Art Faculty Bios

Ranita Haanen

Ranita Haanen

Ranita Haanen is a UW-Green Bay graduate, with a double major in fine arts and graphic design. Her focus at the university was in painting and drawing, supplemented with a number of ceramic courses. In addition she attended Haystack Mountain School of Crafts taking an extensive encaustic painting course and SRISA international school of art based in Florence Italy. 

Dean Hoegger

Dean Hoegger

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. ... Read more »

Tricia Matthew

Tricia Matthew

Watercolor artist and Presbyterian minister, Tricia Matthew, fell in love with watercolor while attending a workshop entitled, "Art as Doorway to the Sacret" where she connected with an inner creative spirit longing to find expression in her life. She has studied with many watercolor artists and her work has been exhibited throughout Northeast Wisconsin. Tricia has been teaching... Read more »

Danica Oudeans

Danica Oudeans

Danica Oudeans is an award winning instructor and former University Professor with 14 years experience teaching all levels of painting and drawing. She received her MFA (Masters in Fine Art) in painting from Miami University of Ohio and has exhibited her artwork across the country. Currently Danica is a licensed substitute teacher for the state of Wisconin and the owner of Danica Oudeans Art,... Read more »

Beau Thomas

Beau Thomas

Beau Thomas is a graffiti artist, painter, and graphic designer from Green Bay, WI. He has been studying and practicing graffiti art for over 10 years. Beau earned degrees in Art and Design from UW-Green Bay and now runs his own mural business - Trackside Design LLC. Some career highlights include work at the Neville Public Museum, doing mural work for Red Bull, and completing Green Bay's... Read more »

Tom Wallestad

Tom Wallestad

Tom Wallestad earned his BA from UW-Green Bay and his MFA in Computer Graphics from Syracuse University. He has taught and created cartoon illustrations and animations in multiple media for many years. His artwork explores interactive interpretations of the visual traits and narrative structures particular to the comic book medium. He investigates perceptions of suggested space and reality... Read more »