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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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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Joel Garcia Gutierrez (he/him)

Joel Esau Garcia Gutierrez is an established multimedia artist who crafts Portraiture, figure drawings, character illustrations, and 3D modeling.

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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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Roger Kirk (he/him)

Roger Kirk is a ceramicist and educator from the D.C.  area.

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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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Kern Lee (they/them)

Kern Lee is a Korean-American illustrator and recent RISD graduate working out of Providence, RI.

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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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Lisa Merhi (she/her)

Lisa is from New Jersey and moved to Maryland in 1990. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Communication Design from Kutztown University in 1989.

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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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Daniel Petrucci (he/him)

I grew up playing with my brother and friends in the woods and creeks of Maryland, clay chief among our tools for having a good time.

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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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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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Viva Virtuoso (she/they)

“Take chances! Make mistakes! Get messy!”

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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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