Instructors of The Ann Arbor Art CenterAnn Arbor Art Center

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Daria White Paik

Daria White Paik

Daria began working as a Studio Assistant at the Ann Arbor Art Center in 1999, and in 2006 began teaching. She grew up in Seoul, Korea where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1983. In 1988 she moved to the US where she gained her foundation in ceramics at the University of Alabama in the late 1990's. After completing a two-year internship Daria was elected to full membership at the Ann Arbor Potter's Guild. As an instructor of the Art Center, you will find Daria instructing wheel throwing, hand building, surface decoration, brush making and drum making for both adults and children.

Jerzy Drozd

Jerzy Drozd

Jerzy Drozd is one of the artists of The Warren Commission Report: A Graphic Investigation into the Kennedy Assassination, published by Abrams ComicArts. He leads cartooning workshops for children and teens in libraries and schools, and podcasts prolifically about comics and how to make them. He wrote and drew the graphic novel The Front: Rebirth, has worked on Antarctic Press’s Ninja High School and PPV: Pay- Per-View, and has drawn special projects for Marvel Comics, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, VIZ Media, and others. As an instructor of the Art Center, you will find Jerzy instructing cartooning classes and digital comics illustration in Art Lab.

Payton Cook

Payton Cook

Payton is from a small town in North Carolina. She received her BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Painting from The University of North Carolina at Asheville in May of 2015. During college she painted three murals around Asheville as well as illustrated a book, More Fearless Change. After graduation, Payton got married and shortly after, moved to Ann Arbor. In her art, she notices fine detail and enjoys exploring texture through painting and drawing.

Adele Hawkins

Adele Hawkins

Adele Hawkins is an artist and illustrator from Dearborn, Michigan. She graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Computer Animation. As a child, her favorite things to do were draw, and ride her bike in the woods. Upon graduation she worked as an animator and layout artist for the television show “Axe Cop,” and has also done freelance character design.

Lavinia Hanachiuc

Lavinia Hanachiuc

Lavinia Hanachiuc is a Romanian-born ceramic artist and fine art photographer. Her work originates from an organic mélange of eastern European folklore and superstitions, Latin blood and memories from a childhood lived under an oppressive political regime. Her work is always following the materials and it's at times very short lived , designed to interact with the audience at community events . Hanachiuc has resided in the United States since completing her Fine Art University studies in Bucharest , Romania and she has continued to create art and teach the thrill of chasing ideas and making beautiful objects to a wide audience . She is based in Ann Arbor , Mi.

Kim DeBord

Kim DeBord

Kim Jackson DeBord is an artist and educator working at the intersection of art, design & craft. She earned degrees in Fibers from University of Michigan, Fashion from Parsons School of Design, and attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) as a Trustee Merit Scholar to earn her MFA in Fibers and Material Studies. Kimtaught at SAIC, Columbia College and Lill Street Art Center in Chicago as well as the Ann Arbor Art Center. In addition to a studio practice, she has maintained a long career in freelance art and design. Her work has been internationally published and exhibited. At the Art Center you will find Kim instructing…

Donna Hoyle

Donna Hoyle

Donna Hoyle earned her MFA degree in sculpture from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. She received her BFA in Ceramics and Sculpture from the University of West Georgia. She taught 3D Foundation classes for three years at Southern Illinois University before moving to Michigan. Donna is a mixed media artist who focuses on the theme of science, technology, and the relationships between organisms and nature. In her artistic process, she takes an interdisciplinary approach by combining various materials and methods like wood, metal, fabric, casting, painting, drawing, ceramics and non-traditional materials. She also combines elements of computer animation, 3D modeling, sound design and 3D printing in her work in order to create an immersive environment. Donna has exhibited her work in galleries like b.J Spoke Gallery, Huntington, NY; Henry M. Kashiwa Eco Gallery, Old Forge, NY; Seattle Design Center, EAFA Gallery, Seattle, WA; The Ellington-White Contemporary Gallery, Fayetteville, NC; among others.

Christopher Kamykowski

Christopher Kamykowski

Chris grew up in several states of the Midwest. He found his passion for art and design in his senior year at Sturgis High School in Sturgis, MI. After originally pursuing Architecture, eventually Chris settled into sculpture and ceramics. In 2014, he graduated with a BFA in 3D Studies from Youngstown State University. His work incorporates architectural references, either in clean faceted forms, or using molds of common building materials. Currently Chris is the Studio Tech. for Corbé Co. in Detroit.

Elise Martin

Elise Martin

Elise Martin is a Detroit-based artist who received her BFA from the College for Creative Studies. She works in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture and video. Her work, whether static or time based, relies heavily on story telling. Because fantasy allows people to see life with abstract eyes and through new frames of reference, she strives to create works that reintroduce the viewer to their own childlike mysticism, often manipulating existing visual and literary archetypes to forge fully new narratives. Her work has been exhibited in and around the United States, as well as in Canada and Germany.

Blythe Miles

Blythe Miles

Blythe Miles hails from Texas, and holds a BFA in sculpture from Abilene Christian University. She is an artist and educator with experience in arts administration and a passion for making art accessible to students of any age or ability level. Blythe enjoys exploring the interactive nature of art, and often uses unusual or uncommon materials to create unique work. As a newcomer to Michigan, she loves spending her time exploring the state’s museums, parks, beaches and lakes.

Andy Ross

Andy Ross

Andy Ross has exhibited his photography and artwork in galleries and museums from coast to coast. He lives and works in Ann Arbor as a web and graphic designer. His clients have included Cadillac, Ford, BASF, MASCO, and many others. Andy received his MFA from the University of Michigan, and his BFA from the College for Creative Studies. He loves teaching and has extensive experience, having taught at Washtenaw Community College, Schoolcraft College, College for Creative Studies, the University of Michigan, and at Chabot College in Hayward, California.

Desha Stewart

Desha Stewart

Désha Stewart is an animation director with a passion for humor and zany storytelling. Inspired by superheroes from a young age, Stewart started out drawing flipbooks, attending comic classes at the local library, and enthusiastically competing in art competitions and film festivals before attaining BFA in Character and Experimental Animation from the College for Creative Studies. Starting as a teacher assistant at the College for Creative Studies in 2013, the director quickly found joy in motivating artists to reach their fullest potential in the fields of education and directing. The Ann Arbor based artist has also worked as a Clean-Up Artist on the show “HarmonQuest” and has had work shown in festivals such as Hiroshima and Annecy. Stewart’s work can be found here

Emily LoPresto

Emily LoPresto

Emily LoPresto is a graduate of the College for Creative Studies. She has been working with clay since she attended the Ann Arbor Art Center’s Creativity Clay camp when she was 12 years old and is now in her 6th year of teaching. She started out throwing on the wheel and guided by her love of clay, moved forward through several different processes. After an internship in the art center’s ceramics department and working as the assistant studio manager Emily decided to pursue a degree in ceramics. As a freshman in college at the College for Creative Studies (CCS) she discovered slip casting. It has been her main method in Ceramics ever since. Slip casting is a process in which plaster molds and liquid clay are used to create multiple casts of a form that can then each cast can be addressed differently, making each piece unique. Emily aspires to become a full time studio artist with the mission of creating ceramic objects to be used in the everyday lives of the people around her. You can learn more about Emily at www.eloceramicart.com

Deb Scott

Deb Scott

Deb was born and raised in NY and moved to West Bloomfield in 2011. After 17 years as a graphic designer, she became a production coordinator at Blue Sky Studios working on "Horton Hears a Who", "Ice Age III" and "Rio". She’s currently full time Media Arts and Animation faculty at The Art Institute of Michigan -Troy where she teaches 2D & 3D animation and graphic design. She’s also the owner of Think So Animation Studio in Ferndale where they build puppets, create sets, paint, sculpt and animate. You can find Deb teaching Claymation in ART Lab

Claudia Selene

Claudia Selene

Claudia Selene studied 19th Century practices of French academic artists at the Ravenswood Atelier in Chicago. Over the past ten years, she exhibited and taught art in Chicago, Michigan and Arizona. Her background in neuroscience helped her develop exercises that make realistic drawing and painting possible not just for the "talented" but for everyone who appreciates the magic enough to put in the effort. She won the Michigan Award at the 2013 All Media Exhibition at the Ann Arbor Art Center. please visit her website

Brian Skol

Brian Skol

Born in Chicago, Brian Skol received a continuous education over eleven years in both a classical and academic setting at, Rockvalley College, Rockford College, The American Academy of Art, the School of Representational Art, The Palette and Chisel and The Ravenswood Atelier. He's been highlighted as a finalist for the Art Renewal Center, and has shown with galleries in Chicago, and recently the L.A. Art Show. He believes that an artist should be equipped with a well rounded education in order to be able to adapt to the various challenges that come from painting. He now works as a full time painter with his primary focus being on narrative and history painting. For more information please see his website here

Liz Mitchell

Liz Mitchell

Liz Mitchell grew up in Ypsilanti, Michigan and attended Oberlin College where she earned a BA in Religion with a concentration in Hinduism and a minor in Theatre. She will begin a Master's program in Social Work at the University of Michigan in the fall of 2016. Liz instructs creativity camp and kids' ceramics classes at the art center. In her free time she enjoys knitting, reading, and playing with her dog, Casey.

Larry Sekulich

Larry Sekulich

Larry is a retired high school art teacher with a B.S. (art education) and a M.Ed. (art therapy) from Wayne State University. Teaching, for him, was the perfect way to combine his interest in art with having a job. Since retiring, his teaching experience has allowed him to move comfortably into doing private art lessons, workshops, critiques and even teaching at the Ann Arbor Art Center. Likewise, he has been able to commit much of his time to just doing art, that is, being an artist!

Beth Billups

Beth Billups

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Beth Billups is a mixed media artist who has exhibited her work and taught for the past 18 years. Her encaustic work over the past 11 years has been included in numerous publications and has been exhibited across the country. Her work explores home as a personal narrative and examines our connections to the natural world and to each other. She builds layers of meaning by combining ephemera, oil paint and beeswax, rendering modern images in an ancient medium.

Michael Garguilo

Michael Garguilo

Born in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Michael Anthony Garguilo is a painter and printmaker who received his MFA from Boston University and his BFA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. He has received honors and awards for his work, and has been included in several juried exhibitions nationally. He is currently teaching at Saginaw Valley State University and Oakland University. Since arriving in Michigan in 2011 he has maintained an active studio practice, most recently exhibiting his work in Boston, Michigan, Lousiana and Texas. visit his website here

Brianna Kalmbach

Brianna Kalmbach

Brianna Kalmbach was born and raised in Ann Arbor. She has a B.F.A. in K-12 Art Education from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan and works as a ceramics youth instructor at The Ann Arbor Art Center. In addition to instructing, Brianna spends her time on charcoal portrait drawing and figure studies.

Angela Lenhardt

Angela Lenhardt

Angela Lenhardt has been working as a Ceramics Studio Manager and Instructor for over 20 years. After earning her BFA at the University of Michigan, she stayed in the area to live and raise her family. In addition to teaching, since August of 2014 she has been the Ceramics Studio Manager at the Art Center. Though her work focuses on handbuilding, she teaches students of all ages in a range of ceramics skills. As an instructor of the Art Center, you will find Angela instructing numerous workshops and classes in handbuilding and surface decoration.

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