During her undergraduate studies at Missouri State University, Andrea studied art history (including Egyptian art) in the South of France at Université Paul Valéry III and following graduation, she taught English to native French students in Paris. While working on her MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI Master of Fine Arts Graduate Fellowship), Andrea completed an intern/externship with Aperture/Aperture West. She was also awarded the Exploratory Travel Grant to conduct art research in Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan, for MSU faculty. For the past seven years, she developed and has led MSU short-term art and culture programs in France and Japan. Last summer, Andrea completed an artist residency program in Iceland, exploring gender and equality in Reykjavik.