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    Bachelor’s of Fine Art            May 2011
    University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO
    Major: Interior Design 

2009-2010     High Wycombe, England 9 month exchange program studying Fine Craft
2008              Rome, Italy- 5 week study abroad program. Studying painting and drawing
2007              Paris France- Two week Museum Tour including: The Louvre, Musee

                        d’Orsay, Rodin Museum, Orangerie, and the Pompidou Center

Research Experience
2010-2011      The Chair of a Jazz Ensemble Experience: A project designed to extend my previous

                        research of transitioning from the audible experience of music     

                        visual stimulation of a painting to an original chair design.
2009-2010      Undergraduate Research Assistant to Dr. Susan Stevenson
                        Research Assistant duties include peer reviewing manuscripts, organizing

                        and analyzing data.
2009               Ronald E. McNair Post - Baccalaureate Achievement Program
                         McNair Intern, McNair Summer Research Institute
                         My research project focused on Wassily Kandinsky’s theory of color and form

                          in relation to music, i.e., evaluate Kandinsky’s piece, Impression III    
                         (Concert), in collaboration with Schoenberg’s musical pieces, Second String

                         Quartet and Three Pieces for Piano Op11, resulting in an original chair design.

Professional Experience

2016                  Design Consultant and Sale Representative for Gaumats International

                           Grain Valley, MO

2016                  Art Director and Scrum Master for Dialectic ( formally Larson Binkley), 

                           Kansas City,MO

2011-2016          Showroom Designer/Supervior and Marketing Coodinator for Top Master

                           Inc, Kansas City, KS         
2005-2012        Head Designer for Carousel Adult Day Care Center, Kansas City, Missouri
2009-2010        The Windmill Project: A design group of 12 students of fine craft

                            at  Buckinghamshire New University, in High Wycombe, England,  
                            commissioned to design and install a learning environment for Windmill

                             Primary School. 
2008- 2009       Community Advisor Council (CAC) University of Central Missouri
2006-2009        Art Assistant for Lincoln College Preparatory Middle School Summer


            Meeks, Shawanna (2010). “Kandinsky Collaborative Chair Design: An Original Chair

            Design Developed for a Spiritual Perspective.” Abstract published in 
            The McNair Journal, University of Central Missouri, Volume XIX. Mentor: Dr. Susan

            Meeks, Shawanna (2011). "Chair of a Jazz Ensemble." Abstract published in The Honors

            College Symposium Journal, University of Central Missouri.

Conference Presentations
          Meeks, Shawanna. (2010). “Kandinsky Collaborative Chair Design.” Paper presented at

          the McNair Scholars Symposium, University of Central Missouri,  
          Warrensburg, MO. Mentor: Dr. Susan Stevenson
          Meeks. Shawanna (2011). "Chair of a Jazz Ensemble." Designed presented at the Honors

          College Symposium, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, 
           MO. Mentor Dr. Susan Stevenson

Honors and Awards
2011              Art Achievement Award \ University of Central Missouri
2008-2011    Dean’s List \ University of Central Missouri
2010             Honors College Research Grant
2009            McNair Scholar, University of Central Missouri, Class of 2009; Ronald E.  McNair

                      Post  Baccalaureate Achievement Program
2009            Intern, McNair Summer Research Institute, University of Central Missouri
2009            Art and Design Department Scholarship


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