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We are incredibly proud that our instructors, including those who have earned recognition both as artists and as teachers.  With such a diverse and professional group, your experience in an Art School class is sure to be successful.

KATHERINE AMMAN MA in Art Education, Louisiana Tech University; MFA in Painting/Drawing, Louisiana Tech University. Katherine is a native Louisiana artist and former professor of art at Louisiana Tech University. She has exhibited in 80 national and international exhibitions and has had 13 solo shows including an exhibition at Centre D’Arts Plastiques Albert Chanot in Clamart, France and “The Holy Mysteries” exhibition at St. John the Divine in New York City. In 2003, she was awarded the Artist Fellowship Award by the Louisiana Division of the Arts.

ANNE ARMSTRONG BA in Architecture, University of Oregon; MA in Architecture, University of Texas.  Armstrong has been working with steel as an art and architectural medium for the past 8 years. She has participated in residencies at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine, and at Elsewhere in Greensboro, North Carolina.  When she's not welding or architecting, she spends her free time making maps and plotting artistic urban interventions.

ELIZABETH BLAIR BFA in Painting, Indiana University; MFA in Painting, Pratt Institute. Blair has exhibited in group shows in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Atlanta.

ANA BORNE BA in Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin; Mosaic and Mixed-Media artist. Has been with The Art School since 2005. Recipient of the Partners in the Arts Award in 2011 from the City of Austin. Member of the Austin Mosaic Guild.

REBECCA BORRELLI BA in Art, Kent State University; MA in Art Education, The University of Texas at Austin. Borrelli has served as a kindergarten and elementary art educator in Ohio and Texas, in addition to teaching art in preschools and directing summer camps.

CANDACE BRICENO BFA in Visual Arts Education, The University of Texas at Austin; MFA in Drawing and Painting, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Briceno was selected as one of the Austin Museum of Art’s “22 to Watch” in 2005. Her work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions in California, Florida, Texas, and Chicago. She has been part of the Art School faculty since 1998.

CAROLYN BROOKS BFA, University of North Texas; MFA, The University of Texas at Austin. Currently a school counselor in Eanes ISD, Brooks is a ceramic artist who works with fiber and paper and teaches creative self-exploration.

ABIGAIL BROWN BA in Studio Art, College of Wooster; received the Donald R. MacKenzie Prize in Art for work in ceramics. Brown is a ceramicist working in Austin with experience teaching all ages and a love for sharing her passion for ceramics.

KRIS BURNS has been a woodworker for twelve years with a focus on fine furniture for the last five years. He has been an artist in residence at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine and has built furniture for Michael Yates Design that was included in Texas Design Now at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Shop Manager of Michael Yates Design.

TED CAREY B.1984 Philadelphia, PA. Ted Carey is an improv sculptor and abstract turntablist currently living in Austin, TX. MFA- University of Pennsylvania BFA- University of the Arts. “Carey works with the drastic insightfulness of an absurdist poet. His elegantly distressed objects, funny and sad and oddly exquisite, undermine varied sacred cows of culture and commerce. More, they affirm the vitality and importance of the mindful eye and heart in a world that overlooks beauty and numbs the senses.” - Matt Freedman 

INGA MARIE CARMEL BA, The University of California, Berkeley; additional coursework at Sätergläntan in Sweden. Carmel serves on the board of the Weavers and Spinners Society of Austin and received a Certificate of Excellence in Handweaving through the Handweavers Guild of America in 2016. In 2009, her article about weaving with wire appeared in the August issue of Weavezine. Since 1994, Carmel has at various times taught garden design, knitting, weaving, and eTextiles at the Art School. You can see her work at and Weavolution.

EMILY CAYTON BFA in Art Education, Virginia Commonwealth University; MA in Art Education, The University of Texas at Austin. A member of the collective Ink Tank, Cayton is the Educator for Teachers and Docents at the Contemporary Austin.

CHRISTIAN CHASE BFA in Sculpture, Rhode Island School of Design. Chase has been working with metal for over 30 years. In addition to sculpture, he has received commissions for furniture and lighting and has taught at the Austin Sculpture Academy.

ANTHONY B. CREEDEN (born Washington, D.C.) holds an MFA in painting from the University of Texas at Austin (2017) and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2011). Recent exhibitions include Edward Cella Gallery in Los Angeles, CA; the Elmhurst Art Museum in Elmhurst, IL; William Benington Gallery in London, UK; and MASS Gallery in Austin, TX.

JONAS CRISCOE BFA, School of Visual Arts, New York; MFA, Rhode Island School of Design. A native of Austin, Criscoe is an interdisciplinary visual artist whose work has been exhibited throughout the US, most notably at the International Print Center in New York and the Minnesota Museum of American Art. Criscoe has been featured in various publications including Art Lies and New American Painting. Recently, he was a Jerome Fellow at the Highpoint Center for Printmaking and a West Prize acquisition recipient. Criscoe is an art editor at the poetry and art journal Dialogist.

ANDREA CHRISTIE BFA in Ceramics, Indiana University; MFA in Ceramics, Tulane University. Christie has been a faculty member at Tulane, Herron School of Art, and various art centers. She displays her work throughout the United States.

JULIE CONQUEST creates immersive installations using experimental documentary methods that explore the relationship between identity and place. She specializes in developing collaborative projects that incorporate community participation to tell stories from multiple perspectives using techniques including mapping, photography, sound recording, and video. She has shown work nationally and internationally. Conquest currently teaches at The University of Texas at Austin, where she is completing doctoral studies.

JEFF CROSBY MFA in Illustration, School of Visual Arts. Crosby has fourteen years of experience as a freelance illustrator for children’s book publishers, advertising and design agencies, and editorial clients including HarperCollins, The New York Times, The Village Voice, Chicago Tribune, Entertainment Weekly, World Report, GQ, and Salon. He has illustrated five children’s books.

DAVID CULPEPPER BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010. Founding member of Ink Tank.  He has exhibited as a solo artist and collaboratively as Ink Tank at numerous galleries in Austin, most recently he received The Austin Critic's Table Award 2014-2015, for Solo Gallery Exhibition at CoLab Projects.  He was a mentor for The Contemporary's Teen Artist + Mentor Program in 2014 and currently helping produce a contemporary Austin arts podcast, Free Beer.

ERIN CUNNINGHAM BFA in Studio Art, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; MFA in Metals, The University of Texas at Austin.  She has taught sculpture and metalsmithing at multiple universities throughout the south and is currently teaching sculpture and 3D Design at Texas State University.  Erin maintains an active studio practice making sculpture and designing jewelry and exhibits her work both nationally and internationally.

LAUREL DANIEL BA, Wheaton College. With a graphic design background, Daniel is a professional painter represented by Davis Gallery in Austin as well as other galleries in Georgia and Montana.

MONIDEEPA DAS MA in Visual Communication Design, Purdue University; MA in Art History, Stella Maris College, India. Monideepa has over twelve years of experience in advertising, graphic design, illustration, and art education.

WENDY HALE DAVIS has worked as a graphic designer and calligrapher for twenty years and became a bookbinder eleven years ago. Davis’s work can be seen in Making and Keeping Creative Journals and Making Journals By Hand.

MYRA DOUGLASS is from the gulf coast of Alabama and was first introduced to clay through mask making as she grew up in the theatre and circus. She studied Ceramics at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, CA where she was received numerous awards and assistantships and worked as the studio tech and teaching assistant in the Art Department. After moving to Tennessee she took on management of the Ceramics program at Brightstone School in Franklin, during which time she maintained a professional studio at the Clay Lady Co-op in Nashville. She went on to train as a production potter at Sunset Canyon pottery in Dripping Springs, Texas and in 2015 she was awarded a residency at Sugar Maples Art Center in upstate New York. She specializes in thrown and altered construction technique and atmospheric firing. She exhibits her handmade pottery and sculpture nationally in many juried and invitational shows annually.

DAVID EVERETT BFA and MFA in Sculpture, The University of Texas at Austin. Everett has exhibited in El Paso, Houston, Dallas, Santa Fe, and Chicago.

PAT FALCONER BFA and BA, The University of Texas at Austin; MFA in Studio Art, Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art. A practicing artist, Falconer is also employed as a film animator.

VALERIE FOWLER BA in Art, The University of Texas at Austin. An illustrator and painter, Fowler has exhibited widely and her artworks have been collected nationally. She paints or draws daily and teaches art in her home studio in South Austin.

NICK FRANCEL BFA in Printmaking, Washington University in St. Louis; MFA in Printmaking, The University of Texas at Austin. Francel worked at Tom Huck’s Evil Prints as a press assistant printing screen prints, etchings, and large-scale woodcuts.

ELISE GALPERIN BFA in Painting/Art Education,Texas State University; Associate of Arts in English, Austin Community College. Elise Galperin paints figures in a psychological landscape. She creates environments that engage performance art, sound art, and audience participation. Her paintings and performances have exhibited in multiple galleries across Texas, such as, The Dougherty Art Center and Cherry Cola Dog in Austin Texas,The Walker’s Gallery in San Marcos, and she curated and performed in the exhibition 061717, at the FLEX space, {TXST} Galleries. .

CLAIR GASTON MFA, University of Houston. Gaston has taught at The Glassell Junior School and served as gallery teacher at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. She has been a teaching fellow at UH.

TERRA GOOLSBY BFA in Painting and Sculpture, The University of Texas at Austin; MFA in Sculpture, Rhode Island School of Design; independent research at Brown University and completed Brown’s Harriet W. Sheridan Center collegiate teaching program. Goolsby has been an artist in residence at West Dean College of Sussex University, England; the Vermont Studio Center; and I-Park Foundation. She was the founder and curator of the nonprofit Open Doors. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

JENNIE TUDOR GRAY BFA and All Level Teaching Certification, Texas State University–San Marcos. Gray is a multimedia artist and arts educator with over twenty years experience exhibiting her work and is passionate about community arts education as a method of social change. She has taught for various schools in Austin ISD, Round Rock ISD, Del Valle ISD, and was nominated Teacher of the Year by her peers in Pflugerville ISD. She has also taught with various community and cultural arts centers such as the City of Austin's Dougherty Arts School, Mexican American Cultural Center, and the Elisabet Ney Museum. Presently an art faculty member at St. Stephen's Episcopal School, Gray worked for the Austin Museum of Art from 2003 to 2008 and has been a faculty member at Laguna Gloria since 2013. 

LAURA GREEN BFA, University of North Texas. Green is certified as a Generalist and Special Ed educator. She is a teacher with AISD and has previous teaching experience at the Amon Carter museum, among other schools and institutions. She is the former Program Director at Art Center Waco.

MEGAN GREEN BA with a concentration in painting, McNeese State University; MFA in Studio Art, Montclair State Univeristy. Green is a practicing artist originally from Louisiana. Her work ranges from painting, installation, and sculpture to video and performance. She has shown in New York, Louisiana, New Jersey, and Texas.

PATRICIA GREENE Her work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions in Mexico, Chile, California, Iowa, and Texas and has done large outdoor sculptures with the City of Austin.

NICK GRIFFIN BFA, The University of Texas at Austin. Griffin has employed wood as a staple material in sculpture, furniture, and architecture for the past decade. Most recently, he worked as the lead fabricator and machine technician at Hatch Workshop. 

EMMA GRIMES BFA in Craft/Material Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University; MA in Art Education, The University of Texas at Austin. Grimes has experience working with teens, children, and learners with special needs. She works in glass and mixed-media and loves to share and explore new materials with her students.;

POMONA HALLENBECK BFA, Eastern New Mexico University. Hallenbeck is a well-known watercolorist who has taught workshops nationally. She is represented by Ghost Ranch Trading Post and Bitzer & Johnson in New Mexico.

ELIZABETH HARTMAN BA in Studio Art, Rhodes College.  Hartman has experience teaching visual arts in preschool and elementary classrooms in Austin. She is certified to teach Art K-12 and is currently an elementary art teacher in Manor ISD.  Her personal work includes abstract painting and mixed media.

JAN HEATON is a third generation artist who studied art at The Detroit Institute of Arts, Wayne State University, and the University of Texas. Jan’s artwork is represented by art dealers in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Austin, London, Houston, Santa Barbara, San Antonio, and San Francisco. Her artwork can be seen at

JENNIFER HILL BFA, Southern Methodist University; post baccalaureate study, University of Florida, Gainesville; MFA in Ceramics, Utah State University. Hill has exhibited nationally and her experience includes instruction and residency at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Maine; Chester Springs Studio, Pennsylvania; and Portland Community College and Multnomah Art Center.

ALI HOLDER BFA and MA in Art Education, The University of Texas at Arlington. Holder has experience in the classroom at Lake Travis Elementary and has taught as part of the City of Austin’s Totally Cool Totally Art teen art program. Holder’s mediums include painting, mixed media, and music.

JEN HOLSINGER-RABOURN BFA in Art History & Art Education, Oklahoma State University. Previously the Outreach Coordinator and teacher at Philbrook Museum of Art, she is also an art teacher with Round Rock ISD.

EMILY HOYT MFA in Studio Art, Mills College. Hoyt creates ephemeral sculpture, installations, paintings, and videos to frame the subjective relationship to physical space. She has shown locally through Pump Project Art Complex and Women and Their Work, as well as in South Texas and the San Francisco Bay Area. She currently teaches Ceramics and Drawing at Coastal Bend College in South Texas.

SHELLEY JACKSON MFA in Illustration, School of Visual Arts; MFA in Writing, Vermont College of Fine Arts. Educator and lecturer in visual arts, children’s book illustrator, 15+ years teaching experience.

ERIC JACKSON BFA, The University of Texas at Austin. Jackson is an experienced potter who has been working regionally since 1986. His work has been displayed at the San Antonio Art League Museum and Blanton Museum of Art, in addition to local galleries.

BRIAN DAVID JOHNSON A native Austinite, Johnson opened his own studio in the fall of 2002 at the Splinter Group Cooperative, expanding his focus from furniture and fine cabinetry to include decor designs in 2009. Known for his use of a decorative resin inlay on his flower vases and other pieces, Johnson has also begun to create wall art and pure sculptural work. In 2016, he established Cloud Tree Studios and Gallery, a multidisciplinary studio and exhibition space. 

JULES BUCK JONES BFA in Painting and Printmaking, Virginia Commonwealth University; MFA in Painting, The University of Texas at Austin. Jones was the artist-in-residence at Everglades National Park and MASS Gallery and has work held in collections of the Everglades National Park and the Balcones Canyonland Preserve.

JANNETTE KEATING MA in Art Education, The University of Texas at Austin. Keating has served as an art instructor and classroom teacher with experience in gifted and special education classes, as an art instructor for the Texas School for the Blind, and as a supervisor to preservice art teachers at UT Austin. She is also a long-time docent with The Contemporary Austin and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

SUE KEMP BS and M.Ed., University of North Texas. Kemp is a signature member of the Texas Watercolor Society and Southwestern Watercolor Society. Her paintings have been published on five posters and in seven books. 

EVE LARSON Studied at The University of Texas at Austin. Larson is a popular portrait artist who has exhibited for fifteen years and studied with internationally acclaimed artists.

IZOBEAU LOUREIRO BFA in Painting and Drawing, The Pennsylvania State University. Loureiro has experience teaching adults and children in painting, drawing, mixed media and ceramics, has taught as part of the City of Austin’s Totally Cool Totally Art Teen Outreach Program and is currently the Art Lab Instructor for The Contemporary Austin’s tour program. Loureiro maintains a studio practice in East Austin.

AJ LOVELL BFA, University of Missouri; MFA, University of Arkansas. Master Printer Emeritus at Tom Huck’s Evil Prints in St. Louis, Lovell has taught multiple printmaking processes including relief, intaglio, silk screen, and stone lithography.

TIM LOWKE BFA in Art Education, The University of Texas at Austin; M.Ed. in Educational Administration, Southwest Texas State University. Lowke is an experienced art educator who currently teaches for Round Rock ISD. He has been part of the Art School faculty since 2000.

LAURIE MANN BFA, University of Michigan; MFA, Arizona State University. Mann is a practicing artist who has taught at universities and in community centers in Arizona, Tennessee, Michigan, and Texas for over eleven years.

REBCCA MARINO BA in Photocommunications, St. Edward's University. A Texas native, Marino is a visual artist, gallery director of Pump Project, co-editor of the online publication Conflict of Interest, and on the executive board for the Austin Museum Partnership. Her work stems from an ongoing fascination with cosmic perspective and the astronomical qualities of everyday life.

FRANCINE MASTRANGELO BA in Fine Art—Drawing and Printmaking, State University of New York. Published writer and illustrator of children’s books including Beep, Beep, Honk, Honk and 4 Very Small Adventures.

JESSICA MATHEWS BFA in Painting, Savannah Collage of Art and Design. Mathews is a practicing artist with a studio currently located at Pump Project. Her work ranges from painting, installation, and video and serves as an exploration of digital structures and behaviors.

CAITLYN MCKEY BA in Studio Art, University of Hawaii at Manoa; currently working on MA in Art Education, The University of Texas at Austin. McKey has experience working with children through summer camps, after school care, and Sunday school. She works in clay, wood, metal, and mixed-media. Her current studies include research on mindfulness in the art classroom.

MELISSA MENCINI BFA, Bowling Green State University; MFA, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Mencini has taught ceramics at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Eastern Washington University, and the University of Washington, Seattle, and held an artist residency at the Archie Bray Foundation. Mencini exhibits nationally and internationally, with a current focus on functional embellished pottery and sculptural work.

MARK MITCHELL Studied at The University of Texas at Austin. Mitchell has illustrated twenty-five books for younger readers and his illustrations appear in such children’s magazines as Cricket, Cobblestone, Calliope, and Pockets. He is a contributing editor for the magazine Watercolor. View his work on his website or on facebook

LINDA MONTIGNANI MFA in Painting, American University. Montignani has taught at Maryland College of Art and Design and St. Edward’s University and is a founder of the Creative Arts Society in Austin. Her mixed media and collage paintings are exhibited both nationally and internationally.

JOHN MOSTELLER Mosteller has been a working local artist since the 1980s. Owner of Hairless Ape Design, Mosteller has displayed at various local restaurants and designed for local musicians and businesses.

TAMARA NELSON AA in Graphic Design, Austin Community College. With a background in oils, pastels, and acrylics, Nelson moved to the digital realm in the mid-nineties. She has worked with various animation studios and served as a graphic designer at News 8 Austin for eight years. She is on the faculty at ACC..

WILLIAM NIENDORFF BA in Art History, Rice University; Master of Landscape Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin. Niendorff is a nationally recognized landscape designer and urban planner, landscape consultant, and artist.

ORION ORBES is a seasoned creative with over ten years of experience in communications, brand identity and user experience. As a jack of all trades with expertise across print, digital and interactive, Orion has worked for global and national brands as well as smalll, local businesses. Orion studied Digital Arts & Design and Computer Animation at Full Sail University. When Orion is not designing graphics for companies, he can be found making stuff out of recycled skateboards and hanging out with his family.

DEANNA PASTELwas born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2010 she received her BFA in Jewelry/Metals at Kent State University. For two years after college, she worked for Heather B. Moore Inc. fine-tuning her skills in soldering gold, setting stones and hand stamping. She landed in Austin, TX in 2012, and began her career as a main teacher and Studio Manager at Creative Side Jewelry Academy where she has spent the past five years developing curriculum, while working closely with other master artists and her students. She continues to teach at multiple establishments around Austin and still continues her craft at her home studio.

STEPHANIE PERRYBFA in Art History and BA in Art Education, The University of Texas at Austin; National Board Certified Art Teacher - Early and Middle Childhood. As an experienced art educator teaching in Austin ISD for 25+ years, Perry loves working with children, exploring a variety of artistic media, and showing her work occasionally in local galleries.

RICARDO PUEMAPE BA in Studio Art, State University of New York College at Plattsburgh. Puemape is a registered architect in Texas.

CAT QUINTANILLA A native Austinite with a BFA from the University of Texas. Sustainable Artist and Sculptor working in largescale native limestone as well as in marble, soapstone and alabaster. Sculptures in public sculpture gardens Sculpture on Main" in Marble Falls and the Cedar Park Sculpture Garden.  Visual contemporary statements expand beyond the tradition concepts of stone sculpture with ongoing award winning participation in juried shows across Texas. Advocate of a communal instructional model of inclusivity that provides art discovery for the lifetime learner. Instructor of Stone Carving continually since 2005 in Austin and San Antonio. Member Texas Sculpture Group and other art organizations that promote the community of art and artists.

GRETCHEN REED BFA in Visual Arts Studies, The University of Texas at Austin. Reed has been part of the Art School faculty since 2000.

SEAN RIPPLE is an artist, writer, and curator based in Austin, TX. His projects are often improvisational and interventionist in nature and rely heavily on social media and the Internet to frame the outcomes of a feverish dedication to an idea. His aesthetic inclinations are informed by music video television programming from the ‘80s and ‘90s, the DIY approach of mid-‘90s lo-fi/punk rock culture, early mainstream Internet culture, film, advertising, and administrative processes. His work has been featured in regional publications including …might be good, Glasstire, Austin American Statesman, and Conflict of Interest. Recent exhibitions include illiterate – a bookstore… an exhibition at Pump Project and t e x t s c a p e (with Susan Scafati) at Co-Lab Projects. He holds a BA in Organizational Communication from St. Edwards University.

AUSTIN RODENBIKER is a poet and artist. He received his MFA in creative writing from the New Writers Project and holds an MA in gender studies from The University of Texas at Austin. He has received grants from the Michener Center for Writers and the Juniper Institute, among others. Recently, he has taught as adjunct faculty at The University of Texas at Austin.

WILLIAM RODRIGUEZ BA Social Science w/ Education Concentration from Ashford University. Will is a digital art and animation instructor at Manor New Technology High School with over two decades of experience as a freelance illustrator, cartoonist, and animator.

SUSAN SCAFATI is an American visual artist whose abstract, narrative style is informed by an interest in the ways in which individual versus collective identities, personal versus cultural mythologies, are constructed. Her photo-based artwork has been exhibited widely in galleries and museums, nationally and internationally. Recognitions include being featured in an emerging artist exhibition (Sean Kelly Gallery, New York) by jurors Cindy Sherman, Adam Fuss, and Jack Pierce, the recipient of awards from the International Center of Photography, New York and the Silvermine Guild Arts Center, Connecticut, and as a top pick in the Austin American Statesman. She has photographed for the New York Stock Exchange, Bloomberg News, JP Morgan, Port Authority, AARP, Asset International, New York Fashion Week, and Pasqual Maragall Presidential Campaign, among others. She is a member of Lakes Were Rivers, an art collective that has won many awards and accolades, and previously served as Art Talks Chair for Austin Art Alliance.

SETH SCHWAIGER is an artist, curator, and critic with research interests in perceptions of value, quality, and development. He has exhibited widely, his work being collected in Germany, Italy, the UK, and the US with public sculpture in Devon, England; Monteleone, Italy; Dallas, Texas; and Larmaie, Wyoming. Schwaiger achieved his MFA from The Glasgow School of Art where he would go on to instruct courses in drawing and sculpture. More recently he has taught drawing at The Southwest School of Art in San Antonio. His writings can be found in The Austin Chronicle, Arts+Culture Magazine, Glasstire, New American Painting, and Sculpture Magazine, as well as several exhibition catalogs and texts.

ROBERT SHELDON BFA in ceramics, Alfred University.  Currently works at Armadillo Clay & Supplies and is an artist in residence at Eye of the Dog Art Center.  Robert is an experienced potter and maintains a rigorous studio practice. 

CATHERINE SHERWOOD BFA in Ceramics and Fibers, Texas State University; MA in Art Education, Texas Tech University. Sherwood is an instructor of adult and children’s classes in San Antonio, San Marcos, and Austin. She has been part of the Art School faculty since 1997.

CAROLYN SHRAKE BA in Art and Art History, The University of Texas at Austin. Shrake is currently the Tour & Studio Coordinator for The Contemporary Austin and facilitates tours and creates hands-on art-making activities related to the works on view for thousands of children and adults annually. As an art educator, Shrake enjoys providing new art experiences and sparking children’s creativity.

DIANNE SONNENBERG has exhibited internationally and studied with renowned mosaic artists. She is a member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists and is an experienced teacher of all ages. Art School faculty member since 2007. See her work at

SAKURA STEPHENS I received my BFA in art education from the University of Georgia with a concentration in drawing, painting and ceramics. Before moving to Austin in 2017 to pursue my masters degree in art education, I was a full time art teacher for three years. I have also worked in a variety of settings and age groups both in the states and abroad, which has helped me to gain a deeper understanding of the differences that make all of my students so unique. The famous quote by Pablo Picasso, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up", is an accurate reflection of my teaching philosophy. I love encouraging students of all ages to embrace their own distinct style whether it be abstraction or hyperrealism, and my purpose as a teacher is to nurture their passion and creativity in expressing themselves. In addition to teaching, I am a practicing potter and enjoy collaborating with artists and showing my work in local shows.

SEBASTIAN STODDART BFA in Sculpture, State University of New York, Potsdam; MFA in Sculpture, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi. Stoddart serves as studio manager for Catherine Lee and sculpture technician at Texas State University.

LUANNE STOVALL MFA in Painting, Tufts University, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Stovall previously attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine and the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture in New York City. Currently a lecturer in the School of Architecture at UT Austin, Luanne Stovall has taught color workshops and classes in many locations including the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Sloan School of Business, MIT; the University of Texas; and the Art Institute of Austin.

Her paintings, collages, and paper cutouts are in public and private collections including the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin; Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi; El Paso Museum of Art; San Antonio Museum of Art; Moakley Cancer Care Center, Boston; and the Neiman Marcus Signature Store in Boston. Luanne is writing Unified Color Theory: A New Field Guide to Color, an updated color model where dots between disciplines are connected and color is positioned as a dynamic synthesis of art + science + psychology + technology + culture.

PAUL TARLOW Paul and Karen Tarlow are the owners of Helios Kiln Glass Studio, one of the country's top dedicated fused glass studios.  Paul has been working with glass as an art medium for over 8 years and has had instruction from some of the world s foremost glass artists including Jane Bruce, Steve Klein, Ruth Brockmann and more.  His work has been exhibited nationally, including at the renowned Bullseye Connection Gallery.

DAVID THORNBERRY BFA and MFA in Painting, Kent State University. Thornberry has over twenty-seven years of experience teaching art in community programs across the country. His work has appeared in galleries throughout Austin.

JAMES TISDALE BFA, University of Mississippi; MFA, University of Georgia. Tisdale has been a National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient. He has held National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts residencies in China and Hungary and is the Art School’s ceramics coordinator and resident artist.

CELINA VALLARTA BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During her studies, Vallarta primarily focused in ceramics, mosaics, and watercolor. She has an open studio in East Austin, where she primarily focuses on mosaics.

JOANNA VAUGHN BFA Dayton (Ohio) Art Institute; M.Ed, The University of Texas at Austin. Vaughn has over 30 years teaching experience, including at the Austin Waldorf School, as an art specialist in Austin ISD, and recently with senior citizens in the Mobile Art program.

PHILLIP WADE BFA, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; MFA, The University of Texas at Austin. Wade has been an exhibiting and teaching artist for twenty years.

TINA WARD BFA in Printmedia, Kansas City Art Institute; MFA in Printmedia, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Ward has practiced, taught, and exhibited nationally as well as internationally, including in Alaska, Chicago, Poland, the Netherlands, Indonesia, and Finland. She works with mixed media individually and collaboratively, with a focus on print media, book arts, and collage. Her work is included in collections worldwide. 

JEN WEBEL BFA, University of Georgia; MA in Art Education, University of Arizona. Webel was selected as one of “New Art in Austin: 20 to Watch.” She is the co-founder and curator of the Museum of Ephemerata in Austin and is an art teacher at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School.

CASSANDRA WEYANDT BS in Photography and Fine Art, East Texas State University. Weyandt has experience as a photographer at the Kimbell Art Museum and as a printmaker at the Photographic Archives Gallery in Dallas.

RACHEL WOLFSON SMITH is an artist living and working in Austin, TX, who is known for mural scaled graphite drawings of crashing cars and cryptic landscapes. Trained as a landscape painter and influenced by people and travel, Wolfson has been an artist in residence in Istanbul and Cappadocia, Turkey, and followed the Corot trail in Italy as an Elizabeth Greenshields grant recipient. She holds an MFA from Indiana University, a BFA from MICA, both in painting, and is the Design and Archiving chair at ICOSA art collective, where she is also a member. Currently teaching at Laguna Gloria, she has spent six years as an art professor at Indiana University and Western Oregon University. Check out Rachel's work

SHELLEY WOOD BFA, The University of Texas at Austin. Wood has published nationally and internationally and has work in private, public, and corporate collections. Clients include The Austin American-Statesman, Dell, Forbes, US News & World Report, and The New York Times. She is president of Darkroom Coop in Austin and is represented by Photo Méthode Gallery in central Texas. Check out Shelly's work here

SYDNEY YEAGER MFA, The University of Texas at Austin. An art educator since 1989, Yeager was a 1996 Mid-America Arts Alliance/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Recipient and has previously exhibited at Laguna Gloria in Art in Progress: Body/Language in 1997. Her works are widely exhibited in Texas and across the country.

CHRISTOPHER ZALESKI MFA in photography, University of Texas at Austin. A photographer for eighteen years, his work has been selected for several shows juried by nationally recognized photographers including a show juried by the assistant curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Zaleski has been a  commercial photographer since 1982, and established Zaleski Studio in 1988.

SHARON ZEUGIN BA, University of Southern California; MS, The University of Texas at Austin; additional coursework at the University of Surrey, London. Zeugin exhibits both locally and nationally. BA, University of Southern California; MS, The University of Texas at Austin; additional coursework at the University of Surrey, London. Zeugin exhibits both locally and nationally. Art School faculty since 2001.