Adult Arts Center - Faculty Bios

Dorothy Ami (Hopi-Tewa) is from the village of Polacca at First Mesa. She began practicing the art of Hopi-Tewa pottery in 1986 under her cousin and innovator of Hopi pottery, Mark Tahbo. She later went on to win several awards in competitions, including the Museum of Northern Arizona’s Annual Hopi Show, NAU Road Scholar Program and other private organizations. Dorothy has been featured in many publications, including Talking with Clay in the 21st Century and Hopi Tiles

Seth Apter is a mixed media artist from New York City. You can find his work in galleries and on the pages of many books and magazines. He teaches internationally, has published several books and workshop DVDs with North Light Media, and has designed his own lines of art products with multiple companies.
(52 Card Pick Up, A Book of Moments)

Dr. Douglas Ashcraft has performed to acclaim in recitals and concerts throughout the US and Europe. He began his formal training as a student of Aldo Mancinelli. Graduate work with John Perry followed at USC. An active chamber musician, he has performed in recitals at the Concertgebeouw, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Wigmore Hall. His performing career has included radio broadcasts on New York’s WQXR and live chamber music recitals on KKGO, KMZT, and KUSC in Los Angeles, and BBC Radio 3 in London.
(Piano Performance Workshop)

Joe Baker (Delaware Tribe of Indians), is an artist, educator, curator and executive director, Palos Verdes Art Center. He is co-founder/executive director of Lenape Center, ltd, NY, and has served as curator of fine art at the Heard Museum, in addition to various faculty appointments. Joe has received many awards, including the Virginia Piper Charitable Trust Fellows Award, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s Contemporary Catalyst Award, Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian Design Award, ASU Presidential Medal, and Joan Mitchell Foundation Award in Painting. He holds a BFA and MFA from the University of Tulsa and completed postgraduate study at Harvard University.
(Seeds of Glass: Native Beadwork as Surface Design)

Susan Beiner is associate professor in ceramics at Arizona State University.  She uses slipcasting to create large-scale modular ceramic installations. She exhibits in the US and abroad, and has been awarded numerous international residencies.  She has exhibited in the Gimhae Clayarch Museum, S. Korea, The Limogues Foundation, France and the Jingdezhen Ceramics Museum, China and her work is in the permanent collections of the Yixing Ceramics Museum, China, Princessehof Keramiek Museum, Netherlands, LA County Museum of Art, CA, and the Long Beach Museum of Art, CA. She earned her MFA from University of MI, Ann Arbor.
(Nature in Porcelain)

Freddie Bitsoie (Diné), executive chef, Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), Mitsitam Café in Washington, DC. He also owns FJBits Concepts, which specializes in Native American foodways. He travels widely, presenting for organizations including Kraft Foods, College of Holy Cross, Yale University, and Heard Museum. Freddie hosts the public TV show Rezervations Not Required, and has appeared in and contributes to many publications. He won the Native Chef Competition at the NMAI. Freddie studied cultural anthropology and art history at Arizona State University before attending culinary school.
(Native American Cuisine: Cooking with Indigenous Techniques)
(Pottery and Food: Ware for Elegant Serving and Dining)

J. Bruce Bobick, award-winning painter, is professor and chairman emeritus, Department of Art, State University of West Georgia. He has also taught in China, Italy, and Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois. He is a member of the National Watercolor Society, Los Angeles, CA; Watercolor USA Honor Society, Springfield, Missouri; among many other professional watercolor associations. He serves on various committees and boards in the arts, and has exhibited extensively in juried, invitational, and solo shows around the world.

John Brosio earned a BFA 1991, UC Davis, with further studies at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena as well as the George Lucas Industrial Light and Magic facility in California. Brosio has exhibited his work nationally and is in the collections of JJ Abrams, Norman Lear, Dave Grohl, and the National Academy of Scientists. He teaches at the Laguna College of Art and Design and exhibits with Arcadia Contemporary in  Los Angeles., johnbrosioart on Instagram. (Oil Painting)

Richard Burkett has more than 45 years of experience in ceramics, loves both food and pottery, and has studied ceramics around the world, often with Joe Molinaro. Richard has worked in a wide range of ceramics processes. Richard is the author of HyperGlaze glaze software and the coauthor of the 6th edition of Ceramics: A Potter’s Handbook. He is currently Professor of Art-Ceramics at San Diego State University.
(Pottery and Food: Ware for Elegant Serving and Dining)

Melissa Chadburn has written for The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic’s Citylab, Buzzfeed, Poets & Writers, American Public Media’s Marketplace, and dozens of other places. She is a contributing editor for The Economic Hardship Reporting Project. Her essay, “The Throwaways,” received notable mention in Best American Essays and Best American Nonrequired Reading. Her debut novel, A Tiny Upward Shove, is forthcoming with Farrar, Straus, & Giroux.
(Writers Week)

Victoria Chang’s fourth book of poems, Barbie Chang, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2017. Her previous book of poems, The Boss, published by McSweeney’s in 2013, won the PEN Center Literary Award and a California Book Award. Her other books are Salvinia Molesta and Circle. Her poems have been published in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, Kenyon Review, New Republic, and other places. She also published a picture book with Marla Frazee, the NYT Notable Book, Is Mommy? by Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster in 2015. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017.  She works at Antioch University’s MFA Program as Teaching Faculty.  @VChangPoet or
(Spring Poetry Retreat)

Charlie Ciali has served on many Boards and Commissions including the Palm Springs Public Arts Commission, Board President of the Arts Institute of Palm Springs High School and President of the Palm Springs Art Museum Artists Council. He is a Certified Instructor for Encaustikos a leading supplier of encaustic materials and a certified instructor for AKUA Inks / Speedball. He has been a repeat invited instructor at Idyllwild Arts Academy and has created and instructs arts programs for the 2nd-12 grade for the Palm Springs Unified School District.
(Painting with Resin)

Deborah Clashin (Tewa/Hopi, Tobacco Clan), first learned to make pottery from her older cousins, Dianna and Mark Tahbo. She began winning awards at the first show she entered in Flagstaff, AZ, with 1st Place, and later the first time she participated at Santa Fe Indian Market with a 1st place for her piki bowl in the Utilitarian Ware division. Later at Santa Fe Indian Market, she received the prestigious Helen Naha Feather Woman Award, as her mentors Mark and Dianna had won in the past as well. Deborah’s pottery is shown at Andrea Fisher Fine Arts and King Galleries. She is teaching in honor of Mark Tahbo, to carry on his legacy at Idyllwild Arts.

Hai Cohen is a native of Beer-Sheva, Israel. His professional training began at Bat-Dor dance school where he was a recipient of the American-Israeli Cultural Scholarship. Hai continued his dance training with Bat-Sheva Dance Company. He was a member of the Kamea Contemporary Dance Company and the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company. He has had the opportunity to teach Kibbutz repertory in various places around the world. From 2010-2013 Hai performed as a member of the LA-based contemporary dance company, BODYTRAFFIC. He is currently on the dance faculty at the Idyllwild Arts Academy and his choreography has placed his students in first place at (YAGP) for numerous years.
(Exploring Dance and Movement)

Brendan Constantine is the author of four collections of poetry. His work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, FIELD, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly, Ninth Letter, and the American Journal of Poetry among other journals. His most recent collection is ‘Dementia, My Darling’ (2016 Red Hen Press).  He has received grants and commissions from the Getty Museum, James Irvine Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  A popular performer, Brendan has presented his work to audiences throughout the US and Europe, also appearing on NPR’s All Things Considered, numerous podcasts, and YouTube. He currently teaches poetry at the Windward School and regularly offers classes to hospitals, foster homes, veterans, and the elderly.
(Writers Week)

Mike Dangeli (Nisga’a, Tlingit, Tsetsaut, Tsimshian) grew up in his people’s traditional territory in Southeast Alaska and Northern British Columbia. Mike is a renowned artist and carver. His work is collected and exhibited throughout North America and Europe. He is a singer, songwriter, and dancer. Mike and wife Mique’l lead the Git Hayetsk Dancers, an internationally renowned First Nations dance group based in Vancouver. He has carved more than 100 of the masks performed by their group.
(Creation of Northwest Coast Hand Drums)

Dr. Mique’l Dangeli, born and raised on the Annette Island Indian Reserve, Sm Łoodm ’Nüüsm is of the Tsimshian Nation of Metlakatla, Alaska. She has her Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in Northwest Coast First Nations art history. Mique’l is a dancer, choreographer, curator, educator, and activist. Her work focuses on cultural resurgence, Indigenous sovereignty, protocol, politics, decolonization, and language revitalization. She is both an Adjunct Professor of First Nations Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia and the head of the Sm’algya̱x (Tsimshian language) program at ‘Na Aksa Gila̱k’yoo School, an independent First Nations K-12 school located on the Kitsumkalum Reserve. For the past 14 years, Mique’l and her husband Mike Dangeli have shared the leadership of Git Hayetsk, an internationally renowned Coastal First Nations dance group specializing in ancient and newly created songs and mask dances.

David Delgado earned his BFA in Sculpture at California College of the Arts in Oakland/San Francisco. David is the glaze technician and a faculty member at The Potters’ Studio in Berkeley. He has shown in the San Francisco area and throughout Southern California. David lives in Berkeley, CA.
(Pottery Boot Camp)

Michael deMeng’s work is influenced by Latin American art forms such as retablos, ex votos, and milagros. He has participated in many exhibits that promote awareness of AIDS, breast cancer, the environment and other social issues. He is the author of the bestselling books, Secrets of Rusty Things and Dusty Diablos: Folklore, Iconography, Assemblage, Ole!, and Grimmericks as well as Art Abandonment, co-authored with wife Andrea Matus. He leads mixed-media workshops throughout the country and around the world.
(Teatro Diabolico: A Devilish Found-Object Puppet Theater)

Josh DeWeese is a ceramic artist and educator, currently an Associate Professor of Art teaching ceramics at Montana State University in Bozeman. He served as Resident Director of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana from 1992-2006.  He holds an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred, and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute.  Josh has exhibited and taught workshops internationally and his work is included in numerous public and private collections.
(Finding Your Voice: The Art of Pottery)

Matthew Dickman is the author of All-American Poem (American Poetry Review/ Copper Canyon Press, 2008), 50 American Plays (co-written with his twin brother Michael Dickman, Copper Canyon Press, 2012), Mayakovsky’s Revolver (W.W. Norton & Co, 2012), Wish You Were Here (Spork Press, 2013), 24 HOURS (One Star Press, Paris, France, 2014), Brother (Faber&Faber UK, 2016), and the forthcoming poetry collection Wonderland (W.W. Norton & Co). He is the recipient of The May Sarton Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Kate Tufts Award from Claremont College, and a 2015 Guggenheim. His poems have appeared in Poetry London, McSweeny’s, The London Review of Books, Esquire Magazine, Best American Poetry and The New Yorker among others.
(Writers Week)

Barbara Drake (Tongva) is a tribal elder and culture keeper. Her program, Preserving Our Heritage, is a bank of native foods collected, preserved and processed for tribal elders. She is a member of the Mother Earth Clan, a group of Southern California Native American women educators who have taught extensively in museums, schools and tribal institutions. She is also a founding member of the Chia Café Collective.
(California Native Plants)

Samantha Dunn is the author of Failing Paris, PEN West Fiction finalist; the bestselling memoir, Not By Accident: Reconstructing a Careless Life; and Faith in Carlos Gomez: A Memoir of Salsa, Sex and Salvation. Her work has been anthologized in Women on the Edge: Writing from Los Angeles and other outlets. Her work as a journalist is regularly featured in O, the Oprah MagazineLos Angeles Times, and Ms. among others. Samantha is the executive editor of Coast magazine and teaches at Chapman University in Orange, CA.
(The Art of Storytelling)

Robert Regis Dvorák has been making drawing and painting easy to learn for the young and old for 35 years. A popular speaker on all subjects of creativity for educators and business people, his books include Drawing Without Fear, Experiential Drawing, The Magic of Drawing, The Practice of Drawing as MeditationTravel Drawing and Painting, and The Pocket Drawing Book. He has been an architectural designer and a professor of architecture at the University of Oregon and UC Berkeley. He has exhibited his drawings and paintings in 24 one-man shows and many other group exhibits in the US and abroad. and
(Drawing Portraits the Easy Way)
(Drawing Without Fear)
(Painting the Figure Simply and Beautifully in Watercolor)
(Travel Drawing and Painting)

Adrienne Eliades is a studio artist currently living in Vancouver, WA. She earned a BA from the University of North Carolina, and an MFA from the University of Florida. She has been an artist-in-residence and a Ceramic Technical Specialist at San Diego State University, Ash Street Project in Portland, OR, and Guldagergaard International Research Center in Denmark. Adrienne will be an Amaco Demonstrating Artist at NCECA in Pittsburgh, PA.
(Pattern, Print, Repeat)

Jonna Faulkner is a contributing artist to Art Clay Silver and Gold by Jackie Truty, Exceptional Works in Metal Clay and Glass by Mary Ann Devos, The Art and Design of Metal Clay Jewelry calendars by Holly Gage for the years 2009-2013, and 1000 Beads.  She has taught at Idyllwild Arts Summer Program for many years as well as at other locations in France, New Mexico, Arizona and California.  She now works primarily out of her home studio in Escondido, CA.
(The Third Dimensions: Shadow Box Pendants in Silver Metal Clay)

Adam Field earned his BA in art from Fort Lewis College. He has lived and operated thriving studio businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area, Maui, Durango (CO), and most recently Helena (MT). He spent a year in Icheon, South Korea, studying traditional Korean pottery making techniques under 6th generation Onggi master Kim Ill Maan. In 2013 Adam created and premiered HIDE-N-SEEKAH at the NCECA conference in Houston. In 2013, he was a long-term resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts. His works are in private collections and kitchen cabinets internationally.
(Nature Traditions: Cultivating Inspirations in Clay)

Tod Goldberg is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen books, including Gangster Nation, Gangsterland, which was a finalist for the Hammett Prize, The House of Secrets, and Living Dead Girl, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His nonfiction and criticism has appeared widely, including in the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Best American Essays. In addition, he is the co-host of the popular podcast Literary Disco, along with Julia Pistell & Rider Strong, and founded and directs the Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside.
(Writers Week)

Joanna Gollberg is a studio jeweler in Asheville, NC.  She exhibits and sells her jewelry nationally, and she teaches jewelry making at craft schools and for metalsmithing groups.  Joanna is the author of The Jeweler’s Guide, Making Metal Jewelry, Creative Metal Crafts, and The Art and Craft of Making Jewelry.
(Hidden (or not so hidden) Secrets: Making your Exceptional Jewelry with Decorative Techniques

Rose Ann Hamilton (Cahuilla, Apapatkiktem clan) first learned from renowned Cahuilla basket-weaver Donna Largo at Idyllwild Arts in 1993. She has taught Cahuilla basket classes and presented at Cahuilla, Santa Rosa, Ramona and Agua Caliente reservations, as well as the Riverside Metropolitan Museum, Autry Museum, Agua Caliente Museum, and San Manuel conferences at CSUSB and Crafton Hills College. She has participated in gatherings at Los Coyotes, Santa Ysabel, and Soboba reservations. She is the granddaughter of Rosanda Apapas Hopkins Tortez Lugo and the great-granddaughter of Antonia Casero, Cahuilla master weavers.
(Cahuilla Basketry)

Terrance Hayes is the author of five poetry collections, including How to Be Drawn, which received the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Poetry and Lighthead, which won the 2010 National Book Award for poetry.  American Sonnets for My Past And Future Assassin, and To Float In The Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight are forthcoming in 2018. He is the recipient of numerous honors including a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a United States Artists Zell Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship.
(Writers Week)

Helen Hiebert is the author of five how-to books about paper: Playing With Pop-Ups, Playing With Paper, Papermaking with Plants, The Papermaker’s Companion, and Paper Illuminated. Helen has appeared on Sesame Street, has produced two films, and writes a weekly blog about all things paper. She teaches, lectures and exhibits her work internationally, often involving the community in her installation projects such as The Wish, a permanent installation at Anythink Huron Street Library in Denver, Colorado. Helen lives and works near Vail, Colorado.
(The Potential of Paper: Bend, Pleat, Crinkle)
(Paper Sculpture)

Debra Hovel is a designer and shoemaker living and working in Palm Springs, with a fabrication studio in Pinyon Flats, CA, called Makerville. The Architecture and Design Museum in Palm Springs is currently featuring her shoes in the exhibition Illuminated Objects. She recently presented a lecture on shoemaking at the Palm Springs Art Museum that featured a design studio tour. Debra is an active member of the Honorable Cordwainer Company and the Footwear Symposium and an enthusiastic believer in the philosophy of making.,
(Beginning Shoemaking: Open Back Slip-on Shoes & Sandals)

Deb Jemmott has shared her love for metal by teaching jewelry making and metalsmithing to others since 1978, teaching through the San Diego Community College District in addition to many workshops. Her belief that we all have artistic creativity combined with her mastery of jewelry making techniques is key to her nurturing the artistic creativity in each student as well as helping them achieve their ideas in metal. Deb’s work is featured in books and periodicals, and she exhibits and creates custom work.
(Flush, Tube, Tensions and Tabbed: Distinctive Stone Setting)

Terrol Johnson (Tohono O’odham), a community leader and artist, co-founded Tohono O’odham Community Action (TOCA), an organization dedicated to creating positive programs based in “the Desert People’s Way.” He has won top honors at Santa Fe Indian Market, O’odham Tash, Heard Museum Fair and more. His work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Heard Museum. He was honored for his community work with the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World Award.
(Tohono O’odham Basketry: Horsehair Miniatures & Yucca Plaques)

Glenn Kaiser, world-renowned blues musician and cigar box guitar player and maker, has been performing since he was 12 years old. He is an inner-city Chicago blues musician who loves people, music and instruments of the earliest Delta singers/players (Blind Willie Johnson, Robert Johnson, Leadbelly, Son House). He has released 37 albums (GrrrRecords). He tours widely, performing, lecturing on blues history, cigar box guitars, and teaching workshops. Glenn devotes much of his time to service, including working with Chicago’s inner-city homeless and poor.
(Cigar Box Guitar Making Plus!)

Victoria Lansford has generated an international revival of nearly lost metalsmithing techniques through her artwork, publications, workshops, and passion for creating. Her award-winning artwork ranges in scale from wearable art and artist books to custom metal installations for a newly built 69 meter superyacht. Her work has appeared in juried exhibitions, books, and magazines, including the Lark 500 series, Metalsmith, Jewelry Artist, and on Home & Garden Television. She created the metals program and served as head of the Metalsmithing Department at Spruill Center for the Arts, Atlanta and was an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee. Her instructional DVD and book series, Metal Techniques of Bronze Age Masters, and her iPhone™ app, iMakeJewelry have sold throughout the world.
(Russian Filigree)

Dr. Wesley Leonard (Miami Tribe of Oklahoma) is an assistant professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside. His research focuses on developing and promoting Native American language and cultural reclamation in ways that support tribal sovereignty and survivance. The topics of his work include the reclamation from archival documentation of his tribal language, myaamia; creating curriculum for Native American languages in universities; decolonizing linguistic science; and issues of identity and wellbeing in Native American communities.

Dana Levin’s fourth book is Banana Palace (Copper Canyon Press, 2016). Previous collections include Sky Burial, which The New Yorker called “utterly her own and utterly riveting.” Recent work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2015, Poem-a-day, Boston Review, and Poetry. Levin is a grateful recipient of many honors, including those from the NEA, the Library of Congress, and the Rona Jaffe, Whiting, and Guggenheim Foundations. A teacher of poetry for twenty-five years, Levin serves as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Maryville University in St. Louis.

Ramson Lomatewama is a glass artist, kachina doll carver, poet and jeweler from Hotevilla, AZ, on the Hopi Reservation. He earned his BA from Goddard College in Plainfield, VT. Ramson has taught a wide range of workshops and courses in the US and Japan, and served as adjunct professor of sociology at North Central College in Naperville, IL. Although Hopi ceremonies and cultural activities play a major role in his life, Ramson continues to dedicate time to schools, universities, and museums as a visiting scholar and artist.
(Introduction to Glass Blowing)

Ben Loory is the author of the collections Tales of Falling and Flying and Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day, as well as a picture book for children, The Baseball Player and the Walrus. His fables and tales have appeared in the New Yorker, Tin House, Fairy Tale Review, and Weekly Reader’s READ Magazine, and been heard on This American Life and Selected Shorts. He is a graduate of Harvard and the American Film Institute and teaches short story writing at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.
(The Alchemy of the Short Story)

 Sam Lopez is a potter living in San Diego, California. He is a part-time ceramics instructor at Riverside City College where he teaches both pottery and the long history that comes with ceramic art. He works in porcelain and makes sturdy pots that can withstand rigorous use while providing a pop of color into daily ritual. Sam has worked with the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program since 2012.
(Pottery Boot Camp)

Kate MacDowell’s porcelain sculpture has been shown internationally, including art fairs in Miami, New York, Seattle, Chicago, Amsterdam, Basel, London, and Paris.  She was an artist in residence at the Kohler Arts and Industry Program and Watershed Center and has exhibited in the Museum of Arts and Design (NY), Banksy’s Dismaland, and MOCA North Miami and Virginia. Her work has been published in many magazines, books, and as album art. She lives in Portland, OR and is represented by Mindy Solomon Gallery in Miami.
(Transforming the Natural World)

Constance Mallinson is a painter with a career spanning 45 years. She has been included in many group and solo exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad. Her work is in the permanent collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The San Jose Museum, the Pomona Museum, the Orange County Museum of Art, Los Angeles Metro, and many private and corporate collections. She is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, a City of Los Angeles Artist Grant, and has taught every aspect of painting at universities and colleges throughout Southern California.
(Painting Nature in the Eco Age)

Robert “Spooner” Marcus is a glass artist from Ohkay Owingeh (San Juan Pueblo). When he was just out of high school, he began working as a production glass worker which led to his future as a glass artist. He trained at Taos Glass Arts and had the opportunity to work with other renowned Native American glass artists. He currently works at Prairie Dog Glass in Santa Fe where he works in production, custom, and art glass. His work includes blown and sand carved vessels, sand castings, sculpted figures and fused glass.
(Glass Design: Form or Function)

Andrea Matus deMeng is a Vancouver-based artist who travels the world teaching and creating visual art. She shows and exhibits her unique combinations of painting, collage and sculpture throughout North America. Not one to be afraid of color, Andrea’s work, projects and workshops all revolve around the fusion of pattern and design with vivid colors. She co-authored Art Abandonment with her talented artist-husband Michael deMeng.
(Prospero’s Books)

Kathleen Merritt and Charlotte Qamaniq (Inuit Throat Singers) have been singing together since 2009, sharing their culture and roots from Nunavut across Canada and around the world. When they aren’t performing together, Charlotte and Kathleen are touring with their separate groups: Kathleen as Iva, and Charlotte with the Juno nominated group Silla & Rise. Both groups are breaking new grounds in Canada by weaving the ancient art of throat singing with different genres of music: Iva with Celtic Folk and Silla & Rise with Electronic Dance. When Charlotte and Kathleen come together, they perform an original and breathtaking performance, often described as mesmerizing and intimate. 

Daniel McCarthy earned his BS and MS in anthropology from UC Riverside. For the past 40 years, he has worked at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Joshua Tree National Park and throughout Southern California compiling photographic inventories of rock art sites. He has worked with elders and traditional practitioners for more than 35 years and served as the Tribal Relations Program manager for the San Bernardino National Forest for 17 years, and most recently served as director, CRM Department, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
(California Native Plants)

Joe Molinaro, a Professor Emeritus at Eastern Kentucky University, has exhibited his artwork extensively both in the US and abroad.  He holds a BS from Ball State University and an MFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.  A recipient of two Fulbright Awards, Joe has been conducting research in the Amazon region of Ecuador for the past 25 years and has produced both writings and video documentaries on the subject.  He regularly contributes writings on the ceramic arts for national and international ceramic publications, and currently lives and maintains a studio in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
(Pottery and Food: Ware for Elegant Serving and Dining)

Barbara Teller Ornelas is best known for her Navajo tapestry weavings (95–120 weft threads per inch). She has set several records with her weavings: she has won Best of Show at the Santa Fe Indian Market twice; she set a new record in 1987 by selling a weaving for $60,000 that she and her sister Rosann Lee made; and she wove the largest tapestry-style Navajo weaving on record. Barbara is a fifth-generation weaver who was raised near Two Grey Hills on the Navajo Reservation, where her father was a trader. She has been featured in National Geographic, Business Week, Americana and Native Peoples magazines, as well as many books. She has won dozens of awards and has demonstrated and lectured at many museums and institutions around the world. She recently participated in a cultural exchange with Peruvian weavers at the request of the US State Department. Barbara and Lynda have taught their popular workshop at Idyllwild Arts for 20 summers.
(Navajo Weaving I & II)

Gregory Pardlo’s  collection  Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His other honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. He is also the author of Air Traffic, a memoir in essays forthcoming from Knopf.

Brett Perkins is a California-born, Copenhagen-based songwriter, consultant, educator and presenter. He is founder of the Listening Room Retreats, Copenhagen Songwriters Festival, Listening Room Concert Series, Open Stage and more. Brett’s writing credits appear on international artists’ albums including the Top 10 single ‘Breaking News’ for Sony artist Mads Langer, and songs co-written with Tom Kimmel (Sean Colvin, Johnny Cash), Una Healy (The Saturdays), Boo Hewedine (Natalie Imbruglia), among others. An active writer/performer since the early 1980s, his voice and songs appear on more than 20 releases, as well as film and TV, widespread radio play and first place selections in the Great American and Australian song contests. He tours and records with Michaut/Perkins, The Pawnshop Preachers and solo.
(The Listening Room Songwriting Retreat: Community Through Co-Writing)

Antoinette Perry has appeared throughout the US, Europe and China as a soloist and chamber musician, collaborating with many of the world’s greatest artists. Distinguishing herself also as a pedagogue, she served for 12 years on the UCLA piano faculty before joining the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music in 1996. She frequently gives master classes and serves as an adjudicator. Former students are enjoying successful careers as performers and pedagogues throughout the US and Asia.
(Piano Perfomance Workshop)

Lynda Teller Pete began weaving at age 6 and won her first major award at age 12 at the Gallup Ceremonial. She has gone on to win many awards for her weaving, including Best of Classification for Textiles at the prestigious Santa Fe Indian Market. Lynda collaborates with museums, schools and art venues in Colorado and around the country to teach about Navajo weaving. She is also known as an accomplished beadwork artist and has won many awards for this work.
(Navajo Weaving I & II)

Ron Pokrasso earned his MFA from Pratt Institute in 1975 and has had more than 40 solo exhibitions and 150 group shows. His work is in public, private, and corporate collections throughout the US and abroad and is featured in several books. He originated the printmaking event “Monothon” and has been an ardent supporter of arts programs for youth. His teaching experience includes universities, museums, public schools and private workshops, as well as artist residencies in the US, Scotland, Ireland and Italy.
(Layered Monotype With a Side of Solarplate)

Rosemarie Ramon (village of Covered Wells, AZ, in the Gu Achi district on the Tohono O’odham Nation). She has been weaving baskets since the age of seven. Her mother, renowned miniature horsehair basketweaver, along with her father Arnold V. Ramon Sr. and Late grandmother Anita Marie Ramon taught her to weave horsehair, yucca and bear grass baskets. She shares her art with younger O’odham and Non- O’odham of all ages. Her grandmother taught the important lesson, “Bi m’o h-tham ik, bi m’o ap”, meaning “Don’t hurry up, it will not come out right”. Rosemarie is inspired by this and when she weaves, she is relaxed and happy.
(Tohona O’odham Basketry: Horsehair Miniatures & Yucca Plaques)

Jeremy Randall received his BFA from Syracuse University and his MFA in ceramics from the University of Florida. He currently lives in Tully, New York, where he owns and operates his studio/teaching business, Rusty Wheel Pottery. Jeremy has taught at a number of craft schools, in Cortona Italy, and has taught ceramics/studio art at the higher ed level for over a decade. He has shown in national exhibits and has work in public and private collections, venues, and galleries throughout the US, and has been published in national and international periodicals, texts, and publications.
(Slab Slinging Extravaganza! Slab Built Pottery)

David Reid-Marr graduated from Maidstone College of Art with a BFA and received his MFA in painting and art history from Royal College of Art, London. During his time at art college he studied with David Hockney, Anthony Caro and Francis Bacon. He is currently Visual Arts chair at Idyllwild Arts Academy, where he teaches painting and drawing. He exhibits nationally and internationally, and has recently published a book on arts education.
(Reclaiming Creativity: Explorations in the Art and Craft of Drawing and Painting)

Randy Redroad (Cherokee) is a filmmaker and one of the pioneers of Native Cinema. His feature debut, The Doe Boy, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the prestigious Sundance/NHK Award. The film went on to win 14 other festival awards and earned an IFP/Gotham nomination for outstanding directorial debut. Randy’s second feature, Among Ravens, starring Amy Smart and Johnny Sequoyah, was distributed by Gravitas Pictures. Randy co-produced and edited the Showtime documentary First Circle, an intimate look into the world of the Foster Care system. His other work includes the irreverent feature doc Everybody Has An Andy Dick Story, the feature films Wind Walkers, Beautiful Wave, IBID and the award-winning documentary Earth Meets Wind. Originally from Lubbock, Texas, Randy lives in Los Angeles with his wife Jaki and his son Ranger and daughter on the way, Frankie. 

Jesse Reno is a self-taught mixed-media painter. He has been drawing since he could hold a pencil and exhibiting his works since 2000. Jesse has amassed more than 3,000 paintings in the last 12 years, and has exhibited his work extensively across the U.S., France, and Mexico. Jesse’s work has been covered in various art publications including Juxtapoz, Artnews, Artension, and Somerset Studio. One of his largest works can be seen in Winnipeg, Canada where he was commissioned by the Province of Manitoba to create a 25’ x 40’ mural as a reminder of the cultural importance of the Native American people in the region.
(Intuitive Expressive Painting: Imagining the Unimaginable)

Roger Rimel has been a goldsmith, designer and artist in St. Louis for over 35 years . He has exhibited his award-winning work locally and nationally, taught classes and workshops at Maryville University, Southern Illinois University, Craft Alliance, and with the Society of Midwest Metalsmiths. His work has been published in Art Jewelry 3, and Maker Magic: How to Develop Your Voice Designing Art Jewelry by Connie Fox. His work is represented by Ayesha Studio and Gallery, Englewood New Jersey, Craft Alliance Center of Art and Design, St. Louis, MO, Curated Fine Art and Luxury Goods in Mystic, CT, and James Durbin Jewelers, in Saint Louis, where he has worked the last 22 years as designer and bench jeweler.
(Control the Melt: The Fused Surface)

Ellen Rosa-Taylor is chair of the Dance Department at Idyllwild Arts Academy. She received her BS in Ballet from Indiana University, Bloomington, her MFA in Dance from Florida State University where she was the recipient of the Deans Teaching Fellowship and a University Fellowship.  Ellen has performed as a ballerina with the Los Angeles Opera, New York City and San Diego Opera and as principal dancer with City Ballet of Los Angeles, Media City Ballet, and Chattanooga Ballet.  She was  featured as the Bluebird in Disney’s Snow White.  As a choreographer, Ellen has had her works presented across the USA.  LA Times has called her style… “a unique jazz ballet style.”  As a dance educator, she is an ABT Affiliate Teacher and has received the distinction of ABT NTC Fellow; she has received Yoga Teacher Training with Gerhard Gessnar, and is working to develop a curriculum to provide yoga for dancers to help them gain strength and joint stability.
(Exploring Dance and Movement)

Marne Ryan has been exploring and teaching the process of textures through fire, pleating, darting and basically pounding the boundaries of metal since 1976. Her jewelry and vessels have won awards and recognition in the United States, Japan, Europe and Australia. She is a recipient of the Rolex award for excellence in metals and the De Beers Diamond competition winner for America. Her work is in the permanent collection of The American Museum of Art and Design, NY and The White House.
(Darts and Pleats: Sewing Techniques for Metal)

Abe Sanchez is active in the revival and preservation of indigenous arts and foods, with specialties in Southern California Native American basketry and California and Southwest native foods. He has worked with traditional Native American gatherers to learn methods and practices. Abe believes that by teaching people about ancient natural foods and preparations, he can help them make a difference in their health and the environment.
(California Native Plants)

Ernest Siva, musician and teacher, is the cultural advisor and tribal historian for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, and is president and co-founder of the Dorothy Ramon Learning Center. Ernest taught public school music in Palm Springs and Los Angeles before teaching courses in American Indian music at UCLA for 12 years. He and his wife, June, are Idyllwild Arts alumni and former trustees. In 2004, Ushkana Press published his book, Voices of the Flute.
(Native American Flute Making)

Paul Chaat Smith (Comanche) is the author of Everything You Know about Indians Is Wrong and (with Robert Warrior) of Like a Hurricane: the Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee. His exhibitions include James Luna’s Emendatio, Fritz Scholder: Indian/Not Indian, Brian Jungen: Strange Comfort, and Americans. In 2005, Art Papers named Smith one of the twenty-five most respected contemporary art curators working today. In 2017, he was selected to deliver the Eleventh Distinguished Critic Lecture by the Association of International Art Critics – USA. He has lectured at the National Gallery of Art, Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities in Los Angeles. Smith lives in Washington, D.C.

Tony Soares learned the fundamentals of pottery from his grandmother at age 7, starting a more than 30-year journey to revive the fading art of olla making. Though not of Cahuilla descent, he has helped revive the art of Cahuilla pottery making through his experimentation with local clays and indigenous handbuilding techniques. His pottery is displayed in art galleries and museums including the Tahquitz Canyon Museum. Tony shares his knowledge to ensure that Native American pottery making is never lost. He has taught at many venues including the Agua Caliente Band of the Desert Cahuilla of Palm Springs and the Yuman tribes of the Colorado River, AZ.
(Cahuilla Style Pottery)

Ed Skoog’s (Writers Week Consultant) third collection of poems, Run the Red Lights, was published in 2016 by Copper Canyon Press, which includes poems that appeared in Best American Poetry, Harper’s, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine. He has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and The Lannan Foundation, has been writer-in-residence at the Richard Hugo House, George Washington University, and University of Montana, and is a past chair of creative writing at Idyllwild Arts Academy. He lives in Portland, OR.
(Writers Week)

Sean Starwars lives in Laurel, MS. He earned an MFA in printmaking from Louisiana State University, and has been making bright, colorful woodcuts for more than 20 years. Sean is a member of the legendary Outlaw Printmakers, a handful of printmakers who have reshaped the visual landscape of printmaking across academia. His work is in many public and private collections, and may be seen on book covers, album covers, magazines, television programs, commercials and film. He makes about a dozen visiting artist appearances a year at many of the nation’s leading art programs.
(Adventures in Woodblock Printmaking)

Roy Talahaftewa (Hopi, Water Clan) is from Shungopovi Village in Arizona. He works in silver and gold, and uses Hopi overlay and tufa casting in his designs. Roy received the first major award for his work in 1981, and has earned Best of Show at the Heard Museum, among many others. Working with the nonprofit Hopi Pu’tavi Project, Roy teaches Hopi youth the art of metalsmithing, and he is an advocate and promoter of Hopi artists on the reservation.
(Hopi Jewelry: Overlay & Tufa Casting)

Dr. Joan Tenenbaum is an award-winning metalsmith who has been making jewelry for 58 years.  She has worked as an independent studio jeweler and teacher for the past 36 years.  Her work is in the permanent collection of the Anchorage Museum and has been featured in many books and publications.  Her work has encompassed jewelry, enamels and hollowware.  Joan has a Ph.D. in Anthropology and Linguistics from Columbia University and draws on her experiences living with Native peoples to tell stories in her work.
(Let Your Texture Tell a Story: Surface Metal Texturing)

Craig Torres (Tongva) is a member of the Traditional Council of Pimuu and involved with the Ti’aat Society, an organization focused on the revival of the traditional maritime culture of the Southern California coastal region and Southern Channel Islands. He is an artist, as well as cultural educator, presenter and consultant to schools, culture and nature centers, museums, and city, state and government agencies acting as a consultant on the Tongva. He has also been involved with the organization Preserving Our Heritage and Chia Café, which provide cooking demos and classes with California native plants. These activities also provide education on the importance of preserving native plants, habitats and landscapes for future generations.
(California Native Plants)

David L. Ulin is the author, most recently, of the novel Ear to the Ground. His other books include Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles, shortlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time, and the Library of America’s Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology, which won a California Book Award. A 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, he spent 10 years as book editor, and then book critic, of the Los Angeles Times.
(Writing the Short Essay)

Jennifer C. Vigil (Diné/Latinx) has a doctorate in Art History specializing in 20th-century American art with an emphasis on intersectionality. Her research focuses on contemporary Native American art examining issues of sovereignty, self-determination, appropriation, identity politics, and cultural theory. She has contributed to numerous exhibition catalogs, worked in museums including the National Museum of American History in the American Indian Program, as curator of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and continues to do freelance curatorial work. She has worked as an Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Arizona where she developed the Native American art history and museum studies programs. She is also a mixed media artist working in ceramics, bronze, encaustic, and mixed media sculpture.

Bruce Wagner has written nine novels, including “I’m Losing You,” “Dead Stars,” and the PEN Faulkner fiction finalist “The Chrysanthemum Palace.” He created and wrote the TV acclaimed mini-series “Wild Palms” and the screenplay for the David Cronenberg-directed film, “Maps to the Stars,” which won the Best Actress award for Julianne Moore at the Cannes Film Festival In 2014. He wrote the essay for “2 1/4,” by William Eggleston and has been a contributor to the New Yorker, Art Forum and Vanity Fair.

Meri Aaron Walker, aka iPhoneArtGirl, taught art photography and photojournalism while exhibiting and publishing for more than four decades. For the last nine years, Meri has worked solely with mobile image-making technologies while teaching artists, students, and members of professional arts associations. Her work is featured on the top mobile photography websites. Harvard Medical School acquired seven large prints of Meri’s for permanent display in their new Transformational Medicine Building. She has juried international mobile photography exhibitions, taught at the Mobile Digital Art and Creativity Summit and for the Cape Cod Art Association, Merrimack College, and at Apple in Boston. and

Dr. William Wellborn enjoys an active career as a pianist, teacher and lecturer on three continents, and holds degrees from the New England Conservatory (MM) and the University of Texas, Austin (DMA and BM). A guest artist at music festivals in Canada, France, Austria, Hungary, Poland, and Brazil, this July he joins the faculty of the Krakow Piano Seminar. He has co-hosted 15 music tours throughout Europe; is on the national board of the American Liszt Society; serves on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and his students are frequently top prizewinners. William records for the Marco Polo and Cambria Master Recordings labels.

Holly Wilson is an Oklahoma-based mixed media artist. She earned her BFA in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute and her MA in ceramics and MFA in sculpture from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. Holly received a 2015 Eiteljorg Fellowship Artist and 2017 SWAIA Indian Market Discovery Fellowship. She has exhibited her work nationally. Holly’s figures draw from her life and the Delaware/Cherokee stories that shape her creative world.

Marvin and Jonette Yazzie are from Lukachukai, a small town on the Navajo reservation in the Four Corners region of Arizona. Jonette assists Marvin in flute-making, an art they learned from their relative Willard Coyote. Their flutes are carried in the Heard Museum shop and others around the country, as well as Asia and Europe. Recording artist Scott August of Cedar Mesa Music used Yazzie flutes on his CDs Sacred Dreams and New Fire. Marvin is listed in Flute Magic and Voices of the Flute. Yazzie flutes are used in the music programs of Tucson and Klamath-Trinity school districts. Marvin and Jonette played flutes in the play Anasazi at the Ramona Bowl in 2011 and played preshow for the Ramona Pageant.

Fred Zweig has been actively working in metal for the last 40 plus years. His passion for metal and an interest in the earlier craftsmen who have kept metalsmithing alive have led him to study and collect the work of American metalsmiths of the Arts & Crafts Movement.  These understated objects continue to be his teachers along with the constant flow of books and workshops provided throughout the country. Forging and raising are the methods Fred has chosen to create his artwork, and his current body of work includes raised bowls and brooches that involve hand forged elements combined with textured and modified planes of metal.(Forged Bracelet with Hinge)