TMA Educators

Anthony Abegglen
Anthony Abegglen
Anthony Abegglen an American multi-media artist, currently a filmmaker and freelance illustrator with several years of experience. He has recently ventured into the field of 3D media after receiving his BFA with an emphasis in 3D Studio Art from UW-Oshkosh. Many of Anthony’s recent artworks and films highlight the lifestyles of contemporary youth in America. Currently focusing on collaborations through filmmaking and creative direction with musicians and artists in Wisconsin, Southwest Florida, and California.
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.
Laura Schrampfer
Laura Schrampfer
Laura Schrampfer is an Appleton-based tattoo and fine artist, beginning her love of art as a sophomore attending the Renaissance School for the Art in Appleton West. She is the owner and operator of AmazInk Tattoos located in The Draw.
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.
Tyler Helfrich
Tyler Helfrich
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!
Gayle Schultz
Gayle Schultz
Gayle Schultz is a graduate of the College of Creative Studies located a block from the Detroit Institute of Arts. As TMA’s lead SPARK! Educator, 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 SPARK! programs, and introduces participants to TMA galleries and various visual arts experiences. Gayle facilitates a number of SPARK! programs at TMA and a memory loss day center. Originally mentored by a former TMA Board Member, Gayle is now a member of the SPARK! Alliance ready to learn and teach more educators about the value in arts-based programming for everyone.
Nate DeRidder
Nate DeRidder
Nate DeRidder is a graduate of Cardinal Stritch University, where he obtained a degree in art education. Having grown up in Appleton, Nate has worked with numerous youth groups, creating artwork and teaching art classes. His time spent studying abroad has given a European flair to some of his work.
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.
Michelle Sharp
Michelle Sharp
Michelle Sharp is an artist and adventurer born and raised in Tarkio, Missouri. Working primarily with photography and bookmaking media, she finds inspiration in the mundane, the acts of sharing and discovery, literature, and structured systems. Michelle received a BFA with honors from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2015; her major was Photography with minors in Writing and Science. Michelle has shown work in various online exhibitions, such as Lenscratch and F-Stop Magazine, as well as Milwaukee galleries such as Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, The Portrait Society Gallery, and Gallerie M. Her zines and other book works can be found in collections at the University of Milwaukee Special Collections Library and The Athens Zine Bibliotheque. Most recently, her work has been exhibited at The Trout Museum of Art, Lawrence University’s Rabbit Gallery, and The Draw.
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.
Leif Larson
Leif Larson
Leif Larson was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1981. He spent his childhood growing up in Appleton, WI. Briefly, He studied at Indiana State University, and then went on to receive a B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 2005. His work has been shown throughout the U.S. in galleries, museums, universities, public buildings and exhibitions in locations that include Napa Valley California, New York City, and many Midwestern cities in Wisconsin and Illinois. His paintings, drawings, watercolors, and intaglio prints can be found in both private and public collections across the United States. Leif loves to travel and meet new people, and enjoys sharing his love of art with others. He has a studio in Oshkosh, WI.
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.

Internships & Volunteering

Internship and volunteer opportunities are available year-round for high school and college students! Get hands-on experience working as part of a non-profit organization. Contact Marci Hoffman for more information about art, education, museum studies, curation, marketing, and non-profit experiences.