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2019 Faculty


Katherine Liontas-Warren

Katherine Liontas-Warren, Instructor

Lawton, Oklahoma

Katherine Liontas-Warren is a Professor of Art at Cameron University in Lawton. Katherine was awarded the Oklahoma Governor’s Art and Education Award in Oklahoma City at the State Capitol in 2014. She is also the recipient of the Bhattacharya Research Excellence Award, the Cameron University Faculty Hall of Fame, the Phi Kappa Phi Distinguished Faculty Award, and received the title of the Artist of the year by the Paseo Art Association in Oklahoma City. Katherine has exhibited her works of art in over 400 National and Juried Competitive shows, Solo, and Invitational exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad, and has received numerous purchase and juried awards. Many of her prints and drawings are in permanent collections and Museums and Institutions throughout the nation. Katherine has conducted workshops at the John C. Campbell Folk School and Oklahoma Arts Institute.

WORKSHOP Self-Discovery Through Drawing

Designed for Educators

Dave Holland

Dave Holland, Instructor

Atlanta, Georgia

Dave Holland is a dynamic performer, teaching artist and interactive rhythm facilitator. As founder of Beatin’ Path Rhythm Events & Interactive Rhythm, Dave promotes community, teamwork, and diversity through rhythm-based events. Dave facilitates drum circles at schools, community festivals, health fairs, and corporate events. He’s traveled to Cuba, West Africa, Brazil, and the Middle East to pursue his continuing education of world cultures and drumming traditions. Dave has been a presenter at the International Orff –Schulwerk Conference, the Percussive Arts Society’s International Conference, the National Drum Circle Facilitator’s Conference, and numerous statewide music educators’ conferences across the country. As an active roster artist with Georgia Council for the Arts, Arts Now, and The Fulton County Teaching Museum, Dave is creator and presenter of many highly acclaimed assembly style school performances, workshops, and drum circles. Dave is the author of Drumagination, Interactive Rhythm, and Body Jammin', widely regarded rhythmic guidebooks for music educators, music therapists, and drum circle facilitators. He’s also the creator of “Circle Play Cards” and the “Interactive Rhythm Line” of instruments.

WORKSHOP A World of Rhythm
Miko Lee

Miko Lee, Instructor

Berkeley, California

Miko is Executive Director of Youth in Arts and on the National Advisory Committee of Teaching Artists Guild and co-produces and hosts Apex Express on Pacifica Radio Network. She is an Arts Now Leader for the California Arts Education Alliance and was a member of the Advisory Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts Professional Development for Arts Education. She previously served as Director of Art and Public Education at East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, where she designed and directed Learning Without Borders, a California Arts Council Demonstration Model and recipient of three consecutive U.S. Department of Education awards. Miko has presented on arts education at conferences around the country and has written a number of academically linked expressive arts and theatre curricula, currently being replicated at sites throughout the Bay Area. Miko’s extensive background in theatre, as a performer, choreographer and director, includes shows at American Conservatory Theatre, New York’s Public Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Repertory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

WORKSHOP Social Emotional Learning and the Arts
Kelsey Rieger

Kelsey Rieger, Instructor

Albany, California

Kelsey is an educator, community organizer, and arts advocate. Kelsey has served as a community gallery manager, museum educator, and volunteer teacher for learners of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs. She most recently served as Curator of Education at the Palmer Museum where she developed collection based curriculum. Kelsey has her Masters in arts education from Penn State where she developed, tested and disseminated STEAM based curriculum. She was the Coordinator of Community Engagement at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara. During her internship at the De Young Museum she worked with students who had limited access to the arts. At Youth in Arts Kelsey directs and oversees all residencies.

WORKSHOP Social Emotional Learning and the Arts
Kevin Warner

Kevin S. Warner, Instructor

Boone, North Carolina

Kevin S. Warner is Professor of Dance Studies and former Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, where he teaches courses in dance pedagogy and world dance, among others. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Temple University and has done post-graduate work in early childhood and music education. Kevin has performed in over 100 productions nationally. He has directed productions including The King and I and Nijinsky's Last Dance, choreographed productions including The Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Music Man, and has appeared on cruise ships, on television and in film. Kevin maintains an active teaching and scholarship agenda focused on the role of dance in teaching and learning across all disciplines. Kevin is a certified dance teacher (PreK-12) and has taught in public schools in New York and North Carolina.

WORKSHOP Folk and Cultural Dance in the Classroom
JoAnne Winter

JoAnne Winter, Instructor

San Francisco, California

JoAnne Winter is the Founding Co-Artistic Director of Word for Word Performing Arts Company in San Francisco, which has produced over 150 short stories on stage in San Francisco and internationally since 1993. Winter also oversees Word for Word’s arts education program, Youth Arts, and is an actor, director, and teaching artist.

WORKSHOP Bringing Fiction to Theatrical Life


Mike Larsen

Mike Larsen, Instructor

Perkins, Oklahoma

A student of history, Mike Larsen researches the past events of the subjects he paints and sculpts. As an ongoing student of art, he is influenced by the beauty of the world around him. The more he creates, the more he concludes that learning is a lifelong pursuit—especially in art. Larsen has been a professional artist for nearly 50 years. In the past 27 years, he has been commissioned to work on six mural projects, including “Flight of Spirit” at the Oklahoma State Capitol, with a total of 26 separate canvases, and five monumental-sized bronzes. In addition, he has been commissioned to create individual paintings and groups of paintings for companies and governments. He is known for his very large paintings, and also for one very tiny one: the U.S. postage stamp commemorating the Oklahoma Centennial in 2007.

WORKSHOP Sketches (Painting)
John Hampshire

John Hampshire, Instructor

Troy, New York

John Hampshire was born in Chicago, Illinois  in 1971. He received a Bachelor of Science in Art from Skidmore College in 1994 and Master of Fine Arts degree from SUNY Albany in 1997. He is currently a Professor of Fine Art at SUNY Adirondack, where he has taught for the last 13 years. Prior to that he taught for numerous local colleges, including Skidmore College, the Sage Colleges, Siena College, and the College of St. Rose. John has had numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally. Solo exhibitions of his work have occurred at such locations as the Show Walls at 1133 Avenue of the Americas in NYC, the Fine Art Gallery at the State College of Florida in Bradenton, The Hunter Gallery in Middletown in RI, Rice Gallery at McDaniel College in MD, and the Project Room at the Phoenix Gallery in NYC. He has been the recipient of many honors and awards, including the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creativity, the NYFA fellowship grant, and the Purchase Award from the Hyde Museum. Publications with reviews of his work include The New York Times, Times Union, The Daily Gazette, and Metroland magazine. John has appeared in articles and interviews in Artvoices Magazine, Times Union, Troy Record, Pulse Magazine, as well as a television interview on A House for the Arts on PBS. He also wrote an article on his work published in The Artist’s Magazine. John lives and maintains a studio in the former Church of the Holy Trinity in Troy, NY.

WORKSHOP Portrait Painting


Elizabeth Greenberg

Elizabeth Greenberg, Instructor

Thomaston, Maine

Elizabeth Greenberg is an artist and educator living on the coast of Maine. She is an explorer of places and memories of that which has never been seen. Elizabeth’s passion for photography is her guide for living a life and career immersed in a daily conversation about looking at and making pictures. She is the VP of Academic Affairs at Maine Media Workshops + College and teaches in all programs at Maine Media, including a workshop in Hawaii. With her camera, Elizabeth explores as an archeologist of memories and myths. She looks for evidence of secrets, to tell stories of magic, mystery, love, loss, and memories of things never seen. Elizabeth’s photographs suggest fictitious memories of moments and places as imagined, as if she is the first to discover them.

WORKSHOP Memories & the Land (Photography)

Ben Long, Digital Technician

San Francisco, California

Ben Long is a San Francisco-based photographer, writer, and teacher. The author of over two dozen books on digital photography and digital video, he is also a senior contributing editor to Macworld magazine, a contributing editor at, and the author of several best-selling photography courses. His photography clients have included 20th Century Fox, Blue Note Records, Global Business Network, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Pickle Family Circus, and Grammy-nominated jazz musicians Don Byron and Dafnis Prieto. He has taught and lectured on photography around the world, including workshops at the Santa Reparata International School of the Arts in Florence and a class for imaging engineers at Apple, Inc. He occasionally dabbles in computer programming and has written image editing utilities that are used by National Geographic, the British Museum, and the White House. Long was an OSAI acting student in 1985.

WORKSHOP Memories & the Land, Introduction to Audio Storytelling


Yuji Hiratsuka

Yuji Hiratsuka, Instructor

Corvallis, Oregon

Yuji Hiratsuka was born in Osaka, Japan. He has a B.S. in Art Education from Tokyo Gakugei University, and degrees in printmaking from New Mexico State University (MA) and Indiana University (MFA). He currently is a professor of printmaking at Oregon State University. Some of the public collections that include Hiratsuka’s art are The British Museum, Tokyo Central Museum, Panstwowe Museum in Poland, The House of Humor and Satire in Bulgaria, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cleveland Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, New York Public Library, Library of Congress, and The Smithsonian Institution's museum of Asian art.

WORKSHOP Color Intaglio & Chine Collé
Jose Rodriguez

José Rodriguez, Printmaking Technician

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

José L. Rodriguez was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela. His early life was marked by travel and bilingual homes in the U.S. and Venezuela. Growing up in two different but parallel worlds has fueled his exploration of personal and cultural identity, language, and customs. José studied at the University of Oklahoma, where he received a BFA degree. He later received an MFA from Indiana University in Bloomington. José spent many years in academia as a tenured professor of printmaking at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque before leaving the academic world to concentrate on his studio output. He has participated in many national and international exhibitions, and his work is held in many public and private collections. Jose currently lives and works in the Oklahoma City area.

WORKSHOP Color Intaglio & Chine Collé


Dave Lucas

Dave Lucas, Instructor

Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Dave Lucas was born and raised in Cleveland. He studied literature and poetry at John Carroll University (BA, 2002), the University of Virginia (MFA, 2004), and the University of Michigan (PhD, 2014). His first book of poems, Weather (VQR / Georgia, 2011), received the 2012 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. Named by Rita Dove as one of thirteen “young poets to watch,” he has also received a “Discovery/The Nation Prize and a Cleveland Arts Prize. In 2018, he was appointed the second Poet Laureate of the State of Ohio. A co-founder of Cleveland Book Week and Brews + Prose at Market Garden Brewery, he lives in Cleveland, where he teaches at Case Western Reserve University.

WORKSHOP Verb, Pure Verb (Poetry)
AJ Verdelle

A.J. Verdelle, Instructor

Baltimore, Maryland

A.J. Verdelle has taught innovative and inspired creative writing courses nationally. Verdelle specializes in revision, as this necessary step in writing is often, almost inexplicably, absent from creative writing curricula. Verdelle has taught at summer programs across the country, including the Fine Arts Work Center, the University of Iowa summer program, & the Kenyon Summer Writing Workshop. Verdelle currently teaches graduate student writers in the Lesley low-residency MFA program in Cambridge, MA, and teaches undergraduates at Morgan State University, in Baltimore. Verdelle is the author of the prize-winning novel, The Good Negress.

WORKSHOP Beyond the Draft: Revision!

Audio Storytelling

Suzi Pond

Suzi Pond, Instructor

Freeport, Maine

Suzi Pond is an awarding-winning digital journalist, producer and storyteller. She cut her journalism chops at Boston magazine as Online Editor and later at the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram as a multimedia producer specializing in audio and video production. In 2011, Suzi became Chief Storyteller at United Way of Greater Portland where she created audio and video stories to further community engagement. In 2015, Suzi founded two audio and video storytelling companies–Redbird Media Group and revel+spark. A graduate of the radio documentary program at the SALT Institute for Documentary Studies, her audio work has appeared on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” In 2011, she won two First-Place NEAPNEA awards. In 2008, her collaborative documentary film “Let’s Make a Deal” won First Place in the Portland Phoenix Short Film Festival. Her teaching experience includes audio editing at WMPG in Portland, Maine, as well as basic audio and multimedia production techniques to photography and writing students at the SALT Institute for Documentary Studies. She is based in Freeport, Maine.

WORKSHOP Introduction to Audio Storytelling
Ioannis Andriotis

Ioannis Andriotis, Audio Technician

Norman, Oklahoma

Ioannis Andriotis is interested in projects that bridge the gap between commercial and experimental academic music. As a sound artist, he focuses on sociological aspects of music emphasizing elements of human interaction, culture, and social memory. Andriotis teaches interactive music technology at the University of Oklahoma and is the owner of Andriotis Audio & Music Production. He is an audio engineer and member of the steering committee for the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival and collaborates with Townsend Labs as a beta tester for the Sphere L22 Microphone Modeling System. His work has been presented in various festivals, conferences, and art installations in Europe, the Middle East, and the US. Upcoming publications include the LiveElectronics SANDbox~ in the Journal of the Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the US (SEAMUS Vol. 28) and the inclusion of his composition Vocem for alto flute and electronics in the Music from SEAMUS CD series.

WORKSHOP Introduction to Audio Storytelling