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Naomi Shanti - Curriculum Vitae

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

Naomi Ballard is a professional artist residing in Ocala, Florida. She has a bachelor’s in Studio Art, (painting and printmaking) from the University of Minnesota Morris. Naomi has been a full-time professional artist for over 15 years. She has shown her work in galleries and art festivals across the country, tattooing locally in Ocala, Florida, and has been teaching art to all ages. Naomi’s love of birds, nature, and conserving wildlife has inspired her paintings, tattoos, and volunteer work for many years, this inspiration has ignited a spark to learn more about natural resources and transition into a career combining art, science, and wildlife conservation.

 

EDUCATION

Graduate Certificate Geospatial Analysis

University of Florida, Online

August 22, 2024

 

​Florida Master Naturalist Program

University of Florida

April 2024-Present

 

BA in Studio Art, Minor in Art History

University of Minnesota Morris, MN

2015-2017

 

AA in Illustration

Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

2010-2013

 

EXPERIENCE

Natural Resource Intern

Alachua Conservation Trust, Gainesville, FL, May 2024 -August, 2024

 

Owner, Artist, Tattoo Artist

The Art of Naomi Shanti (Alchemy Tattoo & Fine Art), Ocala, FL, 2008 – PRESENT

 

Art Educator (ages 2-adult)

Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, FL, 2018–2020

 Art Educator (ages 4-15)

 Cornerstone School, Ocala, FL, 2017- 2018

 

 

 

VOLUNTEER WORK

 

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (Ocala, FL):

  • Maintenance and monitoring of Southeastern American Kestrel nesting boxes for SEAMKE program

  • Maintenance and monitoring of Bluebird nest boxes 

  • Prescribed fire application

  • Scrub Jay population surveys, Jay WatchJay walk

  • Data collection

 

Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge (Ortonville, MN):

  • Digital photography

  • Social media administrator

  • Environmental Outreach

  • Wood Dduck nest box building

 

 

Ortonville School (Ortonville, MN):

  • Created the volunteer art[JB1]  programEstablished art program for PK-6th grade.

  • Adjunct instructor PK-6th grade

  • Sought out grants, and successfully applied for grant funding

●Established volunteer art program

  • Built art curriculum

 

University of Tennessee (Martin, TN)

  • Wildlife Society Volunteer

  • Events and donations

  • Environmental educator

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

  • 2013                            The End is Where It Begins. Cedar Rapids, IA.

  • 2015                            Grand New Ulm Juried Exhibition. New Ulm, MN.

  • 2016                            Art Show Bling. Juried Art Exhibition, University of Minnesota Morris.

  • 2016                            SMAC Region Juried Exhibition. Hutchinson Center for the Arts, Hutchinson, MN.

  • 2017                            Art and Art History, Juried Exhibition. University Texas Tyler.

  • 2017                            Essential Art Exhibition, Paramount Center for the Arts, St. Cloud, MN.

  • 2017                            Printmaking Now, Juried Exhibition. Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI.

  • 2017                            Summation, Group Exhibition, University of Minnesota Morris.

  • 2017                            Best in Show, Transformations, Webber Gallery, Ocala, FL

  • 2017                             The Art of the Selfie, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL

  • 2018                            Expressions, Group Exhibition, Laguna Beach Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

  • 2018                            Arts and Harmony, Group Exhibition/Traveling Show, Hopkins Center for the Arts, New Brighton, MN

  • 2018                            11th Biennial International Show, Punta Gorda Visual Arts Center, Punta Gorda, FL

  • 2018                            Nude Night, Orlando, FL

  • 2018                            First Friday Art Walk (February-April), Ocala, FL

  • 2019.                           Arts and Harmony, Group Exhibition/Traveling Show, Hopkins Center for the Arts, New Brighton, MN

  • 2020-2021                   First Friday Art Walk (September-May), Ocala, FL

  • 2021.                           Venus Rising, NOMA Gallery, Ocala, FL

  • 2022.                          Passion, NOMA Gallery, Ocala, FL

  • 2022.                          Natura, NOMA Gallery, Ocala, FL

  • 2023.                          Lake Mary/Heathrow Art Festival, Lake Mary, FL

  • 2023.                           Uptown Art Expo, Altamonte Springs, FL

  • 2023                             Cedar Key Art Festival, Cedar Key, FL

  • 2023                             FAFO, Ocala, FL

  • 2024                             Cedar Key Art Festival, Cedar Key, FL

 

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • 2013                            Rhythms of Life. Martin, TN.

  • 2015                            Upper Minnesota Art Meander. Ortonville, MN.

  • 2016                            My People. Granite Area Arts Council, Granite Falls, MN.

  • 2016                            Upper Minnesota Art Meander. Ortonville, MN.

  • 2019-2020                  Art in City Spaces. Ocala, Florida

  • 2022.                          Natura, Ocala, Florida

 

ARTIST PRESENTATIONS

  • 2016                            Granite Area Art Council, Granite Falls, MN

  • 2016                            UMM, Morris, Minnesota

  • 2017                            UMM, Morris, Minnesota

  • 2017                            Big Stone Art Council, Ortonville, MN

  • 2023                           NOMA Gallery, Ocala, FL

 

 AWARDS/ PUBLICATION

  • Best of Florida 2022, Alchemy Tattoo and Fine Art 2022

  • Natalie Benoit Award University of Minnesota art award. 2017

  • PBS Postcards, MN 2017

  • Richard Remmers, “Local artists show off their work in Meander,” Public Opinion, September 30, 2016. 

  • 2016 “Postcards”, Pioneer Public Television, Appleton, Minnesota

  • People's Choice Award Grand New Ulm Juried Exhibition. New Ulm, MN. 2015

 

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