Marija Blanc is a multi-disciplinary artist working in painting and photography in the metro-Detroit area. Her photographs have been published and featured in on line magazines, and she is featured in the PhotoVogue collection at Art + Commerce through Vogue Italia. Her paintings have exhibited in and around the Detroit area. Her work in both mediums have found homes in private collections nationally and internationally. Most recently, Marija has returned to school to complete her Associate of Science and Bachelors in Studio Art with a K-12 Art Education endorsement.
Lisa Brandt | BFA
Lisa Brandt is a mixed media artist assisting with the operation of PCCA’s Summer Camps and outreach programming.
Jennifer Callahan | BFA
Printmaking for all ages!
Prashani Chandrasena is an artist and
a designer currently based in Detroit. She received her MFA in Fiber Art from Cranbrook Academy of Art and her BFA in Design from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Her work concentrates on the materiality and its’ relationship to context, history and present by weaving, interlacing and embedding various materials together.
Kären Childs Elder | BFA
Kären graduated with a degree in Fine Art from Toronto’s OCAD. Kären’s work is focused on landscape with a human element, as well as collage with miniature painting, sculpture and found objects, and is currently exhibiting at Shoreline Arts in Suttons Bay. She has found delight in teaching art to both children and adults for the last 29 years.
Mary Dudek is a visual artist working in Metro-Detroit. While primarily a figure sculptor, her practice ranges from drawing, to painting, to ceramics, to metal. Her passion for her faith and awe of the human body fuels her work prompting her to create mostly liturgical art and representational figure sculpture. She studied drawing and sculpture at Studio Art Center International in Florence Italy and earned her BFA from the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design. She teaches a variety of classes and workshops throughout the Metro-Detroit area and maintains her studio work and commissions.
Nicole Jendrusina | BFA
Nicole Jendrusina received her degree in Studio Art: Photography with a minor in Art History from Oakland University. Throughout her studies, she has worked in many different types of art media, but ultimately fell in love with the photographic process and the science behind it all.
Primarily working in portraiture, she is motivated by the ability to make her subjects feel confident with themselves when they see their resulting images. Her artistic work focuses on human nature and the way we experience emotion. Often, her work is inspired by music and her previous art studies and explorations.
Jacey Rain Kennedy | BFA
Ceramics, painting and drawing instructor
Corinne MacInnes | BA
Corinne MacInnes is a Metro Detroit based artist working primarily with ceramic mediums and multimedia components. She graduated with a BA in 2015 from Kalamazoo College and attended the Michigan State University Post-Baccalaureate Ceramics Program for two years. Her work focuses on the small details and individual parts that make up a whole. She often makes many multiples of small forms by hand, combining them to generate final pieces. Much of her work also listens to a love for miniature versions of daily objects, which she portrays as a diluted version of kitsch.
Shelley Malec Vitale | BFA
Shelley Malec Vitale graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Art Degree in Painting from Eastern Michigan University. She has also studied under some of the most noted artists and instructors in Michigan at Wayne State University, College for Creative Studies, and Henry Ford Community College. An accomplished artists active in the Detroit Art Community, Shelley has shown throughout the state and New York, and has work in many private and corporate collections throughout the country.
Charles Pompilius is a figurative painter whose paintings have been shown in exhibitions throughout the United States. He painted the official portraits of Governor Jennifer Granholm and U.S. Congressman Fred Upton. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Central Michigan University as well as a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa. In 1984, he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture on scholarship. Pompilius has taught painting at Wayne State University, College for Creative Studies, and Edinboro University. He is the recipient of a Pollack-Krasner Award as well as the Michigan Council for the Arts Creative Artist Grant.
David Prescott | BFA
David Prescott (Rochester Hills, MI) holds a Bachelor’s in Art from Wayne State University and works as a product designer for FCA. A talented artist in many mediums, David has participated and displayed his work in several exhibitions at PCCA. He currently teaches pen & ink and printmaking workshops here at Paint Creek Center for the Arts.
Brian Rubenacker | BFA
Kris Rygwelski-Schaedig lives in the Detroit, Michigan area. She earned her BFA from Wayne State University in Detroit and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 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.
Carolyn always knew art would figure prominently in her life, professionally and personally. She earned her degree from College for Creative Studies in Detroit. She worked as a professional graphic designer for over 25 years and was always painting in her free time. In the last three years she has been focusing on painting and began a new passion for teaching.
Carolyn loves to share her knowledge and enjoys seeing the outcome of her students accomplishments.
She has exhibited her work in a number of galleries in and around this beautiful state of Michigan where she and her family love to travel. Gardening is another passion, which is why painting florals is one of her favorite things to paint along with landscapes and abstracts.
Robyn Smith | BFA
Amanda Trotto | BFA
Amanda holds a BFA in Studio Art with a specialization in drawing and painting from Oakland University. She enjoys working in a variety of formats, from mixed media collage to pen in ink drawing and digital illustration. Amanda’s fine art explores process-based techniques while remaining decorative and laced with tradition. She also enjoys graphic design, creating custom portraits and typography. In addition to her full-time job, Amanda works as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. Since art is her passion, Amanda is excited to share her enthusiasm for all things creative with the Paint Creek Community.
Caitlin Zachow | BFA
Caitlin Zachow is a ceramics artist leading children and teen clay classes and workshops with PCCA.