At Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center we pride ourselves in hiring quality camp instructors that make sure your child comes away learning something as well as having a great time. Take a look at our fantastic line-up of experienced teachers and working artists!
Joy Baresel studied painting at the University of Central Oklahoma where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Since graduating in 2004, she has taught art both in private and public schools. She is currently teaching art at the Edmond Fine Arts Institute and Chesapeake Energy. Along with teaching, she works as an independent artist painting large scale oil paintings and monotype prints. Joy’s artwork has been exhibited locally and in group exhibitions throughout Oklahoma.
Annalisa Campbell is an Oklahoma mixed-media and printmaking artist and expands her commitment to art through encouragement and education of other art explorers. She has recently opened her own teaching/working studio and gallery, Brayer&Brush, in the Paseo District. Receiving the 2011 Michi Susan Award and other awards for her art, teaching is still her greatest joy and fuel for her personal works.
Natasha Corso has a B.F.A. from Southern Methodist University. Natasha received her degree in art history and studio art, with a concentration in painting and drawing. She currently teaches elementary art in the Putnam City school district and is certified to teach grades K–12. Natasha has been an artist since childhood and finds it incredibly rewarding to share her love of art with others.
Chris Cochran is a committed educator instilling and reinforcing a culture of values through art, education and lifestyle. He has a B.F.A and B.S.E. from Oklahoma Baptist University. Chris is currently an art educator at Putnam City High School and serves on the OAEA committee for Youth Arts Month which works towards personal growth in a professional environment.
Kjelshus Collins is a local and regional artist born in Oklahoma City. He has dabbled in a variety of mediums with sculpting and printmaking being his forte. Currently he is working on massive printing projects and teaching high school art at NW Classen. Kjelshus received a BFA in Fine Arts and a BA in Art History from Oklahoma State University. He enjoys collecting various works of art from coins to comics to paintings.
Carri Dolan is a teaching artist who works with several organizations within the Metro area. She has a degree in Art Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and has been teaching art for over 13 years. She has extensive experience in all areas of visual art and specializes in educating at-risk or special needs populations.
Elizabeth Seabourn Dean
Elizabeth Seabourn Dean is an artist who has taught advanced placement art classes at Deer Creek High School and camps at City Arts Center for the past nine years. She is also a national board certified teacher. Elizabeth exhibits her art locally.
Albert Gray Eagle
Albert Gray Eagle is a noted flute artist and performer who is skilled in the craft of making traditional flutes along with regional forms of creative writing. Gray Eagle enjoys the making and playing of the instrument while building on an understanding of history relevant to the Native American. He has taught all over Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri, sharing his award-winning and long standing tradition of flute making with young and old alike.
Darra Maxwell-Eek has been teaching in Moore Public Schools for 19 years and has been teaching visual arts for the past 10 years. She holds an Associate of Art Degree from San Jacinto College and a B.S. in Education from The University of Oklahoma. She has facilitated art workshops for A+ Schools and many other organizations.
Danny Gordon is a self-taught artist and illustrator that has been drawing since the age of five. His Danny’s Doggies ™ whimsical line of prints and products are collected throughout the United States and parts of the world! Danny has illustrated nine children’s books and has been visiting elementary schools throughout Oklahoma for 13 years.
Alison Harris has over 10 years experience working with early childhood, elementary and middle school students as a Visual Arts Specialist in Oklahoma City as well as Anne Arundel County Public Schools in Maryland. Alison received a Bachelor of Art Education from Oklahoma City University in 2001.
Debbie Langston is an art teacher with Edmond Public Schools. Debbie also teaches art at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center and with the Metropolitan Library System. Debbie has a B.F.A. from Southern Methodist University, and an M.B.A. and M.H.R. both from the University of Oklahoma.
Erin Latham is a mixed media printmaker from Norman Oklahoma, who is interested in sustainability within printmaking. Latham received her Bachelors in Fine Art from the University of Oklahoma in 2008. In 2010, she moved to Brooklyn, NY where she was accepted into the Masters of Fine Art program at the Pratt Institute. She received her MFA in 2012. Latham has relocated back to Oklahoma in order to continue to explore sustainable woodblock printmaking through large scale installations, as well as pursuing her career as a teaching artist.
Keri Mills Lepley
Keri Mills Lepley enjoys teaching artists of all ages and has a passion for all things creative. She has a Bachelor degree in Graphic Design and Illustration from the University of Central Oklahoma. She is an elementary art teacher in Moore by day and a freelance designer and muralist by night.
Samantha Lowe graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2005 with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts. She is traditionally certified in K-12 Art Education as well as in Early Childhood Education. Samantha has worked as an art educator for Parkview Elementary since 2005 and volunteers with the Advanced Learning Department of the Mid-Del Public School District. Her purpose in the camps she facilitates at Oklahoma COntemporary Arts Center is to allow children to develop problem solving skills and confidence in visual expression via a safe, fun, and encouraging environment.
Eric Lyons is a practicing artist from Oklahoma City who also teaches at Putnam City West High School. Eric was also recently named Emerging Artist in Oklahoma by the Paseo Arts District. Many of Eric’s works have been showcased in different galleries across the state. Although Eric is primarily a 3D art teacher his first loves are painting and photography.
Alissa Millar is an actor, director and voiceover artist. She teaches acting as an assistant professor of drama at the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed working with children for twenty years. She lives in Norman with her two sons.
Patti Morgan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma with an emphasis in painting. She has taught museum camps and classes for the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center. Patti holds an Oklahoma Standard Teaching Certificate: Pre-K to 12 and has received numerous grant awards for the schools for which she has taught.
Jacqueline Pursell Nelson
Jacqueline Pursell Nelson is a teaching artist who has worked with Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center for the past seven summers, specializing in fabric and sewing arts. She graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a BA in art education. She has taught in the Putnam City School District for the past six years and enjoys helping young individuals discover new ways to express themselves through the visual arts.
Amy Nevius is a teaching artist specializing in dance and creative movement. She holds a B.A. in Dance Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and is a founding member of Perpetual Motion Dance. Amy is currently adjunct faculty in dance at St. Gregory’s University and empowers specialized populations through arts education.
Erin Oldfield graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a B.A. in Graphic Design. Erin is an artist and the Education Coordinator at Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center. Over the past decade she has shared her passion for creative expression as a teaching artist working with several organizations in the metro area. She is author of the blog Laugh, Paint, Create and enjoys promoting the arts through volunteer work.
Patrick Riley believes that all children need to experience the arts and exemplifies that need by serving as a recognized teaching artist in the state of Oklahoma for over 40 years. In 2011, Patrick was the recipient of the Governors Arts Recognition Award and recognized by the Paseo Arts Association with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a member of the Oklahoma Arts Council’s Artist in Residency Program and exhibits his work throughout the United States.
Julie Simon graduated from The University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in Elementary Education. She became nationally board certified in 2007. She has a passion for integrating arts into all subject areas. She has taught 3rd and 4th grade in Moore Public School for 18 years. She has received art grants to bring artist-in-residents to her school and facilitated many other school art programs at her school. She attends art classes at The Oklahoma Arts Institute, Oklahoma City Museum of Art and A+ School Institutes to bring back newly learned art to her classroom.
Lisa Simms is a practicing artist who has worked with Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center for five years. A former Montessori teacher, Lisa is a licensed art teacher who is currently in her third year as artist-in-residence with Taft Middle School as well as Arts Council of Oklahoma City and has her B.F.A. from the University of Central Oklahoma.
Geoffrey Smith is a video instructor for the Oklahoma Arts Council Artist-In-Residence program and he also works for ESPN and Fox Sports. He has over 10 years experience and has won awards for his short films and animation videos.
Lori Spray holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma where she was the recipient of the Te Ata Award for Creative Expression in 2012. Currently, she is a freelance artist who works in both 2D and 3D materials while preparing to enter a Masters of Fine Art degree program. Her work can be viewed on her website www.lorispray.com.
Maryann Stewart was born and raised in Yukon, Oklahoma. She graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2009 with a BA in Communications emphasizing in Art. She loves bringing art and creativity into the lives of children and currently teaches art at Southwest Covenant Schools.