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.

Lilian Hausfeld is a graduate of Ohio State University in Fine Arts. She has a passion for art and healing. Hausfeld will explore home beauty and remedy with her students.

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 is particularly fascinated with light and shadows in the late afternoon

Stephanie Schieltz is a local artist and art teacher. She graduated from Ball State University in May 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts Education and a specialization in ceramics. She has also done a significant amount of work in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and metals. Stephanie enjoys working with both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art, but making functional art that people can use has been her recent focus. She currently has ceramic pieces for sale at Skylark City LLC. in Greenville, Ohio, and teaches middle school and high school art at Tri-County North in Lewisburg, Ohio. Stephanie enjoys teaching students of all ages, and she is pleased to begin her fifth year of instructing classes for the Arts in the Parks program at the Arts Center in Portland, Indiana this summer.

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.

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.

Sheron McClung is passionate about allowing children to be independently creative in many mediums. She had led preschool classes at both Jay  School Corporation and the Jay County Public Library

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

Rachel Haque grew up in rural England and was immersed in the arts from a young age. She did not follow a traditional educational path and traveled, volunteering in institutions for special needs children in Europe and the USA. She graduated from Eurythmy Spring Valley in 2001 and taught in Waldorf schools in North America for twelve years before starting a family. Teaching eurythmy, a performance art that integrates music, language and movement, gave Rachel the opportunity to work with colleagues from K-12 and across all subjects. The Haque family live in Portland and homeschool their three children.

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.

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.