Stage Crew - Kenton Brett
Somewhere between art and entertainment, I make art with humor and high-craft. It is work that invites intrigue and fantasy, the desire to play. Inspired by action-figures, animation, and the occult, I am beginning to create my own mythologies. Flexible art making that reuses work and characters to tell many different stories. Through digital video I found ways to make drawings come alive and make people feel like paintings. I graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BFA in sculpture and have worked for the past 5 years as a Scenic Artist for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. For 3 years, I have co-directed Golden Brown Enterprises, making art events and short films in Cincinnati. My art will be on display in a 2-person show this July and August at Prairie in Northside.
Hero Design Co.– Ali Calis
"Art and design have taken on many forms in my life, and have always been an important aspect of everything I encounter. Sharing this perspective with students and helping them tap into their own creativity and passions, while simultaneously molding their skills is an extraordinary experience."
Ali Calis has a diverse background that includes graphic design, screen printing, painting, illustration and design, to build. He studied both Fine Art and Graphic Design at Ohio University and has worked for a diverse range of companies including an alternative press newspaper, a skatepark design and construction company, a multimedia design firm and he has also taught art and design at an inner city charter school. Currently, Ali runs a creative group that he co-founded in 2006 with a local artist and designer. He also continues to create art and show regularly at local galleries and has been featured in a handful of galleries in cities throughout Ohio as well as the United States and Canada.
Bellevue Mural – Scott Donaldson
Scott graduated with a MFA degree in Theater Arts from the University of Minnesota in 1982. He then worked professionally as a set designer and scene painter 1990.
Scott then became an exhibit designer for the Field Museum of Natural History and has worked in that field sense in such places as the Ohio Historical Society in Columbus, the National Underground Railroad and Freedom Center, and the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose California. In 2003 he began to pursue a career as an artist and continues as an independent exhibits designer.
Scott’s art has been shown in the shows A is For Ahimsa, the S.O.S. show at the Mockbee. In 2005 he received an Individual Artist Grant from the City of Cincinnati to produce 11 drawings and paintings retelling story’s of the Underground Railroad set in modern times.
From 2007 to the present, Scott has created 11 murals around Cincinnati most notably Campy Washington, a humorous play on words and Cincinnati’s Table on the wall of Jean Roberts Table restaurant for ArtWorks. Also, he has created murals for business’s such as Goodyear and GE.
Scott has also had two solo shows of his art: Tune In Turn On and Hook Up at ArtWorks Gallery and Face to Face at the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center.
Big Pig Gig – Natsuko Dyer
I graduated from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, with a B.F.A. in Communication Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design in 2006. I spent the last 5 years working as a freelance designer/illustrator, Art/Craft teacher (K - 8th), and cultural interpreter/translator.
Currently, I work for Cincinnati Waldorf School as an extended care teacher.
I worked for ArtWorks as a Junior Teaching Artist in the summer of 2010 and as a Project Manager in the spring of 2011 for CAC UnMuseum: Story Tree project.
Always looking for more excuses to draw, be creative, and challenge on a new art opportunity.
Cincinnati Constellation – Peiter Griga
Peiter Griga is a current Art Educator at Sycamore High School, a National Board Art Teacher Candidate, and a practicing, working Cincinnati based artist. His work has been widely exhibited locally and nationally, most recently at Prairie Gallery for his solo show, ICANNOTREMEMBERALLTHATIHAVEFORGOTTEN.
Griga earned his BFA from DAAP. Armed with a teaching license he set out to make it as a freelance artist and photographer. He has had clients ranging from small design firms to larger contemporary indie fashion clients such as BASIC! and FUNCkill. Desiring a steadier life, Griga earned his Masters of Art Education from DAAP, has written articles about Visual Culture, and encourages his students to participate in a service art learning project titled, New Voices.
Griga has also exhibited work in Santa Fe, NM as well as in San Francisco, CA. He is participating in FotoFocus 2012 as an exhibiting photographer as well as a co-curator for Inertia, a high school photo exhibition in conjuncture with FotoFocus 2012.
Evendale Mural – Jodi Kessler
Jodi Kessler- teaches high school art at Lakota West... Computer Fine Art, 3D Studio, Drawing and Painting 1. - recently exhibited portraits and landscapes in the Evendale Fine Arts Exhibit. - currently selling giclees of her latest oil painting of Florence, Italy. - graduate of Miami University and Hillsboro High School. - believes that everyone can fit art into their lives and should. - mother of 4. - planning a camping trip into the mountains of Colorado at the conclusion of the Evendale Mural Project.
Over-the-Rhine Mural – Tim Parsley
I am a husband and father, raising four very energetic kids. After earning undergraduate and graduate degrees and working for 13 years in another field, our family returned to Cincinnati in 2005 so I could earn my BFA from the University of Cincinnati (DAAP). I graduated top of my DAAP class in 2007 and began working as Assistant Director for Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center. Through Manifest, I have overseen all aspects of gallery operations and have been curator for multiple national and international group and solo exhibitions. Currently my focus is Manifest’s Drawing Center, developing high-quality instructional drawing programs for the region. I have also worked as Project Manager for seven previous ArtWorks murals. This experience has taught me all that I know about mural painting and has given me the opportunity to lead other mural groups in New York City and the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Over the past several years, I have maintained a steady studio practice and have exhibited my work regularly. Currently I am in graduate school at Miami University studying painting, which will also gain me the qualifications necessary (MFA) for further opportunities to teach at the university level in the future.
Covington Murals – Kyle Penunuri
Kyle was born in Colorado in 1971 with a pencil in his mouth. He finished High School in California and from there traveled the U.S. and Europe. Much of Kyle's adult life was spent traveling between states and working under various artists, jewelry maker,s and furniture makers. After years of nomadic life, Kyle settled in the Cincinnati area, earned a BFA from The Art Academy of Cincinnati and an MFA from UC. Kyle now resides in Florence, Kentucky and looks forward to every chance to work with the public and ArtWorks.
Downtown Mural Central Pkwy – Jonathan Queen
Jonathan Queen grew up in Lexington, KY and started his art education at Eastern Kentucky University. After marrying a Cincinnati native he transferred to UC’s DAAP program, earning his BFA in 2001. He worked at the United States Playing Card Co. as a concept artist and illustrator, simultaneously painting portrait commissions on the side.
Jonathan began to refine his realistic style and in 2003 he began to concentrate primarily on still life paintings, exhibiting professionally through Miller Gallery in Hyde Park. A Big Boy bank in 2005 started him on the path to making toys his main subject. In 2009, the chance to sculpt toy prototypes for about a year led Jonathan to reevaluate his artistic direction. Now he spends time altering toys to create a more specific and personal still life narratives.
He has enjoyed teaching drawing courses at the Manifest Drawing Center since 2008 and oil painting classes at the Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati since 2010.
Jonathan has exhibited his paintings extensively in Cincinnati, but over the last two years he has started to accept invitations to show work and has sold paintings in Indiana, Oregon, California, and Australia.
West Price Hill Mural – Jamie Schorsch
Jamie Schorsch holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts in Art Education with PK-21 licensure in Art Education from the University of Cincinnati’s college of D.A.A.P. Jamie’s teaching experience has been widely varied and includes working with students ranging in ages from 5-18, private and public institutions, and both inner city and suburban schools. Jamie has taught at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Public Schools, and is currently employed as an art teacher at Oak Hills High School where she serves as Art Department Program Coordinator. Currently, Jamie Schorsch teaches Foundation, Art History AP, Studio Art AP Drawing, and Studio Art AP 2D Design.
When not teaching, Jamie Schorsch can be found deconstructing concepts of the American dream through mythology, fairy tales, and literary characters, while picking apart representations and interpretations of popular culture. Psychology, religion, history, literature, and film inspire the conceptual and visual development for her artworks which are created in a wide variety of media. The resulting repertoire of images created illustrates visual, social, and spiritual exploration in relation to modern societal standards.
Oakley Mural – Tammy Stephens
As a Graduate of the Columbus College of Art &Design in 1984, I began my first job in Cincinnati drawing up stained glass windows at Classical Glass. In 1988, I worked for Velva Sheen on Red Bank road mass producing T- shirt designs. I had a son in 1989 and began work as the assistant to the Director of the Carnegie Arts Center on Scott St. in Covington, KY. At that same time, I taught the Art Stop program - it was an after-school multi-media arts program for kids. I ran the art shop and helped raise funds for the Run for the Arts. I produced program materials, visuals, and promotions for the gallery shows and hung the work every month. In 1995, I moved to Decatur, Illinois where I was hired by the Parks and Recreation to help produce the children's theater's props and sets and orchestrate the art classes. I taught in the public schools under short grants for painting with children. In 2000 In Ft. Lauderdale, FL, I began working with interior designers, and began my own Co. TBS Fine Arts.
Since then I have painted murals for 1000 hands play ground at Sawyer Point, three large scale murals for the Campbell Co. Library in Newport and Ft. Thomas, and for Remke Markets on Dixie Hwy in Lakeside Park. I am currently working with Fresh Encounter Inc. re-designing interior and exterior grocery stores. Last year I worked for ArtWorks and completed, along with my team, a 170 ft. mural in Helentown at 15th and Garrard Sts. in Covinton, KY.
Corryville - Adrienne Thompson
Adrienne Thompson attended the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Cincinnati earning a B.A. in History. She is a member of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. Adrienne has a M.A. in Art Education from the College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning at UC. Adrienne Thompson’s experience in Museum education includes, serving as a Museum Teacher, Assistant Curator o fEducation 1996-95, and docent at the Cincinnati Art Museum in addition working with the Taft Museum as museum educator. In 2002, Adrienne received an Ohio Art Education Association, Museum Educator of the Year Award. Adrienne earned a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. In addition, to earning a NBPTS certification, she served at Assessment Center leader for NBPTS and Educational Testing Service in the capacity of a member of the NBPTS Redesign Team for the NBPTS, EAYA Art examination from 1999-2004. Adrienne served as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Board forProfessional Teaching Standards in 1997. Adrienne Thompson also worked for College Board as a scorer and table leader for AP Art History and the Test Development Committee for College Board, 2005-2008. She has received a State of Ohio Excellent Teaching Award, Excellence in Teaching award from Cincinnati Public Schools and a service award from the City of Cincinnati for service on the Arts Allocation Committee. Adrienne has participated in TICA sessions at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and summer workshops at Milwaukee College of Art and Design. She has also worked as a Lead Artists forARTWORKS on public bench projects and city murals.
Corryville – Althea Thompson
Althea Thompson attended the College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning atUniversity of Cincinnati earning a BA in Art History, a MA in Art Education with a concentration on sculpture and advanced Doctoral studies. Althea Thompson has taught at the University of Cincinnati. She also teaches in the MAAE Program at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Althea has earned two National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. EAYA Art in 1997 and EAYA Career Technical Education in 2008. She has received a State of Ohio Excellent in Teaching Award. Excellence in Teaching from Cincinnati Public Schools, an Ohio Fine Arts Council Grant and a National Creative Educators Award in 2007 from MAID at the NAEA. Althea Thompson has participated in numerous TICA sessions at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has also worked as a Lead Artist for ARTWORKS on the Millennium Projects in Eden Park in conjunction with the Art Academy of Cincinnati, The Human Element and artist James Hubbel. She has participated in art exhibitions at the Weston Gallery, Malton Gallery, CAC, Riffe Gallery and has artwork in the collection of CincinnatiBell, University Hospital and regional private collections and Saudi Arabia.
Downtown Mural Court St. – Jenny Ustick
Jenny Ustick is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University. She teaches students at levels ranging from Foundations to Graduate, and in an array of subjects including Drawing, Painting, Foundations, and Sculpture, and Capstone. She recently completed an appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor of Foundations at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, after which she returned to her hometown of Cincinnati to continue teaching and playing an active role in the vibrant local arts community. Jenny works primarily in the media of drawing and painting, and oversees the completion of large public murals. Jenny is also a member of three collaborative groups: Black Forest Project, which focuses on forest folklore and travel—based originally in Germany’s Schwarzwald region, Maidens of the Cosmic Body Running, which had a major exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati in 2011 and will be shown with wider reach in the coming years, and the Bombshells of Cincinnati, a yarn-bombing collective of 18 members which is growing in its reach and notoriety. With these collaborations and on her own, Jenny has shown nationally and internationally, as well as extensively at the regional level.
Mt. Adams Mural - Tina Westerkamp
Tina Westerkamp is a local painter and mixed media artist. She attended Kent State University, SACI University in Florence, Italy, and received her BFA from the University of Cincinnati's DAAP. She is represented by Malton Gallery and her work can be found in several private collections. In association with ArtWorks, her public works include murals in Lower Price Hill and Covington, installations in Cincinnati Children's Hospital's NICU unit, Children's Hospital's Hopple Street Outpatient location, and the Duke Energy Convention Center, and mixed media paintings for the Ronald McDonald House of Cincinnati. When she is not working with ArtWorks, she is probably cooking up some crazy concoction in the kitchen, researching a ridiculously obscure topic, trying to learn how to sew, or laughing out loud with her husband and sons.
Edible Arts – Melody Wolf
Melody Wolf is goldsmith, artist, and restorer. She received her B.F.A. in fine art, minoring in Solid Earth Geology and Museum studies, from Miami University. Her post-graduate degree is jointly from West Dean and Sussex University (in associaton with The Bristh Antiquitites Dealers) where she focused her studies on ancient metalsmithing technic and post Roman Celtic filigree.
Her work revolves around the communications made both visually and phsyically as modern man endevours to reconsile itself to a raw nature that most no longer feel a genuine part of.
Notable works include: Research conducted with the Miami University Geology department on “The Archeoseismology of Antioch and Hieropolis”, currating an exhibit on Nanotechnology and art, working on a team that restored a 7,000 year old Lyre, from the ancient city of Ur, runway jewelry published in “Not Cot”, the restoration of a 1890‘s condemned drug house in Northside, which later housed Olive Branch Gallery, and most recently, environmental restoration and art installations along the Mill Creek Green Way Trail, in Northside.