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Tess Little

2958 Old Yellow Springs Rd
Fairborn, OH 45324, U.S.A.
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 Curriculum Vitae                                            Tess Little

2958 Old Yellow Springs Rd. Fairborn, Ohio 45324 937 512-5318


EDUCATION     M.F.A. 1980 Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan                 

                          B.F.A.  1975  Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio


2002 - Present   Professor, Art Department, Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio,

1993 - Present   REACH Across Dayton, Program Coordinator


2014  Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition, Springfield Museum of Art, 1st Place Sculpture; 2009 Awarded   YWCA Dayton Women of Influence Award;  2015 – 1994 MERIT  AWARDS, for teaching excellence, Sinclair Community College; 2007 National Conference for Community and Justice, Humanitarian Award, Dayton, Ohio; 2006 Wright State University Outstanding Alumni Award in Liberal Arts; 2005 Awarded by Our Common Heritage, the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels Award for outstanding contributions in the Miami Valley Urban Appalachian Community; 2004 The Willis “Bing” Davis Lifetime Achievement Award, Sinclair Community College Appalachian Outreach Committee; 2003 Excellence in Education Award, Ohio Magazine, Named one of Ohio’s top100 educators; 2003 Best of Show for Pyramid Hill Arts and Crafts Fair, Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, Hamilton, Ohio; 2003 Teaching in Excellence Award, NIOSD (National Institute of Staff  Development) Austin Texas; 1999 J. Calvin Bright Community Award, Sunrise Center, for outstanding contributions to the Appalachian Community in East & West Dayton; 1998 Named one of Dayton’s Top Ten Women.


2011 – 2010  Friendship Arch – Wenzler Park, Kettering, Ohio Public Art Project (Commission by the City of Kettering Parks Department ) Juried commission to build a permanent public sculpture for CitySites, Kettering Parks Public Art Project.  “The Friendship Arch” is a community art project that I conceived and designed in partnership with Kettering citizens, and was placed and dedicated in May 2011 in Wenzler Park, Lincoln Park Drive, Kettering Ohio. This commission consists of a 16’ x 12’x 4’ arch and two 8.5’benches made of stainless steel. The arch and benches have cutouts of the hands of 250 Kettering residents on them and symbolizes the joy and celebration of community and friendship.

2010 “Filled By Spirit: Recent Sculpture by Tess Little” Burnell Roberts Triangle Gallery, Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio

2010  “Filled By Spirit” installation at Cross Creek Church, Centerville, Ohio


2015 – 2016 Sculpture in the Parks Chicago, Illinois, a juried exhibition of sculpture by members of the Chicago Park District and Chicago Sculpture International Center, placed in the public parks in the city of Chicago. “Solstice” steel sculpture placed in Berger Park. December 2015 – December 2016.

2014 – 2015 Sculpture in the Parks Chicago, Illinois, a juried exhibition of sculpture by members of the Chicago Park District and Chicago Sculpture International Center, placed in the public parks in the city of Chicago. “Balancing Act” bronze sculpture placed in Ridge Park. November 2014 – December 2015.

2013  Construction of Space: Tess Little and Jennifer Rosengarten, a two person juried art exhibit at the

Dayton Visual Arts Center, Dayton, Ohio   

2013 – 2014 Chicago Sculpture International 2013-2014 Boulevard Show, a juried exhibition of  sculpture by members of the Chicago Sculpture International Center, that was placed in the public parks in the city of Chicago. October 2013-October, 2014.

2013  Height Width and Depth: Regional Sculpture Exhibition, juried group exhibition, Rosewood Gallery, Kettering Ohio

2012 Form in Flora III, a juried exhibition of nature-related sculpture by members of Chicago Sculpture International Center, Lincoln Park Conservatory, Chicago, Illinois

2015-2012         Annual Member Juried Exhibition, Springfield Museum of Art

2014-2012         Art Ed: An Art Educators Exhibition, Rosewood Gallery, Kettering. Ohio

2015 -  1987      Sinclair Fine Arts Department Faculty Show, Dayton, Ohio

2011 -  1996      A Day In The Country, Clack Mountain Festival, Morehead, Kentucky

2014 -  1991      Dayton Visual Arts Center Members Show,  Dayton, Ohio 

2010                  Bronze-casting CraftSummer Alumni Exhibition, Miami University, Miami, Ohio

2010 -  2010       LINK Gallery, Dayton, Ohio,  Members show, January-December 2009

                           Joseph, Cincinnati, Ohio

Professional Memberships – Fairborn City Schools Board of Education, 2005-2015, President (5 years);  Chicago Sculpture International; Mid-South Sculpture Alliance; The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center in West Rutland, Vermont; Dayton Art Institute (DAI); Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC); Fairborn Education Foundation; Kentucky Folk Art Museum; National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD); National Folk Art Society; Wright State University Alumni Association.



2016-1993 REACH Across Dayton - Realizing Ethnic Awareness and Cultural Heritage Across Dayton. Project Director and founder; established a partnership with the Dayton Visual Arts Center, and EboNia Gallery. I served as Chair of the REACH Across Dayton 21st Annual Studies conference. REACH Across Dayton seeks to promote learning in the arts and humanities by creating an atmosphere that will build respect, knowledge, appreciation, and understanding for the area's diverse cultural populations.  Each year a Studies Conference is held in conjunction with a community art project, two art exhibitions, and related workshops. There were 370 attendees at the 2014 February, day-long conference. I co-chaired the art exhibit, “In The Spirit of Greatness” which was held in Building 12.  I organized the speakers for the day and all other aspects of the conference including a community art project, an art workshop, and a music concert. Before the end of the 2014 conference we started the planning for the 2015 conference. It will be the 22th annual conference. It is my goal to ensure that all of these projects are well publicized, attended, and presented in a professional manner as a means to enhance the college’s and community’s understanding of diversity.

2014-1995 College-wide Appalachian Outreach Committee (19 years). Co-founder of the committee and Appalachian Studies at Sinclair. Helped plan the 19th Annual Appalachian Community Appreciation Breakfast, May 2014. I served as the Master of Ceremonies during the presentation. 120 community leaders attended.


2009   Scenic Designer and heritage consultant to create the set design and backdrop painting for the play Brother Wolf  by the Our Human Race Theater Company, Dayton, Ohio. Responsible for the set backdrop, a 40x10’ landscape painting.


2005-2006  The Many Faces of Dayton Photo Mural and Stories Project  Coordinator and originator of the project. A photomural and stories project consisting of approximately four thousand images of people living and working in the greater Dayton area.  These digitally produced photographs reflect the multicultural nature of the Miami Valley and are grouped on a series of 24 three foot -by-seven foot canvases with mylar overlays. Fourteen story panels, telling stories of how we came to Dayton, accompany the display.

2009- 2003  Miami Valley “Unity Puzzle” commissioned by the Martin Luther King Day Committee, in partnership with Bing Davis. He and I designed and built a 6’x6’ four piece puzzle to be carried each year at each annual MLK march. The puzzle is assembled during the ceremony at Court House Square as a symbol coming together of the Miami Valley.


2002   ”Pathway to Excellence” Bronze relief 30”x18’  Coordinator and originator of project, managed the production team, taught  23 Sinclair Community College advanced sculpture students to create a 27” X 18’ bronze relief for the SCC Student Activities Center.


1995-1998  Heritage Sculpture   Bronze relief 3’x48’   Coordinator and originator of project. Managed 26 community workshops throughout the Miami Valley . 18 teachers in 8 area schools participated in creating tiles. Over 2900 tiles were made by citizens of the Miami Valley. Seventy five artists, art students and volunteers contributed thousands of hours over three years creatively composing the individual sculptures into a 48’ panoramic bas relief. The sculpture is installed on Courthouse Square as a gift to the citizens of the Miami Valley by Sinclair Community College and the Dayton Visual Arts Center.  The Montgomery County Commissioners, SCC and DVAC officials, artists and citizens of the region dedicated the sculpture April 21, 1998.