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.

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 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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.