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Akhvlediani, Sandro – Sandro graduated with a Master’s Degree in Architecture and Art from the Academy of Fine Art in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. He is a member of both the Georgian Artist’s Union and the Georgian International Federation of Arts.

Ammirata, Kerri – Kerri graduated from Boston University with an MFA in Painting. Alongside her strong academic background is her passion for inspiring creativity in her students and peers. She has been a part of the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s public workshops and served as the artist-in-residence at HUB-BUB, a center for art, culture, and entertainment in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Kerri has been instrumental in developing the Indianapolis Art Center’s sampler art series and hopes to widen the Art Center’s audience and get the community excited about creativity through art.

Arnholter, Doug – Doug is an award-winning artist and designer who creates contemporary frescos and sculptures as well as interactive public art and team building projects. He has been commissioned to create pieces for many different companies and organizations including the Government Center of Barbados, Novartis, Macpherson Art, Johnson & Johnson, and Eli Lily & Company. Doug’s work has been on view at the Adolph Coors Museum, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the Indiana State Museum. His global project “Mural of the World” donates 100% of all donations to charity. Doug is the owner of Bad Dog Studio in South Broad Ripple and co-owner of Broad Ripple Art & Design.

Ball, Julie – Julie received her BFA in Sculpture from Ohio University and her MFA in Sculpture from Southern Illinois University. Her work has been widely exhibited in Midwestern and Eastern states and she has taught and inspired art students at Marian College and the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis. Julie has also been a recipient of the Creative Renewal grant from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. See www.julieball.net and www.indyarts.org for instructor work.

Ballard-Harris, Ruby – Ruby graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Home Economics and Actuarial & Interior Design and a Master of Social Work degree. Her work has been exhibited at the Detroit Festival of the Arts, Atlanta Black National Art Festival, Carmel International Arts Festival, and the Indiana State Museum. Ruby has taught at the Indianapolis Art Center for over 12 years.

Battas, Alice – Alice received her BA from DePauw University and studied ceramics at Herron School of Art. She also studied Peruvian hand-building techniques in Peru, South America. She is a member of the Potter’s Council and the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. Alice has taught at the Indianapolis Art center for over 11 years.

Beam, Debbie – Debbie received a BA in Elementary Education from Hanover College and an MS in Learning Disabilities from Butler University. She started off as a ceramics student at the Indianapolis Art Center in 1998 and is now a youth ceramics instructor at the Art Center. Debbie has her own pottery studio and her work can be seen at many local art fairs.

Breidenbach, Peggy – Peggy discovered her passion for ceramics while she was a student at the Indianapolis Art Center in the mid to late ’90s. She began teaching ceramics at the Art Center in 2003. Peggy draws great inspiration from nature when creating her distinctly organic clay forms. In 2009 she was named an Indiana Artisan.

Bruce, Chuck – Chuck has received certificates in cabochon lapidary, advanced chain making, wax casting, and spool knitting from the Holland School of Lapidary Arts. In addition to his passion for jewelry making, Chuck has extensive experience in fashion merchandising and interior design. His work is on view in the Basile Studio Shop at the Indianapolis Art Center. See www.chuckbrucedesigns.com for instructor work.

Bryson, Jon – Jon received his BFA in Sculpture from Clemson University and his MFA in Computer Animation from Ball State University. His work has been exhibited in South Carolina shows and galleries. Jon currently works as a freelance artist on short films and pieces commissioned by his clients.

Carr, Shirley – Shirley received her MA from Purdue University. She is a founder and Cardinal Fellow of the Watercolor Society of Indiana and an exhibiting artist at the Hoosier Salon and the Indiana Artists Club. Her work has been displayed at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Art Center’s Art 500 Exhibit, the Indiana State Fair, and the Watercolor Society of Indiana. She has taught at the Indianapolis Art Center for over 23 years and was named Instructor of the Year in 2008.

Carreno, Bernie – Bernie received his BFA and MFA in Sculpture from University of Wisconsin. He has created numerous large-scale public sculptures and has been commissioned to create works for private and public collections around the country. Bernie is nationally recognized as a master of fabricated and cast metal sculpture. He has taught at the Indianapolis Art Center for over 9 years and is currently Head of the Sculpture Department.

Cassell, Stacey – Stacey Cassell first discovered her love of metal smithing at the J. Everett Light Career Center in Indianapolis while in high school and continued her studies through college. After college she studied at the Indianapolis Art Center, which led to her position as an instructor.

Cazares, Carlos – Carlos is a Chicano artist and printmaker. He received a BFA in Printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2009 and an MFA in Printmaking from Herron School of Art & Design in 2011. In 2008 Carlos received the Outstanding Undergraduate Award from the Southern Graphics Council. His work is featured in collections across the country, including Evil Prints Studios in St. Louis, Chameleon Art Center in Kansas City, and Print Zero Studios in Seattle. Carlos currently resides in downtown Indianapolis where he works in his home studio.

Clemons, Hap – Hap is a seasoned knitter with more than 20 years of knitting experience and has taught numerous adults and children to create their own unique items. He also spins and dyes wool to create beautiful handmade yarns and enjoys felting and needle felting products, too. Currently, Hap works as the Membership and Grants Coordinator at the Indianapolis Art Center.

Compton, Matt – Matt studied Photography at Ball State University. His work explores American identity as it is portrayed in the digital world. While at Ball State Matt’s work was exhibited at the university and throughout the surrounding community. In 2012 he had the honor of being named Outstanding Senior Photography Student and receiving the ASPIRE Creative Arts Grant. Alongside teaching at the Indianapolis Art Center Matt works as a commercial photographer in the Fort Wayne area.

Compton, Tim – Tim received his BFA in Ceramics and his BS in Art Education from Ball State University. He is both a ceramics instructor and a ceramics technician at the Indianapolis Art Center. Tim’s work is regularly exhibited locally, regionally, and nationally.

Conrad, Kimberly – Kimberly received her BA from Indiana University and her MFA from San Diego State University. While in San Diego she helped kick-start a jewelry and metalwork gallery called Taboo Studios. For the past 10 years she has been heavily involved in interior design and started her own design company in 2004. Kimberly has both exhibited her work and taught internationally and has been an instructor at the Indianapolis Art Center since 1999.

Cooper, Dan – Dan is a graduate of Indiana University and University of Indianapolis. He has owned a graphic design business since 1986 and his paintings can be found in private and corporate collections across the country. Dan was a founding member and the first President of the Coalition of Indianapolis Artists. He is currently the chairman of Indianapolis Downtown Artists & Dealers Association’s Ethics and Fair Practices Committee. See http://CooperFineArt.com for instructor work.

Crabb, David – David Crabb learned printing from his father, Jim Crabb, a hobby printer working in the paper and graphic arts industry for over 30 years.

Craddock, Derryl – Derryl received his BAE from Ball State University and MAE from Herron School of Art. He has over 30 years of experience as an art educator and has taught ceramics at the Indianapolis Art Center for over 10 years. Derryl’s artwork is exhibited and sold locally.

Creech, Stephen – Stephen is a ceramics artist working with a variety of different mediums. He directed a ceramics program for adults with disabilities while living in Kentucky and served as a ceramics technician at Eastern Kentucky University.

Dean, Bruce – Bruce received a BFA in Painting from Ball State University. He has been painting in many different mediums for over 35 years but is the most passionate about watercolor. Bruce’s work has been published in numerous magazines and journals and has been exhibited in galleries and collections across the country. He strives to provide students with all the skills they will need to enjoy painting with watercolor in and outside of the studio setting.

DeGan, Judy – Judy has been teaching adult and teen classes at the Indianapolis Art Center for over ten years. Her pottery is exhibited locally and regionally and can be viewed online.

Dimova, Evgenia

Downs, Susan

Eckerson, Ann – Ann received her BFA from Herron School of Art. Ann has been taking classes at the Indianapolis Art Center for the past 13 years primarily in pastel. She has exhibited and sold her work in Indianapolis and online. View her work at www.pastelsbyann.com.

Ellis, Lee – Lee has enjoyed woodworking as a second career since 1993. He is an active member of the American Association of Woodturners and has attended many woodturning symposiums and classes. His work has been exhibited at the CCA Gallery in Zionsville and many local art shows. Lee has taught at the Art Center for over 9 years.

Eney, Carole – Carole received her BA in Studio Art from University of West Florida. She is an abstract painter who has exhibited work in the Midwest and Florida. Carole has taught youth classes at the Indianapolis Art Center for over 10 years and formerly held the position of Education Associate. She currently works out of her home in Fishers, Indiana.

Evans, Glenn – Glenn received his BS and his MS from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and his PhD in Biology from North Carolina State University. He has been sculpting at the Indianapolis Art Center since 2005 and has experience casting in bronze, iron, and aluminum. Glenn is an accredited judge with the American Orchid Society.

Ferguson, Brittany

Flaherty, Patrick – Patrick received his MA in Printmaking from Ball State University in 2003. He is the Director of Exhibitions & Artist Services, Director of the Broad Ripple Art Fair, and Head of the Printmaking Department at the Indianapolis Art Center. Patrick’s work is regularly exhibited locally and regionally.

Flaherty, Valorie – Valorie received her BFA in Drawing from Ball State University. She works in a wide variety of mediums and has taught youth and teen classes at the Indianapolis Art Center for over 5 years. Valorie is passionate about inspiring young artists to become great thinkers and creators.

Gogulis-Danenman, Anita – Anita received her BGS degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. She has studied at the IU Bloomington Metalsmithing Studio, the Herron School of Art, and the 3×3 Latvian School of Arts & Crafts in Three Rivers, MI. Her work is exhibited in galleries and shows nationally and internationally.

Goslin, Jasen – In addition to his 10 year association with Mike Bowman, Jasen has studied photography under former Ansel Adams assistant Alan Ross and master printer Howard Bond. He has contributed fine art prints to the Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg Museum. Jasen regularly participates in many fine art fairs.

Harger, Shiva

Heisler, Christine – Christine received her BA in Studio Art and Art History from University of California at Davis. She also attended the Applied Arts & Crafts College in Bergen, Norway. Christine is a professional ceramics artist and has exhibited her work in several galleries and prestigious art fairs across the Midwest. See www.ceramicartist.net for examples of her work.

Helrigel, Dan – Dan received his BA and certificate in Museum Studies from IUPUI. He has been a professional photographer for over 10 years and occasionally teaches classes at IUPUI. Dan’s motor sports photography has been exhibited all over the world.

Herrington, Kyle – Kyle graduated with a BFA in Painting from Ball State University in 2006. His work is regularly exhibited throughout Indianapolis and in 2008 he was awarded a Beckmann Emerging Artist Fellowship. Kyle is currently the Exhibitions Associate at the Indianapolis Art Center.

Hill, Loran – Loran received his BS in Design from Cincinnati University. He has been a professional potter and ceramics teacher for 36 years. Loran founded the Ceramics Department at Olney Central College in Olney, Illinois. He has taught at the Indianapolis Art Center for over 25 years, specializing in the raku process, large form techniques, and kiln and burner construction. Loran was the Art Center’s Instructor of the Year in 1998.

Hirschten, Addie – Hirschten received her BFA from Appalachian State University in 2000 specializing in impressionist and expressionist painting. You can follow her painting work at: www.artistaddie.com. Hirschten also performs as a storyteller in libraries and schools throughout Indiana utilizing her background as a children’s librarian and musician. Behind all of Addie’s artwork and performances is a message of celebration for the world we live in. By passing on paintings and stories, she hopes to plant seeds of inspiration and healing for others.

Hoover, Noelle

Hubbard, James – James Hubbard taught high school and elementary art in Indianapolis for thirty years. Since retirement in 2008, he has devoted his time to building a portfolio of prints and working with a cadre of printmakers at the Indianapolis Art Center. Mr. Hubbard has exhibited in local, regional and national juried art shows. His work can be found in the permanent collection of Arkansas State University, Jonesboro/ Bradbury Gallery. He is a graduate of Indiana University (B.S.) and IUPUI (M.S.).

Inger, Sofiya – Sofiya received a BFA with Honors from the Kirov School of Art in Russia and studied textile design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Having taught adult and youth classes, workshops, and private lessons, Sofiya is experienced at instructing students of all ages and skill level. She was awarded the first Skip McKinney Faculty of the Year Fellowship by the Indianapolis Art Center in 2011. Sofiya’s artwork has been featured in many exhibitions and collections in Indiana and abroad, including the American Embassy in Moscow. See www.sofiyaingerart.com for instructor work.

Jenkins, Kelly – Kelly was taught the basics of working with kiln-formed glass in 2001 and has been honing her craft ever since. She has also been making pot-melt jewelry and wall art since 2010. Kelly sells her work at fine art fairs throughout the Midwest.

Johnson, Ben – Ben received his BFA from Kent State University and continued his studies at the Corning Museum of Glass, Pilchuck Glass School, and the Scuola del Vetro Abate Zanetti in Murano, Italy. Ben has taught glass blowing classes at the Indianapolis Art Center and Diablo Glass in Boston, Massachusetts. He has also assisted classes at Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Ox-Bow. Ben’s work is regularly exhibited locally and nationally.

Johnson, Jedediah – Jedediah Johnson received a BFA in 2009 from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, and an MFA in 2013 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is very funny and wants to be your friend.

Kang Partington, Soyong – Soyong has worked as a class monitor and an instructor of Ceramics at the Indianapolis Art Center for over 25 years. She also worked as a workshop coordinator at the World Ceramic Expo in Korea (WOCEK) and remains a consultant. In 2012 Soyong was invited to teach several workshops in Italy, England, and Greece.

Kenyon, Matt – Matt received his BFA in Furniture Design from Herron School of Art & Design in 2008. He is currently the head of the glass department at the Indianapolis Art Center where he has been blowing glass since 1998. Matt is known for incorporating mixed media into his glasswork, including metal, wood, rope, and beads.

Kirby, Debbie – Debbie is a graduate of the Herron School of Art & Design in Indianapolis. She is a certified Precious Metal Clay instructor and a recipient of the Indianapolis Art Center’s Best in Sculpture award. Debbie was also awarded a second place sculpture award at the Indiana State Fair in 2004.

Koen, Martha – Martha received her BA from Brighton College of Art at Sussex University in 1969. She has extensive teaching experience and has exhibited her work in the United States and Britain. Martha is currently working on illustrations for children’s books.

Laird, Tom – Tom Laird, head of the Wood Department at the Indianapolis Art Center, received his BA from Notre Dame in 1977. He has exhibited his work at fine art fairs and galleries throughout the Midwest since 1980. His work can be found in the Art Center’s Basille Gallery. Tom has taught at the Art Center for 9 years and was named Instructor of the Year in 2010.

Lorance, Cheryl – Cheryl received both her BFA in Painting and Sculpture and her MA in Sculpture from Ball State University. She moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1996. Cheryl became a prominent member of the Santa Fe art community, specializing in gold and bronze smithing. She has taught workshops in mold making, bronze casting, patination, and egg tempra, and has exhibited her work in juried shows nation-wide. Cheryl moved to Indianapolis in 2012.

Mandich, Heidi – Heidi first discovered her passion for metalsmithing while taking a class at the Indianapolis Art Center in 2006. She has studied extensively with the Art Center as well as with Andrea Jackson of FC’drea Design. Heidi sells her handmade jewelry in local and regional art fairs. See www.mychampagnecreations.com for instructor work.

Mandity, Bianca – Bianca received her Master’s degree with a concentration in Performance Art and Aesthetic Theory from Butler University. She taught at Butler University and Indiana University while working on her degrees and has given lectures on rendering and color theory at Savannah College of Art & Design, Illinois State University, Ohio State, University of Louisville, and Columbus School of Art & Design. Her work has been exhibited at numerous local galleries as well as at the Fringe Festival in Bath, England. She is currently illustrating a children’s book slated for publication in 2014 and has a solo show scheduled to open this coming August.

Mansfield, Yvonne – Yvonne received her BS in Engineering from Purdue University and her MBA from Ball State University. She also studied Fine Arts and Photography at Ohio University. Yvonne has participated in workshops with prominent ceramics artists throughout the United States, Britain, and Italy. She exhibits and sells her artwork throughout the Midwest.

McDonald, julie

McKee, John – John McKee received his BFA in Photography from Herron School of Art in Indianapolis. He has taught at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis as well as the Indianapolis Art Center for the past 10 years. John is currently the gallery director at Ashland Gallery in Broad Ripple.

Miller, Stephen – Stephen studied Telecommunications at Indiana University and received his MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. He has over 35 years of graphic design and photographic experience under his belt and is a publishing and graphics software trainer locally. Stephen was awarded Best Student Project at the Indianapolis Art Center’s Student Showcase in 2011. His art is currently on view at the Art IN Hand Gallery in Zionsville, Indiana.

Monninger, Jack – Jack received a BFA in Visual Communications and Fine Art from Herron School of Art in Indianapolis. He is an award-winning art teacher in the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township. In 2003 Jack was chosen to help design a fiberglass racecar for the Indy 500 Festival. Jack has taught at the Indianapolis Art Center for over 7 years. See www.jacksart.net for instructor work.

Nave, Mike

Newell, Pamela – Pamela received her BFA from University of Massachusetts. She is an award-winning Indiana Artisan whose paintings have been entered into many regional and national competitions including the Hoosier Salon, Indiana Heritage Arts, and Chicago Pastel Painters. For artist work, see www.pnewellart.com.

Okamoto, Yuri – Yuri received a BA in Glass from Meisei University in Tokyo, Japan. He has explored a wide variety of glass forming techniques and has studied glass at the Indianapolis Art Center since 2003. Yuri also studied at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York. Yuri has taught at the Indianapolis Art Center for over 6 years. For artist work, see www.yuriglass.com.

Owens, Bobbie K – Bobbie has taught painting class at Indiana University/ Purdue University of Columbus, the Ontario School of Art, Ball State University, and the John Waldron Art Center. He has also worked with the National Endowment for the Arts. Bobbie’s paintings have been exhibited in the United States, Canada, and Russia.

Peck, Ralph – Ralph discovered his passion for western metal hand planes, handsaws, joinery, and working with highly figured woods while studying as a wood shop monitor at the Indianapolis Art Center. In addition to his studies at the Art Center, Ralph has taken classes on hand planes at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking in Franklin, Indiana.

Pentecost, Vandra – Vandra received her BFA from the Herron School of Art & Design. She is a conceptual figure artist working in a wide variety of mediums and is a co-owner of Linder Design. Vandra’s work is regularly exhibited in regional and international competitions. She has created large-scale murals that can be seen on commercial and residential sites throughout Indiana. Her work can be viewed at www.vandrapentecost.com.

Perrin, Myra – Myra received her BA in Interior Design from Butler University and her BFA in Furniture Design from Herron School of Art & Design. She has exhibited her work in juried and group shows throughout Indiana and is a member of The Furniture Society and the Women’s Woodworking Guild of Indiana. Myra has taught at the Indianapolis Art Center for over 6 years. Her website is www.myraperrin.com.

Peterson, Nancy – Nancy received her BA from Westminster College and her Graduate degree from University of Tennessee. She taught ceramics classes at the Center for the Arts in Midland, Michigan for 8 years and at a residential summer arts camp for the past 17 years. Nancy has exhibited her ceramics, stained glass, fabric sculpture, painting, and jewelry artwork locally and regionally. She has taught at the Indianapolis Art Center for over 6 years.

Prado, Lisa – Lisa received her BS from Purdue University and her MBA from Indiana University. She is a certified Precious Metal Clay instructor and has been teaching at the Indianapolis Art Center for over 5 years. Lisa has been designing, creating, and selling jewelry since she co-founded Gemware Jewelry in 1987.

Quatroche, Kay – Kay graduated from Herron School of Art & Design with high distinction in Painting. She received her MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. Kay’s work is exhibited locally and can be found in private collections. See www.kayqart.com for instructor work.

Rees, Kyle

Reiberg,Robert – Robert Reiberg, Head of the Ceramics Department at the Indianapolis Art Center, has made a full time career out of pottery for the past 16 years. Robert began taking classes at the Art Center in 1990 and has had previous experience teaching in public schools.

Ridenour, Roger – Roger received his BS in Engineering from Purdue University and is a graduate of the Masters Program at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. He has been an instructor at the Crow Indian Reservation and is frequently commissioned to design and build furniture and wood art.

Roob, Sandy – Sandy received her BA in Communications with a Minor in Studio Art from DePauw University in Greencastle, IN. She continued her studies with Jerry Points and Randall Scott Harden, as well as at the Indianapolis Art Center with Farideh Peacock. Sandy has exhibited her work at Rachles Fine Art in Zionsville, IN, the Stutz Art Gallery in Indianapolis, and at the Broad Ripple Art Fair. Her website is www.sandyroob.com.

Rothenberg, Jeff – Jeff has 10 years of glass blowing experience under his belt and has studied extensively with the Indianapolis Art Center and the Art Institute of Chicago. He is passionate about using art as a pathway to healing and training health care professionals. Jeff’s work is exhibited in numerous private and public collections and he is a full time Associate Professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Sagona, Gina – Gina Sagona studies Ceramics, Art History, and Psychology at the Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI. In addition to being a Pottery Camp instructor, Gina is an Assistant Ceramics Technician at the Art Center.

Sebree, Scott – Scott received his BFA in Ceramics from Indiana University, Bloomington. He also studied Ceramics at Utah State University from 2004-2005. Scott has been an artist in residence at Pope Valley Pottery in Pope Valley, California and well as at the Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado.

Shotwell, Eric – Eric received his MBA from Indiana University. He has developed training classes for AutoCAD graphics software, which is used to support operations and maintenance systems for companies such as Eli Lilly. He has taught woods lore as a scoutmaster since 1996, specializing in making cutting tools. Eric’s work as a member of the Rural Smiths of Indiana has included making tools for metal smiths and stone carvers. He has taken several classes at the Indianapolis Art Center, including Steel Fabrication and Stone Sculpture.

Siskind, Ellie – Ellie is an award-winning artist who has studied at the Wichita Art Association, the Kansas City Art Institute, and the Herron School of Art. Ellie has taught at Marion University in Indianapolis in addition to the Indianapolis Art Center. She specializes in teaching her students the structure of the human head and portrait painting techniques. In 2003, the Arts Council of Indianapolis awarded Ellie a Creative Renewal Grant. Ellie’s work has been on display in over 50 group exhibitions and 14 independent shows. Her work can be found in private collections and in 4 Museums in Indiana.

Skinner, R. Carol – R. Carol Skinner is an award-winning freelance artist from Indianapolis. She studied at Butler University and graduated from the Herron School of Art. Skinner has been commissioned to create numerous commercial artworks for organizations and companies such as Eli Lilly & Co, Conseco, Wheaton Van Lines, Vermeer of Indiana, as well as the city of Carmel, Indiana. She has also been commissioned to do composite prints for Indiana University Kokomo, Purdue University, Anderson University, and Butler University. She has illustrated 3 books as well as book covers for Conner Prairie. Skinner’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally at locations and shows such as the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Carmel International Art Fair, and the Hoosier Salon. She was awarded first place in Painting at the Carmel International Art Fair in 2004 and has been the recipient of purchase awards from the Hoosier Salon and the Hamilton Country Artist’s Association.

Smith, Marilyn – Marilyn, Head of the Metalsmithing Department at the Indianapolis Art Center, received her BS from Indiana University and her MA from Ball State University. She has been the recipient of awards from numerous state fairs and shows including the Indiana State Fair, Fair on the Square in Columbus, IN, the Whitewater Valley Arts Exhibit, and the Wearable Art Show of the Richmond Art Museum. Marilyn has taught at the Art Center for over 24 years.

Smulevitch, Irina – Irina received her MA from Moscow State Textile University in Moscow, Russia. She began teaching in Maryland and has served as a judge for high school, university, and professional art shows in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. In 2005 she was featured in a documentary on Voice of America. Irina’s work has been exhibited across the country and she is a member of the Indiana Watercolor Society.

Spicuzza, Shelley

Sprinkle, Kenny – Kenny graduated from Ball State University in 2013 with a degree in Ceramics and Art Education and a concentration in Sculpture. While at Ball State, Kenny received numerous awards at annual student art shows. In 2013 he was awarded 3rd place in the Avocational Division at Minnetrista’s Annual Juried Art Show and one of his sculptures has been published in Ball State’s alumni magazine. He currently has work on display at the GeneDx Art Show in Maryland. Kenny’s artwork is heavily influenced by science and he enjoys incorporating glass and ceramics into his sculptures. This is Kenny’s first year teaching at the Indianapolis Art Center.

Strodtman, Shane

Sugarman, Jennifer – Jennifer received her BA in Fine Art from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and her MFA in Painting with a minor in Printmaking from University of Mississippi. In addition to the Indianapolis Art Center she has taught art classes and workshops at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Anderson Art Center, the Hasten Hebrew Academy, and various local schools. Jennifer’s work has been exhibited in many juried and invitational exhibitions locally, nationally, and abroad. Jennifer is Head of the Youth/Teen Department at the Indianapolis Art Center where she has been teaching youth and adult classes since 1978.

Suntzeff, Nina – Nina graduated from JFK University with an MA in Museum Studies after studying Art, Art History, and Anthropology as an undergraduate. She is an experienced textile conservationist and studied under Master Weaver Vreni Landolt. Nina specializes in traditional and loom weaving.

Taylor, Angela – Angela received her BFA from Herron School of Art & Design in 2002 and has been studying the art of glass blowing at the Indianapolis Art Center since 1999. She is a multimedia freelance artist and instructor living and working in Indiana. Angela regularly exhibits her work in local galleries and collaborates with many local artists.

Wilken, Michael – Michael graduated from the Herron School of Art with a degree in Fine Arts and a concentration in Sculpture. His work has been exhibited in galleries and group shows in and around Indianapolis and he has been commissioned to create several pieces locally. Michael has owned and operated his own small foundry and atelier for over 7 years.

 
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