Mark Arts

Fall 2018 Weekly Class Instructors

Bevin Akers received her BA in Art from WSU in 2009. In 2007, she started to focus on digital painting with the use of a tablet and Photoshop. She loves traditional and digital media and believes a strong traditional background can easily translate to using digital tools. Her favorite traditional media are pencil, charcoal, acrylic and oil paints. For digital painting, she uses Wacom and a variety of programs, including Photoshop.


Troy Becker received his BFA from Wichita State University in studio art with an emphasis in ceramics. His styles vary from handbuilt forms to highly crafted thrown pottery, and he has shown his work in numerous exhibitions. Troy was the Mark Arts 2009–10 artist in residence.


Doug Billings received an MFA in Printmaking from Wichita State University. He is a member/partner of Gallery XII and a member of the Boston Printmakers, the American Color Print Society and the Society of American Graphic Artists.


Mary Binford Miller received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kansas State. She has been trained as a classical oil painter and uses that approach in her teachings. Mary is represented by Southwind Gallery of Topeka, The American Legacy Gallery of Kansas City, Missouri, and Artworks of Wichita.


Mark Birchfield is a commission portrait artist working in charcoal, graphite, soft pastel and oil paint. He is a realistic, representational artist with studies in classical techniques and materials.


Alex Browne is a local artist who enjoys sharing the love of art through teaching. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design, emphasis in Illustration. When creating art, she primarily works in drawing, painting, design and illustration.


Karin Cernik has been creating in glass and metal for 15 years, through lampworking, silversmithing, glass fusing and culminating in enameling. She sees enameling as a way to blend her love of color and detail with her interest in the technical aspects of how and why things happen with the medium.  Primarily drawn to cloisonné, Karin has studied with Linda Darty, Amy Roper Lyons, Harlan Butt, and Ricky Frank.  Her teaching experience ranges from workshops in rubberstamping techniques to teaching graduate students at Wichita State University in psychology.


Gayle Clayborn is an energetic, passionate artist who has taught private and group lessons for more than 12 years. A handful of her youth students have received national awards.


Darren Couch is an experienced technology teacher who is excited to teach others the skills they need to become confident in completing meaningful projects that can benefit them in the future.  Darren has been in the education field for more than 15 years.  As an Apple-certified trainer and an instructor in video editing at The Independent School, Darren has been teaching kids and adults what they need to do to make their ideas a reality.  He encourages students to use their creativity to find new or improved ways of bringing their creations to life.  


Jim Gross received his teaching degree at Friends University in 1972 and his MFA degree from Wichita State University in 1981. He is a member of the American Abstract Artists, NYC. His works are in the Guggenheim, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Nelson–Atkins Museum in Kansas City, among other gallery affiliations in New York City.


Mathew Hilyard is a painter, photographer and curator well known in the Wichita Art community, holding a B.F.A. from Wichita State University. He has a keeper of the Plains Sculpture at the Urban Pop-up Park and his work is included in the Publication, New American Paintings West Coast edition no.120. His students have received numerous awards in local juried art competitions. He maintains his home and studio in Andover, KS.


Brian Hinkle earned his MFA in Painting at Wichita State. He has taught at Mark Arts since 1996 and previously served as the gallery director. He is represented by Artworks, Inc. in Wichita; Strecker–Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, Kansas; and Leopold Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri.


Anne Horton is a native of Wichita and a member of Wichita Women Artists, Artist Guild of Wichita, Mid America Pastel Society, Oklahoma Watercolor Society, Kansas Watercolor Society and Missouri Watercolor Society.


Bill C. Koch has been teaching dance since 1988. His experience includes country and western, popular ballroom, Latin, tango and various swing styles.


Lori Martin-Price earned her BA in metalsmithing from the University of Kansas. She is a professional artist who also teaches K–12 art at Elyria Christian School and non-credit silversmithing at Hutchinson Community College. Lori is also a member of the McPherson Arts Alliance Co-Op Gallery.


Roger Mathews has been an active metalsmith since 1975 with his most recent career in the Butler Community College 3-D Department. He is active in juried art shows from coast to coast and received his MFA in Art Education from Wichita State University.


Babs Mellor is a professional sculptor who has studied with prominent American and Italian sculptors. Her bronze sculptures can be seen at Century II, Newman University, Friends University, Mark Arts and many more. The 6’ bronze Carry A. National statue was just recently placed in front of the Eaton Place. She has taught at Mark Arts since 1974.


April Morgan is a graphic designer who has also worked professionally as a chalkboard artist, screen printer, engraver, sign maker, and musician. She believes that sharing knowledge and ideas keeps us human and progressive, which is her inspiration as an educator. In addition to holding a K-12 Art teaching license, April is pursuing a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction.


Caryl Morgan is an internationally recognized contemporary realist watercolor artist whose primary interest is working with vivid, highly saturated watercolor. She is currently painting vintage signage and uses close angled perspectives with strong shadow and contrast to elevate the old signs to an iconic status. She taught high school and adjunct college classes for 34 years then retired early to produce art full time. Morgan is a signature member of the Watercolor USA Honor Society as well as other regional, state, national and international watercolor societies.


Jack Norris has a master’s degree in microbiology from Wichita State University and worked for many years in engineering at Boeing. In addition to his art practices, he enjoys the outdoors through camping and canoeing.


Charlotte Patterson is a native Kansan who credits her junior high art teacher, Jack Boge, for encouraging her artistic talents. Charlotte considers herself a multifaceted artist and enjoys working with youth and adult students alike.


Andy Patton is a classical sculptor who has studied under several masters such as Bruno Lucchesi, Babs Mellor and Vincent Aniano. Andy attended WSU’s School of Fine Arts and is president of the Wichita Sculptors Guild.


Don Praseuth is a passionate Kansan artist who has primarily studied traditional and digital art with an emphasis on portrait and figurative studies. Having studied fine arts and illustration at Watts Atelier in Encinitas, CA under various acclaimed artists such as Jeffrey Watts, Erik Gist, Ben Young, and Lucas Graciano. Don hopes to contribute to the art community by sharing his knowledge and teaching those eager to learn.


Kathleen Shanahan graduated from the University of Michigan with a BFA and the University of Arizona with an MFA in drawing, painting and printmaking. She has shown her work nationally and internationally and has taught at Wichita State University, the University of Kansas and several other colleges. She is represented by Viridian Artists, New York City, Riley Strauss Gallery, Wellfleet, Massachusetts and Trish Higgins Fine Arts, Wichita.


Ryan Swayne, a Wichita native, graduated with a BFA in Studio Ceramics from Fort Hays State University in 2016.  Ryan currently teaches high school art in Augusta. Ryan is an accomplished ceramicist, sculptor and jeweler. Ryan’s website is


Jennifer Walterscheid a Bachelor of Arts with Studio Art emphasis and a Certificate of Ornamental Painting and Design from Wichita State University. She teaches pre-K through eighth grade art at Holy Cross Lutheran School. Enameling has captivated her from the first time she experienced the process. She looks forward to sharing her love of “painting with fire” with new students and the community of enamelists at Mark Arts.


Melinda Weis is an award–winning artist represented by Gallery XII. Previously, she was a graphic artist, but she now devotes all her time to the joy and agony of painting.


Tasha Wentling is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Art and Design at Wichita State University. She has worked for the Ulrich Museum editing photos of the collection and has been a freelance graphic designer for more than four years. Tasha is currently an intern at the Greteman Group and loves to help students develop new skills.