Richmond Art Center

Teaching Artists

Shannon Abac

Shannon Abac, BFA with an emphasis in ceramics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  After completing her degree, she relocated to San Francisco and is currently working towards a MFA at San Francisco State University with an expected graduated date of May 2016.

Fred Alvarado

MFA Social Practice, California College of the Arts. BFA Drawing and Painting, SF Art Institute. Fred is an artist working in the Bay Area and San Francisco. His work is featured in the book, Walls of Empowerment, Chicana/o Indigenous Muralists of California.

Lauren Ari

Lauren Ari holds an MFA from the University of California, Davis, and a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Ned Axthelm

Ned Axthelm, MFA, Academy of Art University. Ned works primarily in oil paint, depicting scenes of contemporary urban life. His current paintings explore the private self that is brought into public and reveals the unacknowledged power dynamics that exist between strangers. He chooses his subjects from random encounters and situations common to everyday urban living. His paintings are devoted to the the relationship between viewing and being viewed.

Marisa Burman

Marisa Burman, BA, UC Santa Cruz; studied ceramics at SF State University. Marisa is an assistant to ceramic artist David Kuraoka and was a 2011 Niche award winner. Her work has been exhibited at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts and across the Bay Area.

Vreni Michelini Castillo

Migrant in the womb and born in front of Mercado Hidalgo, Vreni rooted her creative sensibilities from her Grandmothers’ plant knowledge and oral tradition. V. Michelini Castillo migrated to the US in 1999 as part of the post-NAFTA exodus. She moved through Texas, Georgia, and Virginia—where she got her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has taught, performed, exhibited and collaborated in Peru, Spain, Qatar, U.A.E., China, Ghana, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the US. In 2012, Vreni relocated to the Bay Area to complete her MFA from UC Berkeley. Vreni Michelini Castillo is an artist, musician, writer, emcee, bruja yerbera, educator and cultural organizer.

Chris Castle

A British-born visual artist, his painting and printmaking focus on ancient cultures and human relationship to place and nature while exploring and experimenting with the power of the medium. He exhibits widely in the U.S. and Europe.

Caroline Hayes Charuk

Caroline Hayes Charuk, MFA California College of the Arts; BFA Alfred University. Caroline works with ceramics, textiles, and other materials to make metaphorical or paradoxical objects. She has exhibited nationally, including at the Berkeley Art Museum, Interface Gallery and the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.

Olivia Chen

Olivia studied Fine Art Painting and Drawing at the Academy of Art University. Outside of her studio, she teaches art to elementary school students. She also works with seniors and people with disabilities in long-term care facilities.

L. Kay Coffee

Kay Coffee holds a BA from SF State University. She has taught ceramics for the past 25+ years, specializing in beginning pottery and children’s classes.

Lisa di Prima

Lisa di Prima holds a BFA from the California College of the Arts. Lisa has taught at the SF Children’s Art Center, Berkeley Child Art Studio, Berkeley Arts Magnet, Harding Elementary and Arrowsmith High School. She is the artistic director of the Berkeley Jazz Art Program.

Chris Harper Triplett

Chris Harper Triplett, BA in Art Practice from UC Berkeley. Studied art and design at Arizona State University and San Francisco State. She has exhibited her work at Autobody Art Gallery in Alameda and Worth Ryder at UC Berkeley. Chris works largely as a commissioned watercolor portrait painter.

Wendy Jensen-McDermott

Bio coming soon.

Bruno Kark

Bruno Kark is a full-time potter, and has worked as apprentice to Isezaki Jun in Bizen, Japan, and Eric Norstad. Kark shows his work at the Asian Art Museum, local galleries & prominent craft shows. He is a member of ACGA and the Ikebana Intl. & Sogetsu Flower Arrangers.

Amy Keefer

Amy Keefer, MFA, California College of the Arts (CCA); BFA, Arizona State University, Tempe. Amy has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, CCA, College of Marin and Harvey Milk Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

Betsy Kendall

Betsy Kendall, BA Mills College, MA, Painting, SF State University. Betsy has been painting the landscape and people around her for 30 years. She exhibits her work locally.

Kaisu Kilpijarvi

Kaisu Kilpijarvi is a textile designer from Finland. She studied textiles in Kuopio Academy of Design and University of Lapland. Her passion is weaving as an art.

Taylor Zarkades King

Taylor Zarkades King is a formally trained metalsmith living and working in Oakland. In 2010 she received her BFA in Jewelry Metal Arts from California College of the Arts. Though jewelry is at the center of her craft, she enjoys working across a variety of mediums. Her one of a kind work has exhibited with Playspace Gallery & Incline Gallery in San Francisco, and Step Gallery in Tempe Arizona.

Suzanne Lacke

Suzanne Lacke holds an MFA from UC Berkeley, and a BA in Art History from the University of Pittsburgh. She studied figure drawing at the Art Students League in New York, and has taught drawing at UC Berkeley. She currently teaches at the College of Marin and Santa Rosa Junior College.

Edward Lay

Edward Lay holds a BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ed has been at RAC since 1998 and is the metals studio monitor. He is a researcher at UC Berkeley & studies how people learn things.

Youngmin Lee

Youngmin Lee, MA, Fashion Design, BA, Clothing and Textile. Youngmin is a San Francisco-based Korean textile artist. She has presented about Korean textile arts around California, including at the Asian Art Museum, Oakland Museum, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Malena Lopez-Maggi

MFA and BA, Mills College. Malena makes sculptures, installations, drawings and videos that playfully address the complicated relationship between humans and nature.

Jiajun Lu

Jiajun Lu, MFA, Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan. He teaches sculpture at Contra Costa College. Jiajun has numerous public sculptures in the US, Japan and China. He exhibits his work in California and internationally.

Ralph McCaskey

Ralph McCaskey has over a decade of glassworking experience, with a focus on sculptural beads. He is a member of the Intl Society of Glass Beadmakers and the Bead Society of No. California. He teaches beadmaking in the Bay Area.

Travis Meinolf

Travis Meinolf has been weaving and teaching weaving since inheriting his grandmother’s loom in 2000. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Industrial design from SF State in 2006 and a Masters Degree in Fine Art from California College of the Arts in 2008. He lives with his wife and young son in Lagunitas.

Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh

Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh is an Oakland, CA based visual artist whose current work is focused primarily on the shifting urban landscape. An avid observer and prolific photographer, she employs a vast catalog of visual notes and memories to create her work. A lover of materials and process, Dawline-Jane uses a range of media including relief print making, pen and ink, photo transfer and encaustic.

Grace Rosario Perkins

Grace Rosario Perkins, BA, Mills College. She has taught a range of classes from painting to mixed-media installation.

Minnie Phan

Minnie Phan is an illustrator and cartoonist with a BFA in Illustration from California College of the Arts. She specializes in editorial and children’s book illustration, happily making work that is colorful, thoughtful, and charming, Clients include NPR, Live Nation, The Bold Italic, The Asian American Literary Review, and The Oakland Asian Cultural Center.

Patricia Rodríguez

Patricia Rodríguez was born in Marfa Texas, and has been residing in San Francisco Bay Area since the mid 1960’s. She graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute, BFA, and Sacramento State University, MA. Well known for co-founding the “Mujeres Muralistas”, (Women’s mural group), 1970-1979. Ms. Rodriguez has taught Printmaking, Mural painting, in many at San Francisco State University Laney College, San Mateo Community College, and Contra Costa Community College. She just completed a ten-year career as gallery curator for Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco. Her exhibition artwork has been monotype prints and box constructions. Her work has been shown nationally at major galeries and museums as well as community galleries and venues. New areas of exploration include mosaic murals and writing.

Saadi Shapiro

Saadi Shapiro has taught at Piedmont Adult School. Saadi is the studio tech at Merritt College and kiln maintenance specialist at Clay People. He exhibits throughout the Bay Area.

Joyce Shon

Joyce Shon has been screen-printing for over 40 years and has produced custom commercial work, images on fabric and fine art prints. She exhibits her work in the Bay Area.

Sofie Siegmann

Sofie Siegmann completed her degree at Zuercher Hochschule der Kuenste (ZHdK) in Zuerich, Switzerland. She now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Influenced by the multi-ethnic cultures, the artist creates monumental public art pieces, paintings in flamboyant colors and sculptures made from recyclables. Paintings and sculptures can be seen in galleries in the USA, Japan, Germany, Slovenia, Italy, England, France and Switzerland, many of the artist’s work is in permanent and public collections worldwide.

Claire Siepser

Claire Siepser, MFA Book Arts, MA Arintmaking, University of Alabama; BA Reed College. Claire founded and directed an artist collective for two years. Her work primarily explores play, interactivity and alternative ways to approach books. Her work is in several special collections including Yale, Duke and the Kinsey Institute. She exhibits internationally.

Chelsea Smith

Bio coming soon.

Stacy Speyer

Stacy Speyer holds an MFA from the California College of the Arts, and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. She is the textiles tech at CCA, exhibits nationally, and is represented in private collections.

Tosha Stimage

Tosha Stimage uses a variety of mediums to examine and reflect on the limitations of language, and the often confused, distinction between experience, and knowledge. She suggests that there are no isolated meanings or consequences with identity. By conceptually and physically weaving and collaging, new possibilities emerge in the resulting field of perception. Stimage is interested in separating memory from the act of experience as an ongoing investigation of racial ideologies.

Stimage has worked as a teaching artist, and is a member of the CTRL + SHFT Collective (Oakland, CA). Her work has been shown at Galeria de la Raza (San Francisco, CA) SOMArts Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Quality Gallery (Oakland, CA) Bureau for Open Culture’s Taking Shelter Project, curated by James Voorhees & Eric Araujo. (Columbus, OH) and Rhythmix Cultural Works (Alameda, CA).

Hadas Tal

Hadas Tal, MFA, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, BFA, Mason Gross School of Art. Born in Israel, and raised in New Jersey, Hadas paints from her Emeryville studio. She has many years of teaching both youth and adults. She is represented by the Paul Thiebaud Gallery. She exhibits her work nationally.

Alan Tarbell

Alan Tarbell holds an MFA from the Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Travel and percussion are principal points of inspiration in his work. Alan taught bilingual art classes at the Instituto. He has also taught at Studio One. Alan exhibits his work locally.

Shushan Tesfuzigta

Shushan Tesfuzigta is an Oakland, CA based artist and designer. She completed her B.F.A in the Individualized Program at California College of the Arts in May 2015 with honors. She has participated in group shows around the Bay Area and was a student artist at Recology SF’s Artist in Residence program in the Summer of 2014. Her work is heavily influenced by her multicultural background which she credits her interdisciplinary approach to making. She is constantly seeking solutions for industrial waste through appropriating textiles processes. When she isn’t trying to close the loop of industrial waste streams she is making conceptual art about being apart of the Eritrean Diaspora. Shushan Tesfuzigta is a vagabond weaver, natural dyer, furniture maker, storyteller and funk queen.

Emily Van Engel

Emily Van Engel, BFA, California College of the Arts; BA, Wesleyan University. Emily’s paintings look at our relationship with the environment. She exhibits her work locally and teaches at The Art Room in Lafayette.

Mira M. White

Mira M. White, BFA, MFA, California College of Arts & Crafts. Mira has taught for over 30 years. She currently teaches at Walnut Creek Civic Arts, Studio One Art Center and the Mendocino Art Center. She exhibits her work nationally and internationally.




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