Octavia M. Bürgel / octaviaburgel.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Education and Training
2015-2019 Oberlin College Oberlin, OH
Bachelor of Arts: Majors in Studio Art (with Honors Distinction)
and Comparative Literature, Minor in French
2011- 2015 Fiorello H. Laguardia High School of Music, Art New York City, NY
and Performing Arts
Advanced Honors Diploma: Visual Art
2016-2019 Contributor of both print and photographic content to The Grape, Oberlin’s
Alternative Student Newspaper
Selected Titles: 15 Minutes with Baltimore’s Own Butch Dawson, 2018
Album Review: A Seat At the Table, 2016
June 2017 Oberlin College Senior Studio Catalog, Assistant Layout Editor
August 2016 Photo Spread (6 pages), Zug Magazine No. 11
February 2016 Atlanta, Photo Essay, Lenny Letter Issue 21
May 2019 A Library For You, Anytime Dept. Cincinnati, OH
April 2019 Optimix, Thesis Group Show, Fisher Gallery Oberlin, OH
December 2018 Oberlin College Senior Studio Half-Time Exhibition, Exhibiting Artist Oberlin, OH
May 2017 Exhibition Initiative Presents: Material Dissonance Oberlin, OH
September 2016 Exhibition Initiative Presents: Back @ It Oberlin, OH
Work and Volunteer Experience
June-August 2019 Part Time Summer Assistant at Kevin Beasley Studio New York City, NY
-Hands-on aid fabricating sculptural works for exhibition and
-Built molds, shelving and storage units, mixed resin, cleaned
and maintained the studio space.
2018- 2019 Music Director, WOBC 91.5 fm Oberlin, OH
-Corresponded with record labels for album submissions.
-Maintained and expanded the station’s digital library.
-Supervised genre-based ‘Workgroups’ dedicated to the
organization and relevance of our station’s record vault.
-DJ and Host of selected shows:
Black Power Radio Hour, 2016-2018
Staff Picks, 2018-2019
2016- 2019 Founding Member, Co-Chair and Treasurer of Oberlin, OH
FQTPOC Artists Breaking Boundaries (F+ABB)
-Organized, moderated and invited featured artists Eman
Mohammed and Cameron Granger to panel discussion
Capturing Resistance on the intersections of photography
and colonialism in April 2018.
-Aided organization of Porsha Olayiwola performance at
The Cat in the Cream coffeehouse in November 2018.
-Conceived, designed, risograph printed and distributed the monthly
calendar and newsletter from Fall 2017-Spring 2019.
-Led weekly meetings and managed a budget of $7,500.00.
-Expanded our budget allocation for the upcoming 2019-2020 year by 143%.
-Served on the organizational committee of annual Pretty Fest event which
spotlights female, trans, queer, artists of color. Expanded the event to
feature headlining acts Junglepussy and Br0nz3_g0dd3ss in April 2019.
2016- 2019 Head Darkroom Monitor, Oberlin College Art Department Oberlin, OH
-Provided teaching assistance and after-hours aid to students enrolled
in photography courses.
-Mixed fresh and disposed of expired photo chemistry.
-Oversaw general maintenance of the darkroom and photography
2017-2018 Curatorial Assistant to Andrea Gyorody, Allen Memorial Oberlin, OH
-Moderated Creating Space: Curating Black Art Now panel discussion
with featured speakers Kantara Souffrant, Alexandra Nicome and
-Aided with research, curatorial decision making and installation for
the show Radically Ordinary: Scenes from Black Life Since 1968.
-Engaged in months-long research, note taking and compiled extensive
January 2017 Intern, Printed Matter Inc. New York City, NY
-Created layout and graphic design for the wholesale catalog.
-Reviewed book submissions, notifying authors of acceptance into
the Printed Matter’s retail catalog.
-Archived books, event fliers and related miscellaneous ephemera.
Skills, Interests and Activities
Art Technical Skills: Extensive background in traditional Darkroom techniques, freeform sewing experience, woodshop trained on Bandsaw, Table Saw, Track Saw, Chop Saw, CNC, electric sanding. Experience in screenprint, risograph and woodcut printing techniques. Sculptural experience in single and two-part rubber mold making, plaster mixing and casting, resin mixing and casting.
Languages: Fluency in English and French, conversational German.
Computer skills: Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Lightroom, Indesign, Illustrator), Microsoft Office.