Victor H. Sparrow
<vhsparrow-at-gmail.com>

EDUCATION

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École Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France.
 Postgraduate study in Painting Materials and Techniques, 1993-4.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting, 1993.

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine.
 Worked with Jane Hammond, Christy Rupp and Mel Edwards Summer, 1992.

Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.
 BA. (honors) in Art and Semiotics [Art History, Studio Art and Communication Studies], minor in French, 1989.

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Amphetameme.org
Co-Administrator May 2005 - PRESENT

Co-Administrator, Writer and Editor for Amphetameme.org, a WordPress blog devoted to Art, Culture and Politics. Responsible for maintaining day-to-day content and keeping the PHP-MySQL db in good running order. Volunteer, part-time position.

Tools used: PHP , XHTML, BBEdit

Federal Trade Commission
Assistant Webmaster, February 2006 - June 2006

  •  Responsible for day-to-day content management of an FTC.gov, the FTC Intranet and internationalcompetitionnetwork.org , building and modifying existing web pages.
  • HTML/CSS/Javascript, XML and DHTML development
  • Ensured 508 compliance for all web-pages and PDF documents published to FTC
  • administered sites;
  • Provided Direct support to FTC staff for all things related to publication on the FTC
  • website and Intranet;
  • Responded to customer inquiries regarding FTC.gov;
  • Created written documentation for all three FTC administered websites.
  • Tools used:
  • Macromedia Dreamweaver MX
  • Adobe Photoshop 7.0
  • MS Office - MS Word, Excel and Entourage

State Education Authority (SEA) for the District of Columbia
Consultant May – October 2005

  • Provided Technical support for anticipated switch-over from MS Access records management to the Open Source LiteracyPro format.
  • Toured client sites to determine their readiness and compliance to the new RMS system.
  • Collected MS Access databases for conversion to the new format.
  • Interviewed SEA program participants to determine their readiness and availability to participate in LiteracyPro training.
  • Drafted bi-weekly memos to DC Adult-Literacy Program director.

Academy for Educational Development
Consultant December 2004-February 2005

  • Designed and built-out an extension to AED's Public-Private Partnership brochure site:
    http://www.aed.org/Partnerships/corporatesupport.cfm
  • Researched, wrote and edited new copy.
  • Built and tested mini-site to correspond with AED's existing site architecture.
    * Tools used:
    o Macromedia Dreamweaver MX
    o Adobe Photoshop 7.0
    o BBEdit
    o Terminal – PERL and Unix scripting
    o HTML with Section 508 accessiblity enhancements, Javascript
    o WS_FTP and equivalents
    o MS Office – MS Word, Excel and Entourage

American Geophysical Union, AGU (Washington, DC)
Web Developer, September 2002-December 2003

  • Responsible for day-to-day content management of an NPO website.
  • Managed and re-deployed AGU's online library of research articles.
  • Verified and repaired links to existing articles and published content, dating back to 1996.
  • Verified and repaired PDFs and HTML content in journal articles dating back to 1994.
  • Used UNIX shell and PERL scripts to batch-process and distribute AGU content to AGU affiliates and intra-agency units.
  • Published new content (HTML, PDF, JPEG, GIF) to the AGU website and participated in some CD-ROM development

Council for Exceptional Children (Arlington, VA)
Assistant Webmaster, February 2001 –June 2002

  • Responsible for day-to-day content management of an NPO website.
  • Responsible for development of new content areas: CEC Today Online, Unit Web Resources, User Feedback Forms, etc.
  • Provided ongoing maintenance and consultation with CEC Divisions – Membership, Public Policy, Professional Standards, Development, etc.
  • Provided Internet consultation and training to Staff.
  • Development responsibilities including designing information architecture, navigation, templates and stylesheets, user-interface design, and HTML, CSS and PHP coding.
  • Responsible for conversion of CEC website from HTML 3.2 and 4.0 to XHTML 1.0 codebase and maintenance of ADA Section 508 accessibility standards.

PBS Online (Alexandria, VA)
Web Developer, February-December 2000

  • Provided ongoing maintenance to Shop.pbs.org and PBS Teacherline products.
  • Development responsibilities included designing product graphics, updating product descriptions, HTML, CSS, database administration and Oracle integration, using Macromedia Dreamweaver.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMa, NYC)
Consultant, January 2000 – March 2000

* Generated product graphics for re-launch of Momastore.org, the museum's on-line retail presence.
* Scanned, color-corrected and optimized images using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe ImageReady, etc.

Computer Arts Instructor, Maryland College of Art and Design, 1998

Taught Introduction to Photoshop and Introduction to Computer Graphics in the Continuing Ed. Certification program at MCAD. Taught beginning and intermediate students principles and techniques of creating artwork on the Macintosh platform, using such applications as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and QuarkXPress.

Art Professor, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia, 1996-7

Full-time studio instructor for foundation-level college art classes (Drawing I, II & III), at a professional art school. Taught beginning, intermediate and advanced students practical approaches to figurative and representational drawing.

Drawing Instructor, Lacoste School of the Arts, Lacoste, France 1995

Studio Instructor for multi-level college drawing class, at an American art school in France. Instructed beginning, intermediate and advanced students in practical and experimental approaches to figurative drawing, with an emphasis on life- and process-oriented drawing.

Production Assistant, National Gallery of Art (NGA), Washington, D.C. 1990-91

Production Assistant (Fellowship) to the Installation & Design Department. Assisted NGA Registrar’s Office, Frame Conservator and Silkscreen Departments and developed a museum tour for high school students with the museum's Education Department.

SKILLS

Computer Platforms/Operating Systems:
Macintosh OS /7.01 - 10.5, Windows 95/98, Unix

Software:
Microsoft Office, ClarisWorks, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe ImageReady, Quark 4.0, DHTML Programming (HTML, Javascript, CSS, PHP) , Claris HomePage, GoLive Cyberstudio, DreamWeaver, BBEDit, Quicktime, PC MacLan. 7.2.

GRANTS/ AWARDS

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Awarded Grant-in-Aid from the National Endowment for the Arts and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, FY 1999

Awarded Harriet Hale Wooley Scholarship by the Fondation des États Unis , for postgraduate study in Paris, France, 1993-94.

Granted Summer Study Scholarship by Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 1992.

Received Grant from Southwestern Bell to participate in the Minority Fellowship Program at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1990-91.

Recipient of the Hugh Townley Traveling Fellowship - Brown University, 1989.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

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2002

Victor Sparrow @ The Arts Club of Washington, Washington, D.C.
2017 I St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
March 1- March 30, 2002
> e-mail me if you'd like to be put on my mailing list for this event!

2001

"Traces of Provence : Art After Lacoste"
Lacoste School of the Arts Alumni Exhibition The French Institute/ Alliance Française, New York City - March 28 to April 20, 2001

2000

"New Talent II" , Signal 66, Washington, D.C. July 28 - August 26, 2000.

"Not Without Laughter" Group Exhibition, Gallery M, New York, NY. A group Exhibition featuring Cary Liebowitz, Carrie Mae Weems, Javier Cintron, Leroy King of Art and Victor Sparrow - June 8-July 21, 2000.

"Genealogies, Miscegenations & Missed Generations" A traveling group exhibition Sponsored by the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, curated by Erin Valentino. The William Benton Museum of Art - February-March, 2000

1999

Skowhegan Alumni Exhibition and Auction, David Beitzel Gallery, New York, N.Y. October

"A Rolodex" an on-line display of electronic book Dec. 1998 - January 1999. curated by Andrew Boardman.

1998 " a\ärt\n." A group exhibition juried by Kathleen Ewing, Sam Gilliam, Judy A. Greenberg, Debbie Haynes, John Ravenal and Alla Rodgers, sponsored by the Georgetown Day School Alumni Association. M.O.C.A./ Clark & Co.. Washington, D.C. September 3-13 1998

1997 "Project : Lusitania" An 'on-line' work-in -progress sponsored by Microsoft and the Minority Business Network (MSB), in collaboration with Allison Maddex.

1996

New Faculty Exhibition , Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia.

"Collectiv: Travaux sur papier" A group exhibition of works on paper, Z Space, Paris.

1995 "Options 1995: Superbia" A survey of progressive Washington-area talent, curated by Allison Maddex, Washington Project for the Arts (WPA), Washington, D.C.

1994 "Tableaux pour le fin des Temps (Pictures for the end of Time)" A series of four group exhibitions, Woolley Gallery , Fondation des �tats-Unis, Paris.

1993

"Lane Clark, Udomsak Krisanamis, Fern Logan, Tatsuya McCoy, Andrea Polli, and Victor Sparrow", Gallery 2, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.

"Black Creativity" - An exhibition of work by Afro-American artists curated by John Rozelle. The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, Illinois.

1991 "Madonna and other Sacred Cows" Solo-exhibition, Thurgood Marshall Library, Bowie State College, Bowie, Md.

COLLECTIONS

Mary Lou and Spike Beitzel, Chappaqua, N.Y.

The William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.

Kate Berman, Charlottesville, VA.

Dennis Derryck, New York, N.Y.

David Derryck, Oakland, CA.