TMA Educators

TMA’s art education workshops and camps are all taught by local, professional artists! TMA contracts with each artist, making each class offering unique and mediums diverse.

TMA is always 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.

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.
Mikey Koziczkowski
Mikey Koziczkowski
Mikey Koziczkowski a mixed media artist that uses screen printing as a way of combining his painting, drawing, and photography work. This allows him to combine certain mediums that otherwise would not cooperate in a direct, physical application.

Mikey’s work explores a range of realism to abstraction while using touches of surrealism and color manipulation to create various emotions and dream like landscapes.

Mikey was a 2023 Artist in Residence at the Trout Museum of Art.

Danna Gabriel
Danna Gabriel
Danna Gabriel is a mosaic artist from Antigo, Wisconsin. Her mosaic art has won several awards in judged shows in Antigo as well as Wisconsin Regional Arts Program (WRAP) state show awards in the past. She works with the youth of her community as the Director of Student Services for Antigo Visual Arts and is the regional coordinator for the Association of Wisconsin Artists’ Statewide Teen Art Mentoring Program (STAMP). As a former member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA), she attended conferences and classes in Nashville and Toledo, and attended a class at the Santa Barbara School of Mosaic Art by Anabelle Wewer. Danna has offered mosaic workshops in Antigo at Northcentral Technical College and for the Lakeland Art League in Hazelhurst. She is very involved in public art in her community with recent projects including the Antigo Legacy Mural Project, Plastic Bottle Cap Project, and the Sitting Pretty Fundraiser.
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.
Neo Medina
Neo Medina
Neo Medina is a working artist currently residing in Kaukauna, WI. Neo 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. Neo uses this analytical approach of humans, both in studying others and introspectively, to form the basis of his creative ideas.
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.
Jessica Lomena
Jessica Lomena
Jessica Lomena is a self-taught watercolor artist and small business owner of Jlowatercolor. A Wisconsin native, her artwork is often centred on the natural world and rooted in themes of balance. She is passionate about supporting local artists and is the creator of the Oshkosh Art Collective.
Kay Kobussen
Kay Kobussen
Kay Kobussen is a self-taught artist who used trauma to begin her creative journey. In 2015 she began weaving sculptural pieces with metal and sinew. The process helped her focus on the present moment and provided a healing environment to explore her emerging artistic ability. In 2021 she created a large piece for a Trout Museum community art event. Her
transition to weaving baskets has opened up a new process that incorporates her desire to continue using new media in the construction of three-dimensional shapes. She also plays piano and considers music an essential part of her creative process. Kay is a graduate of UW-Oshkosh (2016) with an MA in English. She is an Appleton native who also lived in Vancouver BC and Arizona. She welcomes the opportunity to share her skills as TMA educator. More of her work can be seen on Instagram under “Redbird Creatures”.
Gunjan Agarwal
Gunjan Agarwal
Gunjan Agarwal is a professional henna artist, residing in Appleton. She makes beautiful intricate Henna art , customizing it as per the taste and requirement of people of all age groups in all kinds of events. She also teaches henna art, Indian folk art, typical of the region she grew up in and ceramic art by conducting individual sessions as well as workshops for the aspiring artists. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of art through her teaching sessions. Her sessions are truly enlightening, and she motivates her students to create their best!
Alyssa Burke
Alyssa Burke
Alyssa Burke is owner and maker at Songbird Spirals. She creates unique macramé art, plant hangers, wall shelves, and other fun accessories.
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!
Jennifer Dins
Jennifer Dins
I am from the Milwaukee, WI area and I moved to Madison, WI to earn my undergraduate degree in marketing. In 2000, I earned a master’s degree in management, training and organizational development. But besides a mother and wife, what I really am is a life-long artist who found myself in a non-creative career for over 25 years.

After a potentially terminal cancer diagnosis in 2006 permanently sidelined me from my 25 year management career, I decided to follow my creative heart and began to explore a new medium: metal clay. This medium is easy on my sore hands and joints and I feel a sense of accomplishment every time I complete a piece. The uniqueness of this material allows me to add fingerprints, paw prints and even handwriting directly into the silver. Most of my sales are to people who have lost someone and want to capture a piece of him or her within the silver of an heirloom piece. I now believe it’s my calling to help these people through a particularly difficult time.

I love working with silver…it’s my Zen place.

Gretchen Wood
Gretchen Wood
Gretchen Wood holds a BS from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and is currently a graduate student at Edgewood College in Madison, WI pursuing a MA in Art Therapy. Gretchen works out of Soulflower Studio in Appleton and her paintings tend to focus on nature themes and animal subjects with bold colors, organic shapes, and floral motifs. Her passion is to spread a message of hope and healing through the arts. She loves both teaching and creating, helping others to develop skills they can use to enrich their lives.
Craig Clifford
Craig Clifford
Craig holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from California State University Long Beach and a Masters of Fine Art degree from Louisiana State University. He is an Associate Professor of Art at UWO where he has been teaching ceramics for the last thirteen years. He has also taught ceramics and art at California State University Long Beach, USC, Mississippi Valley State University. He exhibits his work nationally and internationally and has been included in the 2007 and 2009 World Ceramic Biennial in South Korea as well as, Ceramic Top 40, and is a past artist in residence at The Archie Bray Foundation, in Helena Montana and c.r.e.t.a. Rome, in Rome Italy. He is currently in the studio working for a number of group and solo exhibitions.
Anne Corsmeier
Anne Corsmeier
Anne Corsmeier graduated from UW- Eau Claire with a BS in Elementary Education. She has taught elementary age students in the Fox Valley area for many years. She incorporates art into all areas of the curriculum using many different mediums. She uses art in the curriculum as a way to help children express themselves and enrich their learning experiences.
Mel Kolstad
Mel Kolstad
Mel Kolstad is an artist, speaker, instructor, and arts advocate who makes her home in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. She is a printmaker, collagist, fiber artist, and papermaker, specializing in tiny art. She is also delighted to be a Certified Papermaker for Arnold Grummer, Inc.; a member of Wisconsin Visual Artists – Northeast Chapter; a member of ArtSpace Collective in Oshkosh; and curator for the Langdon Divers Gallery, located inside the Fond du Lac Public Library. She has also given a talk for TEDx Fonddulac about her artwork.

Mel has participated in many artist residencies throughout Wisconsin and also teaches various classes all over the state.

Elyse-Krista Mische
Elyse-Krista Mische
Elyse-Krista Mische is a mixed media artist residing in Appleton Wisconsin. She is currently pursuing an MS degree in Thanatology (Death Studies) with the goal of providing creative death education and resourcing. She promotes community engagement through collaboration, teaching, and residencies. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally. Elyse-Krista serves as the acting chair of the Appleton Public Art Committee where she advocates for inclusive and diverse public art while creating her own small and large scale works for Appleton area residents, businesses, and celebrations.
Shelby Siebers
Shelby Siebers
Shelby Siebers is a member of the Oneida Nation who currently resides in Appleton Wisconsin. Shelby has been beading for 9 years after learning from her mother and other community members along the way. She is continuing to learn, grow, and find love and passion for beadwork. She uses beadwork as a means to feel connected to her culture, to share her culture with others, and to spread love and joy to people who wear her beadwork. The most important thing she has learned in this art form is to bead with a good mind and heart. Shelby creates projects such as beaded wristlets, beaded lanyards, earrings, hoop earrings, and keychains.

Shelby is passionate about teaching the younger generation of Native youth and others how to bead. Seeing others learn the cultural significance and practice their culture brings so much happiness and pride to Shelby.

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.
Ray Fehrenbach
Ray Fehrenbach
Born in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Ray attended UW – Green Bay & UW – Oshkosh where his field of study was the fine arts. His main focus being classical drawing & printmaking.

For 10 years he worked inside the comic book industry, working full time as the Art Director for Kitchen Sink Press, where he worked with artists such as Will Ebner (Spirit), Harvey Kurtzman (Mad Magazine / Playboy), Milton Caniff (Steve Canyon), Mark Schultz (3 Time Best Artist), Kevin Eastman (Ninja Turtles), Pete Poplaski, Denis Kitchen, and Charles Burns.

His Freelance client list includes Dark Horse, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Fantagraphic Books, Eclipse Comics, & CPM LTD.

Currently, he has focused on his freelance career, displaying his drawing and paintings throughout Wisconsin.

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).
Michelle Sharp
Michelle Sharp
Michelle Sharp (b. 1992) is an artist and adventurer born and raised in Tarkio, Missouri. Working primarily in bookmaking arts, 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 currently lives in the Fox Valley area of Wisconsin.

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 photographs have been featured in the 2014 Best of College and High School Photography publication by Photographer’s Forum, and various independent publications. Michelle’s 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 Art Garage in Green Bay, Arts Connective in De Pere, and through community art projects with The Building For Kids Children’s Museum and the Waupaca Arts Hub.