TMA Educators

Cristian Andersson
Cristian Andersson
Cristian Andersson is an artist who works out of Matchbook Studio in Appleton, Wis. While he primarily creates abstract oil paintings, in 2016 he started branching off into installation and performance pieces that deal with contemporary concerns: the overwhelming nature of our news, navigating interpersonal communication as it becomes more abstracted through social media, and the balance between notions of the self and the greater community. He is also involved in community art events: curating small exhibitions of local artists, teaching classes to middle and high school students, and working with students from UW-Oshkosh in an annual off-campus invitational exhibition.
Stephanie Harvey
Stephanie Harvey
Stephanie Harvey is a Wisconsin born visual artist with a passion for promoting the arts in her community. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. It is here that she fell in love with printmaking and got back to working in the photography darkroom. More recently, she began doing embroidery and some mixed media fiber projects which incorporate her love of crochet, sewing and general love of crafts and weird “is this art?” type of things. Stephanie enjoys the enthusiasm that comes from teaching, exploring and engaging the community in art. She owns her own photography business, Boomerang Portraits, which specializes in black and white journalistic, storytelling portraiture of children and families.
Irineo Medina
Irineo Medina
Irineo Medina is a working artist currently residing in Kaukauna, WI. Irineo enjoys working in a wide range of media including but not limited to printmaking, drawing, painting, and photography. He is a strong believer in restorative justice and community advocacy. He uses art as a vehicle to share life experiences, to teach, and to uplift as part of that journey. He is interested in the relationship of people and their environment. He explores how the environment we exist in molds our mindset. Irineo uses this analytical approach of humans, both in studying others and introspectively, to form the basis of his creative ideas.
Amy Rieder
Amy Rieder
Amy Rieder is a visual artist and educator with a passion for teaching a wide variety of art media, techniques, and history to all ages. Amy has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (Art Education) from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and has been teaching art for 15 years. Being a visual art teacher has allowed her to use and teach a wide variety of art media but her passion is woodcut or linoleum printmaking and paper collage. Along with teaching painting, drawing, 2D, and 3D art techniques, Amy also teaches Graphic Design at the high school level.
Andy Shea
Andy Shea
Andrew is an artist and musician residing in Madison, Wisconsin. He was inspired to begin drawing and painting at a young age by his grandfather and uncles. His music and art blend his love of fantasy and science fiction with his personal experiences. His works often explore the theme of mortality and the relationship between humankind and technology. He works primarily within the mediums of drawing and painting, but has recently delved into graphic design and video editing. Andrew’s work can be found on the album cover’s of obscure metal bands and in the hallways of local breweries.
Tracey Ellenberg
Tracey Ellenberg
Tracey holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is an art director, graphic designer, illustrator, and muralist whose work has been recognized nationally by Archive magazine. She believes everyone has an artist within and finds great inspiration in helping others express their creativity.
Tyla Hilfreich
Tyla Hilfreich
Tyler Helfrich is an Appleton, Wisconsin artist focusing on sculpture, collage, sound, writing, and collaboration, but works in painting, multimedia, photography, glass, fashion design, and film. Tyler is currently a full-time artist and entrepreneur, creating art and events of many expressions in and around the Fox Valley. Influence of his recent art and events include archaeology, language, science, and philosophy of the human body, mind, and spirit. He received his BFA with an emphasis in Printmaking from UW-Stout. His current mission is to shake up the Wisconsin culture through art!
Valerie Medina
Valerie Medina
Valerie Medina is a Fine Arts graduate from the University of Oshkosh Wisconsin. She is a working artist residing in the Fox Valley. She pulls inspiration from life around her to create work that connects reality with narrative that offers a space for ideas and imagination to live. Her thoughtful use of realism allows the viewers to connect and delve deeper into her work.
Gayle Schultz
Gayle Schultz
Gayle Schultz is a graduate of the College of Creative Studies located a block from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Gayle was introduced to Memory Cafes a number of years ago by a friend that began taking her mother. Her friend’s mother was experiencing the beginning stages of dementia. After leaving a long-time position at the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce, Gayle began working part-time and volunteering with Memory Cafes. This led her to teaching at TMA. She sees the importance of imagination, not memory, in her teaching, and introduces participants to TMA galleries and various visual arts experiences. Gayle facilitates a number of programs at TMA, including SPARK!, as she believes in the value of arts-based programming for everyone.
Hannah Kuplack
Hannah Kuplack
Hannah is an independent artist, small business owner and an Art Educator for the Kaukauna Area School District. She has a Bachelor of Fine arts with an emphasis in figure drawing and art metals from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Her current focus is botanical illustrations combined with contrasting geometric shapes. Her philosophy is that art is an intrinsically natural human experience whether a creator, explorer, or observer. The creation or enjoyment of art plays an important part in the mental and emotional wellness of our communities. Her art is inspired by the contrast of our experience of nature (represented by the botanicals in her art) and the restrictions in society(represented by the geometric shapes in her art). Her goal is to spread beauty and the joy of art making in her community.
Abby Gammons
Abby Gammons
Abby Gammons is a self-taught macrame artist whose passion is to help you bring one-of-a-kind wall hangings into your Bohemian home. Born a free spirit who loves to work with my hands, she was naturally drawn to macrame. Inspired by the West Coast lifestyle that invites effortless and laid-back sentiment, she creates fiber art designed to bring that experience into your home. “As I knot multiple strands of rope, I intertwine a distinctive Bohemian nuance with the pattern. The result is a thick, textured wall hanging that makes a room feel warm and inviting.
Carli Ihde
Carli Ihde
Carli Ihde is a freelance artist/illustrator based out of Green Bay, Wisconsin. After attending Kubert School of Cartooning and Graphic art in New Jersey, she went on to be published in numerous comic books and children’s books. Her animation work has been showcased in TV shows, commercials, and music videos. Carli has worked under comic book companies such as DC, IDW, and Dynamite. Through the website Hitrecord.org, she has worked on an Emmy winning TV show with Joseph Gordon Levitt. As a freelancer, Carli’s talents have lent themselves to a multitude of different public projects throughout the Midwest. These projects include murals, henna tattoos, installation art, pumpkin sculpting, and chalk drawing. Along with her freelancing career, she takes the time to work with her community as a teacher and artistic mentor to students and professionals throughout Wisconsin. It is her belief that creative thinkers should be brought into the spotlight in the form of leadership roles to promote change and progress in the modern world.
Devon Minor
Devon Minor
Devon Minor is a figurative artist working primarily within the mediums of graphite, ink, and charcoal on paper. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and currently resides in the Fox Valley.
Emily Spence
Emily Spence
Emily Spence is a local, passionate seamstress who was taught by her loving grandmother before building on her skills at UW – Eau Claire in their Costume Shop for the Theater Department. After graduation, she became an alterations specialist at David’s Bridal to gain more technical experience. Her initial interest in sewing originated from her love for cosplay – most often characters from anime – but she has designed and created her own and others’ clothing in addition to doing alterations out of her home.
Leah Huff
Leah Huff
Leah Huff graduated from UW Oshkosh with a Bachelors of Science degree. She began photographing close friends as a hobby her sophomore year which has now become her full time profession for the past 10 years! She mainly photographs growing families, engagements, maternity, newborns, senior portraits and weddings. She also commissions various types of art with special emphasis on pet portraits. She enjoys spending her free time using her creative brain doing anything Harry Potter related, whether that be making themed home decor or dressing up as characters and photo editing magical content within! She has been teaching painting classes for the past 6 years and loves sharing techniques on how to blend acrylic paints, hold your brushes, different brush strokes, and more! Creating is good for the soul.
Riley Johnson
Riley Johnson
Riley Johnson is a local artist and teacher for the Appleton Area School District. An accomplished professional artist who utilizes a variety of mediums (most notably colored pencil on paper forms), his work pops up locally and has been featured in Wisconsin Biennial and an assortment of local group shows. Creating is his passion, but bolstering skills, interest, and confidence in others is his true passion. He’s most interested lately in using the creation of art to process trauma and developing fun ways to grow creativity in others. He graduated from UW-Madison in 2002 and is in his 18th year of teaching.
Debra Morningstar
Debra Morningstar
Debra Morningstar, professional storyteller, fiber artist, and Oneida Tribal citizen has presented Native storytelling performances, Keynotes, and Earth-based healing workshops across the US and Canada for the past 28 years. Some of Debra’s past work includes cultural residencies in Elementary and Middle schools throughout Wisconsin and beyond, Cultural sensitivity trainings for Educators, Librarians, University Diversity programs, Department of Corrections, Mental Health, Sexual/Domestic Violence organizations, AODA services, Veterans Services, Native American Urban Indian Centers, National and regional Storytelling and Art organizations. Additionally, Debra’s CD, Tales From the Lodge, a collection of Native American children’s stories, was nominated in 2008 for a Native American Music Award (NAMA).
Jeff Zdrale
Jeff Zdrale
Jeff Zdrale is a self-taught artist using watercolor and water-mixable oil in his work. The winner of numerous awards, his work and is exhibited by several galleries in the Fox Valley. In addition to years of teaching students of all ages, Jeff has recently focused on teaching watercolor classes for special needs adults in the area.

Attention Art Educators!

The Trout Museum of Art is looking for qualified artists and art educators to lead courses throughout the year. Classes draw students of all ages from pre-schoolers to seniors looking to explore their own creativity in a variety of mediums. Interested educators should contact the Education Coordinator, Valerie Medina.