Jennifer Allman: Jennifer is a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography. Currently, she is a freelance photographer and teaches Photography I, II, and III at Harding Fine Arts Academy in Oklahoma City.
Andrew Boatman: MA in Instructional Media Education; BA in Sociology, University of Central Oklahoma. Andy is a computer education teacher at Sequoyah Middle School in Edmond and has been a glassblower for more than nine years. He owns Blue Sage Studios, a fully equipped glassblowing studio in Oklahoma City. Visit the studio’s website at www.bluesagestudios.com.
Jim Cobb: After a successful career as a physician and surgeon, Jim is fortunate to have a second career in art for the last twenty years, including teaching privately and at the University of Oklahoma. He studied for several years with hand-picked instructors from the Art Students League of New York City and the Art Institute of Chicago. Jim advocates the tutorial approach, which allows one to study with full-time, studio artists versus the traditional academic experience.
Joni Derr: BFA in Art Education, University of Central Oklahoma. Joni is the Art Specialist at Central Elementary and Surrey Hills Elementary in Yukon and serves as an Oklahoma A+ Schools Coordinator. Joni leads Drop-in Art activities at the Museum throughout the year.
Nicholas Enevoldsen: An alumnus and former principal instructor for the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy, Nicholas also holds a BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach, California. He is an adjunct professor at Oklahoma City University and has taught painting at Oklahoma Christian University. Additionally, he teaches drawing and painting courses for the Conservatory for the Classical Arts in Edmond, OK.
Tracy Dawn Espinosa: More than ten years ago, Tracy Dawn turned to yoga for pain management, but over the last few years it has become her home. Her classes inspire students to reach for more physically, mentally, and spiritually, and to have more joy and fun. More than 500 hours of yoga teacher training combined with her study of Pilates, nutrition, and many other fitness modalities make her classes very educational for the health seeker. She also teaches Meditation/Yoga Nidra, Prenatal Yoga, and Basic 101 classes that give students the confidence they need to feel at home on their mats too.
Amanda Harmer: BFA, University of Oklahoma. Amanda brings a wealth of experience in teaching visual arts to children and adults. She has worked with Edmond Public Schools, the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond, and Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center (formerly City Arts Center). Currently, she is the Education and Community Outreach Coordinator for the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
Tina Helton: Yogini, Personal Trainer, Thai Yoga Bodywork. Tina has been teaching yoga in Oklahoma City for nine years and practicing Thai Yoga Massage for five years. She combines her love of travel with the love of learning, studying internationally the philosophy, academics, and science of Yoga, Ayurveda, Thai Yoga Massage and Bodywork, Meditation, Yoga Nidra, Shirodhara, and Marma Point Therapy.
Beverly Herndon: Beverly has been painting, teaching and exhibiting since 1980. She has studied with Dr. Ming-fai Yu, among other recognized Chinese brushwork artists. Her professional experience includes teaching at Firehouse Art Center, Oklahoma Contemporary, and the Philbrook Museum, as well as the Norman Public Schools Visiting Artist Program.
Curtis Jones: MFA in Printmaking, California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco; BFA in Printmaking, University of Washington, Seattle. Curtis is Associate Professor of Printmaking at the University of Oklahoma, where he also serves as coordinator and graduate liaison for the MFA program. Previously, he has taught at the San Francisco Art Institute, Richmond Art Center, and the University of San Francisco. In addition, he has exhibited his work in exhibitions across the country and has received a number of grants and awards.
Hilary Jones: BA, Baker University, Baldwin City, KS. Students may recognize Hilary as one of the hostesses and wait staff in the Museum Cafe for the past four years. She has volunteered with the Oklahoma City Cares Whiz Kids program since 2007, tutoring students at Putnam Heights elementary school and providing guided arts experiences. Hilary has also led activities for the Museum’s Drop-in Art and Family Day programs.
Natasha Jones: BFA, Southern Methodist University. Natasha received her degree in art history and studio art, with a concentration in painting and drawing. She currently teaches elementary art in the Putnam City school district and is certified to teach grades K–12. Natasha finds it incredibly rewarding to share her love of art with others.
Debbie Langston: MHR and MBA, University of Oklahoma; BFA, Southern Methodist University. A practicing artist who has worked closely with the Museum for many years, Debbie is a fifth grade art teacher with Edmond Public Schools. She is also an artist-in-residence with the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Arts Council of Oklahoma City.
Erin Latham: MFA in Printmaking, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY; BFA in Studio Painting and Printmaking, University of Oklahoma. Erin is an adjunct professor of art at Oklahoma City Community College and also serves as a teaching artist for Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Arts Council of Oklahoma, and Paseo Arts Association. She has exhibited her work across the country and has received awards for her work.
Dallas Noerdlinger: Dallas is enthusiastic about helping clients establish confidence, experience the mind-body connection, and understand the power of self-awareness that Pilates offers. Her goal is to see her students leave class feeling vital and strong while having a sense of awareness throughout the body. Dallas trained with Stott Pilates for Reformer and Mat. She also trained with Pilates Sports Center for mat, reformer, chair, and cadillac.
Charles Rushton: MA in Teaching, St. Thomas University, Houston, MA in Library Science, University of Minnesota, MFA in Photography, University of Oklahoma; BA, Lawrence University, Wisconsin. Charles studied photography under Zone System photographers Fred Picker and Oliver Gagliani and photographic portraiture under portrait photographers, Arnold Newman and Rodney Smith. He has taught photography classes for Eastern New Mexico University, Firehouse Art Center, Moore Norman Technology Center, Oklahoma City Community College, and the University of Oklahoma. In addition, his photographs are in collections across the country and have appeared in numerous periodicals and monographs of regional national and international importance.
Kayla Sherry: MA in Art Education, Boston University; BFA in Art, Oklahoma Christian University. Kayla has worked with the Edmond Fine Arts Institute and Edmond Public Schools as an instructor in the Art in Schools program and has taught art at Bryant Elementary in Moore. Currently, she teaches art at Cesar Chavez Elementary in Oklahoma City.
Geoffrey L. Smith: BFA in Media Arts, University of Oklahoma. Geoffrey is an artist-in-residence for the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Arts Council of Oklahoma City. He has received numerous awards at film festivals and contests for his short films that he produced and directed. Additionally, he has worked with Oklahoma Contemporary and does freelance work in the sports media industry for ESPN and Fox Sports.
Kelly Smith: BA, University of Central Oklahoma. Kelly brings a wealth of experience in the field of child development and teaching art to children. Teaching children to explore and develop their creativity is her passion, and she has established preschool and home school art programs throughout the Oklahoma City metro area. Currently, she is sharing her passion with the Metropolitan Library System, All Souls’ Episcopal Church, and Crutcho Public Schools.
Lacye Swilley-Russell: MFA in Studio Arts, Memphis College of Art; BFA, Louisiana Tech University. A painter and printmaker, Lacye is an adjunct instructor at Oklahoma Christian University. Additionally, she has taught at University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma City Community College.
Thomas Stotts: BA, University of Central Oklahoma. Tom is a landscape painter whose work focuses on the power and beauty of the sky. He has participated in a number of juried exhibitions across the country. Currently, he teaches classes at Edmond Fine Arts Institute and Norman Firehouse Art Center.
Tracy Truels: MA in Arts Administration, MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry), BA in English and French, Indiana University. Tracy is the former Family Programs Coordinator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where she developed family programs in the galleries. Additionally, she brings experience teaching writing for grades K-6 as well as university students. Tracy blends her love of writing and the visual arts to create engaging experiences for learners of all ages.
Elizabeth Seabourn West: BFA in Art Education, University of Central Oklahoma. Elizabeth is a National Board Certified Art Teacher in Oklahoma City Public Schools. Additionally, she has worked with Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center (formerly City Arts Center) and has exhibited her own artwork locally.
Heather White: MA in Art History, MA in Art Education, and BA in Art History, University of North Texas. Heather is the former Docent Programs Manager at Rienzi, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, house museum for European decorative arts and paintings, where she developed tours and instructed volunteers. Currently, she is a PhD candidate in Art History at the University of Oklahoma and teaches locally at Oklahoma City Community College and the University of Central Oklahoma.