Contact:  Ladianne(at)FlyingSpoonStudios(dot)net

Academic Degrees

Goddard College                     Interdisciplinary Arts    M.F.A.             2013

Studies focused on theories of identity, communication, community, and place.  Emphasis on storytelling and progressive pedagogy.


James Madison University        Communications         B.S.                 1992

Magna Cum Laude, with honors in the field of communications, for Senior Honors Thesis. 



Scott Eaton, Anatomy of the Head, 2014

Scott Eaton, Anatomy for Artists, 2014

University of Oxford, Theory of Knowledge, 2008

University of Oxford, Introduction to Metaphysics, 2008

University of Oxford, Philosophy of Mind, 2007


Technical Skills

Illustration:                   Human, animal, and architectural illustration in variety of styles.

Painting:                         Mixed media, acrylic, and oil on canvas, board, and paper.

Writing:                          Storytelling, feature writing, poetry, short fiction.

Course Design:            Customized workshop and course design and lesson planning.

Classroom:                    Adult, high school, and middle school instruction.

Research:                       Detailed, careful researcher.  Voraciously curious.

Web:                                 WordPress, DNN, Dreamhost management.

Adobe:                             Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator)

MS Office:                      Office Suite



ArtPop:  Member of ArtPop 2015 Group.  Artwork on Adams Billboard

Grand Mural Winner: Charlotte Chamber of Commerce’s First Grand Mural Artist

Juried Exhibit:  Small Works 3, Jeffrey Leder Gallery, LIC, NY, Fall 2014

Tandem Exhibit:  Creo Gallery, Wake Forest, NC, August/September 2014

Solo Exhibit:  Iredell Museum, Spring 2008

Solo Exhibit:  Iredell Museum, Fall 2006

Manifest Gallery, Magnitude Seven Juried Exhibition, Fall 2006

New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, April 2005

“Building Community” Juried Show, November 2004

Lake Norman Art League Members’ Show, October 2004

Charlotte Art League’s Spring Into Art Juried Exhibition, April 2004

Taste of Charlotte, Avenue of the Arts Juried Exhibition, May 2004

Manor Theater, May/June 2004

NBC 6, May/June 2004




KAKALAK:  A Collection of Work by Carolina Poets and Artists

Play Them Bones, by Ladianne Mandel, The Paper Journey Press

Garden Poems, New Lines by Fifteen Poets, Scuppernong Press

Blink, Flash Fiction, Anthology published by The Paper Journey Press

My Soul is Anchored, Anthology by Furious Flower Poetry Center, Harrisonburg, VA

Magnitude Seven, Exhibit Publication, Manifest Gallery, Cleveland, OH




2013 June                   Unity Magazine                      Filmmaker Travis Holt Hamilton

2013 June                   Unity Magazine                      Bank Founder/President Carmen Bermudez

2013 June                   Unity Magazine                      Technology Prodigy Santiago Gonzalez

2013 June                   Unity Magazine                      Jazz Pianist Alfredo Rodriguez

2013 November        Unity Magazine                  Furious Flower Poetry Center

2013 November        Unity Magazine                  Physicist Lisa Randall

2013 November        Unity Magazine                  Food Photographer Penny De Los Santos

2013 May 17               Creative Loafing                    In The Streets: Brass Connection

2013 April                    Mosaic Magazine                  From Volunteer to Career

2011 September       SouthPark Magazine          Up Close and Personal

2011 March                 Lake Norman Magazine      How Sweet The Sound

2013 May                    Mosaic Magazine                    You Need Sunscreen Too

2013 May                    Mosaic Magazine                    On The Case


Professional Experience

2003  –  Present         Freelance Artist/Writer – Owner of Flying Spoon Studios*

2013 – Present           Teaching Artist, Behailu Academy, Charlotte, NC – Mixed Media

2010    Fall                    Set Design/Scenic Art: Christmas Carol, Davidson Day School

2009    Fall                    Set Design/Construction/Scenic Art: Tales of Poe, Davidson Day School

2008    Fall                    Set Design/Scenic Art:   Seussical The Musical, Davidson Day School

2008    Spring              Set Design/Scenic Art:  Comedy of Errors, Davidson Day School

2004  –  2005                Art Instructor, Masterworks School of the Arts

2003  –  2005                 Founder/President – Lake Norman Art League, Cornelius, NC

1994  –   1999                Associate Director of Marketing, PricewaterhouseCoopers



2013 – Ongoing                                                Hough High School Leadership Team

2013 –   2014   Volunteer                              Charlotte Community ToolBank

2006  –  2008   Board Member                    Furious Flower Poetry Center,  JMU

2005  –  2008    Board Member                   Arts and Science Council, Cornelius, NC

2008                   Organizer/Leader                 Climb Up  (Charlotte Team)

2007                   Teaching Artist                       Iredell Museum Poetry Workshop

2007                   Teaching Artist                       Furious Flower Poetry Center Workshop

2004                   Organizer                                 Lake Norman Art League Juried Show

1996                   Organizer                                 Odyssey of the Mind Fundraiser, 2 D.C. Schools

1996                    Co-Chair                                   Coopers&Lybrand Corp. Sports Battle Team


Honors – Awards – Press

2006                Wisteria Prize for Poetry                   Paper Journey Press

2004                Honorable Mention                             Charlotte Art League Juried Show

2004                 Merit Award                                           Charlotte Art League Juried Show

2004                A League Of Their Own                      Charlotte Observer

1992                Honors in Communications            James Madison University



2014  –  Present                        SCBWI

2013  –  Present                        Cultural Studies Association

2012  –   Present                       College Art Association