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 Boetgger 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.”

Don Rogers is a Hartford City native who has been creating photographs most of his life.    He was a student photographer for the Ball State Photographic Services during his schooling.  Don also spent many years as a contributor to the Hartford City News Times.  He then worked as a commercial photographer, studio photographer, and event photographer.  He has created hundreds of thousands of images using all kinds of media and equipment. Today, photography still is his passion.

Melinda Penrod is a Manchester Graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art. She is from Pennville, Indiana. She enjoys working in a variety of mediums.

Debby Gregory is a self-taught artist. She draws inspiration from old buildings and objects and enjoys researching new methods of art. In the last four years she’s won 11 People’s Choice awards.

Jill Palumbo is an artist who enjoys exploring a great variety of media. She adorns furniture with glass mosaics and enjoys painting in oil and watercolor, but her main love is working in polymer. She has won international and local awards for her unique and organic style of polymer jewelry. She has been recognized in M Magazine and her own articles and tutorials have been published in Polymer Café Magazine

Lylanne Musselman. is an award-winning poet, playwright, and visual artist. Lylanne has specialized in portraits, and specifically pet portraits in acrylics, watercolor, and dry media.

Kathy Ayers received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Art Education from Ball State University.  She is an elementary art teacher at East Elementary and Bloomfield Elementary schools in the Jay School Corporation, and was selected as “Indiana Elementary Art Teacher of the Year, 2014”.

Sheron McClung is passionate about allowing children to be independently creative in many media. She has led preschool classes at both Jay School Corporation and the Jay County Public Library. Sheron is a loving mother and grandmother who has also worked as a camp craft director, a YSB employee and the Ritz Theater manager.

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.

Lori Naseelah has been belly dancing since 2000.  She had performed with Shimmering Sands and Hypnotic Hips prior to co-founding Troupe Zephyr with fellow dancer, Mandy Naseelah in 2009. The dynamic dance duo teach students across the region; perform at various events like haflas and festivals; and host two large-scale events each year.

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

Pat Rayman has been teaching at Arts Place for over 7 years and teaching watercolor for over 30 years. She draws her inspiration from life all around her. She’s particularly fascinated with light and shadows in the late afternoon.

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.

Mikaela Shipley graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelors in Fine Arts with an area of emphasis in Ceramics in 2016. She loves being around people and doing what’s best for others. She and her husband are currently pursuing their dreams to become missionaries in Norway.

Vivian Morehouse has been dancing since she was two years old. She has been teaching dance since she was 14 years old. Vivian has her own studio in Martinsville and has taught thousands of students. She has been an instructor at the Indiana Dance Convention since 1983. She also taught Language Arts for 35 years.