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Instructor Bios

Instructor Bios

David C. Anyanwu

David is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. Since his youth, he has always had a love for drawing. After David discovered the stunning art of Japanese animation known as “Anime,” he knew this was the art style he wanted to pursue. He has been drawing for over 15 years and runs a Brand with his two elder brothers: www.boomslank.com.

Karise Baron

Karise Baron has been honing her skills in Graphic Design & Illustration for the past several years. Originally a landscape photographer, Karise blended her digital and drawing skills into what she creates today. The use of these two elements bring about her bright, bold colored styled portraits.

Aliyah Bonnette

Aliyah Bonnette is a mixed media artist based in North Carolina. Her art focuses on quilting and painting. She teaches all ages on painting, drawing, and textiles.

Jeny Brill

Jeny Brill grew up amongst the beauty and nature of Cape Cod. While still in high school she attended a class on animation, through Boston University, in Eastern Europe.  She then attended Skidmore College as a painting major.  Her mentors, while in college were David Miller, Scott Brody and renowned art historian the late Harry Gaugh. While in Boston, Jeny worked at the School of the Museum of Art, and began showing her work, including an invitation to the Boston Arts Festival.  

After 10 years of Art Administration, Jeny returned to school and received a MEd in Montessori education and moved to Raleigh, NC.  During her 25 year career as a Montessori teacher Jeny advocated for art to be used throughout all academic subjects as a means for children to show their knowledge visually.  Jeny’s work has been shown in Boston, California, Cape Cod, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey as well as her home state of North Carolina.

Jane Cheek

Jane Cheek is an art educator and a contemporary fine artist. Cheek’s work is a daily practice of seeking and creating joy, and she takes the same approach to education. She believes education has the power to open hearts and minds, and she enjoys sharing her passion for art making, history, and theory with others. As a former public school K-8 art teacher, and current fine artist, adult art class instructor, and homeschool teacher, Cheek has over 10 years of teaching and art making experience.

Gab Corter

Corter is a veteran teacher of the Artspace Summer Arts Program, and teaches during the school year at Artspace. Her works can be found at the Visual Art Exchange, at Rebus Works and at the Shop at Greenhill Center for NC Arts. Her art hangs at Celito.net in Raleigh, in the permanent collection of Van Every/Smith Galleries Davidson College North Carolina, as well as in many private collections around the nation.

Anne Dirilgen

Anne Dirilgen has been teaching visual arts for 25 years in the US, Taiwan, Germany, Turkey and China and am currently at an international school in Kyiv, Ukraine. She considers herself a mixed media artist loving to experiment with layers and creating pieces with photos, text, books, maps really anything. She recently ventured into the 3D art world of clay, along with wheel work and raku. She has two little artists at home, ages 9 and 12. They love to travel the world as a family and discover new art and foods!

Sonya Drum

Sonya Leigh Drum is an arts educator, artist, and theatrical designer. For the past 22 years, she has taught visual arts in the NC Public School System and designed scenery and costumes for both professional and university theatres throughout the Triangle.  Sonya currently teaches visual art electives at Washington GT Magnet Elementary School in Wake County, where she was selected as the 2017 Magnet Schools of America region IV finalist for National Magnet Teacher of the Year. Sonya has worked as a teaching artist for the ASAP program for the last 18 years and has also taught summer arts programs at the Holly Springs School of Dance and Discover Arts Academy.

Angela Eastman

Angela Eastman is an interdisciplinary artist based in Hillsborough. Angela has taught workshops to kids and adults in sculpture, fibers, ceramics, basketry, and jewelry making. Angela received training through the two year Core Fellowship program at Penland School of Crafts and received her MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Jan French

Jan French is fiber artist and weaving educator/advocate, demonstrator, and collaborator weaving on location at schools, arts councils, museums, festivals and Scrap Exchange events. She is a member of the Triangle Weavers Guild’s Education Committee and has instructed hundreds of folks of all ages how to build and weave delightful and useful items on a simple handmade loom. She also has directed collaborative weaving projects for several nonprofit organizations.

Ana Galizes

Ana is a portrait photographer and an adjunct instructor of art, design, and communication at William Peace University in downtown Raleigh. She holds a B. A. and an M. S. in visual communication.

Brandy Godsil

Brandy Godsil is a fiber artist and fashion designer based in Raleigh, NC and NYC. She is Co-Founder, teaching artist, and on the Advisory Board of weaving non profit organization SAORI Arts NYC for people with disabilities and chronic illness. Brandy teaches SAORI weaving and jewelry making, sewing, patternmaking, fashion design and illustration, and drawing to students of all ages. She incorporates the SAORI philosophy of freestyle and intuitive processes in her work and teaching method. Brandy has taught at Craft Habit Raleigh, and the Sewing Room of Garner. She has received a BFA in Fiber and Experimental Fashion from the Maryland Institute College of Art. 


Olivia Gone

Olivia Gone is a multi-disciplinary artist and poet from the Midwest who wishes to awaken the sacred creativity in every person she meets who dares to say to her, “I can barely draw a stick figure”. Believing with her entire heart that each person on this bountiful earth is wildly gifted, inherently, with the ability to express themselves creatively through all types of art. You can check out her work on www.oliviagone.com.

Skully Gustafson 

Skully Gustafson is a multi-disciplinary artist currently based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is predominantly a painter with a body of work which spans across the genres of performance art, installation, sculpture, and music. She received a BFA from Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 2012 and has shown work at Portrait Society Gallery, American Fantasy Classics, RedLine, Pitch Project Gallery, and Sæter Jørgensen Contemporary. Through obsessive layering and a bold array of color, her paintings create realities by playing with abstracted human and animal figures, loosely recognizable spaces, and emotional mayhem. Sometimes her subjects stem from the personal, other times they are spontaneously born from a chance gesture which she notices and surrenders to. Emotional rawness within a flattened pictorial plane creates a psychological depth that transcends the distinction between the subject and the viewer. The paintings become reflections of the complexities of being human, and so are non-rational, ever changing, and illusive. By leaning themselves toward joy and pleasure, yet remaining entangled in the sufferings of man-kind, they often provoke a confused sense of humor.

Lori Jones

Lori Jones graduated with a B.S. in Art Education with a concentration in painting from UNC and a B.A. in Studio Arts with a concentration in photography from Meredith College. She has been teaching for many years and currently teaches at Rolesville Charter Academy, in which she teaches K-5 art classes as well as middle school electives such as Art History and Sculpture.  She has also taught Saturday workshops at the NC Museum of Art and classes/camps at venues such as the City Parks and Rec, Durham Arts Council, and Carrboro ArtsCenter.  Through Art, Lori Jones helps students to make interdisciplinary as well as global connections to gain a better understanding of the world around them.

Lucy Kagan

Lucy Kagan is an illustrator and textile designer who makes comics, zines, and illustrated goods at her home studio using watercolors. She is influenced by themes of magic in nature and playfulness. She holds a BA in Sequential Art with a minor in Fibers.

Tara Kernan

Tara Kernan holds a B.S. in Art Education from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. She has taught Visual Arts for grades K-12 in New Jersey and North Carolina schools for many years and is currently the visual art teacher at Hunter GT/AIG Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh. Mrs. Kernan uses the links between visual art, cultural anthropology, and art history to help her students make real-world connections through art and interdisciplinary study.

Bridget Leslie

Bridget Moreen Leslie is an Australian artist based in Brooklyn, New York and Durham, North Carolina. Bridget is interested in collapsing spatial and psychological barriers between class, noise, location, and body language by creating video and installations with a focus on sound, light, and mundane interior spaces. She uses Non-Spaces to explore the socio-political significance that occurs within crowds and how globalism perpetuates anonymity and sterility. Her work has been shown internationally from Sydney, Australia at Project-X, Ded-Space gallery , the Queen’s Museum in New York, the National Humanities Center in North Carolina, IAO in Oklahoma City, The Zurich Art Expo, and the CICA Museum in South Korea. She was a resident at the Hollows, Brooklyn and has had work published in Vellum Magazine, EMERGENCY INDEX and other international publications.

Natalia Lopes

Natalia Lopes is a freelance illustrator and indie comics artist with an affinity for the eerie and nightmarish. Her retro line work and alluringly horrifying subjects pays a loving nod to horror, anime, and science fiction. She successfully crowdfunded her first Kickstarter for the first volume of an independent horror anthology in October of 2019 and has since produced several comics and zines. When she is not working on freelance projects, she is teaching classes to teens and adults in non-profit art centers around North Carolina. You can find her illustration and comics at mystopress.com.

Michael McCue

I am originally from Long Island, New York, where I received both my bachelors at Molloy College and masters in Art Education K-12 at Hofstra University before I relocated to North Carolina in 2015. I have been an elementary art teacher at Wake County Schools for six years and have been teaching at Artspace for two summers. I also display my own artwork in local exhibits. My goal is for students to impress themselves with what they can create as I mentor them to uncover their hidden talents. I would like students to enjoy creating artwork as much as I enjoy teaching it.

David Moses

David Moses is a cartoonist, designer, and public artist who lives near Raleigh. He has worked with the City of Raleigh on multiple projects that can be seen throughout the city. 

He has also worked with Holy Mountain Printing on a series of comics, in addition to self-publishing his work through Past-Itch Comics. David loves to share his knowledge of cartooning and to inspire young people to tell their stories.

Kwaku Osei

Kwaku is a 33-year-old Ghanaian-American mixed media visual artist living in Durham, North Carolina. He received his bachelor’s degree from Temple University and his master’s degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art and has been a practicing artist for over ten years. He is a recipient of a Robert and Richard Hect Award (2010), a Segal Education Award (2011), and a Durham Art Guild Mentorship Program Award (2019). His work has been exhibited at the Onyx Fine Arts Gallery in Seattle (2016), The Other Art Fair in New York (2017), and at the Nasher Museum at Duke University (2018).

Gretchen Phillips

Gretchen Phillips is a teaching artist that has worked with public schools and community arts organizations in NC for the last 16 years. She has a BA in Studio Art from Eastern Illinois University and attained National Boards for Early Adolescent & Young Adult Art in 2008. She draws, paints, prints, makes jewelry, sews, and likes teaching all sorts of different things to students of all ages.

Miranda Reichhardt

Miranda Reichhardt graduated with her masters in Fine Art from UNCG. Her work falls under the umbrella of “Feminist Figure Painting” and is largely concerned with concepts of self-portraiture, humor, and symbol.

Alanah Reid

I am a queer Raleigh based artist. My work revolves around feminism, nature, life and death themes, and noticing details which are often overlooked. I enjoy thinking about the life experiences and perspectives of other people. I also enjoy trippy, psychedelic, and strange imagery. Experimenting with combining opposing colors and forms or merging life forms with non-living forms is an interesting exercise for me. Recently my materials and moods have led me to use bright colors and crisp lines to illustrate my frustrations and the duality and opposition within the painted forms.

Krysta Sa

Krysta Sa is an interdisciplinary artist and educator who examines magical and sensory practices of communication. Utilizing performance, video, photo and installation, Sa’s process based practice generates tutorials, stories, treatments and remedies. She currently lives and works in Durham, NC.

Kelly Schrader

Kelly Schrader was born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley. Since obtaining a BFA in Studio Arts and a BA in Art History from Virginia Tech, they have been focusing on found objects, fiber arts, and conceptual projects, as well as educational and residency work. Schrader has taught art workshops for the Girl Scouts of America, the Handicapped Development Center of IA/IL, for several public residencies including the DeSoto Studio, among other institutions. Schrader has recently moved back to the east coast, and now resides in North Carolina.

Kristen Solecki

Kristen Solecki is an artist and illustrator currently based in Durham, NC. Since earning her degree in illustration from Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, Solecki has worked with a variety of clients to create editorial illustrations, book cover art, marketing materials, paintings, and other projects. When she’s not doing client work, Solecki exhibits her art in galleries around the country and teaches workshops. See more at www.kristensolecki.com.

Janelle Washington

Janelle Washington is a self – taught paper cut artist from Virginia. She graduated from VCU with a BFA in Fashion Design and afterward found interest in paper cutting. Her artwork explores history, identity, and beauty in African American culture. Her papercuts have been exhibited at 311 Gallery and Imurj in Raleigh, National Institute of Health in Maryland, and she has permanent silhouettes in the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture Slavery and Freedom Gallery in Washington, DC. Janelle is also a member of The Guild of American Papercutters.

Carson Whitmore

Carson Whitmore is a recent Regional Emerging Artist at Artspace. Working in both paint and textile, her practice is informed by an interest in the material world and a belief that exploration of process is never wasted time. You can view Carson’s work at www.carsonwhitmore.com.