Allie Buck is a bright, funky painter and ceramic artist that specializes in painting on recycled materials. She graduated from the University of Montana and has studied in Oaxaca, Mexico, Iowa City and San Diego. For four years she has continued to bring brilliant energy to our many Emerson ceramic classes. Her art can be seen at "tart" in the Emerson's Galleria Hall.
Professional printmaker and art educator, Kerry Corcoran teaches art classes for youth and special needs students at the Emerson. She also teaches fine arts at the Bozeman Alternative School and Montana State University in Bozeman. She earned a BFA and MFA in printmaking and holds teacher certification in Art K-12.
Jan Elpel teaches drawing and has studied life drawing and portraits with many of artists such as Jack Hines, Robert Moore and Carolyn Anderson among others. She offers workshops in drawing and painting and has shown her work in many galleries. Jan has long been a member of the Bozeman Art community and frequently teaches and mentors young artists and adults.
Valerie Ferguson is an art instructor, freelance artist, and graphic designer who earned Bachelors degrees in painting, graphic design, and theatrical design from the University of Northern Iowa. She also earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Design with an emphasis in graphic and scenic design from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Valerie taught art classes for the University and children's art classes at the Des Moines Art Center. As an artist, she loves to work in chalk pastels and oil paint and has a firm belief that anyone can draw; all a person needs is a little guidance and the desire to nourish their inner artist. Valerie coordinates registration for the Emerson Multicultural Education classes, and she has taught free art activities at the Winter Farmer's Market. She teaches children's art classes, Early Release Days and the Summer Art Camps at the Emerson.
Marianne Filloux is an art educator at Monforton School and also an oil painter. Marianne received her MFA in painting from Montana State University. She has also been an art preparator at the Emerson. In the Spring of 2008 she became a certified K-12 art teacher.
Bev Beck Glueckert
Bev Beck Glueckert is on the adjunct faculty in drawing and printmaking at The University of Montana in Missoula. Bev has been an art teacher and workshop facilitator for over 18 years. Bev has shown her work in many prestigious galleries such at the AMOS ENO in New York. Bevhas taught the Emerson’s printmaking classes.
Elizabeth Healy is a professional educator with 25 years of experience in elementary education. Her background in art education includes teaching art lessons in the classroom throughout her career as well as promoting arts education in the public schools through the writing and administration of Montana Arts Council and PTO grants. She teaches the Emerson's Summer Artcamps for Children K-6. In addition she is a tour guide at the Jessie Wilber gallery for the annual Schools in the Gallery program at the Emerson.
Justine Heisel is explores the new and incorporates the unknown using ink, watercolor, oil, acrylic, paper, and metal. She has studied with calligraphers Peter Thornton and Sheila Waters; watercolorists Joe Bohler and John Garre; and oil painters Robert Moore and Ralph Oberg; developing her own style in the process. Her art classes are structured, informational, experiential and individualized. Justine’s special talents are the expressionist depiction of flowers and landscapes. For more information on Justine please visit www.justineheisel.com.
Nina Matos began her teaching career as a third grade teacher of Bilingual Education. She has also taught students in grades K-3 in the Libby and Manhattan, MT Public Schools and has coordinated enrichment activities for the Districts' gifted/talented programs. After 30 years in elementary education, Nina retired and is now a docent and gallery attendant with the Emerson and school tour guide at the Museum of the Rockies. She also teaches the Emerson's Summer ArtCamp program for children ages K-6.
Ryan Mitchell teaches independant study pottery classes for youth of all ages, teens and adults. He teaches both handbuilding and throwing on the potter’s wheel. Ryan graduated with highest honors from Montana State University School of Art with a ceramics concentration. His impressive pottery has been exhibited at the Emerson’s Wilber Gallery, Rocky Creek Farms and Montana State University.
Michele Rippentrop studied painting at the University of Sioux Falls and Montana State University, Bozeman. She earned teacher certification K-12 in art education from Montana State University. Her experience as a mother and dedication to arts education make her a great addition to Emerson's art teachers. Her classes include tours of the current exhibits coupled with hands-on arts activities for both preschoolers, K-2 students and their parents.
Adult pottery teacher Vanessa Rogers has a BA in Fine Arts from Humboldt State University in California, specializing in hand built ceramics. Her current work explores hand-carved wheel thrown pottery, creating one-of-a-kind works that are both sculptural and functional. Her classes include demonstrations and practice of wheel throwing and hand building of porcelain and midrange stoneware followed by surface treatments such as carving and glazing. Vanessa has studied with ceramic artists Akio Takamori and Kurt Weiser at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena.
For more than thirty years, Carl Sheehan has been a full time production potter in Bozeman. He is a graduate of Montana State University in fine art and art education. From 1980 - 2006, Carl has been the resident potter at Yellowstone National Park's Old Faithful Lodge. Throughout his career as a studio potter, he has taught a variety of pottery classes, including Cone 10 stoneware, raku and primitive firing techniques. Carl lives and maintains a studio at his home west of Belgrade. Carl’s work can be viewed at www.fireholepottery.com
A professional print-maker and ceramic artist, Shaila Sorenson holds a K-8 Montana Elementary Education Certification with a K-12 Art Endorsement, with special focus on ceramics and special needs education. She has worked as "artist-in-residence" in the public schools and has taught ceramics, printmaking and painting for students of all ages in the Bozeman community. Shaila specializes in teaching wheel-thrown and hand built earthenware pottery for students ages 9 – 17. For five years Shaila was the owner and primary teacher/childcare professional for the Children's Neighborhood Preschool/Daycare.
Sue Tirrell is a Montana native who spends her time in her studio in the Paradise Valley. Sue is a potter and sculptor who incorporates western culture and art with contemporary folk art influences. Sue has had many solo shows and residences including Helena’s Archie Bray Foundation. Sue enjoys giving ceramics workshops and demonstrations for artists of all ages. She specializes in creating animals in clay.. Please visit Sue’s website at https://www.facebook.com/terrellsue for further information.