2013 Middle and High School Summer Art Studio Staff
Carrie Fonder, sculptor, has a BFA from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Recently, Ms. Fonder spent 9 months living, researching, and making art in India on a Fulbright Nehru grant. She has numerous solo exhibitions and commissions to her credit. One of her sculptures, Renewal, graces the Fox River Trail in Green Bay, WI. Her work has been exhibited in a variety of locations both nationally and internationally including New York, Wisconsin, Michigan, Louisiana, and New Delhi, India. Currently Fonder is an adjunct professor at a variety of greater Detroit area schools, including the College for Creative Studies, Detroit.
Sandra Shackelford, Summer Art Studio's co-director, received her BFA from UW-Green Bay and continued her graduate studies in the fine arts at UW-Milwaukee. A documentary artist. Ms Shackelford's work combines heroic-scale drawings, black and white photography and excerpts from oral histories of (un)common heroes; the unsung, the unheralded. She is founder and facilitator of the healing through the fine art of mosaic traveling project, THE MEMORIAL WALL OF HOPE AND HEALING.
Ms Shackelford's artwork was used exclusively in the award winning television program, "But Names Can Hurt Forever" Her photographs also appear in "Westbound", a documentary detailing the life of a hobo historian, Adolph Vandertie. A published writer, Ms Shackelford also facilitates Women's Writing Circles and lectures on various aspects of art and culture.
Ahliah (Tess) Brazeau was raised in a family that lived by the adage: "Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do, Or do without".
Sometimes it was just to be frugal but often it was out of necessity. She was also taught that things didn't need to be dull or boring, or even stay the same thing. You could redecorate, recreate, or in today's lingo, "Upcycle". Seeing the potential in one thing to be useful in creating another different or better object is a way of life for her now.
Though she's dabbled, and sometimes excelled, in many different mediums, she has always returned to a needle, thread, and fabric as a base to express what she sees inside her head. She looks beyond the three dimensional form, in people as well as objects, to see the potential often unseen by others. Then uses primarily textile manipulation and mixed media to bring it forward, to show the world her vision of possibility.
Because of her heritage (Ojibwa) she's also developed the belief in looking forward and doing her best to ensure the next seven generations are taken care of. She uses objects purchased from thrift stores, friends, family or even things that catch her eye while just passing by. To the best of her ability she uses green alternatives in all of her art.
Kathy Hackbarth has been an art teacher in the Green Bay School System for many years. Fifteen years ago she started a small company called "Books That Bind" and has been creating fine art hand-made books and journals ever since. Ms Hackbarth also teaches in several studio workshops across Wisconsin and has offered her expertise for our Summer Art Studio program.
"The books I create have to feel right when I hold them," she explained. "Each one is different in size, color, and texture... I never make the same book twice. You can never make a mistake in creating a book... Your book will be YOUR book... as creative as you want it to be."
Ceramics instructor, Dean Hoegger, loves to say, "Yes!" He understands the therapeutic value of working with clay and encourages his students to explore this medium while discovering their creative talents. He fully supports the exploratory ideas of his students and mentors their independence, helping them find new ways to grow as artists. "Yes" will also become your favorite word after you've worked with this gifted and giving instructor.
Hoegger brings many significant experiences to his Summer Art Studio classes. As a professional artist, he has exhibited throughout the Midwest since 1976. His recent clay work ranges from wheel-thrown porcelain vessels to hand-built Raku sculpture. At times, he gears up his studio for creating large, wheel thrown floor-sized vessels. Beside finding his work in local art galleries, Hoegger is a yearly participant in the downtown Green Bay arts festival, Art Street. Hoegger not only is a part-time teacher in the Sturgeon Bay School System, but he also holds weekly pottery classes and weekend workshops for high school students and adults.
Jason Keller graduated from UW-Green Bay in 2011 where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education with an emphasis in painting. Jason is currently an art educator with the Green Bay Area School District. In addition, Jason has had the distinct pleasure of working as an assistant at Summer Art Studio under the tutelage of Dean Hoegger in the ceramics studio. Jason’s work has been exhibited in the 407 and Lawton Gallery at UW-Green Bay as well as The Rahr West Museum in Manitowoc. His work has received numerous awards and is included in UW-Green Bay's permanent collection.
Travis Lewis, metal smith, has a BFA from Wayne State University and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. As an artist he creates jewelry and sculptural objects using a wide variety of materials such as wood, leather, fabric, plastic, and metal. He has exhibited his work in Arizona, Michigan, Chicago, Nijmegen (in the Netherlands), Amsterdam, London, and Munich. Presently Travis is working as an adjunct professor teaching foundations courses at the Art Institute of Michigan.
Kimberly Martiny graduated from UW-Green Bay in May 2013, where she earned a Bachelor’s of the Arts Degree in Art Education with an emphasis in 2D Studio Arts. She also has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology and an interest in Art Therapy and Counseling.
Kimberly has recently been awarded with a Community Impact Award from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) of Brown County, for her work in putting together a volunteer project for a mental health institution. Volunteers produced a total of 87 paintings that proudly hang in Diversions of Green Bay. Although Kimberly has experience in a variety of media, she has a new found love for the ancient art of mosaic. She has been commissioned for numerous pieces and continues to learn and grow in the field of mosaic art.
Dan Moore is a 2000 graduate of UW-Green Bay in Communication and the Arts. He works for UW-Green Bay’s Division of Outreach and Adult Access as a graphic and website designer, photographer and videographer.
As a landscape photographer, Dan specializes in scenes from the National Parks, having photographed over 100 National Parks sites. He has exhibited work at Art Street, Arti Gras, the Northern Waters Gallery and more. Dan’s enthusiasm for photography extends beyond his own work to helping other learn to “see” with their cameras and express their own view of the world.
Nina Perkins has been sewing and creating garments since middle school as an alumni of the Summer Arts Studios Fashion Design class. She loves re-working old clothes from thrift stores into new and exciting outfits as well as creating pieces from scratch. Whether it be high fashion from the runway or just street style, Nina loves to pour over fashion magazines and blogs dedicated to the fun of fashion, and is excited to share her love of this world with her students.
Our Photography in Black and White instructor Lindsey Przybylski received her BA from the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay. Her area of emphasis is in Photography and Graphic Design. Lindsey won the Academic Deans Award at this year’s Lawton Gallery Student Juried Show at the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay for her photograph A Silhouette of Emotion: A Series. She has had a lifelong passion for photography. This summer she is looking forward to sharing that passion and all of her knowledge of photography with her students. This year will mark her second year with the Summer Art Studio.
Sara Tlachac is an art instructor in the Green Bay Area Public Schools. She received her BS in Art Education from UW-Stout and her Masters in Leadership in Education from UW-Green Bay. She creates portraits, murals, figurative sculpture and anything else she can get her hands on! In her eighth year as drawing instructor at Summer Art Studio, and the University's Art Enrichment for Adults Program, Ms Tlachac looks forward to working with yet another group of aspiring and inspiring young people and adults.
Tom Wallestad, a Door County native, received his BA Degree from UW-Green Bay and earned his MFA in Computer Graphics from Syracuse University. He has been teaching cartooning, animation and multi-media classes for many years. His artwork offers interactive interpretations of visual and narrative structure that is comic book inspired. His unique body of work investigates perceptions of suggested space and reality in the form of a unique narrative medium.