Bee is a Philadelphia-based multimedia artist with a Bachelors of Art in Art Therapy. In the classroom they prioritize the process of art- emphasizing it's role in building problem solving skills and exploration. When they're not making art, Bee can be found in the kitchen experimenting with new receipts or just chilling with their cat.
Isabel holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Art Education from Kutztown University, and currently attends Tyler School of Art to pursue her Masters degree in Art Education. She has worked in a variety of mediums but has a special love for oil painting and ceramics. Isabel loves seeing the happiness and excitement that art brings to children and encouraging their natural creativity. She enjoys the outdoors, gardening and camping, as well as quiet mornings practicing yoga, reading and drinking coffee. She currently lives in West Philly with her cat Diamond.
Sasha has obtained a degree in photography and art history from Bennington College in 2021. After relocating to Philadelphia from New York she has finally found a position that is relent on their passion for visual arts as well as childcare work! They have a wide range of experience such as tutoring elementary age kids as well as assistant teaching for preschool and day care as well as camp counseling, but pursuing art with children has always been her dream. She is eager to bring this passion to the Philly Art Center!
Wendy is from Berlin, New Jersey. She has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Technology Education from Rowan University and has spent many years teaching middle school STEM. She appreciates how the creative problem solving components of STEM can also be applied to the process of seeing an artistic vision come to fruition. Outside of the classroom, Wendy enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, the beach and walking her dog.
Taaj is a South Jersey based artist who specializes in oil and digital painting. She completed 3 years at West Chester University for a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. Before working at Philly Art Center, Taaj was a full-time self-employed artist. She most enjoys the therapeutic and subjective nature of art. Taaj thinks it’s very important that children have a safe and fun outlet to fully express their creativity. Aside from teaching, Taaj loves to paint and create prints, home decor, clothing, etc. Art and creating is her life.
Piper was raised in Wilmington, Delaware and graduated from Temple University with a degree in Advertising Art Direction. She believes in the importance of expression for kids and their development and understanding of self. Piper loves the organizational and management side of administration, and is thrilled to spend quality time with budding artists at the Art Center! Outside of work, Piper loves collage, watching TV, and spending time for self care.
Cameron is from Cherry Hill, New Jersey and graduated from the College of Charleston with a BA in Historic Preservation/Community Planning and a BS in Urban Studies. He loves being able to provide children in the greater Philly area with engaging art classes because he feels that art should be heavily integrated into urban spaces. He loves drawing, specifically architectural drawing, and print making. When he’s not at Art Center he can be found exploring Philly with his friends.
Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Marina has lived in Philadelphia for the past few years and loves it! She studied abroad in Rome for a semester and earned her BFA in Fibers & Material Studies from Temple University's Tyler School of Art. Marina loves teaching kids to get creative and grow their skills in the studio! Aside from teaching, she loves biking and embroidery.
Marcie is from Baltimore, MD, and lived in NYC for 9 years before coming to Philadelphia in December 2018. She received her M.S. in Interior Design from Pratt Institute and a B.A. in Studio Art from The University of Maryland, College Park, with a concentration in drawing and woodblock printing. She loves exploring art techniques and thinks it's more important to enjoy the process than the final product. "Happy accidents" often produce her favorite pieces. In addition to making art, Marcie loves exploring the city, traveling abroad, reading, and bad puns.
Kymble is a Philly-raised artist with a disciple in printmaking. They received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Lafayette College. Kym thoroughly enjoys the collaborative and mindful nature embedded within the printmaking (and artmaking) process. They believe such qualities found within this process make art an apt sphere for virtuous education.
Kelvin hails from the Isle of Wight in England, a far cry from the city of Philadelphia, his home for the last 16 years. A lifelong performing musician and writer, his travels have led him from southern England through continental Europe and across the Atlantic Ocean. As a devoted father of two, Kelvin found a place where his great passions, music, performance, and childhood development, were combined in early childhood music classes. Beginning with a teacher training course with the company that pioneered the now ubiquitous idea of infant/pre-K music education, Music Together in Princeton more than a decade ago, Kelvin has been teaching ever since. He continues to play, write, record, and perform music and is still continuously inspired by the families with whom he sings, dances, and speaks the joyful language of music.
Shane was born and raised in Glenside, PA. He holds a BFA in Studio Art from Marywood University and an MFA in Painting from Boston University. He currently lives and works in Philadelphia, and draws inspiration for his paintings from the vast array of people he sees every day. When he isn’t in the studio, he can be found playing the piano, listening to some vinyl, or traveling somewhere new.
Teal holds a BFA in Painting with minors in both Art History and Photography. She most recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Masters in Fine Arts concentrating on Painting and Drawing. Her favorite part about teaching is the opportunity to witness the unique moment when a student artist develops confidence in their own artistic style. In her spare time, Teal can be found painting or maintaining her home plant jungle!
Moxie is an artist who grew up in the Philadelphia area and recently returned after completing a BFA at Carnegie Mellon University. Their focus is in painting and drawing although they also explore craft and handwork techniques in their art. Their work focuses on abstracted ideas of portraiture and exploring how the body can and can’t be used as a representation of the self. Moxie has also spent many years working with children, both in the arts and otherwise, and takes inspiration from the strangeness and immensity of their creativity and curiosity.
Abbie graduated with her bachelors in Art Education in 2014. After graduation, she spent 4 years studying under pottery experts exploring a variety of firing techniques such as wood firing, raku, and pit firing. She is now an elementary school Art teacher in North Philadelphia, and in her free time enjoys gardening, flower arranging, and exploring as many art making techniques as she can.
Caitlin graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art with her Masters of Art in Teaching. Prior to this, she studied at Penn State University where she received her Bachelor’s in Studio Art (specializing in drawing and painting). Her artistic passion is graphite portraiture but finds endless excitement in the mixed media exploration that so often takes place in the art classroom. She has taught children from ages two to eighteen, finding their artistic understanding/know-how to be completely inspiring, but most loves the uninhibited energy and creativity of the youngest artists!
Destin’ee is a mixed media oil painter born and raised in Philadelphia. She loves teaching kids to not be afraid to try something’s new and enjoy the process of creating. She is currently in school for business administration at Southern New Hampshire University and attends the Milan Art Institute for Mixed media arts. When not creating art, Destin’ee loves baking, dancing, singing & spend time with her friends.
Tim is an interdisciplinary artist who received their BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Their primary focus is in drawing, although they are often working in video, sound, and painting as well. Above all else, they are interested in what is unearthed during the artistic practice. When Tim isn't working on some creative project, you can find them riding around on their bike or reading a book in the park.
Scott is an artist and art educator who graduated from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in 2011 with a BFA in Printmaking, Teaching Certification, and a Minor in Art History. He has since obtained his Master of Education from Cabrini University in 2016. Scott recently left public education after teaching middle school art for 10 + years, to pursue his own artistic endeavors. He is familiar with all printmaking processes but has a fondness for screenprinting and etching. When Scott isn't doing something art-related, you can find him and his wife walking around Mt. Airy enjoying the foliage and conversing with neighbors.
John’s fine art studies formally began in 2013 at Portland State University where he shifted his focus from 2D & 3D digital media tooil painting. John’s BFA thesis paintings explored a form of painterly realism, depicting scenes of the everyday that took on a disquieting and surreal allure.In 2018, John entered the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, receiving his Master's in contemporary painting in the spring of 2020. His Master's thesispaintings of interiors and local architecture were understood as quixotic reflections on representation, form, and politics. After graduation, John beganhis professional career in the arts at BDDW, where he still works. Currently, John lives and works out of his residence in South Philadelphia, PA.
Mary Hall Keyes is an oil painter and collage artist living in Philadelphia. Before working at the Philly Art Center, Mary Hall graduated from Alfred University where she earned her BFA and minored in Visual Arts Education. She has pursued her passion for working with children in a creative setting by student teaching for grades K-12th as well as being a counselor and administrative staff member at Chimney Corners Camp. She believes building confidence in kids is an essential part of being an educator and enjoys celebrating their self-expression in the studio.
Natalie was born in Seoul, raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, and has lived in the city since 2009! She graduated from Temple University with a degree in advertising account management and business administration. She loves children and has years of experience in kid-focused environments. Natalie enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, exploring new cuisines, knitting, traveling and the occasional boutique cycling class! She is also a cat mom of two.
Laura is a woodworker and seamstress with a bachelor?s degree in Crafts from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She teaches woodworking and engineering courses at the high school level, having earned an MAT in Technology Education from The College of New Jersey. Prior to teaching, Laura built custom cabinets and furniture. Laura loves working with kids of all ages in their exploration of different materials and techniques.
Erica graduated from Tufts University in 2021, with a BA in Anthropology and Architectural Studies and a minor in Studio Art! She moved to South Philly after spending the summer teaching college students to backpack the Appalachian Trail. Erica loves hiking, dancing, and biking for some of the same reasons she loves painting, printmaking, and other crafts: the physical, in-your-body process is cathartic, celebratory, and alive. She loves working with kids and is grateful for the opportunity to learn with them!
Carmen grew up in Hershey, PA. She earned her BFA in Printmaking and Teaching Certification from Tyler School of Art in 2019. Her favorite mediums to work in are screen printing and woodblock printing. She loves helping kids creatively problem solve to make art that they feel proud to share. When Carmen is not teaching or making art, she enjoys camping and traveling to new places!
Jill holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts and a BFA in art education from the University of New Mexico. With a K-12 teaching certificate and over 20 years of classroom experience, Jill has taught art at every level from preschool through university. In 2004, Jill launched the flagship location of Philly Art Center in Fairmount and has worked with dedication to grow Philly Art Center, delivering on their creative mission, ever since.
Veronica graduated from SUNY Fredonia in 2017 with a BFA in ceramics. She has pursued multiple jobs in the ceramic field such as freelance and production work but nothing compares to her passion for teaching. Her favorite thing about teaching is having students make tangible objects that reflect and celebrate their individualism. When she’s not working on ceramics, you can catch her painting in the park or walking her dog around the city.
Devona is a visual artist born and raised in Philadelphia. She received a Double degree at Bloomsburg University in Psychology and Art Studio, specializing in painting and drawing. She also earned a Masters of Science in Community Trauma Counseling at Jefferson University. Devona loves all creative endeavors and is constantly exploring new mediums. From painting and drawing to printmaking and ceramics, she is always looking for her next creative adventure. Devona has always been passionate about working with children whether it was in a home as a nanny, school or a clinical setting.
Emily is from Charlotte, NC. She was a teaching assistant in art class throughout high school, where she discovered her love of teaching. She taught outdoor education for two years at Echo Hill Outdoor School in Worton, Maryland before moving to Philly. She specializes in collage, printmaking, watercolor and pen and ink. She loves teaching at the art center because she’s inspired by children’s uninhibited creativity. When she’s not at the art center, Emily loves cooking, taking her cat Ginger for walks, hiking and going camping.
Graduating in 2015 from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Hannah holds a degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Painting and a minor in Art History,. She was a counselor at Hempfield Rec Daycamp in Lancaster for three years where she supervised kids of various ages; as a former member of Kutztown's tennis team, she instructed tennis there as well. Hannah is an abstract painter who believes that art is unplanned and that each mark is responding to a previous mark. Her biggest influence is Helen Frankenthaler. Aside from art and tennis, Hannah enjoys traveling and is looking forward to exploring her new home in Philadelphia.
Ruth has a BFA in art and currently works in ceramics. She has a passion for the creative process, how we can learn and grow from the making and playing in the arts. She is inspired by the stories, and moments that are told, and lived through the making and experiencing of art, from a picture book to a sculpture to a hand made plate. When she is not in the studio she is making and sharing food, biking and being outside at the park!
Antea Roberts has been working with clay since she was a kid. Hailing from South Philly, she took classes at Starr Garden, The Clay Studio and Fleisher Art Memorial. Antea spent 7 summers at Appel Farm Arts Camp in Southern NJ experiencing all kinds of art, and returned as an adult for an additional 7 summers to lead the ceramics department. After graduating in 2008 with a BFA in Fine Art/Ceramics from Corcoran College of Art in Washington DC, Antea developed ‘The Ceramery’- her brand of one of a kind ceramics; sold online and at area craft shows. A life long love of clay has brought Antea to Philly Art Center, where she’s excited to teach and grow alongside everyone!
Johanna is a designer, a teacher, a traveler and a student. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from The Pennsylvania State University and an Elementary Education Teaching Certificate from Widener University. As a Graphic Designer she combines her outgoing nature and creative style to push the limits of color and typography. Johanna played with clay since she was shorter than a pottery wheel, but now her ceramic work conveys a sense of freedom; in every piece there is a bit of her mood, energy and her fingerprints. She also loves biking, yoga, going to the movies and spending time with her family. More importantly, she¹ll never miss an opportunity to pop into a photo booth.
Bridget is an educator and lens-based artist who creates interdisciplinary works centering around the concept of alternative domestic spaces. With her background in architecture, Rogers’s current work combines miniature rooms and digital manipulation to create large scale prints that skew the viewer’s perspective of space and reality. Rogers earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Syracuse University, and then her Masters of Fine Arts in Photography from Tyler School of Art + Architecture at Temple University in 2020. Originally from a small beach town in New Jersey, when she is not creating new art or teaching, Rogers can be found enjoying the outdoors on hikes and walks on the beach.
Kaitlin Santoro is an interdisciplinary artist who work across photography, video, glass, and printmaking, to explore impermanence, loss, and generational trauma caused by cognitive impairment with a recent focus on dementia. She creates work that slowly breaks down and shifts, documenting the process and the aftermath to illustrate the fragility of memory over time.
Craig Stover received a BFA from the University of the Arts in '93 and went on to be a studio assistant for notable artists Elilzabeth Osbourne and Sam Maitin. He established his studio in the Fairmount neighborhood in Philly in '99 and has had numerous exhibitions of his work. He's worked for organizations like the Phila. Art Alliance, Woodmere Art Museum and the Snyderman Gallery. He also headed up Allens Lane Art Center for more than a decade where he ran 2 galleries, a theater, a summer art camp and numerous classes for the visual and performing arts.