our faculty


laura albert

Education: University of Delaware

Laura Albert studied painting at the University of Delaware, where she graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Art degree in 2004. She went on to pursue a profession in Art Education.


Beth Carpenter
Ceramic Artist

Education: Royal Oak Community College

Beth has been studying pottery for 40 years and continues to teach her techniques around the Northeast Ohio Region.

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Laura Ferrando ceramic artist

Education: Cleveland Institute of Art + University of Pittsburgh

Laura earned her BFA in ceramics in 2000, and has been teaching ceramics to children and adults throughout the greater Cleveland area ever since.


Susan Gallagher
ceramic artist

Education: Cleveland Institute of Art

Susan Gallagher has been a ceramic artist for 45 years. She has also been an Ohio Arts Council Artist in Residence for ten years and is the former Director of the Ceramics Department at the Beck Center for the Arts.


George Kozmon

George is best known for his monumental paintings and is an internationally collected artist. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the National Endowment For The Arts Individual Artist Fellowship and four Ohio Arts Council Grants.


Linda Merchant

Education: Youngstown State University + National University

Linda has been painting for as long as she can remember. As a child, she was inspired by the detailed wildlife artwork of Robert Bateman, Carl Brenders, and others. Primarily self-taught, she pursues a realistic approach to drawing and painting, creating detail in meticulous layers. She is currently visual arts faculty at the Willoughby Fine Arts Association, Beck Center, and Orange Art Center.


Stephanie Miller-Davis
Ceramic Artist

Education: Ohio State University + Cleveland State University

Stephanie has taught elementary art in the Cleveland and East Cleveland public schools. In recent years, she has exhibited her work at in many galleries around the area. She has participated in numerous sales and art festivals including Art by the Falls in Chagrin Falls and Cain Park Arts Festival in Cleveland Heights.


A.D. Peters

Education: Pennslyvania Academy of Fine Arts + Kent State University

AD Peters has been teaching at the OAC for 35 years and has his paintings collected internationally by institutions such as the Cleveland Museum of Art, Progressive, and the Cleveland Clinic.


Annie Peters

Education: Akron University + Kent State University

Annie has taught art at Grand Valley High School in Orwell, OH for more than 40 years. While there she was awarded Teacher of the Year three times, and the Ruritans Outstanding Teacher Award. Peters has also exhibited her work in museums, including the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Southern Ohio Museum, as well as national and regional shows.


Bob Raack

Bob has over 40 years of experience teaching at the university level: Cooper School of Art, the University of Akron, the Cleveland Institute of Art, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and Youngstown State University. He recently retired to dedicate full time to his own painting in his art studio in the Shore Cultural Center in Euclid. 


John A sargent III

Education: Ohio State

John A Sargent III is a native Clevelander and professional artist since 1988 graduating with his MFA in painting from Ohio State in 1988. He has had the privilege of teaching at The Albright Knox Museum in Buffalo.  He is a board member of the Artist Archives of the Western Reserve and serves on the Gallery Committee at Valley Arts Center. 


Andrea Serafino
Ceramic Artist

Education: Cleveland Institute of Art

A ceramic artist and instructor with more than 25 years of experience, Andrea Serafino freely shares her techniques for wheel throwing, hand-building and clay sculpture with her students. 


Sophie Shiloh
Jewelry Artist

Sophie loves sharing her passion for jewelry and metalworking through teaching. Her natural ability to nurture a fun, supportive, and engaging environment lends itself perfectly to working with students of all ages and skill levels.

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Mandy Spisak

Education: Cleveland Institute of Art

Mandy Spisak is an enamelist and art instructor from Cleveland, Ohio. She received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a focus on painting and enameling. She is the owner of Retro Revival, an enameling and stained glass studio and gallery located in Valley View, Ohio.


Jenn Szalkowski
Fused Glass Artist

Education: Kent State University

The act of creating something with your own two hands was something that was exhilarating and inspirational to Jenn. Still actively exhibiting her work, Szalkowski’s work has been featured in various local art shows at several shops and galleries throughout Northeast Ohio. 


Josh Usmani
Illustrator + Writer

Education: Cleveland State University

In addition to being Cleveland Scene Magazine’s Visual Arts Editor from 2014 to 2017, he has been teaching kids cartooning classes since 2013 in various institutions around the region. His own artwork has been featured in more than 100 group exhibitions, as well as several solo shows, and is represented locally by Tregoning & Company. 

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Multimedia Artist

Guy-Vincent is an internationally exhibited and collected interdisciplinary artist.  His art practice has investigated a great variety of modes of expression including: traditional media, concept-based performative endeavors, moving images and photography.  His artwork is represented in numerous public and private collections.


Marlene Weinstein

Education: University of Akron’s Meyers School of Art

Marlene retired from a 30 year health care career in 2012 and completed a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Akron’s Myers School of Art in 2016. Marlene shows her work in regional and university exhibits and engages in her community through teaching.


Daniel Whitely

Education: Kent State University and Cleveland Institute of Art

Daniel has maintained a studio for the past 30 years alongside with the experience of being an illustrator, graphic designer, muralist and fine art painter. His work is in many private and corporate collections.


Allison Wooley
Multimedia Artist

Allison has taught art in Philadelphia for 16 years and recently moved back to the Cleveland area where she grew up. During her years in Philadelphia, Allison was involved with many arts initiatives both with the schools and local communities bringing murals and programs to the students. Allison loves working with drawing, textiles, printing and various crafts, sometimes combining the techniques for interesting mixed media projects.