ArtWorks Teaching Artists

Kimberly Anderson is the visual arts director at Arts Place. She earned her MFA in ceramics at Wichita State University. She taught art at the Indianapolis Art Center for 13 years and at Ball State for 11 years.

Mary Boettger has a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Ball State University creates both functional and decorative ceramic pieces using porcelain and stoneware clays.

Susie Burns is a Muncie born and raised artist. She majored in art at Ball State University in the late 1960’s. After retiring she has visited art by taking numerous workshops with noted impressionist painters around the country. Burns says she is “inspired, as an artist, by calm, tranquil places. Setting up an easel and listening to the sounds of nature around me as I put paint and brush to canvas is my therapy.”

Chelsey Grillot was always encouraged to draw and craft as a child. She was very active in as a student and, president of her high school art club. She then moved to Los Angeles and became a professional make-up artist at Universal Studios Hollywood. Today, she continues to grow her skills as a makeup artist and body painter.

Mindy Credson is a Blackford County native, with a degree from Ball State University.Her lifelong passion for art led her to take countless art classes, and create a home studio. Now she regularly sells her work online and at craft shows.

Belinda Buckler is a lifelong Hoosier who from a very early age wanted to be Costume Designer. After getting a Master’s Degree and working for several years in the theater she left to follow other artistic pursuits. She has developed her own greeting card line, and she has been working with ceramic tile for the last three years.

Heather Dowell has been an active artist and musician since a very young age. She attended Wright State University, graduating in 2008 and is currently attending Western Governers University.  She continues to be involved in music, theater and the visual arts. Heather has exhibited her paintings throughout West Central Ohio, most recently displaying at CJ’s in Celina, OH. Heather lives in Celina, OH with her husband Robert, and her son Braxton.

Micayla Gray received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History with a minor in Arts Management from Bowling Green State University. While her primary focus was Art History, she also became well-versed in many visual arts fields, including ceramics, printmaking, painting, and graphic art. Through her service to Arts Place, she will bring valuable and enjoyable arts experiences to the Mercer and Auglaize County communities.

Cassandra McMurray is a self- taught fiber artist, practicing, studying, and improving her techniques for over 8 years. She knits, crochets, spins, and dyes all things fiber when she is not running after her 4 kids. Cassie also dabbles in making jewelry and is also a published author.

Steve McClung is a lifelong resident of Indiana and has been painting since the 1st grade. He primarily paints landscapes and enjoys sharing his knowledge with his students.

Leslie Newton is a passionate supporter of the Arts, especially in education. She encourages students to express themselves through creative activities.

Laura Reese has a degree in elementary education and is passionate about inspiring children to love learning. She has taught young children in a variety of settings and enjoys creating opportunities for exploration and creativity.

Diana Seelig has a Bachelor and Master’s degree in art with weaving as a core area of study. She has 35 years of teaching experience at various grade levels. her work has been exhibited in several galleries and juried shows in the Midwest.

Barbara Stump is from Portland, Indiana.  She is a self-taught artist who teaches painting in oil, acrylic, watercolor and pastels, as well as painting on silk. She teaches classes in her home studio and atArts Place. Barbara participates in the Alcove artists group, showing her work in many of their shows.

Anna Talei Fisher is a ceramics instructor whose love for art began while growing up in the beautiful countryside of England. She draws her inspiration from nature. Her work takes on an organic quality in form and color.

Carol Tropf taught students from pre-school through 8th grade for 31 years. Since retiring in 2012, Carol has been pursuing her love of the fiber arts of needle felting, needle punch and rug hooking, jewelry making, antiquing, repurposing and painting old furnishings, decorating and sewing.  Carol has been teaching needle felting for the past 4 years locally at the Arts Center in Hartford City, Hobby Lobby in Marion, Indiana, and in Lakeside Chautauqua, Ohio, for 2 weeks each summer.