Faculty

CURRENT TEACHING ARTISTS

Jill Arvia

Jill is an experienced cultural instructor who currently teaches an array of classes through the Chicago Park District. She has 20+ years of experience teaching sewing and quilting and arts and crafts to young children through adults. She feels that basic sewing skills can offer the opportunity to create a variety of projects from home decor to garment construction to quilting. She received her undergraduate degree from Loyola University and her masters degree from University of Chicago.

Liz Born

Liz Born is a Chicago-based artist. Her work illustrates the communion between animals and human animals. She is a co-founder of Hoofprint.

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.

Sandra Burrage

Bio coming soon!

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.

Angela Dieffenbach

Angela Dieffenbach is a practicing artist and educator living and working in Chicago, IL. Angela is from rural, central Illinois, and earned a MA and MFA from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. She received a BFA in studio art and a BS in K-12 art education from Bradley University in Peoria, IL. Dieffenbach’s research-based sculptures focus on the intersection of science and art with a particular interest in strange and peculiar experiments and medical treatments. She has been teaching ceramics since 2005, and formerly ran the ceramics program at Chicago State University. Angela exhibits widely and has been awarded a number of grants and artist residencies. These include those from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Luminarts Cultural Foundation, Illinois Arts Council, Ox-Bow, Red Lodge Clay Center, and the Vermont Studio Center. Most recently, Angela participated in Biophilia, Ayatana, an artist research and residency program in Quebec, Canada. Her introduction to Hyde Park Art Center was as a Center Program artist in 2017.

Angela is Ceramics Department Head at Hyde Park Art Center. Contact her at adieffenbach@hydeparkart.org to learn more about our ceraics program and studio.

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.

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.

Jasper Goodrich

Jasper Goodrich works in processes including painting, drawing, printmaking, casting, metal working, wood working, animation, and photography. He received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has exhibited in Illinois, New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Most recently, he is working collaboratively with a group of artists to make a visual and musical album.

Chrissy Gray-Rodriguez

Chrissy Gray-Rodriguez has taught visual art with Chicago Public Schools for over 20 years.  She received her BFA and teaching certification from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As a Chicago Public Schools art teacher, she has worked closely with the Intuit Center for Outsider Art and the Oriental Institute, to develop workshops and programs that highlight their collections and current teaching trends. She has also worked with the Chicago Park District and After School Matters, focusing on mediums such as puppetry, set/ costume design and painting. As an artist these days, she focuses on jewelry design that incorporates her love of ceramics.

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.

Vesna Jovanovic

Vesna Jovanovic holds degrees in Ceramics (BA), Chemistry (BS), Studio Art (BFA), and Photography (MFA), and has worked in various disciplines throughout her career. Her artwork has been exhibited widely and is included in permanent art collections at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; International Museum of Surgical Science; and the Koehnline Museum of Art. She has taught at several colleges and universities in the Chicago area. She especially loves the Hyde Park Art Center community where she enjoys teaching all levels of figure drawing.

John-Michael Korpal

John-Michael Korpal has exhibited throughout the Midwest. His work has been featured at the Grunwald Gallery of Art – Kinsey Institute, Morpho Gallery and Governor’s State University. Korpal was honored to receive Illinois Arts Council’s IAS Professional Development Grant in 2014 & 2019. In spring of 2018 he completed the Visual Art Certificate Program from Graham School-University of Chicago. Korpal is an alumni of the Center Program (CP8) at Hyde Park Art Center. Korpal is a member of the Rogers Park Art Alliance, Chicago Calligraphy Collective, West Ridge Artists and Third Estate Art.

Joe Kraft

Joe Kraft is a working artist in Chicago, IL.  He received his BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2012.  Upon graduation he received a Windgate Fellowship Grant and spent time traveling the Southwest to experience and research Land Art. Growing up in Illinois he wound up in Chicago soon after.  He has been an artist in residence at Lillstreet Art Center, the AIR Ceramic Center in Vallauris, France and Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark.  While his primary medium is clay, Joe’s practice is rooted in drawing, which drives all other parts of his artistic work.

Joe is the Studio Technician of Hyde Park Art Center’s ceramics department.

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.

Stephanie Lupu

Stephanie Lupu grew up in a diverse community in Miami, Florida. She earned her BFA in Performance art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007) and, her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Media from Columbia College (2010). Stephanie is a practicing artist who creates videos and online media often featuring quirky and highly original puppets and live characters. Awards: Follett Scholarship – Columbia College, Chicago, IL 2007‐2008 Merit Scholarship – The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL 2003‐2007 Bare Walls Grant – The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

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.

Justin Nalley

Justin T. Nalley is a Chicago based visual artist, poet and educator. He received a BA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago and teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. With a belief in art making as therapy and communication, Nalley seeks to empower and become empowered through his personal practice, pedagogy, and healing arts workshops.

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.

Michelle Nordmeyer

Michelle Nordmeyer is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice includes personal, contemplative work that focuses on drawing positive energy, fostering dialogue, and community building/improvement of communication. Michelle teaches printmaking, card-making, youth, family and senior programs at Hyde Park Art Center.

Yoonshin Park

Yoonshin Park is working with sculptural papers, artist books, and installation. Her interest in comprehensive process of paper making and book binding caters her work to encompass various elements woven into complete objects. She received her M.A. and M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She was born in Seoul, Korea and currently resides in Chicago, IL.

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers serves as Hyde Park Art Center’s Director of Development and teaches “Grant Writing for Artists.” He has been involved in Chicago art and culture for more than 15 years and has programmed and presented more than 500 events. In 2008, Aaron founded Homeroom, an organization dedicated to presenting and commissioning arts programming around Chicago with a focus on conversation and collaboration across genre and media. Aaron served as Executive Director until 2017, to concentrate on programming as Artistic Director. In 2017, he joined the Board of Directors of Elastic Arts, a Logan Square venue dedicated to presenting jazz, hip-hop, visual art, dance, and other media, and co-chairs the Board’s Development Committee. He received a BA from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2002 where he concentrated on philosophy and aesthetics.

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.

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.

Tony Smith

Tony Smith is a photographer, documentary filmmaker and a jazz musician. His design studio is located in Pilsen, and multimedia art programs are taught in Bronzeville. Smith has been been teaching photography, audio engineering, and graphic design for the past 20 years to teens and seniors throughout the Chicagoland area. He has created two apprenticeships, Urban Vision Multimedia Arts and Oakwood Shores Multimedia Arts to teach high school teens photography, and how to run a multimedia arts business. Smith’s goal is to to help people understand entrepreneurship, the importance of using their camera to document people, places and things in their community. He has recently exhibited and worked with vibrant artists and activists Theaster Gates, Amanda Williams, Dawoud Bey, Robert Sengstacke, Faheem Majeed, Rebecca Zorach, Juarez Hawkins, Dorian Sylvain, Arlene Turner Crawford and Dr. Margaret Burroughs.

Rianna Sprague

Rianna Sprague is a mixed media installation artist. She earned her MFA in Ceramics from Alfred University in 2012 and has a BFA in studio art and business finance from Knox College. She has taught ceramics classes at the Harold Washington College. She is currently the sole  ceramics instructor at Athletic Field Park where she teaches an array of classes and conducts raku, gas reduction and oxidation firings. In addition, she recently started an Artist in Residency program there. Check out Rianna’s work at riannasprague.com.

Kathryn Trumbull Fimreite

Kathryn Trumbull Fimreite is a teaching artist from Chicago. She works in the area of arts integration at CPS schools thru programs with CAPE and Lookingglass Theatre. Kathryn has been a resident and supporter of Catwalk Art Residency, Ox-Bow School of Art and BOLT Residency at the Chicago Artists Coalition, and she is an alum of The Center Program at HPAC. She has participated in several public art exhibits and has received several grants from the City of Chicago. Kathryn holds a BS from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute.

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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.

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.

Melissa Weber

Melissa Weber was born in New Haven, Connecticut and grew up in New York City. She received her MFA from the Ceramics Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she was awarded the James Nelson Raymond Fellowship. She holds an AAS in Interior Design from Parsons School of Design and earned a BA in English Literature from Duke University. She has been an instructor of ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Indiana Northwest, and Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago.

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 E. Williams Jr.

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.

Cheryl Ann Williamson

Cheryl Ann Williamson is a native Chicagoan and a self-taught ceramicist. She has been teaching beginning and advanced ceramics classes at Hyde Park Art Center since 2015. In her own practice, Cheryl takes inspiration from nature to make both functional and sculptural work, using a combination of throwing and handbuilding techniques. Before starting at the Art Center, Cheryl taught people of all ages for over 30 years at the Chicago Park District. She is an herbal therapist, is certified in edible wild plants, and teaches workshops in organic food growing. Cheryl has also been a tree-keeper since 1993.

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
Elke Claus
Linda Cohn
Carrie Cooper
Ollie Dantzler
Melanie Dorson
Kathryn Drury
Shawn Dubay
Meredith Eastburn
Adam Ekberg
Megan Euker
Brad Farwell
Delores Fortuna
Dan Gamble
Nico Gardner
Theaster Gates
Maria Gaspar
Sarah Geis
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
Candice Latimer
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
Terrence A. Reese
Anna Ressman
Valerie Richards
Kelly Rider
Amina Ross
Hardy Schlick
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
Udita Upadhyaya
Shoshanna Utchenik
Omar Vera
Valerie Wallace
Jessi T. Walsh
Joel Wanek
Dale Washington
Ivan Watkins
Mark Werle
Rachel Welling
Justin Witte
Rebecca Zemans