Octavia M. Bürgel / octaviaburgel.com / octaviaburgel@gmail.com

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

                                GPA: 3.37

2011- 2015                         Fiorello H. Laguardia High School of Music, Art                          New York City, NY

and Performing Arts 

Advanced Honors Diploma: Visual Art

Published Works

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

Exhibition History

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

and Curator

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  

private collections.

-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

Jetsetting, 2018-2019

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

Art Museum         

-Moderated Creating Space: Curating Black Art Now panel discussion

with featured speakers Kantara Souffrant, Alexandra Nicome and

Abbe Schreiber.

-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.