• Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Serena learned to draw, paint and sculpt at an early age while visiting many museums along the northeast corridor. The development of her artistic skills at Friends School, followed by her studies at The Art Students League of New York and the Parsons School of Design won her an apprenticeship with Maestro Arturo DiModica involving the production of the iconic “Charging Bull” monument in New York City. While living in New York City, Serena enjoyed traveling to France, Italy and Egypt to tour museums, cathedrals and temples.

    While earning her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Serena assisted the renowned civic monument sculptor, Raymond Kaskey in the making of three civic monuments; one located in Knoxville, Tennessee and two others located in front of the Ronald Reagan Courthouse in Santa Ana, California. During this time, her own sculptures were selected to be included in the “Going for Baroque” exhibition which was curated by Dr. Joaneath Spicer of The Walters Art Gallery and Lisa Corrin of The Contemporary. “Going for Baroque” also included work by Cindy Sherman, Donald Judd, Frank Stella and Andres Serrano. After earning her BFA in Sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Serena began assisting with the preservation, care and display of The Walters Art Museum’s world-class collection and changing exhibitions.

    After about six years at The Walters, Serena decided to continue her professional and artistic development in Laredo, Texas. There, at the Laredo Center for the Arts (LC4A), Serena was awarded a solo exhibition which explored contemporary themes in Medieval Art. After the exhibition closed, Serena began working at the LC4A, first as Education and Gallery Coordinator and later as Executive Director. Within a few years, Serena moved onto McAllen, Texas and served as the Executive Director for the International Museum of Art and Science (IMAS). Serena led the IMAS for nearly nine years. While continuing her studio practice, she earned two graduate degrees in the Arts and Arts Administration.

    Serena earned her MAAA degree through Goucher College's limited residency program, and her MFA in Art from the University of Texas. Her combined thesis research connects arts and wellness, through medical science. Her thesis research is published by Goucher College and can be accessed through 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 2019, Serena moved to Baton Rouge to serve as the President & Executive Director of the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. Serena enjoys placemaking and is a passionate advocate of the arts and sciences for building 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
    Group Exhibit
    Chase Bank in McAllen, TX

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

    2014 “Board and Canvas”
    Group Exhibit
    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
    Group Exhibit
    Organized by Rob Erdle
    Museum of Contemporary Art in Niigita, Japan

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

    2001 “Wood Water and Gold”
    Solo exhibit
    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.
    "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
    "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