Marija Blanc, PCCA instructor

Marija Blanc

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 PCCA instructor

Lisa Brandt | BFA

Lisa Brandt is a German born and raised illustrative artist, now living and working in the metro-Detroit area. She studied graphic design at Oakland Community College and later graduated from College for Creative Studies in 2021 with a BFA in Illustration. Maintaining her studio and commission work, Lisa has also begun working on public art projects. Among her latest projects are a playable public art piano, organized by Music Shapes and Paint Creek Center for the Arts, which is now on display at the Rochester Avon Recreation Authority (RARA), and the co-conceptualization and design of a public mural for the Trolley Plaza Garage in downtown Detroit (Washington Blvd. side), led by CCS Illustration Chair, Don Kilpatrick, and Founder and Curator of the Nicole Tamer Art Gallery, Nicole George.

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Jennifer Callahan | BFA

Printmaking for all ages!

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Prashani Chandrasena | MFA

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.

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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.

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.

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Paige Neils

Paige Neils is a ceramics instructor at PCCA

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Charles Pompilius, 2021

Charles Pompilius | MFA

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

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

Brian is a full time artist who studied at CCS, Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Design and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He holds a BS in Graphic Design with a focus on illustration. He specializes in animal portraiture and works in oil, acrylic, watercolor and digital mediums. His work has been exhibited in galleries across the U.S. and hangs in homes and businesses in over 30 countries. His clients include Square Enix, BTCA, the Animal Welfare League of Arizona and CBS Television where you can see his work on the set of Two Broke Girls. He has been published in Books, magazines and numerous pop culture blogs and websites. His work is a top 20 seller on iCanvas.com and can be seen in major department stores such as Khols, TJMaxx and Home Goods. He was an accomplished instructor at Oakland Community College where he taught drawing and design. He loves to share his artistic knowledge and experience and looks forward to fostering a supportive and nurturing learning environment at PCCA. Brian shares a home with his wife Rene and a studio with his two Boston Terriers (the muses) in southeast Michigan.
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Emanuel Rus | BFA

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Anatoliy Shapiro | MFA

Originally from Russia, Anatoliy graduated with Honors from Leningrad Art Institute in 1970 with his MFA and  has been teaching ever since. In 1985 he became a member of the Union of Russian Artists– in recognition of his participation in nation-wide juried exhibitions and artistic achievements.

Carolyn Shoemaker | BFA

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.


Martin Skalski | MIB

Until 2015 Martin Skalski was a full-time, tenured, professor at Pratt institute, located in Brooklyn, New York. Professor Skalski established and directed the Transportation Design Program at Pratt and taught drawing, color theory, abstract three-dimensional design as well as transportation design. He is a Fulbright Scholar and has taught internationally in China and Turkey and at art and design schools in Michigan. While at Pratt he solicited and executed sponsored design projects by numerous corporations including: Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Honda, Northrop-Grumman, Corning, Black and Decker, NEC, Mitsubishi and Engelhard/Mearl. In 1998 he formed partnership with the University of Virginia Aeronautical Engineering School to design small aircraft. Two aircraft designs from that partnership won NASA design awards. He as received numerous grants and awards: including an NEA design award, two $25,000 and two $10,000 grants from Ford Motor Company, $30,000 from Mitsubishi Motors of America, Grants totaling over $100,000 from General Motors Corporation and a Metropolis Designers Saturday design award. His students and his own work has been shown in Car Styling Magazine, Metropolis Magazine, Progressive Architecture and Brooklyn Bridge Magazine. Examples of his work have been exhibited in New York and Tokyo. His book, “External Qualities” that explains in detail the aesthetic aspects of color, line, shape, texture, pattern and gloss. A second book, “Three-Dimensional Design” gives step-by-step instructions for teaching a year-long course for three-dimensional visual literacy. He has done experimental design for new products to be mass produced by laser and other computer run machinery at Milgo Industries in New York. His firm completed the design for a set of different pieces of street furniture for a New York based street amenities company.
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Caitlin Zachow | BFA

Caitlin Zachow is a ceramics artist leading children and teen clay classes and workshops with PCCA.

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Robin Ziebert | M.E.

Robin is a mixed media artist teaching classes at Paint Creek Center for the Arts!

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