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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.

Paloma Nuñez-Regueiro

Paloma Nuñez-Regueiro

I'm a Latin American painter and printmaker based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I have lived in different cities and countries: Peru, Argentina, Mexico, Boston, MA, and Rochester, NY. I studied fine arts in Veracruz, Mexico at the Facultad of Artes Plasticas, and I also studied in Rochester, NY at the Rochester Institute of Technology where I graduated in 2000 with a double major in painting and printmaking. My work is closely related to my experiences of living abroad, the impermanence, the precarious construction of one's present and even less of the future. Currently I am part of Ypsi Alloy Studios, a place that I love, where I work on new prints and paintings. Learn more about Paloma on her website

Payton James

Payton James

Payton James has been living in Ann Arbor and teaching art for the past four years. Originally from North Carolina, she received her BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Painting from The University of North Carolina at Asheville. Payton is passionate about art, whether she’s creating a new painting, reading about art history, teaching art classes, or wandering around an art gallery. In her own art, she examines the concept of liminality, depicting a variety of spaces that represent the in-between. Payton describes herself as a painter, though she often combines it with other media, creating a variety of mixed media artwork.

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.

Elise Martin

Elise Martin

Elise Martin is a Detroit-based artist and educator who received her BFA from the College for Creative Studies, with a focus on painting and sculpture. She is currently working towards her MFA in fiber arts from Wayne State University. Her studio practice involves working with a variety of materials and processes, often simultaneously. She combines her knowledge of painting, sculpture, printmaking and textiles to create multi-layered works of art.

Rhonda Sherwin

Rhonda Sherwin

Rhonda Sherwin is a popular drawing and painting teacher at Haslett High School where she has been teaching for the last 21 years. Students of all experience levels from beginning to advanced placement have found success in classes that she teaches. She has continued to develop her own artwork, in her home studio, using multiple approaches to include: oil, acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media drawing. She has received honors and awards for her teaching and her artwork has been included in several juried art shows in Michigan. Visit her website at rhondasherwin.com

Jon Van Eck

Jon Van Eck

Jon Van Eck is an Ann Arbor-based artist who began his life-long love affair with ceramics in 1982. He became a member of the Ann Arbor Potters Guild in 1987, but left in 1990 to raise 5 kids, work, and go to school. He received a BFA in Ceramics from Eastern Michigan University, and as a graduate teaching assistant taught the “Ceramics for Non-Majors” course for two semesters. Jon set up a home studio and created Van Eck Pottery & Tile Works in 2005. In 2015 & 2016, he taught workshops at the Ann Arbor Potters Guild on making extruded ceramic dies and combining extrusions with thrown objects. In June 2018, Jon began teaching at the Ann Arbor Art Center where he continues to teach.

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.

Jonathan Korotko

Jonathan Korotko

Jonathan Korotko (b. 1992) is an artist working with fiber in sculptural form. He received his MFA in Printmedia at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2019 and has exhibited across the United States as well as internationally. His work mimics spaces and objects that are traditionally associated with certain gender norms and class, refiguring them to create a new sense of opulence and whimsy. Jonathan has been an artist-in-residence at Ox-Bow School of Art and Franconia Sculpture Park, and will be a resident at PlySpace and The Studios at MASS MoCA in 2020.

Tricia Hampo

Tricia Hampo

Tricia Hampo is a graduate of University of Michigan School of Art and Design and Eastern Michigan University with a teaching certificate in Art Education. Tricia made glass beads and sold them to jewelry designers around the country for 15 years. After moving into a new home with an ideal studio space, she began painting again in acrylics, oils and pastels and creating mixed media art. Thanks to the internet, Tricia has sold over 750 prints of her artwork and completed many commissions from clients around the world. She loves to create, and to explore new ideas, mediums and inspirations. She also loves to share her passion for the arts and her skills and experiences with anyone who desires to experience the endless possibilities and joys of creative expression.

Corry Buckwalter

Corry Buckwalter

An avid museum-goer from an early age, instructor Corry Buckwalter has prowled through the major museums of the world for her whole life, bringing a personal relationship to art history to her teaching. In addition to teaching drawing and painting, she designs and maintains local landscapes and has written feature articles about urban design, the environment and city planning for numerous magazines since 2007. Corry studied painting with established realist painter Elaine S. Wilson, and is committed to teaching art as a systematic process for artistic confidence for each student. She has shown and sold her paintings in juried exhibitions in Southeast Michigan for more than 10 years. Corry holds a Master of Landscape Architecture and a Master of City and Regional Planning from Cornell University. Visit www.climateconsciousdesign.com to learn more.