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I am driven by passion and curiosity. I strive to bring thought provoking and process-based work to new audiences, while promoting art collecting and paying artists fair compensation. I fostered my love of art and design by acquiring a BFA from the University of WI-Stout. Since that time I have held the role of Small Business Owner, Freelance Graphic Designer, Creative Director, Executive Director and Curator. I am currently the Visual Arts Curator at the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder, CO.
Most notable was her role at the Firehouse Art Center in Longmont where she was Executive Director/Curator for 4 years. Under her guidance, the Firehouse emerged as the leading space for contemporary art in the area, winning the Times Call Best Art Gallery in 2014-17 and the Daily Camera Best Art Gallery 2013-17. She founded a monthly film program in 2012 and created Longmont’s only film festival – the Front Range Film Festival in 2013.
Recently Kooiman Parker partnered with multi-disciplinary artist Drew Austin and founded Studio.Public. Through podcasts, digital interviews, critical discussion, and a print publication, Studio.Public documents what makes an artist thrive and brings the person behind the work to the forefront.
News & accolades
4/29/19: Boulder Lifestyle Magazine
2/14/19: The Denver Post
2/14/19: The Boulder Weekly
11/27/18: Daily Camera
3/3/18: Longmont Times Call
8/25/16: Longmont Times Call
4/21/16: Daily Camera
Firehouse Art Center awarded Best of East Boulder County Art Gallery 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Firehouse Art Center awarded Times Call Readers Choice Best Art Gallery 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
[PHOTO CREDIT: Rebecca Stumpf (left) and Lisa Patchem (right)]