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Beki Borman lives and works out of her studio in West Allis, WI. She attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design where she received her BFA in painting in 2004. Since graduating, Beki has exhibited her work both locally and nationally. For Beki's studio work she paints colorful landscapes in oil using a palette knife. Some of her influences include Vincent Van Gogh, Wolf Kahn, and Wayne Thiebaud. Beki's work is represented by the Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor and the Dooryard Gallery in Elm Grove. See more of her work at www.bekiborman.com.
Eriks Johnson received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Art Institute of Chicago, and his Masters of Fine Art degree from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. As a student he traveled, and exhibited work, in Europe. Upon returning to Milwaukee, he immersed himself in the arts community; reading and writing poetry, forming a collaborative group of artists, managing two galleries, as well as creating and exhibiting his own paintings and drawings. He now teaches in various capacities at MIAD, Milwaukee Art Museum, and Artists Working in Education.
Kasia Drake-Hames has been teaching art classes to adults and youth in a variety of community-based settings for 10 years. Kasia specializes in teaching fiber art techniques and paper crafts, particularly traditional Polish paper crafts, which she learned early in life from her grandmother, folk artist Ryszarda Klim. She holds a BFA degree in Fiber and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from UW-Milwaukee, and is an alumnus of the Public Allies program. Kasia exhibits her work regionally and has created two commissioned temporary public art installations for IN:SITE Milwaukee. See more of her work at www.kdhartstudio.com.
Tiffany Knopow is a Wisconsin native, residing in Burlington, who received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Knopow has actively exhibited in the United States and South America. She was one of UW-Milwaukee's nominees for the 2007 National Dedalus Foundation Master of Fine Arts Fellowship and received a Layton Fellowship from UW-Milwaukee in 2008. Tiffany also teaches for Artists Working with Milwaukee’s Homeless and is the co-founder of ArtMovz. See more at www.tiffanyknopow.com.
Robert Meincke is an artist living in Milwaukee, WI. He has received a number of awards including the Forrest R. Polk Library Purchase Award, the Frederick R. Layton Fellowship, and the 2012 Hidden River Emerging Artist. He received a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and his Master of Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He actively exhibits his work at local and national solo, invitational, and juried exhibits. See more of his work at www.rsmeincke.com.
Leah Schreiber Johnson
Leah Schreiber Johnson is an interdisciplinary artist and educator with a diverse studio practice who has exhibited widely nationally and internationally. She has received multiple awards and has participated as Artist-in-Residence at Vermont Studio Center, The Contemporary Artist Center, the American Geographical Society Library at UWM, and with Milwaukee Public Schools. Schreiber received her Bachelor of Fine Art from Illinois State University and her Master of Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she currently teaches full-time as Associate Lecturer in the Department of Art and Design at the Peck School of the Arts. See more at www.leahschreiber.com.
Nina Ghanbarzadeh was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. She spent four years in India, where she got her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Pune University in 1988. She immigrated to the United States in 2001 and received her BFA in Fine Arts and Graphic Design from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2013. She is currently a resident artist at RedLine Milwaukee. Nina’s works depict her culture and background. She not only portrays the unfamiliar subjects from Iran to Western viewers, but keeps her memories alive and fresh at the same time. See more at www.ninaghanbarzadeh.com.
With over 40 years of photographic experience, Mark has recently fully adopted the iPhone as his main capture device. He considers it his ''digital brownie camera'' and enjoys composing an image with minimal features. His years of shooting and the convenience and portability of the iPhone have allowed him to be anywhere in the world and be ready to capture interesting images for personal and professional enjoyment. Mark has been teaching iPhone photo workshops and his theories on capture at arts centers throughout SE Wisconsin such as the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center and the Cederberg Cultural Center. He is an active member of Milwaukee’s (CoPA) Coalition of Photographic Arts. View more at www.markstallimages.com.
Ann Wydeven received a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1981, and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design 1985. As an educator, sculptor and architectural mosaic artist, her work is predominantly in terracotta, mosaic and concrete. Her professional work is located in residential, commercial, and corporate collections in the Midwest, and in private collections throughout the country. She tells stories in mosaic sculpture, vessels and wall relief. Her stories are personal, drafted from mythology, tall tales and legends that appeal to the senses and describe relationships, family and sense of place.
Irene Angeles loves to teach art! A native of Milwaukee, she has been teaching adults and youth for many years (including five years at Alverno College). Irene received her BFA in Painting and Drawing from UWM. The recipient of the AOP Fellowship as well as multiple other honors, she has completed extensive graduate level work in Adult Education and Art Education. She enjoys a very diverse studio practice, occupied in many different media. She is primarily a portrait and figurative artist, but also is fascinated with jewelry-making. You will find her volunteering her time to help Milwaukee's homeless.
Milwaukee-based visual artist, independent art instructor, and poet, Thea has held classes, workshops and artist residencies in many academic and community venues including MIAD, UWM, Stritch, Alverno, Jewish Community Center, Jewish Museum Milwaukee, Walkers Point Center for the Arts, Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA), Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, Woodland Pattern, and Lynden Sculpture Garden as well as private settings. She is on the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN) Board of Directors. In her workspace in The Toy Factory on the north side of Milwaukee, she creates vivid watercolor and acrylic paintings. See more at www.theakovac.com.
Mary Sugiyama is the Wilson Center’s Arts Education Coordinator. A certified K-12 Art Educator with a BA in Education and a BFA in Painting from Alma College (Alma, MI), she has coordinated and facilitates arts programs for all ages with organizations like Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, Betty Brinn Children's Museum, Milwaukee Center for Children and Youth, Arts@Large, and public and private Milwaukee area schools and universities. Mary is an RYT-200 level yoga instructor and enjoys exploring physical movement within her visual arts classes.
Jeanne Kollmeyer is an Art Educator specializing in art programming and instruction for children. She has many years of experience working in non-profit organizations in the Milwaukee area. She currently works for Danceworks teaching in their summer camps, School Day off program and intergenerational project. She has an enthusiasm for connecting literacy to art and recently joined the staff of the Wilson Center as a Beyond the Classroom educator.
Cary Suneja is a traditional hand bookbinder, marble artist, and speaker on book history. She specializes in the restoration of leather bindings and the creation of designed bindings with inlays of leather and gold tooling. With more than 20 years of experience in the classroom, and a master degree in literature from Marquette University, she brings her love books and bookbinding into all the classes she teaches. See more at www.teacupbindery.com
Ben Tyjeski is a ceramic studio artist working out of Var Gallery in Milwaukee’s historic Walker’s Point. He graduated in 2012 with a BFA in ceramics and art education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is also a historian on decorative terra-cotta architecture. His work has been exhibited locally and nationally. Tyjeski has worked as an artist in the Milwaukee area community for the last 5 years, providing ceramics workshops and art lessons with Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, UW Milwaukee, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, Discovery World and public and private Milwaukee area schools. Tyjeski is currently an Art teacher for Milwaukee Public Schools.
Barbara Opferman is an active Milwaukee area artist and teacher. With a BA in Art Therapy from Mount Mary and a K-12 Teaching Certification from Wayne State University, she brings over 24 years of teaching experience to her classes. Her most recent residency was with the School of Urban Planning and Architecture in Milwaukee. She has exhibited her personal work in both Wisconsin and the greater Midwest area.
Kenneth Vonderberg has been a full time artist since retiring from teaching in 2012 and works out of his own studio, “Studio Blip” in Milwaukee’s Third Ward. He works in various dry media as well as acrylics and fine art woodburning (pyrography). Ken received his BFA from the Layton School of Art and Design (now MIAD) in 1968. He was a commercial interior designer for 25 years in Milwaukee and St. Louis and owed his own design firm. Ken’s teaching experience includes 19 years at MATC where he taught drawing, sketching, design, color theory, and much more. Ken’s work has been exhibited at galleries and exhibitions locally and regionally and he is an active member of WVA (Wisconsin Visual Artists).