Faculty

CURRENT TEACHING ARTISTS

Dawn Brennan

Dawn received an MFA from the University of Chicago Midway Studios and a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute. She has teaching experience at Evanston Art Center, University of Chicago, and College of DuPage. She has most recently exhibited at Oakton Community College’s Koehnline Museum, ARC Gallery, South Suburban College’s Lee Dulgar Gallery, and the Lincoln Park Branch of the Chicago Public Library.

Elke Claus

Elke received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from Rutgers University. She has teaching experience at Gallery 37, Anchor Graphics, and Suburban Fine Arts Center. She has exhibited locally and internationally and is the recipient of Artist Residencies at Anchor Graphics and Columbia College Book and Paper Center, as well as a CAAP Grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

Marian Castro-Palanyk

Marian is a ceramic artist who focuses on functional and decorative pottery made from porcelain or terra cotta. She has teaching experience in the Chicago Public Schools and art centers including Lill Street, Terra Incognito and Hinsdale Center for the Arts. She currently has a studio at Lill Street Art Center in Chicago and sells work in Illinois, Michigans and Wisconsin. Marian has a degree in Art Education from Chicago State University.

William Estrada

William received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and holds a Special 10 K-12 Certification from the State of Illinois. He has worked with grass-roots organizations for the past 8 years and continues to participate in various community projects in the Chicago area. Wiliam works as an artist-in-residence at Telpochcalli Elementary School through C.A.P.E. and various community schools through HPAC, Pros Arts Studios, and A.R.T.

Nico Gardner

Nico Gardner is a Japanese-American interdisciplinary designer, maker and critical thinker. He holds an MFA in Fiber + Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BA in Fine Arts, and a BA in Art History, both from Rice University in Houston, Texas. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and acquired by public institutions and private collections. Nico is also faculty in the Textiles Department at Lillstreet Art Center.

David Anthony Geary

David Anthony Geary is an artist working in a variety of mediums. His visual training took place in New Orleans, LA at Xavier University. After finishing his studies, he remained in this uniquely attractive city to absorb as much of its great culture and heritage as he could. Communicating his perspective of the world around him through a visual language, he became fluent in many dialects of visual art. Building a career as an artist, an educator, as well as a family in New Orleans, has greatly influenced his work both visually and conceptually. The community of Evanston and the greater Chicago-land area, which he now calls home, serves as a great source of inspiration to add to his palette. Visually his work may incorporate painting, printmaking, collage, assemblage, sculpture or photography. Whatever communicates the idea best, sometimes that’s all of them.

Sarah Geis

Sarah Geis is a Chicago-based independent producer, editor, and teacher, and a former Third Coast artistic director. She has led workshops at community organizations throughout the U.S., and presented at audio gatherings around the globe. Sarah got her start in radio with StoryCorps, where she travelled the country in an Airstream trailer recording interviews, and then founded StoryCorps’ Bay Area recording and outreach program.

Aaron Hughes

Aaron Hughes is an artist, activist, organizer, teacher, and Iraq War veteran based in Chicago. His multidimensional creative practice operates in a diversity of spaces and media as he seeks out connections, poetics, and moments of beauty in order to construct narratives and meaning out of personal and collective traumas. He uses these narratives in the development of projects that expose and deconstruct systems of oppression and dehumanization. Hughes works collaboratively with a range of artists, veterans, activists, and art organizations and projects including Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, Iraq Veterans Against the War, National Veterans Art Museum, Warrior Writers, emerging Veteran Artists Movement, Dirty Canteen, and Prison & Neighborhood Arts Project.

Ahmed Ibrahim

Ahmed Ibrahim has been working in mosaics since 2000, Ahmed has always believed that the most important part of your practice as an artist is venturing outside of your comfort zone. Ahmed worked as part of the Sabry Mansour artist team designing and installing 4 large mosaic murals at the Ahram Canadian University in Cairo, as well as a project in Helwan University on the Festivals building and he has many public outdoor and indoor mosaic projects installed around the Greater Chicagoland area. Ahmed’s work has been exhibited nationally and overseas. Ahmed has a Bachelor’s degree in Mural Arts from Helwen University in Cairo, Egypt.

Rodrigo Lara Zendejas

Rodrigo Lara was born and raised in different cities in Mexico. In 2003 he received his BFA from Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico, with the highest honors, Summa Cum Laude where he majored in Sculpture. In 2011 he moved to Chicago and received his MFA in 2013 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a James Nelson Raymond Fellowship. Lara’s work has been represented in galleries from Mexico, Argentina and the United States, as well as shown extensively in Mexico, the US, Canada, Europe and China. Among several solo exhibitions, Lara had a retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, in the State of Mexico and has won several grants, awards and distinctions including “John W. Kurtich Travel Scholarship” Berlin and Kassel Germany, and also the “National Prize of Visual Arts” 1st Place in Sculpture, 2010 in Mexico. His work has been published in magazines in Mexico, Spain, the US, Australia and Brazil.

Candice Latimer

Candice Latimer has been at the Art Center since 2004, when she began working in our darkroom, which she continues to manage to this day. In addition, she now assists in the ceramics studio, as well as teaches youth courses in a variety of media. Candice has exhibited installations in Built Festival, Art on Track, and the South Shore Art Festival. Currently she’s got a handful of artist books traveling the country as a part of the Brooklyn Art Library’s Sketchbook Project. Candice received her BFA from SAIC in 2011, and is an Innovation Fellow with the MSI/NSF Art of Science Learning.

Randall Miller

Randall Miller is a painter and writer originally from Pittsburgh, PA. He received his MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 2009, his BFA from Penn State University in 2004, and completed the Post-Baccalaureate program at Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art in Pont-Aven, France. Randall lives and works in Chicago.

Sarah Nishiura

Sarah received her MFA from Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and has been exhibiting her work in galleries internationally for over 15 years, including SACI Gallery in Florence and Inside Arts in Chicago. Although she works in textile and fabric at HPAC, she has experience with a variety of media, including printmaking and painting.

Terrence Reese

Terrence A. Reese is a highly acclaimed New York, Los Angeles and Chicago – professional photographer and Artist. He is passionate about photography, artistic experimentation, and critical thinking. Over the past 20 years he has experienced working on exceptional and inspiring projects that require intuitive and innovative styles that have lead him to create quite a few timeless images and works of Art. He has a strong track record of achievement, which he will continue to add onto so that it helps his clients reach their goals.

Katie Romans

Katie Romans is a creative and dedicated teaching artist that takes pride in sharing her ideas and skills with children and youth throughout the city of Chicago. Active primarily in painting, photography, and mixed media, Katie draws inspiration from nature, urban surroundings, and people who make an impact in her life. She’s eager to create and understand the connections between her teaching practices and her art making practices to further her engagement in the art education realm. Katie believes art is essential in every child’s life, and she strives to create the opportunities for them to express themselves visually. Katie has studied Art Education at ASU and SAIC, and has taught in a variety of settings including the South Side Community Art Center, Marwen, Hyde Park Art Center, and the Field Museum.

Amina Ross

Amina Ross is a visual artist, writer and community organizer currently enrolled at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is committed to creating spaces that foster thinking, conversation, growth and love. Her ambitions manifest themselves in the founding of the 3rd Language queer art collective, which uses curation, publication and community outreach as vehicles for challenging discourse.

Hardy Schlick

MFA, University of Chicago, studied with Ruth Duckworth and Hiroake Morino. Teaching experience includes adult and children’s ceramic classes at the Hyde Park Art Center for over 25 years, the South Side Arts Partnership, the Bridgeport Partnership, and the Hyde Park Art Center’s community outreach programs.

Teshika Silver

With a BFA in Visual Communications from Kendall College of Art in Design of Ferris State University, Teshika Silver is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator who has been working in Chicago for over 10 years. She’s had a passion and the pleasure to work with many non-profit organizations and small businesses providing design solutions, as well as using her illustrative work for outreach to the community. While her work is ever expanding, she is thrilled to be working with the youth at Hyde Park Art Center in her Comics sessions and hopes to offer more classes to youth and adults alike. She currently is a core member of For The People Artists Collective, a grassroots initiative that organizes and creates work that uplifts and projects struggle, resistance, liberation, and survival for marginalized communities and movements in our city and around the world.

Mary Tepper

Mary Cat. Tepper is a Visual Artist, Educator and Cultivator. Mary Cat. earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts from The School of the Art a Institute of Chicago with additional studies at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI and Nottingham Polytechnic Institute, Nottingham, England. Mary Cat. has a background in drawing and painting and works at Dripping Water Studio in a variety of media including handmade paper, sculpture and clay. Mary Cat’s work has been exhibited and acquired by public institutions and private collections including: Galeria La Sala, Santiago, Chile; Estudio Taller Fuster, Havana, Cuba; Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX; Morgan Conservatory, Cleveland, OH; Crane Museum of Paper Making, Dalton, MA, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Arts; with multiple murals in Chicago Public Schools.

Udita Upadhyaya

Udita Upadhyaya is an interdisciplinary artist who uses her body as a primary material for making. Her work spans live art, devised theatre, performative photographs, sculpture, installation, video, writing, text, and fiber arts. Upadhyaya works with the principles of Vipassana meditation to uncover the trajectories of desire, craving, trauma, shame and their many intersections. Upadhyaya studied International Relations and Film Production at Boston University before obtaining an MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also has an MBA from S.P.Jain Institute for Management and Research, Mumbai, following which she investigated the rise of materialism, labor and urban migration in the rural community in western India. This experience informs her research and community based approach to creative practice.

Upadhyaya teaches interdisciplinary studio and artistic research classes in the Department of Contemporary Practices and the Department of Continuing Studies of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also teaches at Poetry Pals, a unique initiative committed to interfaith dialogue and community.

Lena Vieira

Lena Vieira started at the Art Center back in 2012 as a photography intern from Columbia College. She received her MFA from Columbia College in 2015 and her BFA from New Mexico State University in 2011. Lena not only teaches photography at the Art Center but also teaches photography to Chicago high school students at Rauner College Prep, and works with 1st and 2nd graders at Ravenswood Elementary. Lena’s personal work focuses on personal relationships that she has with social issues that need to addressed to the public. Check out her website for more information.

Rhonda Wheatley

Rhonda Wheatley is a Chicago based artist whose paintings, sculptures, and written works explore consciousness, language, the metaphysical, and personal transformation.

Wheatley has exhibited throughout Chicago, in solo shows at David Weinberg Gallery and FLATFILEgalleries and group shows at the Koehnline Museum of Art, Hyde Park Art Center, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago Artists Coalition, and more. Wheatley’s work has also been exhibited at the Black Fine Art Show in New York City, G.R. N’Namdi Gallery in Detroit, and in art fairs and exhibitions in Atlanta, Minneapolis, and Nashville. She’s been featured in publications from the Chicago Tribune and Timeout Chicago Magazine to the Detroit Free Press. In 2007 Wheatley was a Ragdale Foundation Chicago Connection Fellow, in 2008 she was a featured lecturer as part of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Artists Connect Series, and from 2003 to 2007 she was a Board Member of Woman Made Gallery.

Wheatley received an MA in Writing from DePaul University, Chicago and a BA in English Literature and African American Studies (Minor) from Loyola University of Chicago. She currently has a studio and is a teaching artist at Hyde Park Art Center.

Julian Williams

Julian Williams received both a BFA and MFA in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Williams taught Drawing I, and Figure Drawing I and II at Columbia College Chicago. Presently, he teaches Watercolor at Hyde Park Art Center; and Drawing I and Intro to the Visual Arts at Chicago State University. Williams primarily works in watercolor, using various themes such as portraiture, landscapes and still life’s. Julian is also quite adept in other mediums as well such as oil, acrylic, charcoal and graphite. Julian exhibits his work locally and across the United States.

Mary Young

Mary Young has provided instruction in Textile Design for several years, inspiring and guiding artistry at institutions such as the University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars Program; the South-Side Community Art Center and the Hyde Park Art Center.Mary is known for her leadership positions in Arts Administration at numerous cultural institutions throughout the City of Chicago as well as serving on numerous grant panels with the Illinois Arts Council and the Department of Cultural Affairs. Mary’s exhibitions have included galleries in Michigan City, IN (Southern Shore Art Association); Chicago, IL (Pop-up Exhibition/THE Cre.ae.tive ROOM); (Under The Bridge Studio/Gallery); (South-Side Community Art Center); Glen Echo, MD (Glen Echo Gallery); and Washington, DC (Mary McCloud Bethune Museum). Additionally, several of Mary’s Tapestries can be found in private collections throughout San Francisco, CA. She has been recognized through several awards and opportunities, which have included a Study-Abroad Program to Italy, an International Artist Exchange Program to Australia and a Summer Artist Residency with the Department of Interior, Parks and Recreation, in Washington, DC. More recently, she was awarded an Inaugural Residency Program in 2015-16 with THE Cre.ae.tive ROOM in Chicago, IL, followed by a Merit Scholarship to Ox-Bow School of Arts & Residencies for Summer 2016 in Saugatuck, MI.

Gwendolyn Zabicki

Gwendolyn Zabicki is a painter from Chicago. She earned her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005 and her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012. Her work has shown at Comfort Station, The Hyde Park Art Center, Gallery 400, Morton College, The Riverside Arts Center, Northern Illinois University, North Park University, Robert Bills Contemporary, and The Bauhaus­ Universität in Weimar, Germany. She teaches adult painting and drawing classes at the Hyde Park Art Center.

FORMER TEACHING ARTISTS

Ani Afshar
Alison Balcanoff
Alice Baum
Bradley Biancardi
Lee Blalock
Michelle Bolinger
Erin Burk
Ruth Busch
Tim Branson
Paola Cabal
Holly Cahill
Sergio Ceron
Elizabeth Chisholm
Linda Cohn
Carrie Cooper
Ollie Dantzler
Melanie Dorson
Shawn Dubay
Meredith Eastburn
Adam Ekberg
Megan Euker
Brad Farwell
Delores Fortuna
Dan Gamble
Theaster Gates
Maria Gaspar
Aron Gent
Daniel Godston
Ada Rima Grybauskas

Katy Hollander
Roxane Hopper
Amanda Innis
Brian Johnson
Sarah Johnston
Katherine Jost
Sarah Kaiser
James Kao
Alessandra Kelley
Friedhard Kiekeben
Mie Kongo
Basia Krol
Kirstin Leenaars
Anna Lehner
Katharine Lion
Debbie Lekousis
Jessica Lowery
Frank Maugeri
Helen McElroy
Krystal Meisel
Carol F. Mason Metzger
Justine Nagan
Nicole Nava
Tim Nickodemus
Ahmed Ozsever
Darrell Roberts
Kean Sea Park
Meg Peterson
Mark Phillips
Emily Pick

Karen Plater
Anna Ressman
Valerie Richards
Kelly Rider
Olivia Schreiner
Suzanne Sebold-Suso
Mary Serbe
Laura Shaeffer
Sam Sharpe
Mark Siska
Deb Sokolow
Martin Soto
Allison Spicer
Ryan Swanson
Aurora Tabar
Ann Toebbe
Anthony Trinchera
David Trost
Ben Turcotte
Shoshanna Utchenik
Omar Vera
Valerie Wallace
Jessi T. Walsh
Joel Wanek
Dale Washington
Ivan Watkins
Mark Werle
Rachel Welling
Justin Witte
Rebecca Zemans