ART CENTER INSTRUCTOR BIOS
Michelle is a visual artist and educator who loves to make art that makes the world seem a little weirder and a little more beautiful. She grew up in Pickerington, Ohio before earning her BFA in Painting and Drawing at the Ohio State University and her MA in Museum Education at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Primarily, Michelle works in painting but also specializes in collage, printmaking, and bookmaking. Her art has been exhibited in Italy and in the United States including shows with the Ohio Art League and Granville’s Art @ 43023. Currently she lives and works in central Ohio, where she divides her time between making art and teaching at the Columbus Museum of Art, Franklin Park Conservatory, and other Columbus organizations.
John’s medium of choice for painting is transparent watercolor. A Westerville native, John is involved in the local art scene as Past-President of the Westerville Art League, Past Vice-President of the Central Ohio Watercolor Society, Steering Committee member of the Central Ohio Visual Arts Council and Immediate Past-President of the Arts Council of Westerville. John has taught classes at the Westerville Community & Recreation Center and the Sunbear Gallery & Studio in Alexandria. In addition to teaching, he also continues to improve his own skills by taking lessons from a wide variety of well-known and respected local and national watercolorists. John’s paintings have been exhibited locally in several venues and are currently displayed in two Uptown Westerville businesses.
Bryan attended the Savannah College of Art and Design where he attained dual degrees in Photography and Graphic Design, achieving honors in each. He spent 3 years in New York City making art and working internships with renowned photographers, Joyce Tennesson and Arnold Newman. Since 2005, he has run photography studios in both Georgia and Ohio. While in Georgia, he also ran an award winning art space called Gallery RFD where he acted as co-director, art instructor and concert promoter.
As an artist, Bryan works in a variety of media in addition to photography and has shown in over 100 art exhibitions. Currently Bryan is an instructor at The Central Ohio Technical College where he teaches Photography, Video and Design. He is also a professional photographer with a studio in downtown Newark.
Sarah Gray is a local, self-taught artist who aims to transform the ordinary into the eccentric, and to find the beauty and excitement in every artistic medium. “I love art for its delicacy and strength; the willingness of a canvas to be transformed to celebrate the human mind, and treasure our imaginations, is an alluring thing.” Sarah graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. In her spare time she enjoys pursuing her artistic passions with her company, Earth Goddess, volunteering with local organizations, and traveling abroad. One of Sarah’s favorite quotes is: “Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible.”-LORIS MALAGUZZI
Paul Hamilton is a graduate from the Columbus College of Arts and Design. Paul is the former Creative Director and instructor for the Granville Studio of Visual Arts, and his resume includes a long list of gallery and museum shows for his painting, sculpture and installation media. He is represented by Hammond Harkins Gallery in Columbus,Ohio. A few of these locations include the Franklin Park Conservatory, the Decorative Arts Center, as well as three exhibitions with David Findlay Galleries in New York. Paul’s work is also in private collections throughout the United States, Venezuela, Mexico, and Great Britain.
Christian Harris is a local photographer who has over the last 5 years taught courses in Central and Southern Alaska to locals and tourists on how to properly read and analyze space weather data so they can determine when the Aurora Borealis will be out for themselves, with a high level of success for those that took the course. He has done presentations across several states (Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin), as well as speaking on the topic internationally as of October. Having a passion for the aurora, and astronomy in general, led to his interest in attempting to photograph the night sky. Starting with a smartphone camera back in 2015, he moved up to digital photography steadily increasing his abilities. Recently he lived in the Colorado Rockies, and it was during this time he experimented the most with the subject.