2013 Spring/Summer Faculty
Melissa Boyer | BFA | Youth, Adult – Ceramics
Melissa is a recent graduate with honors from Alfred University located in upstate New York receiving her BFA with a concentration in ceramics. She creates large-scale ceramic sculptures based on both geological elements and altered forms of the human body. Melissa discovered her passion for clay several years ago and hopes to share her enthusiasm and passion with her students. Her goal as a teacher is to encourage her students to push themselves to learn the skills and techniques of clay as well as to have as much fun with it as possible as they create their own passion and creative voice!
Deanna Clyne | Children, Youth, Adult – Ceramics
Deanna has studied multiple mediums via Wayne State University and was immediately captivated by clay. The processes of the ceramic world yields inspiration and perpetuates love for learning, experimenting and teaching. in addition to utilitarian thrown pieces, Deanna also creates slip cast work, sculpture, and tile murals installed around Detroit.
Debra Gash | Adult, Mixed Media
Debra is a mixed media fiber artist who has taught a variety of art classes in the metro Detroit area. She has eclectic interests ranging from fabric surface design techniques, 3-D work, and abstract design, to printmaking on both fabric and paper. Debra designs all of her classes to help participants gain technical skills, tap into their personal creativity, and learn while playing. She especially enjoys experimenting with new materials and techniques, and sharing her findings with others.
Kottie Gaydos | BFA | Adult – Photography
Kottie Gaydos was born and raised in Michigan. She moved to Baltimore, Maryland and attended the Maryland Institute College of Art where she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography and Creative Writing. Since 2010 she has been photographing the Khampa Tibetan Nomads in China’s Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. Her photographs are an exploration of the sensual ways in which people inhabit their spaces, traditions, and cultures. Visit her website.
Lois Jones| BA | Adult – Drawing & Painting
Lois graduated from Wayne State University with a BA in Art Education and has attended several classes at the College for Creative Studies. Her teaching philosophy involves art as a process, an experience that brings the student closer to knowing themselves and the world. She encourages students to explore and reflect on their own art-making process in a safe, non-judgmental environment.
Stephanie Kent | BFA | Children, Youth, High School, Adult – Drawing & Painting
Stephanie is an illustrator who studied at both Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids and Wayne State University. Focusing on realism, her work showcases the natural and scientific world using 2-D and 3-D media. She uses a variety of mediums including oil, charcoal, ink, mixed media and even graphite dust. She has previously worked with Paint a Miracle, a nonprofit in downtown Rochester, assisting people in developing their own creativity. Visit her website.
Beverly Koch | Adult – Collage
Beverly has studied at Macomb Community College, Paint Creek Center for the Arts, and the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, as well as studying art privately for a number of years. She is a multi-media artist, whose work covers a variety of genres such as collage, painting and theater set design. Beverly has exhibited her work across southeast Michigan and is an active member of area art associations and institutions.
Luzhen Qiu | BFA, MFA | Children, Youth – Drawing & Painting
Luzhen received her BFA from China National Fine Art Academy and her MFA from Wayne State University. Luzhen has received numerous fellowships, grants and awards including the Asia-Pacific outstanding art teacher award. She is an accomplished artist who has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally. Luzhen gently encourages and inspires each student to be creative and to feel successful.
Mary Reo | BFA | Adult – Painting
Mary holds degrees from Wayne State University and the College for Creative Studies. She worked in advertising for several firms in layout design and illustration. Mary has been an ‘All Media’ instructor for the Flint Institute of Arts and has worked as an automotive technical instructor. She is a qualified judge and juror for gallery and Plein-Air exhibitions.
Phil Parks | BFA | Adult – Painting
Phil has been a working artist for over 20 years with a BFA from Wayne State University. As an illustrator his clients have included Harper Collins, Warner Books, a host of independent book publishers, as well as private and agency commissions. As an instructor, he does not believe in a formulaic, “step-by-step” approach, but rather in helping students build a strong foundation from which they can explore their own creative path.
Charles Pompilius | BFA, MFA | Adult – Painting
Charles Pompilius is a full-time painter whose work is primarily concerned with portraiture and the human figure in interior spaces. In 2011 Pompilius painted the official portrait of Michigan’s Governor Jennifer Granholm, which hangs in the capitol rotunda in Lansing, Michigan. The David Klein Gallery in Birmingham, Michigan has represented his work for the past twenty years. Pompilius’ work has been shown in exhibitions in cities throughout the United States including New York, San Francisco, Milwaukee and Scottsdale. He has a BFA from Central Michigan University and an MFA from the University of Iowa and has had residencies at Skowhegan, the Vermont Studio Center, Millay Colony for the Arts and the Ragdale Foundation. Pompilius is the recipient of a Pollack-Krasner Award and a Michigan Council for the Arts Creative Artist Grant. Charles lives near Detroit with his wife and family. Visit his website. Visit his blog.
Kris Schaedig | BFA, BS | Children, Youth, High School, Adult – Ceramics, Drawing & Painting
Kris received her BFA in drawing and painting from Wayne State University. Her goals in teaching art are to foster personal creativity, as well as to assist students in increasing their skills through the proper use of materials, methods and studio practices. Kris believes that it is important to let the individual discover their artistic voice through creating a caring but challenging environment. Visit her website.
Anatoliy Shapiro | MFA | Adult – Drawing
Anatoliy graduated with honors from Leningrad State Pedagogical University. His work has been exhibited internationally. In the Detroit area, he is best known for his mural work, which includes murals at the Holocaust Memorial Center, Motor City Casino, The Chrysler Museum, Palladium 12 Cinema and Comerica Park. Visit his website.
Alison Trinowski | BA | Children, Youth – Ceramics & Drawing
Alison Trinowski graduated from Western Michigan University where she studied Studio Art, then went on to Oakland University to earn her teaching certification in K-12 Art Education. She currently teaches K-5 art in Rochester Community Schools. She believes art is for all; it helps to expand our ability to communicate. Participating in creative self-expression is one of the best learning experiences a person can have. Alison feels that by providing a variety of opportunities to create art, we give people the chance to maximize their life experiences.
Patrick Wise | BFA, MFA | Adult – Painting
Patrick attended the College for Creative Studies and received a Master of Arts in Painting at Wayne State University. He exhibits both locally and nationally and has received numerous scholarships and awards. He is employed by the Detroit Institute of Arts, Department of Learning and Interpretation as a studio art instructor and facilitates art with patients at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Wise is also employed as an art instructor at CCS Continuing Education, and as an adjunct instructor at Wayne State University.