer Screen Printing. Acted as peer mentor and secondary teacher for introductory printmaking methods and troubleshooting for class projects
Graphic Design Intern
Tres Royale Clothing Company, San Jose, CA 2010 – 2011
Design intern for clothing company, gained introductory skills for the graphic design industry and designed several images for t-shirts and sweatshirts and modeled clothing for print ads
Volunteer Art Camp Counselor
Camp OCHSA Art Camp, Santa Ana, CA 2006 - 2008
Volunteer camp counselor for local children in grades third through sixth and taught beginning technique of drawing, painting and principles of design in community program supporting underprivileged youth through lessons and practice in creativity
Professional Muralist and Sign Painter
Santa Cruz, CA 2015 - Present
Working locally as a Nostalgic Tones Artist Collective member, designing and hand painting custom signs and murals of various sizes and styles, including the full interior collaborative mural at the Go Ask Alice Shop in Downtown Santa Cruz, under the direction of Danny Fernandez
Administrative Assistant and Assistant to the Graphic Designer
Catto’s Graphics, Santa Cruz, CA 2016 - Present
Responsible for front desk service, managing sales accounts, office organization, and customer service.
Sales Associate and Assistant to the Visual Merchandiser
Palace Arts, Santa Cruz, CA 2013 - 2016
Performing customer service, and teamwork, and assisting in the design and construction of product display and hand-drawn sign advertisement.
Administrative Assistant and Sales Representative
Notorious Teaze Screenprinting Santa Cruz 2015
Responsible for office organization and customer service, managing phone calls and emails regarding quotes and print job coordination
Assistant Screen Printer, Graphic Designer, and Administrative Assistant
Istyly and Santa Cruz Custom Screen Printing, Santa Cruz, CA 2014
Assisted in all aspects of print production and administrative work. Designed original garment imagery for local T-shirt brand
Guest Artist/Graphic Designer
Dark Seas, Division of Loser Machine Clothing Company, Costa Mesa, CA, 2014
Created original Feminist-themed T-shirt designs as guest artist for skate and surf clothing company, featured in 2015 Fall Catalogue
EXHIBITION AND PUBLICATION
Solo Exhibition 2014 – 2016
Selected to represent Santa Cruz local arts scene, showcased in businesses for month-long, self-curated installation of featured work, hosting a reception, often with a print sale and live painting during Downtown First Friday Art Walk.
· Phase Queens, Miss Mae’s House of Beauty, September-November 2016
· She Reigns, Café Pergolesi, August 2016
· Creatress: Earth Mother Prints, Café Delmarette, June 2016
· Just ladies Celebrating Ladies, Palace Arts, April 2015
· Solo Exhibition at The Tree House Wellness Center, February 2015
· First Friday Feature at Subrosa Café, November 2014
Arts Festival Showcases 2016
Event coordinator, lead merchandiser, and featured member of the Nostalgic Tones Artist Collective in artisan booths at Arts and Cultural fairs across the state, showcasing fine art, handmade products, and collaborative live painting.
· Desert Daze Music Festival, Joshua Tree, CA, October 2016
· Art and Soul Festival, Oakland, August 2016
· Hop N’ Barley Beer and Art Festival, June 2016
Group Print Sale Participation 2012 – 2016
Selected annually to submit art as a part of the decades-old UCSC Spring Print Sale, also assisting in sales and maintenance during event. Began organizing smaller local sale throughout the year, held at the Tree House Center for Healing where I am coordinator, curator, reviewer, and sales manager of handmade works by local printmakers during Downtown First Fridays.
· UCSC Annual Spring Print Sale, June 2012-Present
· Handmade Holiday Print Sale, Tree House, December, 2015-2016
· East Bay Print Sale, Max’s Garage Press, Berkeley, December, 2016
· April Fool’s No Joke Print Sale, Tree house, April, 2016
Group Show Participation
Nostalgic Tones Group Show, Kind Peoples Collective First Friday Features July 2016
Asked to exhibit as a member of the NT Crew several large-scale original works to be featured in month-long group show with First Friday reception
Broken Halos, The Felix Kulpa Gallery February 2015
Was featured as a guest artist in the installation-based collaboration between local Santa Cruz artists, Bridget Henry and Jared Roth, and exhibited a science fiction-themed sculptural and print based piece entitled The Oracle, in which a found object newspaper stand dispensed a self-authored and printed satirical faux newspaper.
Art Bazaar Monthly Collaborative Art Events, Casa De Kennedy November 2014
Featured in first of eight monthly events showcasing local artists, poets, and musicians organized and hosted by Daniel Fernandez at the CDK Activist Coop
Collect!, Berkeley Art Center October 2014
Selected to exhibit stone lithographic print work as representation of the best of local Bay Area artistic talent in juried group show and private auction.
Fire and Ice April 2014
Held private art show featuring senior portfolios of myself and of Star Huson; all self curated, installed, and hosted. Exhibition featured Printmaking, Painting, and Sculptural work.
UCSC Quarterly Open Studios Student Exhibition 2010 – 2014
Participated in a total of 12 open studios events held at the end of each term showcasing student work, curated and installed by students, featuring 2D, 3D, and video work.
Publication and Awards
Cowell Fine Press Quarterly 2014
One original linoleum carving broadside featured in the spring 2014 edition of the quarterly UCSC Letterpress Studio publication, hand-printed and bound by students in the exclusive course
Three printmaking art works featured in the spring 2010 edition of Orange County High School of the Arts’ award- winning, student created literary magazine
UCSC Irwin Grant 2013 – 2014
Two time recipient of the Irwin Project Grant, awarded sums to help complete intricate artistic endeavors proposed in application, such as the Coming Soon poster series and the work done during the ArtMIll summer Internship
University of California Santa Cruz 2010-2014
Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, having completed courses in printmaking, sculpture, public art and art installation, photography, painting and art history. Focusing on printmaking techniques such as lithography, silkscreen, and relief work, with great interest in techniques of hand-drawn animation as well as metal sculpture such as casting and fabrication
University of California Center, Paris Fall 2012
Was accepted into the UC Education Abroad Program to spend a semester living with a local French family in Paris. Completed courses in advanced French language, Jazz music history and French art history
University of California Los Angeles 2008
Accepted into intensive painting and drawing studio program, including both theory, history, and technique, as well as curating, display and installation of a gallery show
Orange County High School of the Arts, Santa Ana, CA 2004 – 2010
Grades seven through twelve, and graduation with honors, including six years of daily studio training in the Visual Arts Conservatory learning a broad range of visual arts training, both theory and technique in both 2D and 3D media. Assisted in creating a new mural painting class for painting large murals on campus.