Meet our Instructors! Bios Below
Nationally renowned cartoonist, Craig has worked on Superman, 'Mazing Man, Cap'N Catnip, Bazooka Joe, and his written two full length comics for Disney.
Jean Ann Bolliger
Ceramics Instructor & Ceramics Studio Manager
"I was raised between the fields of Illinois and the rivers of Florida. Always my experience and inspiration comes from the natural spaces and creatures of this part of the US. I've earned a Bachelors of Nursing and Fine Arts from Miami University. I've been making pottery and sculpture since 2001 and teaching classes for the same. What pays my bills is selling cheese at Kroger which is fun. Just ask me about cheese - you might regret it!"
Becky has been working with young students for over 25 years. She has a CDA and is current with first aid and CPR. She has taught preschool through 3rd grade artists here at the MAC for over five years.
Oils & Acrylics Instructor
"Graduated from Miami University with a B.S. in Interior Design. I have been a student at the Middletown Arts Center for almost three decades. I mostly paint with acrylic and top it with oil. I paint on boards more than canvas. I love color!"
Kathy is a long-time MAC watercolor student and retired elementary art teacher. Her vast experience translates well in meeting youth students where they are and helping them develop their creative expression through a variety of mediums and projects.
Adriana De Palma
Has had extensive work in raku and pottery studies at North Carolina State University and Miami University. Adriana began instructing at the Middletown Arts Center in 2001.
Jewelry & Silversmithing Instructor
Craftsman and Enamellists Society. Has been an instructor at MAC since 1986.
Erica is an artist and at educator currently based in Cincinnati. A Recent graduate of Taylor University and current high school art teacher, Erica considers both of her practices, visual artist and art educator, as callings that engage her faith in rich and wondrous ways. On a personal note reflecting upon her own works, she explores how intimate human relationships and patterns of thinking, perceiving and being, particularly those that manifest themselves in childhood, affect one's perception of and relationship to God.
Glass Artistry Instructor - Stained Glass & Fused Glass
John is the owner and operator of Haute Fusion Studio in Middletown and has worked in the medium of glass for over a decade. He has taught private workshops for several years and has written a book on the art of decorative glass fusing entitled Decorative Motifs with Fused Glass. Previously, John worked for Butler County where he worked with artists with developmental disabilities.
Drawing & Teen Ceramics Instructor
Ben is an artist and teacher from Dayton, Ohio. He received his MFA in painting from Edinboro University in 2018. He teaches at multiple institutions in the greater Dayton and Cincinnati area including Miami University, Indiana University East, Stivers School for the Arts, Rosewood Arts Centre, and Middletown Art Center. In 2019, he was selected for the New American Paintings, No. 143, Midwest Issue. He is currently affiliated with Thomas Deans Fine Art in Atlanta, Georgia and Dutoit Gallery in Dayton, Ohio. Ben’s work includes observed and imagined images of daily life, which are manifested through drawing, collage, and oil paintings. His work explores the intersection of light, color, observation, and invention. Ben resides in Dayton with his wife and three children.
Oils & Acrylics Instructor | Teens Instructor
Shawna Hatton is an artist, instructor, and small business owner in Springboro, OH. She received her B.F.A. from Saint Mary’s College and worked in corporate graphic design before focusing on motherhood, teaching, and freelance photography. Shawna has been an educator for almost twenty years. Since moving back to the area a few years ago, she has taught primarily at DAI, MAC, and privately. In September she opened Chasing Light Art Studio and Gallery in Historic Springboro, where she has works by 15 local artists in addition to her own work and small classes. She is part of the Springboro Arts Council, Dayton Society of Artists, the Contemporary, the Optimist Club, and has juried for many local exhibits such as Art & Soul. Shawna believes we are all creators and it is the process of creating that is healthy, healing, and more important than ever!
Fine artist and operator of Paint and Panache studio at the Pendelton Arts Center in Middletown, OH
Oils, Acrylics, & Mixed Media
Signature member of Cincinnnati Art Club and Ohio Plein Air Society. Active studio painter in acrylics and oils, awarded and exhibited regionally, partner in Paint & Panache Studio in PAC Middletown. Started oil painting at Middlebury College, studied plein air painting with Chuck Marshall. Teaches traditional principles plus use of digital photos and pics; tips and techniques for each medium. Started as an oil painter, but now works more in acrylics. Love of photography, gardening, and nature inform her work.
Fiber Arts - Knitting & Crochet Instructor
An accomplished artisan, Jill was taught to knit and crochet by her great-grandmother when she was eight years old. Jill took a brief hiatus from fiber arts until her daughter was born in 2000 and has been knitting and working in fiber artistry again ever since! Jill is skilled in many facets of knitting and other fiber arts including cables, color work, socks, entrelac, and intarsia.
Workshops & Outreach Instructor
A resident of Liberty Township, Nancy studied Art Education at Miami University, earning both a BA and MA in Art Education. She taught Art, grades 7-12 for 35 years. After retiring, Nancy has exhibited her pieces in shows locally. She currently teaches privately and is a member of the Queen Art Club, the Middletown Arts Center, and the Fitton Center.
A graduate of NY School of Interior Design & attended MU & OSU. She has received many awards including acceptance in the OWS annual exhibit. She is the owner of - “The Finishing Touch “ (framing) in Middletown.
Enameling & Watercolor Instructor
Has a MA & MFA. She is a talented artist and gifted teacher at such venues as Miami Univ. and Univ. of Cincinnati. Jean’s work is extensively exhibited and included in collections worldwide. Has been excepted into the OWS Watercolor Exhibits, OWS Member (Ohio Watercolor Society).
Ron has over 30 years of photography instruction experience. He is active in the Tripod Camera Club, Cleveland Photographic Society, West Chester Photo Club and Photographic Society of America. He is a part-time professional photographer. His publication credits include National Geographic Traveler, Audubon, Readers’ Digest, and Country Magazine.