Mark Arts

Instructors

Victoria Beasley
Character Design

Victoria Beasley is a self-made Kansan artist. Several of her pieces have been published in magazines, and her art is displayed around the world. She spent most of 2018 in India teaching and learning at an animation school and is eager to continue to teach and learn at Mark Arts. In her off time, Victoria likes reading comics, criticizing films, and listening to electroswing music. Her dream is to tell stories through comics that will resonate with hearts and unite minds.

Troy Becker | Ceramics

Troy Becker is head of the ceramics department at Mark Arts. He received his BFA from Wichita State University in Studio Art with an emphasis in ceramics. His ceramic styles vary from artistic hand built forms to highly crafted thrown pottery. He has shown his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Wichita. Becker was also the 2009 – 2010 Artist in Residence at Mark Arts.

Doug Billings

Doug Billings | Printmaking

Doug Billings received an MFA in Printmaking from Wichita State University. He established a new printmaking program at Mark Arts in 2002 and has been teaching printmaking classes since then. Billings founded and is the director of the Tallgrass Press Printmakers Association, established in 2013. He is also a member of the Boston Printmakers, the Society of American Graphic Artists, the American Color Print Society, the Philadelphia Print Club and the American Print Alliance. He has exhibited his work in Australia, Europe and across the United States. He is a member and former president Gallery XII in Wichita and a former president and board member of the Artist Guild of Wichita.

Mary Binford Miller
Oil & Acrylic Painting

Mary Binford Miller received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Kansas State University. She worked as a fashion illustrator for The Oklahoma Publishing Company and The Wichita Eagle newspapers. Mary has studied with Everett Raymond Kinstler, official portrait painter of Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan, and David Leffel, Daniel Gerhartz, Jeff Legg and Daniel Keys, all world-renowned classically trained painters. She is a multiple Addy Award winner in the graphic arts field. She has also won awards for her fine art paintings, the most recent being an Honorable Mention in the 2018 Mark Arts Oil Painting National Exhibition, juried by internationally known painter Daniel Keys. Mary is co-winner of the Koch Cultural Trust Enabling Grant for 2018. She is represented by SouthWind Gallery in Topeka and Reuben Saunders Gallery in Wichita.

Mark Birchfield | Drawing

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.

Bernadette Bradshaw | Beginning and Intermediate Watercolor

Bernadette Bradshaw studied art at the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota. She’s won numerous awards for her pastel, watercolor and fiber works, including the Botanica Poster contest and the Art Show at the Dog Show. Bernadette has taught painting in various mediums since 1996 and loves watching her students improve their skills and gain confidence in their painting abilities.

Alex Browne | Youth Drawing and Painting, Youth STEAM Camps

Alex 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 | Enameling

Karin Cernik has been creating in glass and metal for 15 years, through lampworking, silversmithing, glass fusing and culminating in enameling. She enjoys blending her love of color and detail with her interest in the technical aspects of the medium.

Gayle Clayborn | Watercolor, Pastel, Adult & Youth Workshops

Gayle Clayborn is an energetic, passionate artist that teaches private and group lessons, and has been for over 12 years. A handful of her youth students have received national awards.

Virgina Grass Simmons
Oil Painting

Virginia Grass Simmons has won multiple awards in teaching and oil painting. Virginia is a professional painter whose work is regularly in national and regional level painting shows. Once being named teacher of the year for Sedgwick County, she now puts all of her talents into oil painting. Virginia’s painting “Flint Hills Glory” was the winner for the 2016 Symphony in the Flint Hills juried Prairie Art Exhibition. She received her master’s degree in educational psychology from Wichita State University and is represented by Beauchamp Gallery and Southwind Gallery.

Jim Gross | Abstract Painting

Jim Gross earned his teaching degree at Friends University and his MFA degree from Wichita State University. He is a member of American Abstract Artists. His works are in the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Nelson–Atkins Museum of Art. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in Fine Arts from Friends University and was named Artist of the Year by the Wichita Arts Council.  Gross has had three one-man shows in New York City.

Matthew Hilyard
Abstract Painting

Matthew Hilyard  has been included in numerous local, regional, national and international juried competitions. Most recently his work can be seen in the New American Paintings West Edition Publication #120. The Wichita Downtown Development Corporation commissioned Matthew to paint one of the three Keeper of the Plains statues currently installed at the Pop-Up Urban Park in downtown Wichita.

Brian Hinkle | Oil Painting

Brian Hinkle earned his MFA in Painting at Wichita State. He has taught at Mark Arts since 1996 and previously served as curator and gallery director for 12 years. He also graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Grinnell College in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. Brian is featured as one of 50 prominent local artists in the book Wichita Artists in their Studios. Brian won Best of Show in the 2016 Mark Arts National Oil Painting Exhibition and a purchase award at the 2018 Mark Arts Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition.  Brian’s artwork is represented by Reuben Saunders Gallery in Wichita, Strecker Nelson West Gallery in Manhattan, and BrandonJacobs Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri.

Traci Lyn Huskamp | Watercolor

Tracie Lyn Huskamp received her BFA in graphic design with a minor in studio arts from Wichita State University. Her art has appeared on ABCNews.com in an AP Interview, on the cover of Somerset Studio Magazine and with the release of her book, Nature Inspired (Quarry 2009). She also has  licensed her artworks to manufacturers for retail products.

Bill C. Koch | Couples Dance

Bill Koch has been teaching dance styles, privately and in classes, since 1988. His instruction and experience range from country & western, to popular ballroom, Latin, tango and various swing styles. Bill has taught numerous classes at Mark Arts, the Derby Recreation Center, Bethel College’s Fine Arts Academy (Newton), Amira Dance Productions, Newton High School, Wichita State University’s Heskett Center, wedding choreographies, theme parties and private lessons. Bill has had multiple performances at River Fest, Autumn and Art, and was a recent dance competition judge.

Lori Martin-Price
Jewelry & Metalsmithing

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. She is also a member of the Hutchinson Art Association with work in its gallery.

Roger Mathews | Jewelry

Roger Mathews first began teaching jewelry in the early 1970s at Mark Arts. His first class had only three students: Mary Robinson Koch, Olive Ann Beech and Mrs. Coleman. During the next 40 years, Mathews taught jewelry at a high school and then 35 years at Butler Community College. He also owns Mathews Gallery on Central and has exhibited in juried art shows across the nation. Mathews earned a master’s degree from Wichita State University.

Babs Mellor | Sculpture

Babs Mellor is a professional sculptor. She has studied with many world prominent sculptors in the United States and Italy. Her sculptures can be seen at Century II, Newman University, Friends University and many more. Babs’ works have also been featured in museums, art publications and have received many artistic awards. She has been teaching classes at Mark Arts since 1973.

Caryl Morgan | Watercolor

Caryl Morgan is an internationally recognized contemporary realist watercolorist whose primary interest is in vivid, highly saturated watercolor. She taught high school and adjunct college classes for 34 years and is a signature member of the Watercolor USA Honor Society, Kansas Watercolor Society and Oklahoma Watercolor Society, as well as many other state and local associations. Her work is represented in private, corporate and permanent museum collections across the United States.

Jack Norris at Potters Wheel

Jack Norris | Ceramics

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.

 

Nikki Parks
Youth Culinary & STEAM

Nikki Parks is an elementary school teacher with 20 years of experience. She dedicates her summers to STEAM Camps and enjoys inspiring kids by youth culinary classes.

Andy Patton | Sculpture

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

Don Praseuth
Drawing, Digital Painting

Don Praseuth is a passionate Kansan artist who has primarily studied traditional and digital art with an emphasis on portrait and figurative studies. He studied fine arts and illustration at Watts Atelier in Encinitas, California, under various acclaimed artists.

Siobhán Scarry | Creative Writing

Siobhán Scarry is the author of the poetry collection Pilgrimly (Parlor Press / Free Verse Editions, 2014). Her creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cincinnati ReviewColorado ReviewjubilatMalahat ReviewMid-American Review, and New Letters, among others. She publishes scholarly work on 20th-21st century poetries as well, the most recent of which appears in Southern Humanities Review. Siobhán holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana and a PhD in English from SUNY Buffalo. Currently Associate Professor at Bethel College in Kansas, Siobhán teaches literature and creative writing, runs a visiting writers series, and serves as faculty mentor to the undergraduate literary magazine YAWP! She is the recipient of a fellowship from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and in 2019 was awarded the Ralph P. Schrag Distinguished Teaching Award at Bethel College.

Kathleen Shanahan | Mixed Media

Kathleen Shanahan earned her BFA from the University of Michigan and her MFA from the University of Arizona. She has taught at the college level at the University of Kansas, Wichita State University, Columbia College, Lane Community College, Eastern Arizona College and Cochise Community College. Artist residencies include Hot Springs National Park, the Ragdale Foundation and the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan, where she did grant-funded research on “Japanese Folk Art and Modern Manifestations of the Japanese Aesthetic”(1980-1981). She is represented by Viridian Artists, New York City, Riley Strauss Gallery, Wellfleet, Massachusetts, and Trish Higgins Fine Arts, Wichita. Selected collections include the Wichita Art Museum, Kansas Health Foundation and the Spencer Museum of Art.

Amber Snearl
Make Your Mark Workshops

Amber Snearl is a self-taught artist from Chicago who started her own line of custom hand-painted handbags in 2017 to create art that could be shown off in a unique way and make people feel special. She is inspired by abstract artists such as Jackson Pollock and Jean-Michel Basquiat – and also the strength of the women in her life, including her mother and sister. Amber’s handbags often feature positive affirmations and strong women. When she is not painting, you can find her writing, learning to cook new vegan meals or visiting contemporary art museums.

Spencer Sinclair| Printmaking

Spencer Sinclair earned her BFA in Printmaking from Wichita State University in 2016 and has been working as a freelance printer ever since. She has a passion for spreading the magic of printmaking.

Tim Stone | Painting, Printmaking

Tim Stone graduated from Wichita State University in 2012 with a BFA in Painting. He has taught life drawing at Wichita State University and design at Bethany College.

Jamie Stratton | Wine Workshops

Jamie has been in the wine business for more than 20 years. He is currently the wine director at Jacob Liquor Exchange.  In 2005, he became Wichita’s first Certified Specialist of Wine through the Society of Wine Educators and passed the Certified Wine Educator exam in 2006. He has also passed the first of three tests in the Court of Master Sommelier Program and was accepted to and studied with the Master of Wine program in London, England.

Joe Stumpe | Culinary

Joe Stumpe, former food editor at the Wichita Eagle, taught cooking classes for the culinary arts program at Butler Community College and Wichita’s Park and Recreation Department prior to Mark Arts. His specialty is ethnic food and recipes from around the world.

Jennifer Walterscheid |Enameling

Jennifer Walterscheid has a B.A. from Wichita State University with a studio art emphasis and a certificate of ornamental painting and design. She enjoys cultivating creative energy in the enameling classroom, where she works along side her students while they paint with fire. Her work can be found locally at Karg Art Glass and Gallery XII. She teaches elementary and middle school art when she isn’t at Mark Arts.

Melinda Weis | Oil Painting

Melinda Weis is an award winning artist represented by Gallery XII. In her former life she was a graphic artist, but can now devote all her time to the joy/agony of painting. She loves sharing her knowledge with others, especially making technology “make sense.”

Tasha Wentling | Digital Arts

Tasha Wentling is a graphic designer. She received her bachelor’s degree in Art and Design at Wichita State University.

Addie Wise | Digital Arts

Addie Wise has a bachelor’s in education  from Kansas State University and taught visual art in Wichita Public Schools for five years. She recently earned her MFA from Wichita State University and is working to expand her national exhibition record.