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Denise ((bonaimo)) Sarram, BFA         

Summary: For the past 31 years I have made a career contributing in the fields of education and art. Teaching classes, implementing educational enrichment programming, coordinating complex social art events as well as operating my own business and retail shop.

Skills: Creative mindset, empathetic interpersonal aptitude, strong verbal and written communication skills, organized and efficient at administrative tasks, detail oriented, proficient in Microsoft Office, product photography, graphic design, website design and social media.



Artist and Instructor

Independent- NJ and San Diego County, CA                                                    1990- present

Working artist exhibiting original collage/ assemblage and jewelry designs. Teaching people ranging in ages from 6 to 102 years old at educational facilities, museums, libraries, continuing education programs, retirement communities, public schools, youth camps, private/semi-private and group classes. Creating lesson plans, managing classrooms, illustrating and writing instructional handouts.


Activities Program Supervisor

Leisure Care Retirement Community- Oceanside, CA                                2011-2013

Developed a full calendar of events, activities, seminars and outings.  Planned and hosted dynamic theme parties and field trips for senior individuals with a diverse array of physical challenges. Wrote newsletters, designed promotional materials, managed assistants, maintained a budget, hired/ scheduled/ requested checks for over 20 outside vendors.

Received the Leisure Care Excellence in Activities Programming Award -2012


Art Program Administrator

San Diego Visual Arts Network/ Oceanside Museum of Art- San Diego County, CA                      

2007- 2013

Collaborated with this  non-profit organization, to create educational art- centered  events and art opening receptions at numerous locations. Assisted with curating and installing exhibitions. Acted as artist liaison, constructed time lines for projects, designed exhibit promotional materials, both print and online.


Art Festival Coordinator

Spanish Village Art Center- Balboa Park, San Diego, CA                                   2004- 2007

Coordinated a committee of volunteers to organize seasonal multi-vendor outdoor art/ craft shows. Supervised application process, curation, vendor communications, handled calendar deadlines, designed print and internet marketing, wrote and submitted press releases, designed event booth layout, managed crowds, provided excellent customer service on- site, managed vendors set up and tear down.


Jewelry Designer/ Business Owner

Self Employed- San Diego, CA                                                                              1995- 2011

Designed, created, marketed and managed retail and wholesale business operations for my handmade, one-of-a-kind line of jewelry. Operated Studio 14 at Spanish Village Art Center. Exhibited in numerous gallery and museum group and solo shows. Vended at a multitude of wholesale trade shows and retail craft shows (LA, Philadelphia, San Diego, NY, NJ). Designed website and graphic design for promotional material. Created email marketing newsletters, managed database for the mailing list. Enjoyed selling my tiny creations made from the heart with skill and love.



Rowan University Glassboro, NJ- Bachelor of Fine Art: Metalsmithing          1994

-Graduated Magna Cum Laude and received a prestigious Ann B. Ward medallion for creative arts.


Northumbria University Newcastle Upon Tyne, England


-study abroad program

Care and Compliance Group Brookfield, WI: Activity Leader Certification Course                                                                                         


- Focus on senior activities program design and implementation, assessment, evaluation and critiquing effectiveness of the program.

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