2017 Faculty

Creative Writing

Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Instructor

Brooklyn, New York

Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet and visual artist. Her most recent collection of poetry is Lighting the Shadow (Four Way Books, 2015). She is the recipient of fellowships including Cave Canem, Kimbilio, Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and Yaddo. Her literary and visual works have appeared widely including The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, American Poetry Review, LitHub, Callaloo, Guernica, and many others. Currently, Griffiths teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, and lives in Brooklyn.

WORKSHOP Sight + Syllable (Poetry)
Adam Davies

Adam Davies, Instructor

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Adam Davies is an award-winning journalist, screenwriter, and an internationally-bestselling novelist with three books published by the Riverhead imprint of Penguin-Random House that are translated and in print all around the world. His new play, The Bathrobe Club, about his real-life friendship with Bobby Zarem, the legendary press agent who created the iconic "I Love New York" campaign that saved Broadway from bankruptcy, has recently been selected by two Off-Broadway theatres for consideration for a full-scale production in New York City. His new short film, Weight, produced entirely by Oklahoma talent, is shooting this summer. He has also worked as a book editor at Random House, editing writers who have won awards as various as the Man Booker Prize, the MacArthur “Genius” Award, the Whitbread, and others, and most recently he served for three years as the Artist-in-Residence at UCO.

WORKSHOP The Insider's Guide to Storytelling (Fiction Writing)


Diane Lange

Diane Lange, Instructor

Arlington, Texas

Diane Lange is Professor, Area Coordinator for Music Education, and Associate Chair of the Music Department at The University of Texas at Arlington where she oversees the music education area and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in early childhood and elementary music education. Dr. Lange received her Bachelor of Music in Education and Master of Music from Central Michigan University and Ph.D. from Michigan State University. She has presented clinics and workshops at multiple state, national, and international conferences. She has published Together in Harmony: Combining Orff Schulwerk and Music Learning Theory, Together Again in Harmony: Combining Orff Schulwerk and Music Learning Theory, a chapter on combining Music Learning Theory and Orff Schulwerk that appeared in Music Learning Theory: Theory in Practice and several articles on combining Orff Schulwerk and Music Learning Theory. Also, she is a co-author for Jump Right In: The Elementary Music Curriculum, Grades Kindergarten and 5.

WORKSHOP Optimizing Orff Lessons through Infusing Music Learning Theory: Tonal, Rhythm, and Movement Applications

Monica & Tyler Aiello of Eurekus, Instructors

Denver, Colorado

Eurekus Award-winning artists and educators Tyler and Monica Aiello are recognized for their innovative fine art and public practice initiatives. For over a decade, the Aiellos have pioneered STEAM – transforming STEM learning through the lens of art and culture through their education group Eurekus. Each year, they work with thousands of teachers and students of all ages at K-12 schools, colleges, museums and libraries nationwide. They are lauded for designing and delivering robust programs that galvanize STEM inquiry in new and dynamic ways. As STEAM consultants for NASA’s Discovery and New Frontiers Programs and McREL International, their popular programs explore space science and engineering through creative experiences. Their efforts have been celebrated in fine art, science and popular media and their artwork is exhibited and collected internationally. In 2015, the Aiellos were invited to the White House as a US2020 STEM Mentoring Awards Finalists.


Tim McCarty

Tim McCarty, Instructor

Lanham, Maryland

Tim McCarty is Quest Visual Theatre's founder and its President/Artistic Director. Mr McCarty has conducted international cultural exchanges for nearly 35 years. He served as the producer for Gallaudet University's Deaf Way II International Arts Festival which presented the work of approximately 400 artists from 80 countries. Over 400,000 people attended festival events. Mr. McCarty served as the project director for Quest's TheatreBridge Program, a four-year research project focusing on the impact of visual theatre, and arts-integration on the learning and school readiness skills of students who are deaf and hard of hearing.  For 21 years, he worked at Gallaudet University’s Model Secondary School for the Deaf where he developed arts integrated curriculum.  Mr. McCarty was honored as a White House Presidential Scholar Outstanding Teacher.  The Secretary of the United States Department of Education appointed him to the Rochester Institute of Technology National Technical Institute for the Deaf National Advisory Group. The Maryland Secretary of Education has appointed Mr. McCarty to the state's Fine Arts Advisory Panel. For over 10 years, Mr. McCarty served on the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Diversity Panel. Gallaudet University has honored Mr. McCarty with its Cultural Enrichment Award. Mr. McCarty’s work has carried him to schools, theatres, festivals, and conventions across the United States and throughout the world.  He is the author of 10 plays and has regularly written articles and columns about arts and arts education for nationally and internationally distributed publications.


WORKSHOP Text Alive: Using Visual Theatre to Enhance Literacy
Mervin Primeaux-OBryant

Mervin Primeaux, Instructor

Lanham, Maryland

Mervin Primeaux is a native of Lafayette, LA and graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with an Associate of Arts degree in Dance. He attained outstanding credentials in its world-renowned performing arts program. Mervin also trained with the Alvin Ailey School, Dance Theater of Harlem, Maryland Youth Ballet Dance intensive program, and Penn Visions Dance Company. Mervin has received the African American Deaf Outstanding Performance Awards. Also he was involved in an independent film, If You Could Hear My Own Tune, as a bartender. He is currently a member of Quest Visual Theatre's Wings Company and serves as the company's Assistant Director. He is also a member of Edgeworks Dance Theater. Mervin has performed throughout the United States, Senegal, Mexico, Austria, and Hong Kong. He directed and performed in Two of a Kind at Joe’s Movement. Mervin conceived and performed in the world premiere of Quest's production of Look Through My Eyes at the Theatre Project in March 2016.


WORKSHOP Text Alive: Using Visual Theatre to Enhance Literacy


Sara Steele

Sara Steele, Instructor

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sara Steele has been a professional watercolorist for over forty years. Her work has been exhibited in over sixty solo shows including at the Casa de Cultura, San Lorenzo de El Escorial in Spain, an eighty-piece mid-career retrospective at the Berman Museum, and over forty invitational and juried exhibitions. Invited to participate in the Holter Museum’s Speaking Volumes/Transforming Hate exhibition, Steele created a collaborative piece with 537 children from a local K-8 public school. The exhibit and accompanying curriculum continues to tour the country. Steele’s paintings have been published in two monographs, In Bloom (1994) and Blueprints for Paradise (2005), as well as in an annual calendar now in it’s 38th edition. She has received numerous grants and awards for art as well as social activism, and is currently Artist-in-Residence with ARTZ Philadelphia. She lives and works in Philadelphia where she has a private studio gallery open by appointment.


WORKSHOP Creativity and Sacred Play in Watercolor
Clare Murray Adams

Clare Murray Adams, Instructor

Southington, Ohio

Clare Murray Adams was born in Canton, Ohio and received a BFA from Kent State University with an MFA from Vermont College. She is Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Visual Art Department at Malone University in Canton, Ohio, now living in rural Southington, Ohio where she maintains an active studio practice. Clare was awarded a residency in 2005 at the Jentel Foundation in Wyoming where she honed her encaustic painting and collage skills. Clare’s background in contemporary quiltmaking and surface design techniques has influenced the approach to her work that emphasizes richly layered surfaces with transparency and depth. Clare currently teaches workshops in collage and encaustic painting and exhibits throughout the United States. She has shown at Quilt National in Athens, OH and the Third Encaustic Invitational in Tucson, AZ, with one-person exhibits in Ohio, South Carolina, Michigan, and California.


WORKSHOP Mixed Media Collage with the Emphasis on Mixed!
Katherine Alexander

Katherine Alexander, Instructor

Valentine, Texas

Katherine Alexander is a landscape painter living and working in West Texas. She has had solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Marfa, and El Paso, Texas, and has participated in group exhibitions throughout the United States, Germany, Belgium, and Holland. Katherine's work is represented in numerous public and private collections including: Chevron Corporation, United Parcel Service, Hilton Americas-Houston, and Johnson & Johnson. She has led painting workshops in the Scottish Highlands and Southern France, and is a regular instructor at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO. Her work has been featured in the book, The Artist and the American Landscape, and in American Artist Magazine.

WORKSHOP The Landscape of Color (Painting)


Ben Long, Instructor

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 CreativePro.com, and the author of several best-selling Lynda.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 Adobe Lightroom Deep Dive
Keith Carter

Keith Carter, Instructor

Beaumont, Texas

Keith Carter is one of the most influential and renowned fine-art/editorial photographers working today. An internationally respected educator, workshop leader, and recipient of the Texas Medal of Arts, Keith holds the Endowed Walles Chair of Art at Lamar University in Texas, where he received the Regents’ Professor Award. He has published 14 books of his expressive images. His photographs are in numerous collections including the Getty Museum, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Art Institute of Chicago, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His web site is www.keithcarterphotographs.com.

WORKSHOP Myth, Magic, and Mojo (Photography)


Michelle Martin

Michelle Martin, Instructor

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Michelle Martin is a Professor of Printmaking at The University of Tulsa, and Gallery Director of the Sherman Smith Family Gallery, located at the Henry Zarrow Center for Art and Education in Tulsa, OK. She received her BFA in 1993 from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and earned her M.F.A. in Printmaking at The Ohio State University in 1996. An active artist working in all print media and drawing, her work has been shown in over 170 national and international exhibitions since 1995, including venues in New Zealand, Venezuela, Iceland, Italy, Bulgaria, Turkey and England. She has won numerous awards and purchase prizes, including an Oklahoma Artist of Excellence Award in 2003, the 2007 Print Prize in the Bradley Print and Drawing Exhibition, and the Oklahoma Visual Arts Fellowship (Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition) in 2008, and the Brackett-Krennerich Purchase Award (Delta National Small Prints Exhibition) in 2013 and 2014.

WORKSHOP Reduction Relief Printing
Julio Valdez

Julio Valdez, Instructor

New York, New York

Julio Valdez is a painter, printmaker, teacher, and mixed installation artist whose work has been exhibited internationally since 1984. He received a fellowship from the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in 1994 and founded Julio Valdez Studio, specializing in non-toxic contemporary printmaking processes. Valdez has presented 25 solo exhibitions. In addition, he received his first museum exhibition at the Omar Rayo Museum in Colombia in 1988. His work received prizes at the 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, and 1998 national biennials at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Santo Domingo, as well as numerous prestigious international awards, including an Artist-in-Residence Fellowship at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City in 1997-98, the Silver Palette for Painting at the XXX International Painting Festival, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France in 1998, the Grand Prize at the XVII E. Leon Jimenez Biennal in the Dominican Republic in 2000, among others.

WORKSHOP Nontoxic Monotype Printmaking