Rochelle received her first degree from Trinity University (San Antonio, TX), majoring in Art with concentrations in Asian Religions, Medieval History, Theater, British Literature and Creative Writing. She went on to receive another degree in Education from Corpus Christi State University (Corpus Christi, TX), and her MSEd in Arts Education from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). She continued to sprinkle her education with periods of intensive studies at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and the International School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture (Todi and Montecastello, Italy). She recently received a Masters Certificate in Micromosaics from the Fornace Orsoni in Venice, Italy.
Although relatively new to mosaic making, Rochelle has been a practicing artist for over 20 years. She has worked in a variety of media in a variety of situations. Rochelle was the principle designer and fabricator of tombstones for 12 years in Texas, which garnered her the unique skills of driving forklifts and operating 2-ton over-head cranes.
Ironically, Rochelle is currently working on a miniature scale. She has participated in exhibitions, both locally and nationally, and has works in national and international collections. Rochelle has taught art in public schools from the south coast of Texas to the Chicago area for over 10 years. For a number of years, Rochelle was a faculty member at the Chicago Mosaic School, where she taught mosaic and color theory classes. Her additional responsibilities at CMS included designing and implementing after-school programs, mural projects, children’s summer mosaic camps, and community outreach projects.
Rochelle currently works with ArtReach at Lill Street as their Program Coordinator, helping build new ties with new community partners and schools.
Click here to see a list of Rochelle’s previous exhibitions.