BA, Watkins College of Art Abby Whisenant has taught photography workshops to teens and adults for more than 10 years, including at Watkins’s Community Education program, Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Art Studio, and The Light Factory in Charlotte, NC. She is currently the youth action manager and program coordinator for the Underground Art Studio at Oasis Center. As a professional in the creative youth development field, she offers high-risk teens an opportunity to use creativity for self-exploration, healing, community service, and restorative justice. She also specializes in street and documentary photography.
MFA, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Alexandra Jo Sutton received her MFA degree in studio art from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Her work includes sculpture, experimental photography, installation, and video. Centering on memory, time, nature, and the body, her work exhibits a sensitivity to materials and experimental practices from growing crystals to body casting. Sutton is a member of Coop Gallery in Nashville. Her work has appeared in recent noteworthy exhibitions at Mixed Greens Gallery in Chelsea, NYC, and Marginal Utility in Philadelphia, PA. Sutton currently lives in Nashville and teaches studio art and art history at Belmont University and Austin Peay State University.
Amy Weiss is an artist and elementary school art teacher. She has always been particularly interested in the curiosity, creativity, and imagination that still exists in the young mind. This excitement seems to often be lost or forgotten as we grow older. Weiss’s work illustrates her attempt to reconnect with that youthful curiosity that has long been lost for many adults.
Within her work, she dabbles between mixed media and print making techniques to achieve the perfect look within each piece. Her work is primarily narrative. She has her own idea of where the narrative might go within each piece, but the most important thing is that each viewer builds his or her own narrative independent of the artist’s reflection. The greatest satisfaction Weiss receives from creating art is hearing or observing the personal connections people have with her pieces.
BA, Wells College MFA, Kansas State University
Angel Barnett is a fine art photographer working in alternative processes, more specifically a process call mordançage. She has been teaching throughout the Nashville community for the past seven years. Barnett has taught all levels of darkroom photography, alternative processes, digital photography, the history of photography and photographic theory, as well as some lighting.
BFA, Belmont University Originally from Memphis, De Witt moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University, where she received her BFA in painting. A majority of her work is centered on the human form. Teaching begins with learning your self, and as a figure model for many years, she learned her subject from the inside out. This can be applied to all of her disciplines, and she considers it an honor to pass this knowledge on to students.
BFA, Belmont University Anna McKeown is an embroidery and mixed-media artist with a BFA from Belmont University. McKeown grew up in Southern Illinois and was raised by a big family with a love for gardening, antiques, and domestic crafts. The subject matter and style of her work is strongly influenced by mid-century paper ephemera, gender norms, memory, and the exploration of her personal relationships. She lives in Nashville with her husband Troy.
BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Ariel Williams is an artist and teacher. She has lived and worked in California, Washington, Maine, Ireland, and the Midwest. A graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, she has shown her work in Chicago, California, and abroad. Williams has taught art to students of all ages in museums, schools, summer programs, and colleges.
BA, Ohio University Audry Deal-McEver is a Nashville native who works primarily in clay and photography. Audry’s education includes studies at Die Burg Giebichenstein Hochschule für Kunst und Design (School of Art and Design) in Halle, Germany, and residencies at the University of Alaska, Hot Springs National Park, and the Mary Anderson Center. Her work has been included in more than 60 solo and group exhibits across the U.S., including in venues as diverse as the American Museum of Ceramic Art, the Reece Museum of Fine Art, the Disjecta Contemporary Arts Center, the Nashville International Airport, and various nature conservatories.
Billy Martinez has been working in comics and fine art for more than 21 years. The publisher of Neko Press, his works include Wildflower, Kickass Girl, and The Deepest Dark. His art has been featured in Heavy Metal magazine and The Family Guy and Hellboy for Inkworks trading cards. He has been commissioned by Starbucks Coffee and has designed work for Qualcomm Communications. Martinez teaches more than 17 classes a week at Neko Press Art Studios. He regularly performs live art throughout the United States and is continuing his painting series “1000 Girls.” In 2012, he released In Your Face: A Complete Guide to Drawing Facial Expressions. The sequel Body Movin’ followed in 2013 featuring a solid approach to figure drawing
Bob Giordano has had an active role in the Tennessee Screenwriters Association (TSA), serving as president in 1998 and co-creating the Script Development Program, which assists writers in developing their screenplays from concept to completion. In 1997, Giordano received an honorable mention at the Nashville Independent Film Festival for writing, directing, and producing his short film Blind Spot. In 2002, he won the Hollywood Symposium Contest for his feature-length script Grendel and in 2001 was the winner of the Writer’s Network Screenplay competition for the feature-length script Resistance.
BA, Belmont University Brooke is the owner and designer of Glen & Effie Vintage Design. Native to east Tennessee, she moved to Nashville to pursue an education and career in fine art. As Brooke continued her exploration of different mediums, she decided to combine her artistic talents and love for vintage finds into one-of-a-kind designs. Glen & Effie was later formed out of respect for the detail and craftsmanship of earlier generations—ultimately named after her grandparents, Glen and Effie Allen. Hand crafting each unique accessory has allowed her to tell stories with relics from history—reviving forgotten and old pieces into designs that will remain just as timeless as they have been in the past.
BA, Tennessee State University
Christopher Cheney is a working artist who exhibits regularly in Nashville at well-regarded art spaces such as the Art & Invention Gallery, Janet Levine March Gallery, Belcourt Theatre Gallery, and Lequire Gallery Annex. Cheney apprenticed at Hatch Show Print, a letterpress print shop, designing and reproducing letterpress posters and wood/linoleum carving. Cheney began his career as an art educator with the City Museum in St. Louis, MO. He and business partner Nieves Uhl own and run Sawtooth Print Shop, a letterpress/silk screen/design studio located in East Nashville, Tennessee.
BA, Art Institute of Colorado
Clark Anderson is a live-action, animation, and visual effects director with more than 25 years of experience designing and directing commercials, visual effects for feature films, themed entertainment, and mixed media. Anderson is also a veteran studio creative director, having been a creative director for the Academy-Award-winning VFX-powerhouse Rhythm & Hues for the past 20 years. His international clientele include AT&T, CBS, Kraft, Conoco, Canon, Toyota, and McDonalds. Anderson has a BA from Colorado Institute of Art and has been a guest teacher at Academy of Art University in San Francisco and Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles.
Claudia Lee is a full-time studio artist and instructor who has been teaching for more than 30 years. She is the author of Hand Papermaking from Lark Books and was a designer for many of their other publications. She is a former president of Tennessee Craft and was one of the first recipients of a master’s grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission. In 2011, she was chosen to create the awards for the Governor’s Arts Awards. She owns and runs Liberty Paper, a working and teaching facility in Liberty, Tennessee.
BS, Lambuth University BS, Union University MFA candidate, Savannah College of Art and Design
Dallas Dedmon’s career has involved interior design and project management as well as undergraduate interior design instruction. With a special passion for architectural history, her background includes work as a furniture and decorative arts preservationist.
BA, University of New Mexico Daniel is a multidisciplinary artist with decades of experience in visual art and music performance. His initial love of drawing expanded into explorations in mixed media painting, assemblage, collage, digital art, printmaking, and video. His teaching experience includes drawing and mixed media art workshops and classes for adults offered through Nashville Community Education, Watkins Community Education Program, and arts enhancement projects for youth with the Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA).
As a teaching artist, Dee Kimbrell specializes in using recycled materials to build community relationships. Using her extensive experience as a facilitator, she leads participants toward creating something beautiful from something destined for the landfill. She also helps her audiences understand that caring for the environment begins with the individual. Since 2006, she has worked with a variety of marginalized groups to produce murals and projects with a recycling theme. These community art projects are on display in such places as Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the Nashville Main Library, and Grassmere Zoo. Kimbrell is a creative consultant for the Imagination Foundation; in 2015, she was pleased to design ornaments for the 2015 National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C. She also has experience in storytelling, prop creation, painting, sculpture, and mixed media.
BA, Emmanuel College A professional lettering artist, Edwina Shannon has designed alphabets for personal and business use, conveying the message through the feeling created by the letters as well as actual words. She has taught calligraphy and design to adults and children through community classes both in Tennessee and in the Boston area. Using the principles that define classical lettering, her artwork highlights the letterform. She designs logos, messages, and citations. Her work has been included in calligraphy shows in both Nashville and Boston.
BA, University of Virginia MFA, East Carolina University
Elizabeth Sanford is a watercolor painter who was seduced by the book arts and now creates watercolor sculptures that have evolved out of that genre. She has been teaching art for more than 20 years and is currently an instructor at Watkins. Her many awards include first place in both the Tennessee and Kentucky Watercolor Society exhibitions. The Evansville Museum of Arts and Science, the Tennessee State Museum, and the Parthenon include her paintings in their collections. Publications include Maxine Masterfield’s Painting the Spirit of Nature and the exhibition catalog Pop-up Now.
BFA, Watkins College of Art Emily Sue Laird is a Nashville-based visual artist, production designer, educator, 3D printer, and installation artist who earned a BFA cum laude in fine art from Watkins in 2011. As creative director of Artist Nashville, Laird has been responsible for the design and production of large-scale temporary and permanent sculptural installations, mural projects, chalk art, faux finishing, retail displays, educational workshops, special events, marketing collateral, and set designs for theater, live music, television, and film. Since 2012, Laird has produced custom work for brands such as West Elm, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Holiday Inn Suites, Clayton Homes, Cox Automotive, Ingram Content Group, Janet’s Planet, The Mother Goose Club, The Adventure Science Center, My Gnome on the Roam, Tennessee Women’s Theater Project, Nashville Public Library, Fenwick’s 300, and Bongo Java, as well as custom art for multiple music festivals including Marathon Music Works’ Block Party, Nashville Scene’s 25th Birthday Bash, and Bonnaroo.
Laird’s sculptures, 3D prints, textile art, paintings, and home goods can be found in local galleries and boutiques around Nashville. Her personal work has been selected for “Critic’s Pick” by the Nashville Scene and has been featured in Native Magazine, WPLN, Lightning 100, Broadway World, and Nashville Arts. When she’s not running Artist Nashville, Laird can be found at StudioNPL, Nashville Public Library’s high-tech maker space for teenagers, where she enjoys teaching kids how to make just about anything they can imagine. She also moonlights as technical director at the Rymer Gallery in downtown Nashville, where she supports the director and curator with all technical aspects of operating a high-end contemporary fine art gallery.
BFA, Columbus College of Art and Design MFA, University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign Evin Dubois is a visual artist and educator interested in masculinity, adornment, fashion, personal narrative, and the body. Through sculpture, jewelry, drawing, photography, and installation, his practice confronts the sensitivities of an often brash behavior through a variety of materials and media. Dubois has exhibited his work nationally, and participated in symposiums, workshops, and residencies in the United States and abroad. Currently he works at Watkins College of Art as a recruitment and admissions specialist for undergraduate and graduate programs.
Gena Ellis is a screenwriter/producer and adaptation is becoming her specialty. She wrote and co-produced Angela’s Decision, which she adapted from her short story, Billy’s Return, both part of her graduate thesis at the University of Oklahoma. The film won Australia’s Gold Cinematography Award, Tupelo’s Best of Show, Houston’s Gold Remi for Adaptation, among others. She published the book Angela’s Decision: A Journey of Adaptation about the journey of her film and her writing/Army life. She adapted Rosa and The Black Tulip from Alexandre Dumas’s novel The Black Tulip, which had a live read in Toronto and won second place. She’s adapting her top BBC-awarded radio drama into a feature script. She recently co-produced Crick In The Holler, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant winner and Columbia University MFA thesis film by her daughter, Ursula Ellis. And she co-produced For George On His 30th Birthday, another Columbia student film. Ellis has also been a background actor on Shameless, Nashville, and Chicago Fire, along with the films Transformers 3 and the Bollywood hit, Dhoom 3.
BA, University of Tennessee Gloria Ballard is a native of Nashville, where she enjoyed a long career in journalism as a feature writer and editor at The Tennessean before leaving the newspaper business to become a freelance writer. In the course of her career, she has covered fashion, home design, gardening, travel, and other topics and was travel editor at The Tennessean from 1998 until 2006. Ballard now writes a monthly garden column for The Tennessean as well as garden and travel features, stories, and essays. She maintains two garden blogs.
In addition to teaching creative writing classes for the Watkins Community Education Program, Ballard is a mentor in nonfiction and fiction at MTSU Write, a writing certificate program at Middle Tennessee State University. She also works as a freelance editor and publicist, leads creative writing workshops and gardening presentations, and writes fiction. Her work has been published in the Drafthorse literary journal.
BA, Stetson University MFA, Tulane University
Grace Mikell Ramsey studied religion and art at Stetson University and, after graduating, moved to New Orleans in the summer of 2007 to teach in the Recovery School District and make art. She received her MFA in painting from Tulane University in May 2012 and was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant Award in June 2012. She primarily works in oils and makes figurative paintings that function in a dreamlike narrative space between fantasy and reality. She explores themes of girlhood and womanhood, working loosely from her own experiences, memories, musings, introspections, and fears. Her work has been shown at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans and at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Art Gallery and has been published in OxfordAmerican, Artvoices, Arkansas Life, and The Idle Class.
In October 2014, Ramsey was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Career Opportunity Grant, and in February 2015 she was selected to represent the state of Arkansas on www.figure50.com, an online exhibition featuring one figurative artist per state. This spring, her work was exhibited in a solo show at the Boswell Mourot Fine Art Gallery in Little Rock. In addition to teaching undergraduate painting and drawing at Tulane, she recently taught numerous art classes for both children and adults at the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School in Little Rock.
J. Joseph Kane is the program director of SLANT (Student Literary Artists of Nashville, TN), a nonprofit that provides creative writing opportunities for Nashville-area teens. He is also a copy editor for the literary magazine Midwestern Gothic. Before moving to Nashville, Kane taught creative writing in Detroit Public Schools as a writer-in-residence of the Inside Out Literary Arts Project. Kane’s poems and stories have been featured in a number of magazines, including RHINO, Elimae, theEEEL, Clapboard House, The Splinter Generation, Cricket Online Review, Central Review, Psychic Meatloaf, Temenos, Right Hand Pointing, and Admit2.
MS, Northwestern University Jennifer Chesak is a Nashville-based editor and indie publisher. She runs Wandering in the Words Press, which helps authors cut through the red tape of getting their books to market in a polished and professional fashion. Chesak has edited more than fifty manuscripts from clients around the world. She is also a freelance adventure travel writer with more than 15 years of experience and a master of science in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. When she’s not writing or editing, Chesak enjoys mentoring students in Middle Tennessee State University’s certificate in writing program (MTSU Write) and in teaching workshops through Nashville’s The Porch Writers’ Collective. In her free time, Chesak can be found getting dirty in her garden or sweating it out while training for her next marathon. In a former life, she was a television reporter in her native state of North Dakota.
BS, University of Tennessee at Martin BS, East Tennessee State University
Jim Brown is an internationally traveled, award-winning photographer and teacher whose photographic career spans more than 45 years. As a current contract photographer for USA Today Sports Images, Brown publishes his photographs almost daily on the web or in print. His clients include Sports Illustrated, ESPN Magazine, USA Today, United PressInternational, Associated Press, Vanderbilt University, and Middle Tennessee State University. He has taught photography in four institutes of higher education and also teaches digital art and design to high school students. Brown enjoys working with and mentoring students who desire to increase their knowledge, understanding, and application of the medium.
BFA, University of Georgia Katie Gonzalez first studied the art of bookmaking in Cortona, Italy, during the summer of 2006. Since founding linenlaid&felt handmade books in 2010, she has turned her passion for books into a full-time profession. Gonzalez designs and binds meaningful books every day in her studio in East Nashville, including one-of-a-kind journals, photo albums, guest books, baby books, and artist’s books. She teaches bookbinding and graphic design classes, sells her work in local shops and galleries, and frequently exhibits at regional art shows. Her work combines traditional bookbinding techniques with the principles learned while earning her graphic design degree at the University of Georgia.
MFA, University of Southern Maine Keith R. Potempa holds an MFA in popular fiction from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Program, where he studied under award-winning authors Hugo and Bram Stoker. Potempa has completed three novels to date in the genres of literary, young adult, and heroic fantasy. His short fiction has appeared in several small-press publications.
BA, Ball State University MA, Ball State University
Kenneth Lacy’s preferred medium is pencil drawing, which he uses to render human face and figure studies. Lacy is dedicated to educating people about the society in which we live, enlightening people about experiences that they encounter on a daily basis and helping people to understand those experiences from a fresh perspective. He encourages people to see life not only as it is shown but from a more profound understanding. Lacy has taught sociology at Watkins for three years and loves teaching. He has developed a passion for teaching art to his community from a sociological perspective.
BFA Illustration, Rhode Island School of Design Lauren Lowen’s art—which celebrates her love of pattern, color, and whimsical illustration—has been used for a variety of products, such as books, magazines, stationery, and children’s luggage. When not freelancing, she exhibits her work in galleries across the country. Lowen is represented by Jennifer Nelson Artists, and her clients include Scholastic Press, Hallmark, American Greetings, Workman Publishing, and KLUTZ books. Before coming to Watkins, Lowen taught at RISD and Montserrat College of Art.
BA Fine Art, Murray State University MFA, UNC Chapel Hill Lesley Patterson-Marx works in a variety of media, including book arts, marbling, printmaking, and works on fabric. She has exhibited her art books, prints, and mixed media works in galleries, art centers, colleges, and universities throughout the United States as well as in Great Britain and the Netherlands. Patterson-Marx’s work has been featured in such publications as Craft, ReadyMade, and 500 Handmade Books, Volume 2. She is a founding member of Platetone: Printmaking, Paper, and Book Arts in Nashville. Patterson-Marx has taught as both an adjunct and a full-time instructor at the University School of Nashville.
RN, Excelsior College BFA, Corcoran College of Art and Design MA, University of Florida Mary Gwyn Bowen is an artist, art educator and RN working on blending these three career paths. She has a lifelong love of the beauty and healing power of nature and seeks to recreate that beauty through the centuries old tradition of botanical painting. Mary Gwyn obtained a degree in nursing from Excelsior College, Albany, NY, a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors at the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, D.C., and a Master of Arts in Art Education from the University of Florida. Today, Mary Gwyn paints the beauty of the flowers and the birds at her feeders in her garden. She spends time, too, in wildlife refuges photographing the birds, flowers and other wildlife. After the recent publication of her first research project on the benefits of art in cardiac patient rehabilitation, the Art to Heart Project, Mary Gwyn is at work on a new research project using art in graphic novel/ comic book form as a beneficial healthcare educational tool.
BS, La Roche College BA, University of Pittsburgh
Matt Allison is an independent graphic designer living in Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2003 with a BA in studio arts then graduated with a BS in graphic and communication design from La Roche College in 2006. Allison has worked as a freelance designer in Nashville for more than six years.
BFA, Lipscomb University MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago Sensory experiences inform and largely dictate our reality, moment to moment and day to day. Jernigan’s work is based on the exploration of these experiences, playing and tinkering with sensory input to create new but familiar sensations. In a sense, he is interested in “hacking” the brain at a primal level to evoke feelings and false memories.
BFA, Watkins College of Art
Michael Cribbs is an illustrator with a focus on digital art and media. His primary applications include Photoshop CS6, Corel Painter, and Google Sketchup. His work is applied to book illustrations, visual development for movies and games, storyboarding, plein air, landscape, and portrait paintings.
BFA, Middle Tennessee State University MA, Savannah College of Art & Design
Mike Meredith is a digital illustrator specializing in children’s markets. Meredith has been working in the Nashville area for the past 25 years starting as a caricature artist at Opryland Theme Park. He has worked in web and graphic design, illustration, and education.
Nieves Uhl is a printmaker and designer living in Nashville. She worked at Hatch Show Print, a letterpress print shop, designing and reproducing letterpress posters and wood/linoleum carving. Uhl and business partner Chris Cheney own and run Sawtooth Print Shop, a letterpress/silk screen/design studio located in East Nashville, Tennessee.
MFA, Glasgow School of Art
Noah Saterstrom is a visual artist working in painting, drawing, video, animation, essay, and text/image collaborations. Recent exhibitions include Babboo’s Moving Pictures (Exploded LA), Soldiering (UA Poetry Center, Blaze Vox Books), Collaborations (Warren Wilson College), Bunny Magic: 100 Works on Paper (Yardmeter Editions, Brooklyn, NY), and Memory (Memory) for Periodic Companions (drawings/ novel) with Laynie Browne, Soldiering (painting/ poems) with Anne Waldman, and Wastrels Find a Home (animation) with Kate Bernheimer.
Saterstrom posts a new painting or drawing every day or so on Noah’s Work-a-Day Page. He is founder of the online arts journal Trickhouse. He has taught at Warren Wilson College, Western Carolina University, University of Arizona Poetry Center, The Drawing Studio, and given lectures and taught workshops in and out of academic institutions. He has taught text/image, WordPress, web design, Flash, painting, drawing, and non-darkroom photography classes. Saterstrom grew up in Mississippi and holds an MFA from the Glasgow School of Art.
Reinalisa Santoyo is an innovative interior designer focused on service. Her strong ethnic background and holistic approach to functional space planning allows her to think intuitively to create beautiful spaces. Her attention to detail relative to material specifications, furniture, artwork, and interior lighting have honed her skills to achieve projects that capture the client’s vision.
A pioneer of fine art digital photographic printing, Seiling printed the first digital exhibitions for renowned photographers including Galen Rowell, Jack Dykinga, Robert Glenn Ketchum, and many others. He has taught Photoshop and printing workshops with California State University Summer Arts, The Ansel Adams Gallery, and his own workshop program, and has done documentary photography for the National Park Service. His personal work focuses on the landscape, having spent 20 years living in and around Yosemite National Park. He uses a mix of large format film and high resolution digital cameras, which allow him to capture rich detail and tonality in his prints.
BFA, University of Georgia
Richard Heinsohn has shown repeatedly in group shows at Allan Stone Gallery, most notable of which was the Summer Group Show of 1995 that included Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, and other historically important painters. Recently he received the “Critic’s Pick” from The Nashville Scene, as well as a feature in TheTennessean, for his solo exhibition at Estel Gallery in Nashville. In 2010, his work was shown at Preston Contemporary Art Center in New Mexico and at The Lowe Gallery in Atlanta and was featured in Nashville Arts. Heinsohn also was selected to teach a workshop in conjunction with the “Modern Masters” abstract painting exhibition from the Smithsonian American Art Museum at Cheekwood Art and Gardens in Nashville.
BFA, East Texas State University MFA, Texas A&M University Rob McClurg received his MFA in ceramics from Texas A&M University. He began teaching in 1986 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, spending many years teaching various ceramics, firing, and kiln-building techniques. McClurg later taught at Oxbow School of Painting in Michigan, where he also coordinated the ceramics program. He is now an adjunct instructor at Watkins, teaching both ceramics and 3D design. In addition to teaching, McClurg shows his fine ceramics at galleries such as Sarratt and Ruby Green Contemporary Art Center.
BFA, Watkins College of Art Sam Angel earned her bachelor of fine arts in photography at Watkins in 2012 and now works as a freelance photographer in the Nashville area, often collaborating with local photographers such as Mark Tucker and Caroline Allison. While specializing in fine art photography, Angel has a passion for a variety of photographic mediums.
BFA, University of Kansas Sarah Sung is a graphic designer and illustrator from Lawrence, Kansas now living in Nashville. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a BFA in Visual Communications with an emphasis on graphic design and illustration. Sung has 14 years of professional experience working with record labels, nonprofits, and corporations. She also has enjoyed the opportunity to work as a freelancer on a broad variety of projects, learning how to work in different styles and mediums.
Sara Wilhelm has been teaching art since 1998 at Stratton Elementary and has been teaching for Watkins Youth Program since 2000. Wilhelm also has taught for Cheekwood’s summer programs and for the Art Institute of Tennessee–Nashville. Her goal as a teaching artist is to instill in her students confidence, creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
Shawn Krise has been a working, selling, and teaching artist for more than 30 years in and around Nashville. She teaches multiple media but specializes in drawing and painting methods and concepts that extend beyond a particular medium. Krise holds a BS in art education and has written and facilitated art programs for such organizations as the Girl Scout Council of Middle Tennessee, Senior Citizens, Inc., and Metro Parks and Recreation. She also has had an extensive career as a commercial illustrator and graphic artist in addition to her ongoing work as a commissioned portrait painter.
BFA, Appalachian Center for Craft MFA, East Carolina University Certificate, College of the Redwoods Stephan Micheletto-Blouin is a woodworker and object-maker living in Nashville. He began his training at the Appalachian Center for Craft where he received a BFA in furniture design. He continued his training at the College of the Redwoods, where he earned a certificate under the direction of Michael Burns, Greg Smith, Jim Budlong, and Eijler Hjorst-Westh—who were themselves graduates of the same program under direction of founder James Krenov. Micheletto-Blouin received his MFA from East Carolina University in 2011.
Tamara Scott is a writer, trainer, SEO expert, and blogger. She works full time as a business technology writer and blogger in Nashville. Interested in the science of search engine optimization (SEO), she believes in blogging as an art form and as a business necessity. Scott also has been published in the Tennessee Philological Society’s bulletin and 2nd & Church.
BA Reutlingen University MFA Reutlingen University Theresa Wilson is a professional costume and fashion designer experienced in creating couture for some of the world’s most renowned opera houses. Holding a BA and MA in fashion, costume and textile design she also applies her expertise and passion designing and tailoring bridal dresses as well as teaching drafting and sewing courses on the side.
Tim (professionally know as Mr. Olli), has been a professional cartoonist since 1983. He’s worked on comic strips, editorial cartoons, humorous illustrations for magazines and ads agencies the likes of The Saturday Evening Post, Woman’s World, Highlights, Ebony, American Legion Magazine, Cobblestone, FACES, and more. Beginning in 1987, Mr. Ollie began his work as a teaching artist and artist in residence working with multiple state art commissions and local art agencies. He is an active member in the National Cartoonists Society and received the Outstanding Artist in Residence for the 2007-2008 school year from the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Born in Charlotte, NC, Timothy Davis is a Nashvillian of ten years standing. He coauthored, with John T. Edge, Sara Roahen, Sheri Castle and others, The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook (UGA Press). Last year, he released The Hot Chicken Cookbook: The Fiery History and Red-Hot Recipes of Nashville’s Beloved Bird (Spring House Press). About to go into its third printing, the book has been reviewed or otherwise mentioned in Time, National Geographic, and Food Republic and was the subject of a feature on NPR’s Morning Edition. It was written with greasy hands, a fierce passion, and not a little antacid.
Davis’ partial publication credits include pieces for Salon.com, Mother Jones, First We Feast, Saveur, Christian Science Monitor, Travel + Life, Harp, Gastronomica, and Oxford American. He is a former staff writer and food columnist at Creative Loafing in Charlotte, NC and Weekly Surge/The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, SC. He also contributed as an associate editor to Gravy, the official newsletter of the Oxford, Mississippi-based Southern Foodways Alliance. Davis is a regular contributor to a number of area publications, including the East Nashvillian, Nashville Scene, Edible Nashville, Nashville Lifestyles, and NATIVE.
Wren Whitman is a homeschooling mother of two who began calling Nashville home in 2010. Since learning how to knit, Whitman has been exploring wool’s abilities and limitations and its relation to other fibers and materials. She has a special interest in felting.
Zie Campbell is an illustrator and maker, living and working in her studio in East Nashville. With a BFA in Graphic Design & Illustration from Watkins College, and a life-long obsession with whimsy and downright quirkiness, her work is full of life and laughter. Before launching It’s Paper Dear, her & her mother’s stationery shop, in 2015, she moonlighted at a local magazine as a graphic designer, freelanced full-time as both an illustrator and a designer, and is known to have become an expert in the art of discovering who has the best cheese-fries in the city. Zie teaches graphic design and art-related classes through Watkins Community Education to all ages, ranging from the wee-tots to the fully grown, and she would be very pleased to see you in class!