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.
Sonia Litynskyj| BA|Children – Photography
Sonia holds a BA in Studio Art from Oakland University. She has experimented with a wide variety of photographic techniques, from pinhole cameras to smart phones, analog and digital. The camera has always been a tool to process her surroundings. Her most recent work has explored the balancing roles of mother, artist and woman. Being that most of her daughter’s life was being experienced behind a lens, Sonia decided to hand the camera over to her daughter for a change. The results inspired her to teach a unique perspective of photography, providing young students the ability to use the camera and other photographic techniques as a tool.
Kristen Keen| BFA |Youth, Adult – Ceramics
Kristen Keen is a studio potter and educator living and working in Detroit, Michigan. She received her BFA in Ceramics from the College for Creative Studies. By combining wheel throwing and hand-building to create inviting forms and applying a variety of surface techniques, she produces well-crafted, functional objects that through use, encourage pause in everyday life and affirm the quotidian experience.
Megan Gurisko| BFA |Youth, Adult – Painting & Mixed Media
Megan Gurisko earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Painting and minor in Art History from Grand Valley State University. She works mostly with acrylic medium, but has experience in printmaking, drawing, bookbinding and ceramics. Her work explores the process of mark making with various tools to create layered and contrasting surfaces. Gurisko is an active member of Avenue for the Arts and the DIA.
Rachel Gervais | BFA |Adult – Ceramics & Painting
Rachel Gervais is a graduate of the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. She earned a double major in both Ceramics and Art Education. In 2014 she was awarded the Imre J. Molnar Artistic Achievement Award from the College for Creative Studies and was an Emerging Artist in the Ann Arbor Street Fair. In 2013 she did a summer fellowship at Oxbow School of Art in Saugatuck, MI. Her work is shown regularly in Detroit area galleries. She currently lives in Detroit, MI.
Carol Ward | BA | Adult – Photography
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.
Debra Gash | BA | Adult – Printmaking
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.
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.
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 | Adult – 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 & Painting
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.
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.
Clara DeGalan | BFA, MFA | Children, Youth, Adult – Drawing & Painting
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, Adult – Ceramics
Centurium 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, Adult – Ceramics & Painting
Arielle 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 | Adult – 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.