Greta McLain is a dynamic community muralist & mosaic artist. Having worked collaboratively with many artists both locally & internationally she has gathered a broad base of techniques & experiences, which allow her to facilitate and create public works that are widely accessible & spatially nurture community. McLain was a recipient of the Bush Fellowship that allowed her to attend the Creative Community Leadership Institute in Fall 2010. In December 2009 she was awarded ‘El fuerte de Barragan’ for Artistic & Community Excellence for the mural Construyendo el Futuro with artist Melina Slobodian in Ensenada, Argentina. She earned her BA from the University of California Davis & has her MFA from Minneapolis College of Art & Design. http://gretamclain.com/home.html
Jacqui Rosenbush is a multimedia sculptor and painter. Her childlike wonder of creation drives the aesthetic of her work, producing pieces that are both grounded in earthy forms and sprinkled with dream-like notions. During her years at the University of Minnesota, she traveled to Mexico and Venezuela to study visual art and culture and earned a BA in Studio Art in 2009. Since then, she has started a business with her sister, providing handmade and eclectic décor for special events. Her teaching experience spans from rambunctiously bright kids to disabled adults and immigrants, from self-expression in art to innovative independence skills – all with an emphasis on enjoying the best parts of life. She and her husband, Ben, dream of opening a Center for the Arts, one day. http://www.jacquirosenbush.com/
Janelle Doyle is a figurative painter and licensed K-12 visual arts teacher. Her degrees include a Master of Arts degree in Art Education and a Baccalaureate degree in Art (drawing and painting) and Art History. She worked in the education division at the Science Museum of Minnesota and has taught community-based arts programs with Walker Art Center, Saint Paul Public Schools, and East Side Arts Council. She teaches currently at WISE Charter School, an African-centered school in Northeast Minneapolis. Her specialty is using the arts of historical and contemporary world cultures to create authentic arts experiences. She is the author of “Paper Arts Around the World”, a curriculum for multicultural arts education that requires only scissors, paper, and pencils.
Katie Sherman earned a BFA in Fine Art and is a licensed Art Teacher. She has taught elementary school as well as college level courses. She teaches a range of artistic media from ceramics to painting to fiber arts. She spent three teaching at Spanish Immersion Schools in the Minneapolis Public School District, including a year as a full-time art teacher. Her pieces have been displayed and sold across the country, including many local art shows. Katie loves working with children because they are her best teachers: “They lack the self-consciousness of adulthood—their creativity is still unbridled and free.” www.katieshermanpottery.com
Lindsay Rude studied Art and English at Gustavus Adolphus and earned her masters in Art Education from University of Minnesota. She works with clay, glass, metal and other mixed media, making both functional and sculptural works. “Through juxtaposition, repetition, rhythms, and multiples inspired by music, the influence of world cultures, patterns of people coming and going, I make art that explores the constant effort to tell life’s story.” Lindsayrude.com
Vanessa Dunlop studied fine art at the University of Michigan School of Art & Design, and at University of Adelaide, in South Australia. She has a wealth of experience with children, as a live-in tutor at a boarding house and as camp counselor. She’s created and taught art workshops throughout the globe– in Kitale, Kenya, to children in Australia, and to Sudanese refugees (in Michigan). She currently works as a graphic designer. Her artwork has been displayed around the country in collaborative and individual exhibitions. Vanessa is passionate about nurturing the artist in each child, and hopes to inspire them as much as they inspire her. www.vanessadunlop.com
Jonathan Hoffner studied photography at Wheaton College in beautiful Wheaton, IL. He works professionally as a photographer shooting weddings, working with musicians, and selling prints. Jonathan partners with the anti-human trafficking organization She Dances, and hopes to eventually teach photography at their safe house in Honduras. www.jonathanhoffnerphotography.com