Meet our 2017 Teaching Artists
Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Joseph Paul Baca has been teaching art in public schools for the past six years. He is also a member of the New Mexico Art Education Association and is the co-chair of the New Mexico Scholastic Art Awards, one of the only state-wide art competitions that highlights the best student artwork from 7th-12th grade. Joseph is also a recent addition to the adjunct faculty of the Art Education Program at the University of New Mexico.
Michael has been an active arts educator for over 14 years in the Albuquerque area, and worked at the UNM Art Museum for 10 years as the Curator for Education. For the past 4 years he has conducted workshops for children and adults in art making at [AC]2 Gallery, Albuquerque Academy, Albuquerque Public Schools, and the Santa Barbara/Martineztown Community Center. He enjoys working at the elementary level in education and has extensive experience teaching art K-12.
The need to create art is innate in all humans. To provide a space and a time for students, especially the youth, to explore, and be excited by new ideas and moments is a crucial goal of Meredith's. Teaching is a unique skill and if one lacks the passion and drive to share knowledge with others then one will never succeed in the building of skills. She enjoys every teaching opportunity she has had and being able to witness the joy and excitement my students have experienced. She is excited to continue this success with Harwood.
Jazmyn has experience working with kids and adults in arts education. She has served as an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer at The University of New Mexico building STEM+ Art capacity with The Social Media Workgroup and the STEM Collaborative. STEM Collaborative is a 5 year grant that aims to foster outside of the classroom opportunities for low income freshmen and sophomore students and she was their art program specialist. She also has experience working at !Si Se Puede! An after school program for elementary students. Lastly, She is a co-found of Graft Gallery and have even coordination experience.
Arden has an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Iowa, where he was given a three-year teaching fellowship for Basic Drawing, an introductory course for art majors, and Elements of Art, a non-major studio art survey course. Prior to living in Iowa, he lived in Maine, where he was awarded an Artist in the Schools Residency twice from the national social service organization VSA Arts. In this program he worked with at risk children, developing a curriculum that used abstract painting processes. In Maine he also taught creative writing at the college level for seven years.
Harley is a mixed media artist that thrives on giving his students options. This encourages critical thinking and individualism. In educating his students about the creative process, he uses a wide variety of media to incorporate color. Everything from pastel and paint to mod-podge and decorative papers can be used to achieve amazing results. He believe structure is necessary to having creative freedom and strive to find a balance. By offering simple, straight forward instructions, followed by options for personal expression, his students are always able to create a completed project that represents their individual style.
Ruben Olguin is an Albuquerque based artist working in clay, video, sound electronics and adobe. Olguin is an internationally exhibited artist with a BA in Cinematic Arts and an MFA in Studio Arts from UNM. He has taught for 4 years at UNM while also teaching youth workshops for Marfa Public Schools in Texas, and Working Classroom in Albuquerque. His current focus is teaching STEM-Arts workshops with an emphasis on geology and conservation. He has recently taught K-8 STEM-Arts workshops at the Taos Waldorf School, Explora, and Albuquerque Public Schools.
Allyson Packer is an artist and educator whose work explores how personal agency shapes our shared spaces. She has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Community Arts Collaborative at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and the VSA North Fourth Art Center in Albuquerque, among others. She recently exhibited work at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago and Nahmad Projects in London, and in 2017 will install a solo exhibition at Radical Abacus in Santa Fe. She earned her BFA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
April Parrish holds a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music in Dance Performance; Emphasis in Ballet. Her 20 year body of experience includes choreography, curriculum development and coaching as well as teaching at all levels. The most rewarding projects that April has been creatively involved with have included an integrated arts approach; combining visual arts, storytelling, dance and poetry. In 2000, April was honored by the Arts Council of Northwest Florida as the recipient of the Elvie DeMarko Dance Achievement Award in recognition of lifetime achievement in the Fine Art of Dance.
Norah is a Multimedia Artist with a love of animation, puppetry, automata, interactive installation, and performance. Her work has been shown at venues including SXSW Film Festival, London International Animation Festival, the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, and on PBS. She has taught animation and creative code to students from elementary to college all over the Boston and New York areas. She received her BA from Harvard University and recently finished her Masters in Interactive Media at Tisch NYU.
Pearl Sunrise is currently a professor of Fiber Arts, Fashion Design, and Navajo Languages classes at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. Prior to IAIA employment, Pearl worked for the Museum of New Mexico as an Education Specialist, curator, and Director of the Resource Center. She has taught Native Arts all across New Mexico, Colorado, Maine, Tennessee, and Oregon. She has been a NM Arts Commissioner since 1993.
Shawna was raised as a 5th generation Dine weaver through the matrilineage of her mother here in the City of Albuquerque. She learned all the aspects of creating through both her parents, weaving from her mother who is Navajo (Dine) and Traditional performance and organizing from her father who was from Santo Domingo Pueblo (Kewa). Currently she is an Independent Contractor of Native media, education and organizing. The work she is evolving into is not about protesting or reacting it is all about establishing a communication bond with the community.
Shawn Turung is a mixed media artist who has instructed children and adult level art classes throughout Albuquerque, since 2001. Shawn has taught painting at the Working Classroom, conducted seminars at La Cueva and Sandia High schools, and instructed mixed media painting & sculpture at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. As a student of the Art Institute of Chicago, Shawn majored in kinetic and electronic sculpture where she was the Kinetic assistant for one year.
Rachel Zollinger graduated from UNM in 2008 with a BFA in Art Studio, specializing in drawing and sculpture. She began teaching art to children soon after and has taught with local non-profit organization Art in the School for four years. She finds working with young artists motivating and inspiring.
Blackout Theatre Company
Blackout is a New Mexican company that creates and teaches a style of performance incorporating the theatrical, media, musical and studio arts, blurring the lines between them. SInce 2007, Blackout has been creating original, award winning theatre and videos. Favorite works include "The Sparrow's Daughter: A Cuento," and "F8: A Rock Musical." Additionally, Blackout has an extensive playwriting-in-the-schools program, Wrinkle Writing which empowers students to improve literacy and teamwork skills through playwriting and ensemble development.