Amanda Nyx, Fiercely Serene Studios

It’s hard to tell you who I am.  I never see myself through the same set of eyes twice.   Some days I see a former athlete who may have pushed too hard a few times; other days I see a young woman continuing to be strong both physically and mentally.  One day I may see myself as a wanna-be creative-type with nothing but a really messy craft room; the next day I may consider myself an artist and take immense pride in my work.  There’s a struggle in there, every day, for which angle is the “right” one.

But recently, I’m starting to learn that perhaps there ISN’T a right way to see myself.  Maybe it’s okay to not always be sure – or even to always be changing.  Not every day will be a proud one, nor will every day be an elated one.  There will be successes and failures and non-starters and great achievements.  And I’m starting to think that maybe I’ve been looking for the wrong things.

With this in mind, I’ve started searching for a different kind of life.  I am embracing freedom (and the uncertainty being free can create) to open myself to new opportunities, to live the life that leads me where I want to be, and to find the right balance inside of myself.  It’s not work-life or social-solitary or inside-outside balance.  It’s the delicate line between when to be fierce and when to be serene.

Artist Curriculum VitaeArts Instruction Curriculum Vitae

Acting Resume – Theater Tech Resume

Current Positions and Projects:

2023-                Teaching Artist; BAYarts
2023-                Artist Program Board; FireFish Festival
2022-                Teaching Artist; Cuyahoga County Public Library
2021-                 Flow Dance Instructor; Cleveland Eclectic Dance
2020-                Managing Director; Spontaneously Combustible Apparel
2019-                 Managing Director; Listen CLE
2019-                 IngenuityLabs Coordinator; IngenuityFest
2018-                 Production Manager, Costume and Set Design; Hello Headrush
2018-                 Art Director, Event Manager; McFarland Manor
2018-                 Performance Artist/Dancer, Fine Artist, Workshop Artist, Actress; Fiercely Serene Studios

Past Positions and Projects:

2022                  Art Director; Cleveland Witches Walk
2022                  Teaching Artist; Kaiser Gallery
2020-2021       Managing Director; 48hr Virtual Music Fest
2020-2021       Program Coordinator; Voices Of CLE
2019-2021        Workshop Artist; Northcoast Promotions Inc
2019-2022       Workshop Artist; Cleveland Candle Company
2019-2020       Assistant Art Director; Brite Winter Festival


2022     artSTART Grant, Ohio Arts Council, Columbus OH (for #ListenCLE program)
2022     Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Match Fund Grant, ioby, Cleveland OH (for #ListenCLE program)
2022     Ignite! Impact Award, Ingenuity Cleveland, Cleveland OH (for #ListenCLE program)
2021     Awesome Grant, Awesome Foundation, Cleveland OH (for #ListenCLE program)
2020     Ignite! Leadership Award, Ingenuity Cleveland, Cleveland OH
2019     Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Match Fund Grant, ioby, Cleveland OH (for Zen SoundScapes project)


2018-         Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland OH (studio art, art therapy, theater, marketing)
2008-12    MA/PhD Art History and Archaeology, Ohio State University, Columbus OH (non-terminal program, incomplete)
2004-08   BA Religious Studies/Asian Studies/International Studies, Kenyon College, Gambier OH
2007          Beijing Language and Culture University, Beijing, China (art and language studies)