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.
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
Aaron Polk is an Ann Arbor based comic book artist who has been making comic books professionally for over 6 years. He is a colorist for the internationally best-selling series Dog Man by Dav Pilkey, and has worked as a colorist on other titles such as Cleopatra in Space by Mike Maihack, Science Comics: Rockets, Science Comics: Polar Bears, and Red’s Planet by Eddie Pittman. Aaron is also the colorist for an up and coming graphic novel by Jim Ottaviani and Leland Myrick entitled Hawking, which is a biography of Stephen Hawking who was one of the most important scientists of our time. He has also done work for Marvel Comics, Image Comics, Hasbro, and others. When he is not teaching comics creation classes or creating comics himself, Aaron likes to spends his time under warm, fuzzy blankets with his cat Higgs.
Jennifer Belair Sakarian
Jennifer Belair Sakarian is a visual artist and educator. She was raised and educated in the Midwest with degrees in Fine Arts, specifically Printmaking. She once worked a summer at Yellowstone National Park which permeated her creative practice. She is interested in the relationship between the self and the natural world. You can find her artwork here. She is also the author of a book of poems and monotypes called, I'm okay, okay. At the Ann Arbor Art Center she has taught Beginning Photoshop, Bookbinding and Printmaking classes.
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 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.
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
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 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.
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
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
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 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
Samantha Zhang graduated with a business degree and has worked in the art and design sector for 8 years. In 2014 she completed a full training program focused on professional jewelry design and fabrication from The Central Academy of Fine Art (the CAFA). In 2015 she launched her own jewelry studio, JZ Atelier Jewelry Co in Beijing, China. The goal was to provide a platform to share, exchange and help others who shared her same passion. Her studio was featured in Beijing Kids magazine, Thats Beijing Magazine and Global time Beijing. Nature and Emotion are the main inspirations for her personal work. She loves to transform what she sees and feels into actual pieces of fine jewelry. Samantha finds design to be a fascinating journey and loves being able to be a small part of creating and teaching the art of crafting jewelry. She currently residents in Canton Michigan and is the owner of JZ Atelier Jewelry LLC. She loves sharing her skills, knowledge and passion with her students.