Our instructors

Douglas Bosley

Douglas Bosley is an artist who lives and works in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He received his artistic training in printmaking and makes detailed and fanciful etchings. When he isn’t making art, he likes to read a good book, work in the garden, or just hang out with his lovely wife, their two cats, two axolotls, and one turtle. Douglas holds a BFA from Western Washington University and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin. He received an Illustrator of the Future Award in 2009 and the grand prize of the National Society of Arts and Letters Competition in 2013. His artwork is held by several collections and has been included in numerous nationally and internationally shows. He teaches art part-time at College for Creative Studies in Detroit.

Eve Bratten

Natalie Bultman

Natalie Bultman is from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Currently, she is studying Art & Design at U of M, focusing on ceramics. Outside of teaching and creating, she loves playing soccer, hiking, camping, and anything outdoorsy! She is from Michigan, but is from anywhere outdoors–she especially love mountains, beaches, and woods.

Kim Jackson DeBord

Kim Jackson DeBord is an artist and educator working at the intersection of art, design & craft. She earned degrees in Fiber from the 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 Fiber and Material Studies. Kim taught at SAIC, Columbia College, Lill Street Art Center in Chicago, and the Ann Arbor Art Center. In addition to studio practice, she has maintained a long career in freelance art and design. Her work has been internationally published and exhibited.

Rachel Derocher

Rachel graduated from Albion College with a BA in Psychological Science and Environmental Studies. She joined the Art Center staff in the summer of 2019 and assists with educational programming, including teaching classes and developing new ArtBoxes. Outside the Art Center, you’ll find her exploring new hiking trails, taking on new crafts, and befriending all sorts of dogs.

David Dziedzic

Charlotte Grenier

Kristine Haddox

Tricia Hampo

Tricia Hampi is a graduate of the 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 worldwide. She loves to create and 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.

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 various mixed media artwork.

Kyra Koprowski

Originally born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Kyra Koprowski is an Ann Arbor-based artist specializing in painting and illustration. She received a BFA from the University of Michigan’s Stamps School of Art & Design in 2022 and a minor in History of Art. While originally trained in the Flemish Technique of oil painting, Kyra now enjoys experimenting with textural mixed media elements in her paintings, most recently combining beeswax, broken mirrors, and plastic rhinestones. Her favorite subject matter is portraiture and the human figure, and she can often be found casually doodling the faces and people around her.

Andrea Lozano

Born in Mexico City to a Michigan-born mother and Mexican father, Andrea calls herself a “Michimeca.” At age 13, she audited art classes at the University of Guadalajara’s Escuela de Artes Plásticas. After earning her BFA from Olivet College and studying graphic design at WMU, she freelanced for The Detroit Institute of Arts, Cranbrook Schools, and The Detroit Chamber Music Orchestra. She has illustrated four books. As an owner of the Art of Living Studio/gallery, she co-founded the Michigan Chapter of the American Society of Portrait Artists (ASOPA). In 2002, she was named “Michigan Hispanic Artist of the Year” by the MI Hispanic Caucus in Lansing. After teaching high school art and Spanish in Santa Fe, NM, she spent one year in Mexico creating art and getting reacquainted with the culture she loves. Back in Michigan, she continues to share her experiences through teaching.

Lila MacKinnon

Julie Madden

Julie Schnell Madden is a ceramic artist who has worked with the material for over 35 years, creating both functional and non-functional clay objects. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and she has served as Visiting Artist at various institutions, often creating curriculum and teaching strategies while in residence. She received her BFA from Ohio University and her MA and MFA from Bowling Green State University. Spending most of her career teaching at various universities, she has recently relocated back to her hometown of Toledo, Ohio, where she has set up her studio.

Sonimar Maldonado-Alvarado

Sonimar joined the Art Center in September 2021 as the Development and Communications Associate. She is a female painter from Puerto Rico, specializing in Art Research and Administration. Sonimar has her Master in Art Administration from Eastern Michigan University, a Master in Fine Art from American University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and an Associate in Painting/Drawing from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. On the side, she loves to teach, cook, bike (newly acquired), and spend time with her family and dogs.

Susan Mankowski

Marc McCay

Marc received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking from Indiana University, Bloomington, Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts. Coming from California and traversing the country several times, he finally landed at the Art Center. In addition to being a Printmaker and Ceramicist, Marc has a passion for all things Mid-Century.

Liz Mitchell

Liz Mitchell (she/her/hers) is a social worker and psychotherapist who has a passion for education and ceramics. She has worked with the Ann Arbor Art Center in various roles since 2014, including camp staff, ceramics studio assistant, ceramics instructor, and education consultant. Liz currently teaches youth ceramics classes and some adult workshops at the art center; her primary interests are wheel throwing and surface decoration. Liz enjoys playing roller derby, hiking, and caring for her houseplants when she’s not working as a therapist or art instructor.

Irene Mokra

Irene Mokra has been teaching kids for the last ten years. She has extensive knowledge of preschool and elementary school art education. Irene has graduate degrees in anthropology and business and has taken basic art education at Washtenaw Community College, and multiple classes at the Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor Rec and Ed, and learning from Janet Kohler, Bob Banks, Mary Thiefels, Lea Bult, Sarah Clark Davis, Nick Reszetar, and others. Irene is a Huron River Art Collective member and many other professional artist associations. She exhibited her work at local galleries, Ann Arbor District Library, Ella Sharp Museum, and multiple non-juried sites. In 2017, she started an LLC children’s art studio, Imokra Art, and ran successful kids’ art camps and Sunday art school. Since 2017, she has developed a Reggio Emilia-inspired art program at Sunshine Special Preschool in Ann Arbor. Currently, she teaches art enrichment classes at Emerson school in Ann Arbor.

Amanda Moore

Josh Musto

Josh Musto is a Chicagoan artist and animator, having graduated from DePaul University with a BFA in Animation with a concentration in storyboarding and character design. He believes there’s always more to learn as an artist and is passionate about helping people discover what more they can learn for their own artistic growth. Josh can be found teaching at the Ann Arbor Art Center between other creative projects.

Deanne Neiburger Ceramic Studio Tech at the Ann Arbor Art Center

Deanne Neiburger

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 the classes she teaches. She has continued to develop her own artwork in her home studio, using multiple approaches, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media drawing. She has received honors and awards for teaching, and her artwork has been included in several juried art shows in Michigan.

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 taught the “Ceramics for Non-Majors” course for two semesters as a graduate teaching assistant. 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.

Sajeev Visweswaran

Sajeev Visweswaran is a visual artist/printmaker based in Ann Arbor, USA. While he works in many media and styles, drawing always comes at the center of his work. He has focused on minimalist lines and measures etchings throughout his repertoire. Sajeev’s works draw on the tension between the mundane activities of everyday life and his political sensibilities, between his young life in village India and the world of fine art. He is fascinated by the intersection of the personal and the political, presence and absence, the domestic and the public. Sajeev received his training from the College of Art, New Delhi, where he received his BFA before completing his MVA at M.S. University, Baroda. His first solo show was held at 1 Shanthi Road, Bangalore, in 2014, and his works have been selected for several exhibitions and group shows across India, as well as in Korea, Romania, and France. He has attended residencies at 1 Shanthi Road, Bangalore, in 2014 and the ‘Residence Price’ at the 13th Biennale Internationale de Gravure de Sarcelles, France, in 2008. His work was also selected for The Fifth Graphic Art Biennial of Szeklerland în Sfântu Gheorghe, Romania, in 2018. Recently he curated a four-person exhibition, ‘Division, Commonality, Encounter’ at Scarab Club, which was well received in the Detroit art community.

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, receiving 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 1990s. After completing a two-year internship, Daria was elected to a 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.