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.

Kathy Ayers has a MA degree from Ball State University. After spending 20 years teaching elementary art in the Jay School Corporation, she is now the ceramics and painting teacher at Jay County High School. She loves teaching art to kids.

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.

Tavia Boolman has a BA degree in Secondary English Education, and have been working as an English Teacher for 4 years in the Jay School Corporation.  She has always enjoyed the arts, theatre, and dance. She has a passion for volunteering and service work, and enjoy making a difference.

Susie Burns is a Muncie born and raised artists. 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”

Tracy Burns has entered several rug competitions in the Midwest. She enjoys giving rug hooking demonstrations at fairs, festivals, and museums. Her specialty is rug hooking with fine cuts of wool to create detailed images.

Anna Fisher’s love for art began as a child growing up in England. She explored several mediums while attending art school in Essex. Anna now lives in Ohio. Her work is displayed in several galleries throughout Ohio and has received many awards.

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.

Ann Maddox is the director of the Creative CommUnity in Marion, Indiana. Born in England, she attended both art school and teaching college. Ann moved to the U.S. in 1990 where she continued her career as an artist and teacher.

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.

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.

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.