Instructor Bios

Instructor Bios

David Anyanwu

David Anyanwu is a freelance illustrator in the Japanese cartoon style known as Anime. He co-owns the company Boomslank with his brothers where he designs and illustrates original anime t-shirts and art posters. This is his third summer teaching the very popular Anime Arts classes at Artspace.

Jeny Brill

As far back as Jeny can remember she has been making art. A neighboring artist gave her art lessons at the age of three. Growing up on Cape Cod Jeny was surrounded by art and artists. When it came time for college she majored in fine art with a concentration in painting. Upon graduation Jeny began experimenting with oil paint, wax and mixed media. She worked at Art Colleges for 10 years before learning about Maria Montessori’s approach to teaching. Jeny has enjoyed using art across the curriculum to teach elementary children in the Montessori classroom for over 23 years. She has also taught art at the NCMA, Marbles Museum, Arts Together, Sertoma Art Center, as well as in her own studio. Jeny lives in Raleigh with her husband, five children, and two dogs.

Gabriella Corter

Gabriella Corter grew up in Canada and has lived in Raleigh since 2003. She completed her BFA at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada. She participates in exhibitions around the country and her art can be found at Rebus Works, The Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, and at the Shop at Green Hill in Greensboro, NC. She’s excited to be back teaching at Artspace this summer!

Sharon DiGiulio

Sharon DiGiulio is a multi-media artist living and working in Raleigh, NC. She currently runs her own business, DiGiulio Project, LLC, teaches workshops in and around the area in acrylic collage, mixed media, and encaustic and is the director of Art of the Carolinas, the largest consumer art supply and workshop expo in the country, now in its 18th year.

Sharon’s passion for experimentation and exploration allows her to dive into several different media and just see what happens! Trained professionally as a printmaker and graphic artist, mixed media offers a freedom in making art with no boundaries. “I love to push the envelope in making my art, trying to create something that is all my own. I believe that is the greatest thing about art is that you really get the chance to express yourself as you wish and you don’t need to justify it. I truly enjoy the process of getting into that zone in my studio, playing some music and just letting go. That is the true joy of being an artist. I’ve learned to throw all that judgment out the window and express my individuality”.

Sharon shares her home and studio with her husband, Joe DiGiulio, also an artist.

Anne Dirilgen

I have been teaching visual arts for 22 years in the US, Taiwan, Germany, Turkey and China and am currently at a high school in Raleigh. I consider myself a mixed media artist loving to experiment with layers and creating pieces with photos, text, books, maps really anything. I recently ventured into the 3D art world of clay and having been focusing more on that with wheel work and raku. I have two little artists at home age 6 and 10. We 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. She has been teaching visual arts in the NC Public School System for the past 16 years, and designs scenery and costumes for professional and university theatres throughout the triangle.  Sonya currently teaches art at Washington GT Magnet Elementary School, where she was selected as Teacher of the Year in 2012. She has also served as a teaching artist for the ASAP program for the last 13 years, and has also taught summer arts programs at the Carrboro Arts Center, Holly Springs School of Dance and Discover Arts Academy. Ms. Drum has been a multi-year winner at the Visual Art Exchange’s Groundspark Street Painting Festival as well as a featured artist.

Alia El-Bermani

Alia El-Bermani received her BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach, CA.  This talented traditional painter has had six solo exhibitions as well as had her work featured in numerous group exhibitions across the country.  Her figurative and still life paintings and drawings have been showcased in museums such as the Palm Springs Desert Museum in California, the Anchorage Museum of History and Art in Alaska, the West Valley Art Museum in Arizona, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto and most recently at the Greenville Museum of Art in North Carolina. She is a seasoned teacher who has taught at both the college and workshop level.  She has been a guest lecturer locally at ECU, Meredith College and at Ravenscroft School. El-Bermani is a member of the Portrait Society of America as well as a co-founder of the important blog, Women Painting Women. Her work has been featured in such periodicals as American Art Collector, ArtSee, Art Week, The Independent and LA Weekly. She currently lives and works in Apex, NC.

Ryan Fox

Ryan Fox is a watercolor artist, focusing on landscapes and architecture from around the world. He is a member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina and the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society. He received his BFA Fine Arts with a concentration in photography from the University of Michigan and has exhibited in statewide and national juried shows.

Andie Freeman

Andie Freeman starts her works with an under-painting in which the canvas is entirely covered with paint, from which she then works to pull the light away from the dark.  Her works are planned out meticulously ahead of time to focus on the visual poetry of light and dark in the composition. Texture and color of the background are as much a part of the finished piece as the foreground and the subject matter. Freeman is a member of the Oil Painters of America and received a BFA in Studio Art, with an emphasis on life drawing and oils, from the College of Charleston, Charleston, SC.

Jan French

Jan French is fiber artist and member of Triangle Weavers Guild currently weaving small hand woven strips and collaborating with others on larger woven projects in the Triangle. She often seeks out and experiments with the wide range or natural fibers as well as discarded materials. She has learned traditional techniques of wool, cotton and flax fiber preparation, spinning, needle felting, wet felting, and dyeing which has enabled her to make and alter fibers. As her one friend says, she weaves “that which can be woven.”

Sarah Harris

Sarah Harris attended college at Alfred State, the University of South Australia in Adelaide, and graduated from SUNY College at Buffalo with a B.S. in Art Education. Four of her drawings and ceramic pieces are in their permanent art collection. In 2004, she moved to Clayton, North Carolina to begin teaching elementary art. During that time she was nominated for the Best First Year Teacher Award and earned the Leading With the Heart Award. After seven years, she decided to stay at home with her two young daughters in Raleigh. While at home she worked on commissioned art pieces and private art lessons. In 2016 the opportunities to teach art again, at Artspace and Arts Together, renewed the spark to be in the classroom. She has a passion for drawing and painting but loves to explore different mediums and techniques. She is so excited to be a part of the summer programming at these two wonderful arts organizations and continue to grow as an artist and educator.

Ellen Hathaway

Ellen Hathaway is a native Carolinian, born and raised on the Pamlico River in Washington. With degrees in RTVMP and teaching from UNC-CH and UVA Curry School, Hathaway has directed her art education through independent study, workshops, and notably with instructors Steve Aimone and Ron Boehmer. She adores the diversity and experimentation of mixing acrylic media, often depicting images of the flower as well as non-objective imagery, and most recently investigating oils. Hathaway is represented by Les Yeux du Monde in Charlottesville, VA, Art 3 Gallery in Manchester, NH, City Art Gallery in Greenville, NC and Tyler White O’Brien Gallery in Greensboro, NC, and will be a featured guest artist at Raleigh’s Roundabout Art Collective in mid-2015.

Hathaway is married to Curtis, and they have two daughters, Anne Clark and Brooke. She believes the freedom and space to make art and encouragement from her family are rich blessings; truly grace made manifest.

Emily Howard

Emily Howard is an artist and educator living and working in Raleigh. She has been teaching and showing her work throughout the Triangle for over 10 years. Howard has taught a wide range of ages, from elementary to adult, at Artspace, The North Carolina Museum of Art, The Boys and Girls Clubs, The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham and is currently adjunct faculty at Meredith College. Her passions include fibers, mixed-media, 2-D and 3-D and Arts Education. When she’s not teaching or making art, Howard enjoys spending time in nature or cooking with her husband and 2 sons.

Tara Kernan

Tara Kernan graduated with a B.S. in Art Education from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. She has been teaching for many years and currently teaches at Hunter GT/AIG Magnet Elementary. Kernan has particular interest in the links between visual art, cultural anthropology, sociology and art history. She uses these links to help each of her students make real-world connections through art and interdisciplinary study.

Slater Mapp

Slater Mapp has been involved in Arts Education since 1996. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Studio Art from the University of Richmond, a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Arts Education from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Masters in Arts Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. He taught elementary art for ten years in a Blue Ribbon Programs/Primary Years Program International Baccalaureate School in Virginia. He then taught in North Carolina for five years and served Wake County Public Schools as the Coordinating Teacher for K-12 Professional Development.  At the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Mapp works with arts education leaders around the state and nationally to facilitate the implementation of Comprehensive Arts Education in North Carolina, as specified in Senate Bill 66 (2010). Mapp is a photographer and enjoys spending time with his family discovering his newly adopted state of North Carolina.​

Peter Marin

Peter Marin was born and raised in Mexico City. He has lived in New York City, Madrid, San Francisco and Oakland. He recently moved to Raleigh to continue his painting practice and to become an active member of the vibrant local arts community. He received a BA from UC Berkeley and an MFA from Hunter College.

Marin has been painting over 20 years, and exhibits both nationally and internationally in Mexico, Spain, California, New York and North Carolina. In addition to painting and educating, he is also a curator emphasizing contemporary painting and an arts community advocate who supports 501c3 organizations by volunteering, fundraising, and donating artwork.

His teaching philosophy corresponds to the tradition of student centered-pedagogy in which formal instruction creates crucial personal and experiential learning opportunities. Marin’s goal as an arts educator is to facilitate the construction of the armature required for critical thinking; and, not the rote acquisition and consumption of information.

“I aspire to equip and educate my students so that they can become accountable participants, rather than spectators, in the world.”

Michael McCue

Born and raised in Long Island, New York, McCue is a new North Carolinian after relocating to pursue his dream of becoming an elementary art teacher. His paintings began with a conceptual series of self-portraits breaking into puzzle pieces to later evolve into more painterly, whimsical, color theory inspired works.

McCue often draws inspiration from the enthusiasm and curiosity of his elementary age students and creates paintings that he finds others would enjoy creating too. He feels that the teaching of art is the teaching of life in many aspects which enhances the idea that all artists see the world differently.

Kelly Murray

Kelly Sheppard Murray is a native North Carolinian, trained in sculpture with BFA, and MFA degrees from UNCG and ECU respectively. She creates paintings, drawings and sculptures combining natural forms, plants, geometric shapes and repetitive patterns. Her work toggles between representation and abstraction. This interest in the abstract qualities of nature can be found in her dimensional tree-bark collages and mixed media encaustic pieces. Other than natural forms, and patterns, viewers often notice Murray’s love of texture as a key visual element.

Murray became an Artspace tenant in January of 2016 as a Regional Emerging Artist in Residence and was thrilled for opportunity to stay in the studios to continue to be around other artist and interact with the public.

While maintaining professional practice in fine art and design, Murray teaches design, painting, sculpture and art appreciation at Wake Technical Community College. In 2014, Murray was awarded faculty rank as Associate Professor at Wake Technical Community College. She currently serves as the program coordinator for the Associate in Fine Arts Degree.

Shannon Newby

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1983, Shannon Newby received a BA in education and art from Taylor University in 2006 and a Masters in theology and community arts from Regent College in 2012. Newby is currently enjoying working from her studio in her Raleigh home, collaborating on creative projects with her husband Erik, and working part time at Sertoma Arts Center as an art instructor and recreation leader.

Keith Norval

Keith Norval is a local painter, printmaker, and arts instructor. He received his BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design, GA. Drawing on his African upbringing and his local environment, Keith creates whimsical paintings, primarily in oil paint, in his Artspace studio. He has exhibited his work throughout NC, as well as in NY, CO, FL, and MI, and his work is collected internationally. He has completed murals at the Albany Medical Center in NY and locally at York Elementary School in Raleigh. Keith has taught in the Artspace Summer Arts Program for several years, continually designing new, exciting classes.

Lisa Pearce

Lisa F. Pearce has been teaching art in public schools, museums and at the college level since 1993. She holds an MFA in Sculpture with a MEd in Art Education with further studies at Penland School of Crafts, Bullseye Glass, Tin City Glass, John Campbell Folk School and the Corning Museum of Glass. She is an exhibiting mixed media artist and an artist member of Artspace and has held numerous board positions with the NC Art Education Association and a past president and current member of Tri State Sculptors. She has created semi to permanent public artwork for the NC Department of Public Instruction, tactile art for the Governor Morehead School for the Blind, Olds Elementary and Meredith College. In her studio classes she brings unique techniques and media that challenge and empower the student’s sense of self as a creative and critical thinker.

Kerr Pelto

Kerr Pelto is the current President of the Triangle Calligraphers’ Guild in Raleigh, NC and is on the Steering Committee for the 2016 international calligraphy conference, A Show of Hands. She has been teaching  both group and private calligraphy classes since 2010. She first started learning calligraphy in 1978 in order to design her own wedding invitation. In addition to teaching, she works on commissions from individuals as well as companies. Also in her bag of tricks is her love of writing personal Fairy Tales, flourished with words, lettering, and art.

Gretchen Phillips

Gretchen Phillips is an art lover, painter, jewelry maker, teacher, tutor, face painter, mother, wife, and dog owner.

Anna Podris

Anna Podris paints with oils and encaustics in her Artspace studio. Since earning her BFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design, GA. Anna has shown her work in NY, FL, VA, CO, and throughout NC. She enjoys teaching classes to youths and teens because she finds inspiration in their fresh ideas! Anna has taught at Artspace for many years.

Chelsea Raflo

Chelsea Raflo is an artist from Atlanta, Georgia who uses drawing, painting, sculpture, and animation to investigate poetic concepts and the shared qualities of the human experience. She holds an MFA in Studio Art from Florida State University and a B.A. in Studio Art from Kenyon College. She was a 2017 Regional Emerging Artist-in-Residence at Artspace, and in the past year has exhibited work in shows throughout Raleigh, NC, Atlanta, GA, Tallahassee, FL, Philadelphia, PA, and Corpus Christi, TX. She currently teaches a course on Art & the Environment at Florida State University and has taught animation workshops through Georgia State University, the Tournees French Film Festival, and MINT Gallery in Atlanta, GA.

Scott Renk

Scott Renk is an urban sketcher, award-winning animator, and teacher of at-risk students. After attending the 3rd International Urban Sketchers Symposium in the Dominican Republic in 2012, Scott has developed an urban sketchers community in Raleigh, North Carolina and beyond. He currently leads sketching sessions at CAM Raleigh, Artspace, and has led recent drawing workshops for the North Carolina Museum of Art, and the Activate 14 AIA North Carolina Summer series. He will lead an Urban Sketching workshop for the National AIA conference in Atlanta 2015.

Hunter Rion

Hunter Rion is a Raleigh native who received her BA in Graphic Design from Meredith College and her Master’s in Art Education from the University of Florida. She has been a visual arts instructor for the public school system for the past 10 years. She currently enjoys creating work through the waterless lithography process. She is also currently exploring using mixed media to develop works.

Karen Rose

Karen Rose has been an artist for over 30 years. She is half Mexican from Marin County, California. She has painted in New York, San Francisco and currently in Raleigh, NC. She is interested in the line between representation and abstraction.

Julie Niskanen Skolozynski

Julie Niskanen Skolozynski received a BFA from Iowa State University in 2005. During the summer of 2003 she lived and studied in Rome, Italy, and traveled around Europe. In 2008, Julie received a MFA in printmaking from the University of South Dakota, where she also managed the fine art gallery and taught drawing classes. She currently lives in Angier, NC, working as a professional artist. She is the founder and owner of Rooster’s Crow Studio in Angier, where she works on her artwork and teaches a variety of art classes (homeschool art classes, private and group art lessons for youth and adults, and wine & design workshops). Julie is a member of Artspace Member Artists in Raleigh, Davidson Galleries in Seattle, WA, the Southern Graphics Council International, and the Printmakers of North Carolina.

Along with her artwork, Julie teaches workshops, and gives demonstrations and workshops at conferences, universities, and art centers. She recently was an artist in residence at Tryon Palace in New Bern, NC where she worked on a series of prints and drawings and gave printmaking workshops. This residency was funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her award-winning work has been exhibited extensively, nationally and internationally, and is in many private and public collections. In May 2013, Julie was a part of the International Mezzotint Festival at the Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Here, she gave master classes at the museum and had several news interviews. Other recent exhibitions include the Frogman’s Faculty Exhibition in Vermillion, SD, and American Impressions: a Contemporary Printmaking Exhibit at the Shangai International Convention Center in Shanghai, China.

Susan Soper

Susan Soper was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised on Long Island. She graduated from the State University College at Buffalo, NY with a BS degree in Graphic Design and a minor in Art therapy. After graduation she moved to Wyoming where she and her family stayed for the next twenty years. Soper began creating Lithographs in 1988. She furthered her studies by attending The Tamarind Institute of Lithography’s Summer Workshop in New Mexico and traveled to South Dakota to attend Frogman’s Print and Paper Workshops at the University of South Dakota.  She specializes in stone and waterless lithography. She relocated to North Carolina in 2003 and in 2006 she was juried into Artspace Artist Association.  She currently works from her Artspace studio 102 in Raleigh’s city market.  Currently she teaches youth and adult printmaking and drawing at Pullen Art Center, Village Art Circle, and Artspace and conducts private printmaking workshops in her Artspace studio. Many of her original hand pulled lithographs have been included in exhibitions in, North Carolina, Virginia, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Colorado, and Wyoming.

Dawn Valentino

Dawn Valentino resides in Youngsville, NC and has worked as an Art Educator in Raleigh, NC for 19 years. She has a B.F.A. from Old Dominion University in Drawing and Sculpture. Her Master’s degree is in Art Education from Syracuse University.  She has worked at Wakefield High in North Raleigh for 15 years.