2015 Winter/Spring Faculty 

PCCA has an incredibly talented group of art instructors that are well known and respected in the arts community and hold Fine Art degrees from prestigious institutions such as Columbia College, Alfred University, Marilyn Institute College of Art, China Fine Art Academy, Wayne State University, and College for Creative Studies.  These individuals are exhibiting artists that showcase their work both nationally and internationally, and serve as advisors for PCCA’s exhibitions and the Art & Apples Festival.

Carol Ward | BA | Photography

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Carol received a Bachelor of Arts in Photography from Columbia College Chicago after realizing a passion for photography in high school. Her career began with a focus on commercial advertising but transitioned in 2003 into opening a wedding photo documentary & portraiture business visit her website www.readylifephoto.com. Carol is an active member in several professional organizations and volunteers her time and expertise to Flashes of Hope.  She looks forward to inspiring her students’ creativity while providing the necessary technical skills needed to complete their vision

Deanna Clyne | Children, Youth, Adult – Ceramics

IMG_5139Deanna 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 Gash 2013 portrait PCCADebra 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, MFA Candidate | Adult – Photography


Kottie Gaydos is an artist and arts educator based in Metro Detroit. Gaydos holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in photography and creative writing from the Maryland Institute College of Art (2010), and is currently a MFA candidate at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI. In 2010, she received the Meyer Travel Fellowship and spent the next three years photographing and living with a clan of Khampa Tibetan Nomads in the China’s Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. In addition to teaching, she serves as the Associate Curator and Director of Communications at The Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography (DCCP).

Visit her website.

Lois Jones| BA | Adult – Drawing & Painting

Lois 2Lois 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

StephanieKentPortrait2012Stephanie 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

Bev Koch

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.


Mary Reo | BFA | Adult – Painting 

mary reoMary 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

IMG_0862Phil 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

cpompCharles 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

DSC02235_2Kris 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

AnatoliyAnatoliy 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.


Patrick Wise | BFA, MFA | Adult – Painting

Patrick wise photoP1030209Patrick 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.


Clara DeGalan | BFA, MFA | Children – Drawing 


Clara DeGalan was born in Detroit, MI. She earned her BFA in Painting and Fibers at the University of Michigan, and her MFA in Painting at Wayne State University. She is interested in beauty, the uncanny, initiation, place, the Gothic, and the intangible.  Her two vocations are studio practice and teaching. She divides her time between Ann Arbor and Hamtramck, MI.



Centurium Frost | BFA | Children, Youth – Ceramics 

centurium_headshotCenturium was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Henry Ford Community College in 2007 with an Associates in the Arts. In May of 2013, he graduated from the College for Creative Studies with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with a focus in Illustration. During his time at HFCC, Centurium was introduced to ceramics and became fascinated with clay. He found his new “canvas” and decided to merge his two passions of drawing and clay together! In 2014, his “Detroit” ceramicware has been featured in the Detroit FreePress and on Fox2 morning show (his Detroit vase is now a part of the news set). Centurium’s work is currently featured at “SHOP.PLAY.LOVE” (in the Eastern Market).

Arielle Altenburg | BS | Children, Youth, Adults - Ceramics 

Altenburg PictureArielle received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Art Education from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has since then been teaching art to all ages in both public schools and private organizations. As an artist, Arielle works in a variety of mediums and has shown her work in the Madison, WI area. Her aesthetic focuses mainly on the dynamics of familial relationships and questions societal expectations of these relationships. These sensibilities translate well into the classroom, as she encourages her students to further develop their self-introspection and awareness of the world around them. Visit her website: www.ariellealtenburg.com

Tommy Wilson | BA, MFA | Adults – Painting


Tommy R.Wilson was born in Chicago, Illinois and is currently an exhibiting artist residing in the Greater Detroit Metropolitan area. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Eastern Michigan University in Graphic Design and a Master of Arts Degree in Painting from Wayne State University.

After a successful career in art direction and graphic design, Wilson transitioned into the fine art arena in 2009. He has shown in multiple juried shows every year since 2010 and has received a number of distinctive honors. He currently works primarily with oil paint and canvas to develop two-dimensional works focusing on the environments that surround him. His landscape and urbanscape paintings pay homage to the physicality of the materials while exploring social environments and constructs. As an artist, he embraces a personal responsibility to contribute elements of substance; works that add to the conversation of humanity.