Mark Arts

Instructors

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 BFA 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.

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. Bernadette has taught painting in various mediums since 1996.

Alex Browne graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design, emphasis in Illustration. Her focuses are 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 enjoys blending her love of color and detail with her interest in the technical aspects of the medium.

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.

Virginia Grass Simmons has won multiple awards in teaching and oil painting, exhibiting in regional and national painting shows. Her painting Flint Hills Glory won the 2016 Prairie Art Exhibition at Symphony in the Flint Hills and is represented by Beauchamp Gallery, in Topeka.

Jim Gross earned his teaching degree at Friends University and his MFA degree from Wichita State University. 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 of Art. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in Fine Arts from Friends University and has had three one-man shows in New York City. He is a member of the American Abstract Artists.

Mathew Hilyard is a painter, photographer and curator who holds 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 New American Paintings West Coast edition no.120.

Brian Hinkle earned his MFA in Painting at Wichita State. He has taught at Mark Arts since 1996 and previously was 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.

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.

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 Hutchinson Community College. Lori is also a member of the McPherson Arts Alliance Co-Op Gallery.

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-foot 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 keeps us human and progressive. She also holds a K-12 at teaching license.

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.

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.

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.

Charlotte Patterson 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.

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.

Tim Stone 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.

Jennifer Walterscheid has a BA with a studio art emphasis and a certificate of ornamental painting and design from Wichita State University. She teaches art at Holy Cross Lutheran School. She enjoys to sharing her love of “painting with fire” with the enamellist community.

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.