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Museum School Faculty

Name Subject Website Biography
Zina Al-Sukri Painting  
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Zina Haydar Al-Shukri combines materials to emphasize the essence and emotional qualities of individual people. Her process takes into consideration the notions of transition, conflicts, and hybridity in relation to culture and religion, individuality and shared experience, psychology and social determination. Zina’s portrait practice provides a vibrational “check-in” to create a space for dialogue and expression of feelings, illustrating the relationship between the subjects and their experience of social conditions. Exhibitions include the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Patricia Sweetow Gallery and Jack Hanley Gallery in San Francisco. She received a B.A from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2006 and an M.F.A. from the California College of the Arts in 2009.
Kristin Andrews-Karr Printmaking
 
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Kristin Andrews-Karr is a printmaker who dabbles in drawing and ink painting. I like to create work centered around nostalgia, introspection, and colorful daydreams. I live here in Little Rock, Arkansas alongside my wife and our menagerie of animals, who offer plenty of entertainment and inspiration.
Robert Bean Drawing Link to Website
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Robert Bean grew up on the pulpy pages of comic books, inspired by the dramatic stories and images he found there. That influence exists to this day, infusing his work with narrative and keeping his focus on the figure. After receiving his degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Robert spent the next twelve years building up his art career, acting as curator/gallerist for three exhibition programs in non-traditional venues, teaching and sharing his love of drawing, and exhibiting his work across the United States. His work can be found in both public and private collections nationwide. Robert serves as an instructor of figure drawing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and as the Department Chair of Painting and Drawing at the Museum School of the Arkansas Arts Center.
Lauren Bellomy
Ceramics  
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Lauren Bellomy is a potter and Little Rock native who enjoys living the simple life with her husband and kitty in a 192 square foot tiny house. Lauren enjoys all forms of pottery making, though her work mainly focuses on making wheel thrown functional pots with playful surface decoration. Lauren has been teaching at the Arkansas Arts Center since early 2019.
Nick Blain
Ceramics  
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Nick Blain has worked for the Arkansas Arts Center as Ceramics Studio Assistant since 2019. His ceramics and paintings are playful and energetic, and he has a talent for coming up with unique decoration and a love for pattern. You can find his work at South Main Creative in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Joel Boyd
Painting  
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Joel Boyd has been working as a fine art painter for more than ten years. Working with clients, Joel’s commissioned paintings range from portraits and landscapes on canvas to large-scale murals on historic buildings. In November of 2019, Boyd was selected by the Downtown Little Rock Partnership to execute his large-scale mural titled "City Dreamers". Boyd received his B.F.A in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia. After living and working in Chicago for a couple of years, Boyd accepted a position as a K-12 art teacher in his hometown of Rector, Arkansas. He now lives in Little Rock working out of his home studio and teaches classes for the Arkansas Arts Center.
Chad Bradford
Performing Arts
 
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Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Chad is a director, actor, and composer based out of New York City. Chad is a member of Actor’s Equity Association and has had the privilege to work all across the country. Chad is currently the Associate Artistic Director for Shake on the Lake Shakespeare in Western New York. During his time there he has directed RICHARD III, TWELFTH NIGHT, A MISDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, THE SANTALAND DIARIES, and ROMEO AND JULIET. Chad has acted Off-Broadway in New York City at the American Globe Theatre, among others, and with 5 different National Tours, playing lead roles in shows like: MACBETH (Macduff), THE FANTASTICKS (El Gallo), and A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Scrooge). Chad has also worked regionally at such theatres as: American Shakespeare Center, Farmer’s Alley Theatre, Pennsylvania Center Stage, Nebraska Theatre Caravan, Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival, and the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre. Chad has served as a Guest Artist and Director for the University of Central Arkansas (directing David Ives’ THE LIAR), Bradley University (directing PETER AND THE STARCATCHER & LITTLE WOMEN, THE MUSICAL), and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (directing Shakespeare’s AS YOU LIKE IT). Chad also has teaching experience at universities like Penn State, Hendrix College, and the University of Central Arkansas. Favorite recent credits include: Harold Hill in THE MUSIC MAN (Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre), Ferdinand in THE TEMPEST (American Shakespeare Center), and Jay and his alter ego Clair de Lune in MARE IN THE MEN’S ROOM (Off-Broadway).
Chad is also a recipient of National Art Strategies’ Creative Community Fellowship and founded Voices Uncaged, a program that has been dedicated to bringing theatre arts and education into prisons for the last 4 years.
Chad earned a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Central Arkansas and an M. F. A. in Acting from Penn State University.
David Paul Cook
Painting  
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David Paul Cook has been teaching watercolor landscape painting and outdoor painting, at the AAC since 2002. He is also interested in sketchbook-journaling, East Asian painting, and nature study. He is past-president of the Arkansas League of Artists and the Conway League of Artists. He has served on the board of the Mid-Southern Watercolorists. Mr. Cook has led numerous classes, workshops and demonstrations in Central Arkansas. He was head of the Plein Air Painters of Arkansas for 13 years. In addition to watercolor, Cook also works in oils, oil pastels, and block printing.
Jacqueline Currie
Homeschool  
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Jacqueline Currie has been teaching children to create art since 2005. Her personal work includes ceramics, drawing, printmaking and jewelry. She has been a member of the AAC Museum School Faculty since 2018.
Kelly Edwards
Ceramics
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Kelly Edwards has been teaching ceramics at the Arkansas Arts Center since 1999. Kelly attended the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee and is currently working on her B.A. in Fine Arts at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. You will find Kelly humble, down-to-earth, and passionate about her work. Her art has been recognized in Inviting Arkansas and At Home in Arkansas, and it was displayed in former President Clinton’s temporary office during the two-year construction of his Presidential Library. Kelly enjoys collaborating with several local interior designers. She lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas, with her two children.
Siobhan Egan
Business of Art
 
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Siobhan Egan's photography career began more than 20 years ago in New York. Before moving to Georgia in 2005 to attend graduate school at the Savannah College Art Design, Siobhan gained experience at Magnum Photos and as staff photographer for The Riverdale Press in the Bronx. After graduating with a MFA in photography, Siobhan taught photography at the college level. She is now co-owner of Paprika Southern, a photography and styling studio that offers brand photography, content creation, product photography, headshots, and more.
Erin Fowler
Performing Arts
 
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Erin Fowler is a Little Rock native who graduated from Hendrix College in 2011. Since, she has honed her passion for theatre, movement, and dance largely at the Children’s Theatre. You may have seen her choreography work at the AACCT in shows like The Hobbit, This Little Piggie Went to Market, Schoolhouse Rock Live!, and dozens more. She has also taught numerous classes and workshops for the Arts Center’s Summer Theatre Academy, Jr Arts Academy, and Museum School. Erin also enjoys reading, writing, yoga, and hiking.
Jann Greenland
Metal
 
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Jann Greenland is easily distracted by shiny objects, which explains her preoccupation with bits of metal, pretty rocks, and colored glass. She coaxes these tidbits into works of personal and environmental ornament. A metalsmith and warm glass artist, she is also likely to include recycled, upcycled, and cross-purposed elements in her work, as well as the occasional found object. Her pieces are usually colorful and often reveal her sense of humor.
Katie Greer
Performing Arts
 
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Katherine Greer is a graduate of UA Little Rock with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and a B.A. in Theatre Arts. Katie has worked in theatre/dance education across central Arkansas for several years with Episcopal Collegiate, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Arkansas Academy of Dance, Argenta Community Theatre, Wildwood Park for the Arts and North Little Rock High School's Dance Troupe. She is an instructor, guest artist and choreographer with Arkansas Festival Ballet and her works Descent and Study of Blue Nudes were selected to be performed at the Regional Dance Association's conference in 2017 & 2020.
Layet Johnson
New and Other
 
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Layet Johnson is a cartoonist, conceptual artist, and sign painter working in Little Rock Arkansas. He currently teaches beginning drawing at Hendrix College and has recently taught studio art at UA Little Rock and Central Connecticut State University. His latest self-published comics include “Confidence” and “Sick Day,” which are visible at www.camarojr.com. In his comics, Johnson incorporates a clear line style through active and varied compositions in service of playful, mysterious, and action-packed narratives. When not making comics, Johnson’s art practice involves conceptual, relational, and installation-based artworks involving the intersection of found objects, conceptual media, and design, with frequent presentations by Good Weather, a contemporary art gallery in North Little Rock, Arkansas. His work is visible at www.layetjohnson.com and on instagram at @layetjohnson.
Arshia Khan
Photography
 
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Arshia Khan is a photographer and visual storyteller specializing in portraiture and food photography. She worked as the editorial photographer for Arkansas Life Magazine for 10 years. Her past clients include Bon Appetit, Lululemon, and Southern Living and she published The Modern Arkansas Table cookbook in 2015. She lives in Little Rock with her husband and cat, and can often be found hiking, knitting, making ceramics, or eating ice cream.
Beth Lambert
Ceramics
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Beth Lambert attended Hendrix College and continued her art education at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee. She has been teaching ceramics at the Arkansas Arts Center since 2005. Her work is available at the Galleries at Library Square, Little Rock Arkansas and Fox Pass Pottery in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Beth is currently serving as the Associate Director of the Museum School over 3-D Programs.
Erin Larkin
Ceramics
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Erin Larkin is the Arkansas Arts Center’s Costume Director, where she also designs and builds puppets, both large wearables and small hand-held creations. Her background is in multi-media sculpture and installation, with a BFA from the University of Memphis. She enjoys marrying the worlds of performance and art in her everyday work, with an emphasis on connecting with young audiences and makers.
Heidi Wallace Leftwich
Performing Arts
 
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Heidi Sue Wallace is a professional performer and educator with a degree in musical theater from Oklahoma City University. With many years of early education, pediatric pedagogy, and child psychology classes, Heidi has taught children ages 18 months to 18 years old voice, piano, dance, and acting lessons. Heidi is also an infant swim instructor teaching babies to save themselves from aquatic accidents. She prides herself and being able to read a child and know exactly what they need to succeed. She is married to an exceptionally talented performer, Kurt, and is also a proud mother of two toddlers!
T. J. Medel
Performing Arts
 
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TJ Medel is Jersey all day, every day. He holds a BA in Theater Arts from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. As a 2015 Second City Chicago Bob Curry Fellow, he performed on Second City Mainstages, worked as a Diversity and Inclusion Facilitator for Second City Works, and is the first Filipino faculty member for The Second City Training Center in Chicago. Medel has devised works with The Neo-Futurists Theater (A Story Told in 7 Fights), Theater Unspeakable (Superman 2050, The American Revolution, Moonshot, The Sacajewea Project), and Chicago Slam Works House Ensemble (One Day When We’re All Robots, Have a Great Summer). Medel has performed in festivals such as the Detroit Improv Festival, Chicago Sketchfest, Chicago Improv Festival, Chicago Fringe Festival, Second City Los Angeles Diversity Festival, Montreal Fringefest, Toronto Combustion Festival, Manila Improv Festival, NBC’s Breakout Comedy Festival, and CBS’s Comedy Showcase. His television credits include numerous commercials, web series, and FOX’s Empire. As an educator, TJ has taught with the Smithsonian, Silk Road Rising, Chicago Improv Productions, Chicago Poetry Center, Urban Gateways, and the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. He is a former member of the legendary All Asian Improv Group Stir Friday Night and is the Founder of the Improvised Spoken Word Group PREACH! Black Lives Matter. Free Maria Ressa.
Aleigha Morton
Performing Arts
 
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Aleigha Morton wielded her Fine Arts degree at the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre for six seasons as a teaching artist. She spent her time teaching improv to children ages 3-17, gaining skills and patience along the way. She now puts those tools to use as an enrichment teacher at an after-school program focused on social-emotional learning and as a facilitator for ZipZapZopEnrichment. Certified in Activity-Based Mindfulness, Aleigha believes strongly in being present with children and allowing them to connect however they feel comfortable.
Brandon Nichols
Performing Arts
 
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Brandon Nichols is thrilled to be back with AACCT teaching what he loves most, Musical Theatre! With over 7 years under his belt, Brandon has taught all over Central Arkansas. He hopes you join him for this fun-filled class and cannot wait to meet you!
Kayla O’Neal
New and Other
 
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Kayla O’Neal is an artist featured in the 62nd Delta Exhibition. She is a M.F.A. candidate in studio art with an emphasis on drawing and illustration at Louisiana Tech University. She has a B.F.A. in game, animation, and simulation design from Southern Arkansas University.
Sarah Nichols
Performing Arts
 
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Sarah Nichols is no stranger to The Arts Center! She has previously taught a 2-5 year old class, as well as a Family Game Night Zoom class this past Spring. She has also been on tour with the children’s theatre. Sarah is always happy to be a part of AACCT!
Melissa Orsini
Metals
 
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As a child, Melissa began her creative journey by putting rocks and sticks together in patterns. Later she started stringing beads, thus beginning her love affair with jewels, that carried over to the art she creates today. Her work includes precious and semi-precious stones set and woven into the pieces. Influenced heavily by the East, Melissa’s jewelry has an old world feel. Her pieces are for sale at the Arkansas Arts Center and other retail outlets. She lives and works in Little Rock, Arkansas and shares her home with her husband David, their rescue dog Annie and their 2 studio cats, Daisy and Rosie.
Bethany Post
Performing Arts
 
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Bethany Post is a performer, teacher, and advocate for the arts with a wealth of teaching and performing experience from her travels across the country with Missoula Children’s Theatre and National Theatre for Children. She has also worked as a company actor and teacher at the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre, and most recently served as the Education Coordinator with the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Bethany holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Bowling Green State University, and has spent the past few years pursuing her passion for Theatre for Young Audiences. She is excited to use her skills to continue bringing quality theatre education to the Little Rock community and beyond.
Michael Scott
Performing Arts
 
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Michael Scott first appeared on stage as the Pig in a pre-kindergarten musical adaptation of Old McDonald Had a Farm. Ever since then, he's been a fierce advocate for the arts, directed and acted in multitudinous stage and screen productions, and has been teaching theater and improv all over the state for more than five years.
Celia Storey
Ceramics
 
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Celia Storey works at the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, the statewide daily newspaper, where she is an editor for the Style section. She is an inventive, innovative potter whose work often incorporates her sense of playfulness and humor, and has taught ceramics at the Museum School since 2008.
Justin Tyler-Bryant
New and Other
 
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Born in Stuttgart, Arkansas, Justin Tyler-Bryant received his B.F.A in Studio Art from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2012 and his MFA in Studio Art from Louisiana State University in 2018. He has taken courses at Penland School of Craft, Ox-bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, the Art Students League in New York and he was also a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (’17). Justin’s recent work investigates the past and present imagery of African Americans to reflect a multi-contextual narrative of poetry, personal narrative, and history. In his work, he uses found objects, painting, drawing, and video to suggest a fugitive notion of blackness. Justin has shown at the Historic Arkansas Museum, the Zoe B. Art Center in Chicago Illinois, Ten Gallery in New Orleans, Michigan State University’s LookOut! Art Gallery, and the Thea Arts Foundation.
Bevin Valentine
Business of Art
 
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Bevin Valentine Jalbert is the co-owner of Paprika Southern, a Savannah, Georgia-based styling and photography studio. Bevin works with small business owners, artists, and makers to translate their unique brand identities into photography through custom concept design and styling for each photo shoot.
Eric White
Performing Arts
 
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Eric White is a writer/director/animator from Little Rock, AR. He graduated with a Bachelor degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Tennessee at Martin and a Masters of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking from the University of Central Arkansas. He is an award winning multimedia journalist with four Arkansas Associated Press awards for photography and videography. In 2017, he was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship Award in Cinematic Arts by the Arkansas Arts Council. In 2019, he was awarded a Silver Telly Award for Use of 2D Animation. Eric currently is a Producer at Arkansas PBS and recently finished the first season of the live action puppet show, Blueberry’s Clubhouse.
Nancy Wilson
Painting
 
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Nancy Wilson has taught for over 30 years in the museum school. She is a former public high school art instructor and enjoys sharing her passion of art with her students.
Jeff Wolfthal
Performing Arts
 
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Jeff Wolfthal has been a teacher, artist, and teaching artist for most of his adult life. He's been a high school History teacher, a middle school English teacher, taught a Shakespeare Summer Camp for teenagers, and even spent some time teaching incarcerated youth. He has been performing Improv professionally since 2013, and is currently the Director of Interactive Theatre for the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, and its various subsidiaries and shadow corporations. He is also a founding member of The I.T. Crowd, a virtual improv team that formed to combat the doldrums of life during the Covid-19 pandemic. Catch them performing live on Facebook every Saturday at 7pm EST.
The I.T. Crowd is a team of improvisers from across America that like working together and teamed up to help fight the doldrums of life during the Covid-19 pandemic. Performing online via Facebook LIve, the I.T. Crowd brings the excitement, impulsiveness, and technical difficulties of a live Improv show to the safety of your home. Socially Distant, and yet somehow too close for comfort, the I.T. Crowd just wants to make you smile and forget about the world for a little while. Visit Facebook to catch a show or sign up for the Improve Technology newsletter to learn more.
Miranda Young
Printmaking
 
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Miranda Young graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute with a B.F.A in Printmaking. She has taught Youth classes and programs and Printmaking classes in the Museum School for 15 years and is currently serving as the Associate Director of the Museum School over 2-D Programs and Youth Programs.
 
 

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