VisArts Faculty

VisArts faculty is composed of professional artists, MCPS teachers, private school teachers, and emerging teachers in the VisArts mentorship program.

Jenny Beech (she/her)

Jenny fell in love with clay as a high school student in Silver Spring, MD, and decided that she wanted to pursue ceramics as a career.

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Nan Bevan (no pronouns shared)

Nan Bevan creates luminous interior landscapes with glass.

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Xiaosheng Bi (he/him)

Xiaosheng Bi was born in Xi’an China.

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Helena Cervantes (she/they)

Helena is a Guatemalan-American, multimedia, lowbrow artist, born and raised in Washington D.C. and now residing in Maryland.

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She pursued Illustration at Montgomery College and then went on to earn her B.F.A. in Fine Arts from the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Their work spawns a sense of strangeness by combining pop culture elements such as horror and cuteness. She creates reoccurring characters with these elements who embody Monstrous or Otherness. Much of the inspiration for their work is science fiction, fantasy, the uncanny valley, post-humanism, and Otherness. Helena brings these characters to life through sculpture, paintings, and illustrations.

When she’s not making monsters, Helena enjoys tabletop gaming, cosplay prop making, baking, and watching anime.

Helena currently participates at local craft fairs, and conventions along the east coast, and sells her work online.

https://nenamagica.carrd.co/

Orven Cruz (he/him)

Orven is a mixed-media artist based in Maryland, with a strong affinity towards tactility and interactivity within his work.

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Robert Devers (he/him)

Robert Devers is an artist with a multi-faceted practice that includes ceramics, sculpture, painting, and photography.

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Emily Eisinger (she/her)

Emily Eisinger earned her BFA from The University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP).

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Li-Fang Tsai (she/her)

Li-Fang Tsai studied Fashion Design at Tainan Technology College,

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Janet Greer (she/her)

Janet Greer has made nurturing creativity and curiosity part of her mantra for life.

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Sharon Gude (she/her)

Sharon Gude is a native of Montgomery County, growing up in Bethesda and spending a large part of her childhood on her grandparent’s farm in Rockville.

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Ann Hobart (she/her)

Ann Hobart has been a professional potter and teacher of pottery for more than 40 years.

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Michelle Izquierdo (she/her)

Michelle Izquierdo is a locally- based artist who was born and raised in Montgomery County and earned her BFA from the University of Maryland.

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Hiral Joshi (she/her)

Hiral Joshi was born and raised in India, and moved to the US some years back.

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Camilla King (she/her)

Camilla King is originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Ellen Lafferty (she/her)

Ellen Lafferty teaches both adult and children’s classes at VisArts.

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Kate Lanxner (she/her)

Kate Lanxner has more than 25 years’ experience as an art educator for all ages and has illustrated five books.

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Gary Moomau (no pronouns shared)

After working in a pottery studio for a semester, I took my first pottery class in 2013 at Anne Arundel Community College and was hooked.

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Roza Matlin (she/her)

Roza Matlin is a self-taught artist and muralist from Russia, currently living in Maryland.

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Michael Metzner (no pronouns shared)

Michael Metzner is a ceramic artist currently living in Frederick, Maryland.

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Sarah Sater Murray (she/her)

Sarah is a self-taught artist who enjoys acrylic painting as well as working with a wide range of mediums,

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Marzieh Narenji (she/her)

Marzieh was born and raised in Tehran, the capital of Iran, and moved to the U.S. some years back.

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Kelsey Nieto (she/her)

Kelsey Nieto is a freelance artist born and raised in Maryland. She graduated from Montgomery College in 2014 with a Studio Art Associates and is

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Richard Nussbaum (he/him)

As a third generation stained glass artist, I have designed and executed both religious and secular commissions, utilizing traditional stained glass techniques

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Jessica Panicola (she/her)

Jessica is a native New Yorker with a background in Art, Education, and Design.

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Elaine Parks (she/her)

Elaine has been creating as long as she remembers.

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Kiel Posner (he/they)

Kiel is a ceramicist currently living in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Ryan Rakhshan (he/him)

Ryan received his BA in art history and philosophy from Hood College in 2011.

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Martina Sestakova (she/her)

Martina is a textile designer, abstract painter, and art educator.

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Simone Skerritt (he/him)

Simone graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Studio Art

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Kimberely Swanner (she/they)

Kimberly Swanner has a degree in Japanese and an abiding love of gaming, comics, and all things nerdy.

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Camila Tapia-Guilliams (they/them)

Camila Tapia-Guilliams is a mixed media artist, educator, and community organizer,

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Shraddha Tiwari (she/her)

Shraddha Tiwari recently graduated with an MFA in Digital Media Arts

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Meg von der Linden (she/her)

Meg von der Linden is the owner and artist of Ironworks Pottery.

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Virginia Warwick (she/her)

A prankster at heart, Virginia Warwick first started performing, creating characters and storylines while growing up in Frederick, Maryland.

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Eric Westbrook (he/him)

Eric Westbrook is a professional painter, illustrator and instructor living and working in Washington, DC.

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Joe Yablonsky (he/him)

Joe Yablonsky specializes in gelatin silver photographs of public sculpture and architecture.

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