Mark Arts


Troy Becker |Beginning to Advanced Potter’s Wheel, Handbuilding, and Surface Design

Troy is currently the 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. Troy was also the 2009 – 2010 Artist in Residence at Mark Arts. Some of his work can be found here.

Doug Billings | Tallgrass Prairie Press Printmaking Studio

Doug Billings received an MFA in Printmaking from Wichita State University. He is a member/partner of Wichita’s Gallery XII; member of the Boston Printmakers, the American Color Print Society and the SAGA (Society of American Graphic Artists). Some of his work can be found here.

Mary Binford Miller | Oil & Acrylic Painting

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

Bernadette Bradshaw | Beginning and Intermediate Watercolor

Bernadette Bradshaw studied art at the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, Mn. 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 (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math).

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.

Gayle Clayborn | Watercolor, Pastel, Adult Painting Workshops, Youth Workshops and Youth Camps. 

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.

Conan Fugit | Beginning Drawing and Digital Photography

Fugit received his BFA from Wichita State University in 2005. Conan’s most recent work is primarily in the medium of photography, but his previous work includes both painting and large-scale, site specific installations. His work has been exhibited at Living Arts Gallery in Tulsa, WSU Shift Space, The Linesight Gallery, The Fisch Haus, The Walnut Street Gallery, and The Labor Party. Conan is also the owner and creator of Lamphouse Photo Company. His work for Lamphouse has been recognized by Alternative Photography, The Phoblographer, and Rangefinder Magazine.

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.

Jim Gross | Abstract Painting

Jim Gross received his MA and MFA (1981) degree from Wichita State University. He also received his teaching certificate from Friends University. He has taught for 44 years and began studies at the Wichita Art Association in 1961. His artworks are in the Guggenheim, Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan, and The Smithsonian American Art Museum, among other gallery affiliations in NYC including Tibor de Nagy and Althea Viafora Gallery.

Matthew Hilyard | Painting, Finding your Mark

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. Some of Matthew’s work can be viewed here on his website.

Brian Hinkle | Modern Traditions in Oil Painting and The Art of Enameling

Brian Hinkle earned his MFA in Painting at WSU. He has been teaching at the Mark Arts since 1996 and he previously served as the gallery director. Brian’s artwork is represented by Artworks, Inc. and Bob Schwan Studios in Wichita; Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, Kansas; and Leopold Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri. Some of Brian’s work can be found here on his website.

Anne Horton | Advanced Watercolor

Anne Horton is a native of Wichita, Kansas. In the early nineties, she started painting in watercolor, then pastel and quickly began winning awards. Much of her subject matter is taken from her travels. She is a member of Wichita Women Artists and Artist Guild of Wichita, a signature member of Mid America Pastel Society, Oklahoma Watercolor Society, Kansas Watercolor Society and the Missouri Watercolor Society.

Bill Koch | Adult Ballroom, Latin, and Foxtrot Dance plus more

Bill Koch has been teaching dance styles, privately and in classes, since 1988. His instruction and experience range from country & western, to popular ballroom, to 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 | Beginning and Advanced 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 vice president of the Visual Arts Alliance of McPherson.

John McCluggage | Advanced Ceramics

John McCluggage received his training at multiple colleges and universities around the state. He has been an intern at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana and a crew leader at the Odiyan Retreat Center, in Northern California, where he built monumental bronze sculptures. John was the head of the Ceramics Department at Mark Arts from 2007 to 2015.

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 1974.

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.

Charlotte Patterson | Youth Sculpture, Kids’ Day Out, Private Parties

Charlotte is  a native Kansan who credits her Junior High School art teacher, Jack Boge, for encouraging her artistic talents.  Working with many mediums, she has a unique ability to see the possibility and art in all things and considers herself a “multi-faceted” artist. Charlotte loves teaching and enjoys working with youth and adult students alike.


Jamie Stratton | Wine Workshops

Jamie has been in the wine business for twenty years including almost four years as a wine sales associate with Standard Beverage Corporation and sixteen years as 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.

Whitney Stratton | Wine Workshops

Whitney Stratton earned her degree in Hospitality from Kansas State University in 2008 and since has taken several Sommelier Courses, including an Advanced Food and Wine Pairing Course from the International Wine Guild as well as the Advanced Exam with the Wine and Spirits Education Trust.  Whitney believes that wine is not common knowledge and it is her passion to educate others…and most importantly to have FUN with it!

Kaitlyn Wall | Youth and Adult Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media

Kaitlyn earned her BFA at Wichita State University in Studio Art: Drawing/Painting, with a minor in French. She has been teaching youth art and humanities classes in Winfield for the past four summers, and enjoys helping students grow. Kaitlyn has always been a maker, but really started getting into fine art when she was taught how to utilize pastels; this is still one of her favorite mediums today. Other media she enjoys is watercolor, oil, screen printing, and ceramics.

Melinda Weis | Painting In Amazing Technicolor

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”.