2021 Faculty

Creative Writing

Quraysh Ali Lansana

Quraysh Ali Lansana, Instructor

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Quraysh Ali Lansana is author of twenty books in poetry, nonfiction, and children’s literature. Currently a Tulsa Artist Fellow and Director of the Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, Lansana is also Adjunct Professor in Africana Studies and English. Lansana is Executive Producer of KOSU/NPR’s Focus: Black Oklahoma monthly radio program. A former faculty member of both the Writing Program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Drama Division of The Juilliard School, he served as Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University from 2002-2012. His work Our Difficult Sunlight: A Guide to Poetry, Literacy & Social Justice in Classroom & Community was a 2012 NAACP Image Award nominee. Most recent books include the skin of dreams: new and collected poems, 1995-2018 and Opal’s Greenwood Oasis. Lansana’s work appears in Best American Poetry 2019. He is a founding member of Tri-City Collective.

WORKSHOP Musicality of Language: Poetry Across Genres


Sarah Hearn

Sarah Hearn, Instructor

Kansas City, Missouri

Sarah Hearn is an interdisciplinary visual artist and citizen scientist. Working at the intersections of art, science and science fiction, the artist explores the many forms of invisible life inhabiting the universe. Through drawing, photography, painting, collage, installation and public reciprocity she has developed several ongoing bodies of work revealing the invisible worlds of microbes, lichen, weather, ocean life and outer space. 

She exhibits her work in museums, galleries and art spaces across the United States and enjoys engaging with audiences in a variety of ways- from artist talks to lichen walks, to in person workshops, the artist values the many ways we are connected and works to cultivate authentic connections through a variety of means. She earned a BFA from the College of Santa Fe, and an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology.


WORKSHOP Drawing: New Perspectives

Designed for Educators

Sherry Hatton

Sherry Hatton, Instructor

Chesapeake, Virginia

Sherry Hatton has specialized in Arts Integration strategies throughout her 26 years in education. As a middle school band and general music teacher, Sherry consistently uses Arts Integration, Cross Curricular, Project Based Learning, and Brain Based Learning strategies and approaches to reach the diverse learners in her classroom. She provides professional development through her consulting business, and serves as an Educator in Residence for the Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM. Sherry holds a B.S. and M.A. in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, M.S. in School Leadership and Administration from Capella University and a Certification in Arts Integration and STEAM. Sherry also serves on various committees at the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) revising standards and curriculum, and creating Arts Integrated lessons for the GoOpenVA website.


WORKSHOP Transform Learning Through Arts Integration

Fiber Arts

Dani Ives

Dani Ives, Instructor

Rogers, Arkansas

Dani Ives is an artist, educator and author. Her inspiration comes from a love of nature and science, which has an enormous influence on her work. Her enthusiasm for animals from an early age took her on a university and career path based in biology and conservation education, after which Dani worked as an educator at a zoo for ten years. During her conservation education career, she sought out hobbies to fulfill a need for artistic endeavors and stumbled upon needle felting. Dani has developed her distinct style of needle felting that she calls “painting with wool.” With this style, instead of using paint and a brush, she uses wool fibers and a felting needle to create the effects of layering color, creating texture and depth. She strives to push the boundaries of this fiber art by creating animal portraits and botanical pieces that are packed with details and realism.


WORKSHOP Painting with Wool


Jim Stone, Instructor

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Jim Stone, Distinguished Professor of Photography at the University of New Mexico, turned to photography while studying engineering at MIT. His photographs have been exhibited and published internationally and collected by the Museum of Modern Art, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among many others. Six of his textbooks are in wide and continued use for university-level photography courses. There are three artist’s books of his photographs: Stranger Than Fiction (Light Work, 1993), Historiostomy (Piltdown Press, 2001), and Why My Pictures are Good (Nazraeli Press, 2005). The 2000-member Society for Photographic Education named Stone their 2016 Honored Educator.


WORKSHOP Photographing Strangers
Ben Long

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 the author of several best-selling LinkedInLearning.com 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 Photographing Strangers & Stop Motion Animation for Teachers


Benjamin Harjo, Jr.

Benjamin Harjo, Jr., Instructor

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

In 1963, at the Indian clinic in Shawnee, Oklahoma, a 17-year-old Benjamin Harjo, Jr. found a brochure about an art school named the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. Upon his arrival at IAIA, the artist found that they discontinued the cartooning program. Disappointed but not deterred, he stayed and studied painting, printmaking, color design and drawing under Seymour Tubis, who became a mentor and lifelong friend. Tubis taught Harjo how to carve woodblocks and create hand-pulled prints, which is still the printmaking technique the artist uses today. In printmaking, Harjo found freedom and experimentation; he began to see texture and pattern in everything.

After graduating at IAIA in 1966, Harjo attended Oklahoma State University where he studied under J. Jay McVicker and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Since graduating in 1974, he has been working as a self-employed, self-promoting artist.


WORKSHOP Texture and Woodcuts
Virginia Sitzes

Virginia Sitzes, Printmaking Technician

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Virginia is a printmaker, muralist, and active arts advocate living in OKC. She is the creator of Sunny Dayz Mural Festival, Oklahoma's first mural fest dedicated to celebrating women and non binary artists, and co-founded the Oklahoma-based artist collective, Art Group in 2017. She is also the operations coordinator for the Connect:Collect Print Exchange, is a Teaching Artist for the Oklahoma State Department of Education's federally funded Art Tech program, and has worked for the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute for 3 years. You can see more of her work at virginiasitzes.com or on Instagram @virginiasitzes.

WORKSHOP Texture and Woodcuts

Film & Video

Nicole Emmons

Nicole Emmons, Instructor

Tecumseh, Oklahoma

Nicole Emmons is a filmmaker and mixed media/ installation artist specializing in stop motion animation from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She received her MFA in Experimental Animation from the California Institute of the Arts School of Film and Video as a Jacob K. Javits Fellow, and her Bachelors in Animation and Film from Columbia College Chicago. She is a dual citizen of the US and the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Her short films have screened in film festivals nationally and internationally. Her work can be seen on network, streaming, and web formats in series, music videos, feature films, and commercials. Most recently you can see her work on Netflix and the Obama's Higher Ground Productions streaming children's series, "Waffles and Mochi." She is a founding member of the international Bodewadmi Kwe Art and Craft Collective, and a member of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition.


WORKSHOP Stop Motion Animation for Teachers


Doug Goodkin

Doug Goodkin

San Francisco, California 

Doug Goodkin is an internationally recognized Orff Schulwerk teacher, teaching in over 50 countries worldwide. He worked with children from three years old to eighth grade in The San Francisco School for 45 years, is the author of nine books, is the director of San Francisco International Orff Course, the Jazz Course and has been a frequent guest teacher at The Orff Institut in Salzburg. He is also the pianist in and leader of the jazz quintet, The Pentatonics, bringing jazz to people of all ages.

His teaching has ventured beyond the borders of classic Orff Schulwerk, applying its principles to jazz, world music and diverse body percussion, to social justice and cultural issues, to deep pedagogy and contemporary ritual in schools. As described by one student, "his work is a long, earnest and continuing struggle to present music of integrity in a way that affirms our collective humanity."


WORKSHOP Teach Like It's Music

Visual Arts

Headshot of David Modler

David Modler, Instructor

Rockville, Maryland

David R. Modler is a maker, scholar and professor originally from Baltimore, Maryland. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Education in Art Education from Towson State University and his Master of Fine Arts in painting from James Madison University. Modler is an internationally recognized expert in the field of visual journals, which he utilizes to explore some of the stylistic, conceptual and contextual concerns of his research interests and studio practices. He facilitates numerous lectures and workshops around the world as well as maintaining a prolific studio practice creating paintings, visual journals and installations. Modler currently works as an Associate Professor of Art and serves as the chair in the Department of Contemporary Art and Theater at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.


WORKSHOP Sustaining a Creative Life through the Visual Journal
Eric Scott

Eric Scott, Instructor

Purcellville, Virginia

Eric M. Scott is a mixed media artist and educator born and raised in Washington, Pennsylvania.

He is dedicated to sharing his art and helping people tap into their artistic potential and cultivate their creativity. As a former public school art educator, he frequently travels and provides workshops and presentations on the power of art and the visual journal.

Scott might be better known as one half of the Journal Fodder Junkies. In 2005 he officially teamed up with friend and artistic accomplice David R. Modler, and this dynamic duo has been presenting ever since on the visual journal and the importance of authentic artmaking in art education at a variety of venues, conferences, and retreats. They have coauthored two bestselling books, The Journal Junkies Workshop and Journal Fodder 365, both published by North Light Books.

Eric lives in Purcellville, Virginia with his wife and their menagerie of animals.


WORKSHOP Sustaining a Creative Life Through The Visual Journal
Blake Morgan

Blake Morgan, Instructor

Chickasha, Oklahoma

Blake Morgan received his B.A. in studio art from East Central University in Ada and an M.F.A. in painting from the University of South Carolina in 2008. Blake taught painting and drawing at the University of South Carolina before arriving at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in 2013. He is currently an Associate Professor of art and director of the painting program. He is also a faculty member at the International Center for the Arts in Umbria, Italy where he spends most summers teaching painting and drawing.


WORKSHOP Pigments to Paint and Working in the Landscape