Professional Experience

Professional clay artist, workshop presenter, public artist, co-founder of Southwest Public Art Group, owner of Helwig Studio

The Empty Bowl Project chairperson, Phoenix, 1996-2000; Carrollton, GA, 2003-present

Workshop presenter, Carrollton Cultural Arts Center, 2004-present

Art Teacher and Gallery Coordinator, The Pembroke Hill School, Kansas City, 1984-1987

Selected Art Awards & Recognitions

2007 Who’s Who of Carroll County, GA

2006 Juror’s Award, 20th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Douglasville, GA

2004 Judge’s Award, Contemporary Arts Alliance Juried Exhibition, Carrollton, GA

2002 White House Holiday Ornament commission, Washington, D.C.

2002 Governors Arts Awards Nominee for Artist of the Year, Phoenix, AZ

2001 & 2000 Tempe Beautification Award: Neighborhood Enhancement Program

2000 ³Chairity² exhibition to benefit women¹s shelter. Chair sculpture . Purchased by Sky Harbor Airport, Phoenix, AZ

2000 Maricopa Area Government Award for McClintock bus shelter, Tempe, AZ

Public Art & Commissions

Design, coordination and project administration of forty plus public art projects including exterior installations and sculptures. Installations include libraries, hospitals, colleges, public schools, a YMCA, botanical gardens, interstate underpasses, a bus shelter, an art center, an aquatic center, a center for the visually impaired, a mall entrance and corporate offices.

Recent Public Art Installations

2007 Mosaic sculpture, with Machiko Ichihara. University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA

2007 55′ wall mosaic & 5 relief wall pieces, with Deborah Landry, Aquatic Center,Douglasville, GA

2006 9 mosaic wall sculptures, with N. Glen & J. Barbour, Corporate center courtyard, Las Vegas, NV

2006 Clay mural at entryway, with Deborah Hinde, Clarendon School, Phoenix, AZ

2004 Sculptural mosaic bench, with Machiko Ichihara, Carrollton Arts Center, GA

2004 Four mosaic benches, with N. Glen & K. Banko, IKEA Store, Tempe, AZ

2004 50 ‘Clay mural on exterior wall, Copper Ridge Elementary, Scottsdale, AZ

2003 Mixed media clay mural, with N. Glen, Desert Botanical Gardens, Phoenix, AZ

Recent Exhibitions

2007 Exhibition with Niki Glen, Carrollton Cultural Arts Center, GA

2006 20th National Juried Exhibition, Douglasville Arts Center, GA

2004-2006 6 group exhibitions with Carrollton Artists Guild, GA

2004 Group Show with M. Anderson & N. Glen, Phoenix College, AZ

2004 Contemporary Artists Alliance juried exhibition, Carrollton, AZ

Art Organizations

Arizona Clay Community Built Association Carrollton Artists Guild

Tile Heritage Society of American Mosaic Artists Americans for the Arts


B.S., Florida State University, 1973 M.A., Ohio State University, 1974

Arizona State University, Public Art course, 1995