• Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Serena began art lessons before the age of ten and received her secondary education at Friends School where she was an honor student majoring in Art. She grew up learning to draw, paint and sculpt, studying the work of the great Renaissance masters while regularly visiting the art museums along the east coast corridor. The development of her artistic skills and continued studies at The Art Students League of New York won her an apprenticeship with Maestro Arturo DiModica involving the production of the iconic “Charging Bull” monument in Manhattan's financial district. Serena also assisted renowned civic monument sculptor Raymond Kaskey in Washington, D.C. where she helped in the making of three civic monuments; one located in Knoxville, Tennessee and two located in front of the Ronald Reagan Courthouse in Santa Ana, California.

    Prior to completing her undergraduate studies, Serena traveled the world and lived in New York City, working for a SoHo industrial design shop, assisting celebrity clients such as Yoko Ono, Brooke Shields, and Tina Weymouth. After traveling to France, ltaly and Egypt, Serena was awarded the Francis Harvey Merit Scholarship and earned her BFA degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Serena was selected among four undergraduate students to work at The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. She worked The Walters Art Museum as an Art Handler and Senior Collections Management Technician, to care for the preservation and display of its world-class collections and changing exhibitions.

    After completing her BFA degree in Sculpture, Serena continued her professional and artistic development in Texas, with her first solo exhibition at The Laredo Center for the Arts. After the exhibition closed, Serena was recruited to Gallery & Outreach Coordinator, as well as Executive Director of the Laredo Center for the Arts. Serena has also served as Education Director and Executive Director of the International Museum of Art & Science in McAllen, Texas for seven years before deciding to open her own public art studio and complete her graduate studies. She opened The Studio Galley in McAllen, Texas where she taught art classes and organized several art exhibitions, promoting the art work and exchange of ideas with fellow regional artists.

    Serena earned her MAAA degree through Goucher College's limited residency program, led by national leaders in nonprofit arts administration. Serena earned her MFA from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley College of Fine Arts. Her combined thesis research connects the visual arts to medical science, for reducing stress and enhancing problem solving capabilities. Her thesis research is published
    through Goucher College at https://mdsoar.org/handle/11603/4382

    Serena has over twenty years of cumulative experience in driving successful fine arts and museum programs while continuing to exhibit her own work at various venues. In 2017, the Board of Trustees reappointed Serena as President & Executive Director of the International Museum of Art & Science in McAllen, TX. Serena is a passionate leader who advocates for the important educational role of art and science museums in furthering sustainable communities.

    EXHIBITIONS and PUBLIC COMMISSIONS

    2018 "The Visual Note"
    Solo exhibit at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    Performing Arts Complex, Edinburg, TX

    2018 MFA GRADUATE SHOW
    Solo exhibit at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley College of Art
    Charles and Dorothy Clark Art Gallery, Edinburg, TX

    2017 "45th International Juried Exhibition"
    International juried exhibition, selected from over 600 international artists; 1 of over 100 exhibiting artists. Awarded 2nd Place in
    water-media.
    Brownsville Museum of Art, Brownsville, TX

    2016 “Fall National Juried Exhibit”
    National juried competition, selected from over 400 national artists; 1 of 46 exhibiting artists.
    Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Marin, CA

    2016 Upper Valley Art League Members Show
    Chase Bank in McAllen, TX

    2015 Group Show
    Exhibition with 25 local artists, by invitation.
    Galleria 409, Brownsville, TX

    2014 “Board and Canvas”
    The Studio Gallery, McAllen, TX

    2013 “Open Season for Art II”
    Group exhibit with 15 local artists
    The Studio Gallery, McAllen, TX

    2012 “Deacon Doors”
    St George Eastern Orthodox Church in Pharr, TX

    2012 “What is Sacred”
    Group exhibit with 20 local artists
    The Studio Gallery, McAllen, TX

    2012 “Open Season for Art”
    Group exhibit with 18 local artists
    The Studio Gallery, McAllen, TX

    2009 Murals
    South Texas Motorcycle Museum, Edinburg, TX

    2004 Worldwide Watercolor Group
    Organized by Rob Erdle
    Museum of Contemporary Art in Niigita, Japan

    2002 “Watercolor Spirits”
    Laredo Art League Members Show
    Laredo Center for the Arts, Laredo, TX

    2001 “Wood Water and Gold”
    Laredo Center for the Arts, Laredo, TX

    1996 “BFA Thesis Show”
    Solo exhibit
    Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

    1994 “Going for Baroque”
    Group exhibit with Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons, Andres Serrano, Dotty Attie, Karl Connoly, Frank Stella
    Curated by Dr. Joaneath Spicer and Lisa Corrin in conjunction with The Maryland Institute College of Art and The Contemporary
    http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1995-09-24/features/1995267174_1_baroque-art-renaissance-art-works-of-art
    The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD

    1996 “Portrait of Helena Blavatsky”
    The Baltimore Theosophical Society, Baltimore, MD

    1996 Sculpture Apprentice for Raymond Kaskey, Washington, D.C. in the making of "Courage & Wisdom" at the Ronald Reagan Courthouse in Santa Ana, CA, "Peace Treaty" in Knoxville, TN

    1989 Sculpture Apprentice for Arturo DiModica, New York, NY in the making of "Charging Bull" in New York City

    1987 New York Art Students League
    Member Show
    Art Students League of New York, NY

    INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

    Italy (MFA Study Abroad Program 2017)
    Mexico (2015)
    Ireland (Painting with Worldwide Watercolor 2004)
    Mexico (2002)
    France (1986)
    Italy (1985)
    Africa (1984)


    EDUCATION

    Master of Fine Arts
    University of Texas Rio Grande Valley College of Art, Edinburg, TX

    Master of Arts in Arts Administration
    Goucher College, Baltimore, MD

    Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture
    Maryland Institute of Fine Arts, Baltimore, MD