Adult Arts Center - Faculty Bios

Jon Alvord is a film editor with extensive experience in visual effects. He has worked on such films as Armageddon, Spy Kids, Sin City and X-Men. He has been nominated for many awards, receiving Emmy recognition for his work on the HBO Miniseries John Adams. Alvord is an Avid Certified Instructor. He has been a professor of film and television and teaches at Idyllwild Arts Academy.
Avid Media Composer Certification

Wesley Anderegg has taken the road less traveled. He has a BS in geography from Arizona State University. Upon graduation from ASU he set up a studio and went to work. He has shown all over the country for more than 30 years with over 20 solo exhibitions. His work is in the collections of the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian, Crocker Art Museum, Mint Museum, and many more.
Hot Clay: The Figure: Comment in 3 Sizes

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, is a columnist with Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, and has designed his own lines of art products with multiple companies.
Mixed Media Mash-Up   Collage Camp   Cutting Room Floor: Altering Photos & More

Linda Arbuckle, professor emerita, University of Florida School of Art and Art History, exhibits widely and teaches in the US and internationally. She has earned numerous awards and recognition for her research, teaching and mentoring. She holds an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and a BFA from Cleveland Institute of Art. Linda has served as director-at-large on the board of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, and as juror for state arts grants in Louisiana and Florida. She has juried the NCECA Clay National, the Strictly Functional Pottery National, and many more.
Hot Clay: Thrown and Altered Forms with Majolica: Developing Form and Surface

Dr. Douglas Ashcraft Pianist Douglas Ashcraft has performed to acclaim in recitals and concerts throughout the United States and in Europe. A winner of prizes in many competitions, he began his formal training as a student of AldoMancinelli. Masters and doctoral degrees followed at the University of Southern California where he worked with pianist John Perry. During those summers he participated in classes at the Aspen Music Festival and the Holland Music Sessions in Alkmaar, Netherlands as a student of pianists John O’Conor, Marie Francoise Bucquet, and Gyorgy Sandor. As a result of his participation in the Holland Music Sessions he was invited to perform in a recital at Amsterdam’s famed Concertgebouw. In addition to his solo work Douglas Ashcraft is an active chamber musician and has performed in recitals at Carnegie Recital Hall, AliceTully Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, and Jacqueline Du Pre Hall at Oxford University in England. Dr. Ashcraft’s performing career has included radio broadcasts on NewYork’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.
Native American Arts Festival
Seeds of Glass: Native Beadwork as Surface Design

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 ASU before attending culinary school.
Native American Cuisine: Blending Modern with Traditional

Marty Two Bulls Sr. is an Oglala Lakota from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He began as a journalist in weekly and daily newspapers before working at the Rapid City Journal as graphics editor and serving on the editorial board. He then moved to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader as graphics editor, and eventually left newspapers to complete his BFA, freelance as a cartoonist, and pursue a fine art career. He has drawn editorial cartoons for the Indian Country Today Media Network since 2001, and his work also appears in numerous publications such as Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Times, Cherokee One Feather, and News from Indian Country. Marty currently works as a senior freelance artist, college art professor and graphic designer, and recently received the 2017 Herblock Prize Finalist award.

Richard Burkett has more than 40 years of experience in ceramics, loves to make pottery and sculpture, and has studied ceramics around the world. He has made soda and salt-fired work during his entire career. 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.
Hot Clay Coordinator    Deciphering Glazes

Rebecca Campbell has exhibited at L.A. Louver Gallery, Gagosion Gallery, Phoenix Art Museum, American Academy of Arts and Letters, Art Basel, Art Basel Miami Beach, and ADAA: The Art Show. An assistant professor at CSU Fullerton, she has taught at Art Center College of Design, Claremont Graduate University, Vermont College of Fine Art, and Anderson Ranch. Her work has been featured in ARTnews, Los Angeles Times, ART PAPERS, ARTWORKS Magazine, art ltd., The and Huffington Post, She is represented by L.A. Louver Gallery.
Narrative Figure Painting: Exploring Connections Between the Body and the Mind

Elise Capron is an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. Established over 35 years ago, SDLA represents a wide range of fiction and non-fiction authors, including Amy Tan, Lisa See, Maxine Hong Kingston, Chitra Divakaruni, and many more. Elise has been with SDLA since 2003, and primarily represents adult literary fiction as well as narrative non-fiction by journalists and historians. Some of her representative clients include Tiphanie Yanique, Courtney Brkic, and Cynthia Barnett.
Writers Week

Victoria Chang’s fourth book of poems, Barbie Chang, is forthcoming in 2018 by Copper Canyon Press. Her previous book, 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. @VChangPoet or
Writers Week: Poetry

Tazbah Rose Chavez is an artist raised on the Bishop Paiute reservation. An enrolled citizen of the Bishop Paiute Tribe, she is Nüümü, Diné and Apache. Tazbah has been writing poetry since childhood and performing since the age of 14. As a teenager she wrote and produced experimental short films combining film, music, and poetry. She graduated from UCLA with a BA in American Indian Studies and is a former intern of Sundance Institute’s Native and Indigenous Program. Residing in the Pacific Northwest, she continues to write poetry and perform, most often collaborating with other artists in fashion, film, and music.

Kelly Church (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians) is part of the largest extended family of black ash basket makers in Michigan. She received the Southwestern Association of Indian Arts (SWAIA) Fellowship, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) Artist Leadership Program. Kelly has won many awards, and her work is in collections including the NMAI, MSU Museum, and Autry Museum. She exhibits in the US and Europe. She earned her AFA from IAIA and BFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Anishnabe Black Ash Basketry

Charlie Ciali works in encaustic painting and printmaking. He received the 2009 Best in Show and 2008 First Place at the Palm Springs Art Museum Artist Council Exhibition. He is active in the arts community serving on the Board for the Artist Council, and is a board past president. He has served as a Palm Springs Public Arts commissioner and as president of the Arts Institute at Palm Springs High School. He owns and operates Ciali Studios, open to artists for open studio sessions.
Encaustic Painting

Gerald Clarke, Jr. is a Cahuilla Indian who spent his early childhood on the Cahuilla Reservation near Idyllwild, California. He went to college in Arkansas before moving to Texas where he earned both an MA and MFA. He has lectured on contemporary Native American Art and has exhibited his work widely. He currently serves as the Visual Arts Department Chair at Idyllwild Arts Academy.
Native American Arts Festival

Anne Covell received her MFA in book arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book, where she studied Asian and Western papermaking techniques with Timothy Barrett. She has taught for numerous institutions including the Morgan Conservatory, Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the University of Georgia study abroad program in Cortona, Italy, among others. Her work can be seen in more than 35 collections worldwide. She lives in San Diego, where she creates limited edition artist books under the imprint Sin Nombre Press.
Pulp Ecology: Papermaking with Plants, Pigments, Dyes

Stacy Creamer is a publishing veteran with thirty-four years of editorial experience. She has worked at four of the major houses: Penguin Putnam, Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Hachette and was most recently SVP, Executive Editor at Regan Arts. She has acquired an edited a range of New York Times bestsellers, including Daniel Silva, Dean Koontz, Robin Cook, Alice Hoffman, Catherine Coulter, Steve Martini, Lance Armstrong, John McEnroe, Elizabeth Edwards, Douglas Blackmon, Carolyn Jessop, Ed Viesturs, Rick Springfield, Billy Idol, Marky Ramone, Duff McKagan, Dara Torres, Bob Harper, and Lauren Weisberger. She is currently a freelance editor and book developer and is writing a mystery-thriller of her own.
Writers Week

Bryan Czibesz is an artist grounded in the tradition of object making who has equal interest in working with his hands, tinkering, and digital processes. He earned his MFA from San Diego State University and BA from Humboldt State University, and has conducted workshops in ceramics and 3D printing around the country. Bryan is currently assistant professor of Art in Ceramics at SUNY New Paltz.
Hot Clay: DIY Ceramic 3D Printers: Build, Experiment, & Collaborate

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

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.
Hot Clay: 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.
The Mad Alchemist’s Apothecary Kit   Alternate Evolutions aka Beastly Busts

Natashia Deón is a 2017 NAACP Image Award Nominee and author of the critically-acclaimed novel, GRACE (Counterpoint Press), which was named a New York Times and Kirkus Review Best Book of 2016. A practicing attorney, law professor, and creator of the popular L.A.-based reading series Dirty Laundry Lit, Deón is the recipient of a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship. Her writing has appeared in American Short Fiction, Buzzfeed, LA Review of Books, The Rumpus, and other places.
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: Contemporary & Traditional Medicinal Uses

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 Magazine, Los 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 Meditation, Travel 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 painting in 24 one-man shows and many other group exhibits in the USA and abroad. and
Drawing Without Fear   The Magic of Watercolor   Travel Drawing & Painting

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 to 2013, and 1000 Beads. Jonna has taught workshops in France, New Mexico, California and Arizona, and at her home studio in Escondido, CA.
Two Worlds Collide: Copper Cuffs with Silver Metal Clay Embellishments

Robert “Spooner” Garcia 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.
Introduction to Glassblowing

Kristina Glick is a metalsmith and enamelist. She teaches at Goshen College, IN, and teaches workshops for craft schools and metalsmithing groups around the country. Her work has been exhibited in national and international juried exhibitions and appears in various publications including 500 Enameled Objects and 500 Gemstone Jewels. Kristi has an MFA from East Carolina University in metal design.
Metals Week: Beauty and Memory: Making Nature Wearable

Geoffrey Gorman has been leading workshops, hosting panel discussions, and giving presentations for artists and arts groups for more than twenty five years. Geoffrey currently is a practicing artist in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He shows his work around the United States and has also exhibited in China and South Korea. Over the last several years his unique sculptures have been written about in the New York Post, Southwest Art, American Craft, American Style and Cloth, Paper, Scissors.
Found Object Sculpture: Finding the Soul of Lost Materials

Kimberly Guerrero (Colville, Salish-Kootenai, Cherokee) is an Oklahoma-born, LA-based actor, writer and director. Her recent stage credits include Manahatta (The Public Theater, Off-Broadway) August: Osage County (Steppenwolf, Chicago/Broadway/London/Sydney and The Old Globe, San Diego with director Sam Gold) and The Frybread Queen (Native Voices, LA). Her notable Film/TV acting credits include The Cherokee Word for Water, Blood & Oil, Bones, Hidalgo, Longmire, Grey’s Anatomy and a memorable turn as Jerry’s Native American girlfriend in Seinfeld. Kimberly is a founding member of the award-winning indigenous filmmaking team, The StyleHorse Collective. A graduate of UCLA, Kimberly is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at University of California, Riverside.
Native American Arts Festival

Charity Hall is a metalsmith in Blacksburg, VA, and teaches workshops for guilds and schools around the country, including Arizona Designer Craftsmen, Penland School of Crafts, Center for Enamel Art, and Idyllwild Arts. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Enamel Arts Foundation and appears in many publications. Previously she was a botanist for the San Bernardino National Forest, and she incorporates natural imagery in her work. She received her BA in biology (Colorado College), and MFA in metal design (East Carolina University).
Metals Week: Nature Journals for Metalsmiths

Rose Ann Hamilton (Cahuilla, Apapatkiktem clan) learned from renowned Cahuilla basket weaver Donna Largo at Idyllwild Arts 22 years ago. 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

Anne Havel is an independent studio artist, teaching workshops and exhibiting jewelry in juried shows throughout the US. Her work is in exhibitions, collections, and publications including Alchemy3, the 15th Juried International Enamel Exhibition of the Enamelist Society, Materials: Hard & Soft, Art Jewelry Today 4, Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, and Behind the Brooch by Lorena Angulo. The Enamel Arts Foundation acquired two of her pieces for its permanent collection. Anne is treasurer of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and The Enamelist Society.
Metals Week: Who Knew All This Could Be Done With A Torch: Setting & Torch Firing of Enamels

Kathryn B. Hull is a Nationally Certified teacher of piano having maintained an independent studio for more than half a century. Her students have won awards and scholarships. She has served as president of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers, as well as other offices. As a member of the Music Teachers National Association, Kathryn held numerous positions on the Executive Board. She is a founding board member of the California Piano Performance Workshop for Adults.,
Program Consultant – Piano Performance Workshop

Pam Houston is the author of two novels, Contents May Have Shifted and Sight Hound, two collections of short stories, and a collection of essays. Her stories have been selected for Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Awards, The 2013 Pushcart Prize, and Best American Short Stories of the Century. She received the Western States Book Award, the WILLA award for contemporary fiction, and The Evil Companions Literary Award. She directs Writing By Writers, is professor of English at UC Davis, and teaches in The Institute of American Indian Art’s Low-Rez MFA program.
Writers Week

Deb Jemmott has shared her love for metal by teaching classes since 1978, teaching through the San Diego Community College District in addition to many workshops. Deb’s belief that everyone has artistic creativity combined with her mastery of jewelry making techniques is key. She nurtures creativity in each student and helps with technical issues so students achieve their ideas in metal. Deb’s work has been featured in many periodicals and books, and she exhibits and creates custom work.
Metals Week Coordinator    It’s All About the Heat: How to Succeed at Soldering (Almost) All of the Time

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!

Ilya Kaminsky is the author of Dancing in Odessa (Tupelo Press), co-editor of Ecco Anthology of International Poetry (Harper Collins) and co-translator of Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva (Alice James), and other books. He received a Pushcart Prize, Lannan Foundation’s Literary Fellowship, the Tupelo Press Dorset Prize, a Whiting Writers’ Award and more. His poems have been translated into numerous languages and his books have been published around the world. Ilya co-founded Poets for Peace. He teaches at San Diego State University.
Writers Week

Stephanie Lee is a plaster artist and metalsmith who teaches to sold-out classes in the US, internationally and online. Her first bestselling book, Semiprecious Salvage: Creating Found Art Jewelry hit the shelves in 2008 and her second bestselling book, Plaster Studio (co-authored with Judy Wise) was published in 2011. She has been featured in multiple publications and has created numerous popular ebooks packed with video and written instruction.
Scratching the Surface: Creativity as Authentic Expression

Suze Lindsay, studio potter in the North Carolina mountains, studied ceramics at Penland School of Crafts, and Louisiana State University where she earned her MFA. She and husband Kent founded Fork Mountain Pottery, in Bakersville, NC. Suze has taught at art centers and universities in the US, China, and Chile. Among her many awards are the Best of Show in the First Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National. She has had several solo exhibitions, and her work is in the permanent collections of museums around the country and in Taiwan.
Hot Clay: Pots for Serving

Micki Lippe has been a studio jeweler for 40 years. In 2015, she received of the Seattle Metals Guild Lifetime Achievement Award. Her work will be a part of the 2016 Bellevue Arts Museum Biennial. Micki’s jewelry has been included in many books including Adorn and the 500 Earrings. She received a BFA from Washington University, St. Louis, and in 2010 she received WU’s Alumni of Distinction award.
Metals Week: The Expressive Necklace

Gerald Lomaventema (Hopi, Bear Clan) is from Shungopavi on Second Mesa, AZ. He uses a wide range of techniques and specializes in making silver ingot sheet. He shows widely across the country and in Japan, and has been featured in several publications. Gerald has won dozens of awards for his work, including first place awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market, Gallup Ceremonial, Eiteljorg Museum, and many more. His training includes work with Michael Kabotie, Lawrence Saufkie, Roy Talahaftewa, Duane Maktima and other fine metalsmiths.
Hopi Jewelry

Ben Loory is the author of the collection Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day, and 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. His second collection, Tales of Falling and Flying, is coming in 2017 from Penguin Books.
Writers Week: The Alchemy of the Short Story

Sam Lopez is pursuing an MFA in ceramics at San Diego State University. As a potter, Sam works primarily in porcelain and focuses on throwing and altering forms that reflect his experiences with the natural world. He shares these experiences through his pottery and hopes to enhance daily ritual one kitchen cupboard at a time. Sam has worked with the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program since 2012.
Hot Clay: Pottery Boot Camp

Suzanne Lummis’ collection Open 24 Hours won the Blue Lynx Poetry Prize and was published by Lynx House Press. Individual poems have appeared in time-honored magazines, including Ploughshares, The Antioch Review, The Hudson Review and The New Yorker. She is co-editor of a new imprint of Beyond Baroque Books, The Pacific Coast Poetry Series, and edited its first publication, the anthology, Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, which the Los Angeles Times cited as one of the 10 Best Books of 2015.
Spring Writers Retreat

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.
Tin Type Tarot    The Codex Compendium

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. He is currently director, CRM Department, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
California Native Plants: Contemporary & Traditional Medicinal Uses

Kent McLaughlin is a studio potter who began his training in 1973 at Brevard Community College, the University of Central Florida, and Penland School of Crafts. He apprenticed with a production potter before opening his own studio. Since 1996, he and wife Suze have owned and operated their private studio, Fork Mountain Pottery, in Bakersville NC. Kent has taught at Penland, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and has been a visiting instructor at Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in China, and at Curaumilla Art Center in Chile.
Hot Clay: Pots for Serving

Deezbaa Andrea O’Hare is of Diné (Navajo), Shoshone and Irish-Swedish ancestry. She receives guidance, inspiration and creative energies through connecting with Mother Earth. Her work in indigenous community-led wellness programs, native foodways, and cultural and healing arts has deepened her commitment to indigenous rights. She has worked with many change-making organizations that revitalize native lifeways, are dedicated to youth and women’s empowerment, creative arts expression and are leading solutions rooted in social justice and change. Deezbaa has shared performances at Blessed Unrest Festival at CounterPulse in San Francisco, Bioneers 2016, San Francisco Unified School District Indian Education Program, and many community-based art and cultural spaces. She learns from the collective creative expression, beauty, and strength of her ancestors, elders, relatives and community.

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 19 summers.
Navajo Weaving I & II

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 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 Songwriters Retreat

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 Performance 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

Pete Pinnell has been making pots since he was a student in the 1970s and has taught at the University of Nebraska since 1995, where he is a professor and former department chair. He is fascinated by everything about ceramics: the process, history and aesthetics. He has taught, lectured and demonstrated widely, including most recently at the NCECA conference in Kansas City.
Hot Clay: Deciphering Glazes

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

Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-16. His latest poetry book is Borrowed Bones from Curbstone/Northwestern University Press. He’s best known for the memoirs Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. and It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing. Luis has also published books in other genres, including fiction and children’s literature. He is founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Cultural Center & Bookstore in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley.
Writers Week: Poetry as Soul Practice

Lumhe and Samsoche Sampson (Mvskoke Creek/Seneca)—also known as the Sampson Brothers, are world-renowned dancers, striving to promote cultural pride, unity, and hope by setting a positive example through art, education, and dance. They hope to give back to their tribe and the Indigenous community as a whole by breaking stereotypes and thus creating opportunities for generations to come. The Sampson Brothers aim to be successful artists, but use that success to educate and keep their culture alive. With perseverance in education and tradition they bridge two worlds to provide positive inspiration as 21st century warriors.

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: Contemporary & Traditional Medicinal Uses

Margaret Scanlan is a full-time studio artist in Knoxville, TN, working in acrylic and watercolor, large and small-scale work. She is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, and the Watercolor USA Honor Society. She has taught painting, drawing, and color theory workshops at Arrowmont, John C. Campbell Folk School, Penland School, le Petit Bois Gleu and Chateau du Pin in France. Her work is in many private, corporate, and public collections in the U.S. and Europe, including the Huntsville Museum of Art, Springfield Art Museum (MO), and Sloan-Kettering Hospital (NY). She also plays keyboards in a Celtic band, Red-Haired Mary.
Drawing Intensive Weekend    Watermedia for All: Watercolor and Acrylic

Aaron Schuerr’s painting adventures have ranged from the California coast to the deserts to the mountains of Montana to remote villages in Morocco. He is a regular contributor to The Pastel Journal and has four instructional videos to his credit. He has taught workshops across the US and abroad, and is a signature member of The American Impressionist Society and The Pastel Society of America. His work can be viewed at The Legacy Gallery, The Mission Gallery, and online at
Painting the Landscape with Pastel

Deborah Schwartzkopf lives and works in Seattle. She teaches and exhibits extensively. She has taught at Ohio University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, the University of Washington, in Italy with the University of Georgia, and at her studio, Ceramistas Seattle. Deb has worked at the Archie Bray Foundation, Mudflat Studios, the Clay Studio, Pottery Northwest, Watershed, San Boa (Jingdezhen, China), and the Ceramics Workcenter (Berlin). Deb holds an MFA from Penn State, a BA from University of Alaska, and studied independently at San Diego State University.
Hot Clay: Cut and Paste

Aldo Seoane (Yoeme) is cofounder of Wica Agli and has been working in the domestic violence education field for the past 12 years. He is currently working toward a degree in mental health with a minor in Lakota studies at Sinte Gleska University. In 2010 Aldo moved to the Rosebud Sioux Reservation. He worked with White Buffalo Calf Woman Society and for the tribe’s education department. In 2013, Aldo was one of 5 men selected to represent the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in opposing Keystone XL. That same year, he helped to create Wica Agli (bring back the men) to address the need to engage men in the conversation of ending violence against women and children and to reclaim our traditional cultural understandings surrounding masculinity.

Ernest Siva, musician and teacher, is the cultural advisor and tribal historian for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians. 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. He is president and founder of the Dorothy Ramon Learning Center.
Native American Flute Making

Ed Skoog’s 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, Oregon.
Writers Week: Poetry

Kevin Snipes received a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and after pursuing graduate studies at the University of Florida, he participated in numerous artist residency programs, including the Clay Studio in Philadelphia; Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, in New Castle, Maine; Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis; and A.I.R. in Vallauris, France. He received a Taunt Fellowship from the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana in 2008. In 2014, he was awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally.
Hot Clay: Urban Porcelain

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: Collecting Clay and Making Pots

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 Woodcut Printmaking

Mark Tahbo (Hopi-Tewa) is known as one of the finest Hopi potters today. Born and raised on the Hopi Reservation, First Mesa, Mark learned the art from his great-grandmother Grace Chapella, Nampeyo’s neighbor and a principle pottery revival artist decades ago. His distinctive pots have been exhibited worldwide in museums and galleries. Among the many top awards he has earned at the Santa Fe Indian Market is the prestigious Helen Naha Memorial Award for Excellence in Hopi Pottery, which he earned for three consecutive years. Mark has been profiled in various publications including Native Peoples Magazine, and is included in many books and articles on Pueblo pottery.
Hopi-Tewa Pottery

Rulan Tangen is Artistic Director/Choreographer of DANCING EARTH – based in both the Southwest high desert and the Bay Area of the sacred Native land that is also known as USA. Surviving cancer to move into service of her purpose on earth, she has been nurturing new generations of Indigenous contemporary dance artist-leaders. She regenerates movement as an expression of indigenous worldview, functional ritual for transformation and healing, kinetic decolonization, and animistic connection with all life forms of earth. She travels relentlessly sharing embodied ways of Indigenous knowing, and performance rituals with ecological themes as advised by intertribal elders, with Native collaborators in every aspect of production and cultural research – since the founding of Dancing Earth.

Marie Thibeault professor of art at California State University, Long Beach, received her BFA at Rhode Island School of Design, and her MFA at UC Berkeley. Her large abstract paintings are arenas of action, informed by the contemporary landscape in transition and use symbolic color as an expressive force. She has an extensive exhibition record, and has received numerous awards. Recent exhibitions include Engineering at George Gallery Lawson Gallery, San Francisco, and Reference to Geometry at Jose Druis-Biada Art Gallery, Mount St. Mary’s University, Los Angeles.
Painting Luminosity

Craig Torres (Tongva) is a member of the Traditional Council of Pimu and involved with the Ti’at 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, educator and consultant who works with schools, cultural and nature centers, museums, and government agencies. He has helped create cooking demonstrations and classes using native California plants for Preserving Our Heritage and Chia Café.
California Native Plants: Contemporary & Traditional Medicinal Uses

Richard Tsosie is a Navajo jeweler and sculptor from Flagstaff and the Wide Ruins area of the Navajo Reservation and is currently living in Scottsdale, AZ. His work has been featured in American Indian Art Magazine, Arizona Highways, the video Beyond Tradition: Contemporary Indian Art and Its Evolution, as well as several books including Southwestern Indian Jewelry by Dexter Cirillo and Enduring Traditions, Art of the Navajo by Jerry Jacka. Richard’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums from New York to California.
Navajo Inlay Jewelry

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.
Writers Week: Writing the Short Essay

Frank Waln, is an award winning Sicangu Lakota Hip Hop artist and music producer from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. A recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship, he attended Columbia College Chicago where he received a BA in Audio Arts and Acoustics. His awards include three Native American Music Awards, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development 2014 Native American 40 Under 40, the 2014 Chicago Mayor’s Award for Civic Engagement, and the 2016 3Arts Grant for Chicago Artists. He has been featured in Buzzfeed, The Fader, Playboy, Vibe, NPR, ESPN, and MTV’s Rebel Music Native America. Frank has written for various publications including Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education, and Society and The Guardian. Frank travels the world telling his story through performance and doing workshops focusing on self-empowerment and expression of truth.

Pauline Warg is a metalsmith with 39 years of experience. She earned a Journeyman Metalsmithing Certificate and a BFA from the University of South Maine. Her work encompasses jewelry, silversmithing and enameling jewelry and holloware. She authored Making Metal Beads (Lark) and Jewelry Enameling Workshop (Interweave). She teaches at colleges and art centers nationally. Pauline wrote a segment of the book Jewelry Design Challenge (Lark), and teaches enameling in the DVD Basic Jewelry Enameling: Torch Fired Tutorial (Interweave).;
Metals Week: Feeding the Heart & Soul: Creating Utensils

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.
Piano Performance Workshop

Holly Wilson is an Oklahoma-based sculptor. She received her BFA in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute (Kansas City, MO) and her MA in ceramics and MFA in sculpture from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. Wilson is a 2015 Eiteljorg Fellowship Artists. She has exhibited her intimate bronze sculptures and her mixed media encaustic relief sculptures nationally. Wilson’s figures draw both from real life and legends of her Delaware and Cherokee background.
3D Encaustic Exploration and Mold-Making    Small Scale Bronze Casting

Tanaya Winder is a writer, educator, motivational speaker, and spoken word poet from the Southern Ute, Duckwater Shoshone, and Pyramid Lake Paiute Nations. Tanaya guest lectures, teaches creative writing workshops, and speaks at high schools, universities, and communities internationally.

April Wood is co-founder of the Baltimore Jewelry Center, where she is a studio manager, exhibitions director, and instructor. She has taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Penland School of Crafts, Idyllwild Arts, and Towson University. Her work has been exhibited at the Austin Museum of Art, SIERAAD International Art Jewelry Fair in Amsterdam, and Reinstein Ross Gallery in New York City, and has been featured in publications including Metalsmith, Surface Design Journal, and Sculpture.
Metals Week: Capturing the Moment: Natural Object Casting

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 Tuscon 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.
Native American Flute Making