Painting & Mixed Media
Ruthie Akuchie is a Nigerian-American freelance artist. She is a native of Mansfield, Ohio, and has been painting and drawing portraits since elementary school at Brinkehoff elementary, now known as the Spanish Immersion School. She is a 2007 graduate of Mansfield Senior High School, where she studied mixed media under Mindy Duncan. She attended North Central State College, and has designed greetings cards and children’s books for previous clients. She draws inspiration from art that tells a story. Her favorite medium to work with is mixed media. Her art shows a message of love and unity through diversity. She enjoys learning about history, other cultures, and specifically Asian cultures.
Jewelry and Enameling Instructor
Kristin Ellis has been a working artist for more than 20 years, exhibiting her work in galleries and art festivals around the USA. She has studied metalsmithing and sculpture at San Antonio College, The Southwest School of Art, and Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. During Kristin’s jewelry apprenticeship in the mid 1990’s, she met Cecelia Steindfeldt, a curator for the Witte Museum. Cecelia introduced her to the magic of copper enameling and provided her with a complete enameling studio. That studio is still in use today, though it is now nestled amongst the corn fields of Mt Gilead, Ohio. Kristin is currently an independent studio jeweler, creating one-of-a-kind original works with her unique blend of metalsmithing, casting, lapidary, and enameling techniques.
Brittany "Jack" Jackosn
Jack was mentored under the late Gregg Luginbuhl, who was best known for his Creation Series, clay oil cans, and raku fish. One of their first projects together was the Bluffton University Baseball Memorial, for which they mixed nearly 2 tons of clay in one afternoon and spent several weeks smoothing and sculpting the outside lacing to be cast first in plaster, then bronze. Jack didn’t realize she wanted to teach until she spent her summers co-teaching Gregg’s Summer Mudd group.
Her personal style developed from Greek pottery and the desire to “go big.” It wasn’t uncommon for Jack to push the size limits of the kiln in order to fire her large pieces. Her main decorative slip techniques were developed from examining the hand prints of the El Castillo cave and feeling like the humans from 40,000 years ago were touching others through time and space. “If I’m to be a traditional broke potter, at least my pots can travel the world and shake hands with someone else.”
Film & Acting Instructor
Daniel Roemer’s unique and powerful style of directing has lead him to receive such attention as USA Film’s Top 10 Emerging Director’s list at the age of 20, two-time Project Greenlight Best Director Finalist (Ben Affleck/Matt Damon), and student Academy Award State finalist by age 22.
He has been characterized as “a filmmaker with his finger on the pulse of the world’s youth,” as his short films have been distributed theatrically in over 75 countries. Partnering with Inspirational Films in Europe, colleges have packed out auditoriums with over three thousand students, as well as standing room only theaters in major European cities. He has a style akin to Quentin Tarantino and Wes Anderson, and, according to CDfreedom.com, his film, The Select Fit, is “one of the most well- directed and innovative films of the year, writer/director Daniel Roemer is a voice to be reckoned with.”
Hanna Rosin from the Washington Post writes in a recent article that “Roemer is one of the fresh new voices that Act One [screenwriting school] faculty members talk about when Hollywood studio executives call. “Daniel’s Short films stream on Verizon and Sprint cell phones worldwide (12 million subscribers) and play in China on internet, TV, & public transportation.Daniel’s written and co-written six screenplays, two of which were developed at Fox Studios with him attached to direct. He’s screened in festivals including Sundance, AFI Fest, LA Shorts Fest, and a special senator screening in Washington DC (for selected congressmen).
Learn more about Daniel here: Daniel Roember IMDB
Ceramics & Painting Instructor
George Whitten is a well-respected artist and teacher in the community. He teaches ceramics and painting classes for both adults and children. His work has been exhibited across the country, and he has been published in magazines such as Ceramics Monthly and Studio Potter. Some of his magnificent large-scale paintings adorn the walls at Broken Rocks Café and Bakery in Wooster, Ohio. He received his BFA at Florida Atlantic University and earned his MFA at Wichita State University.
Selected Exhibition and Publications:
- American Museum of Ceramic Art Institute for Contemporary Arts, Columbus, OH.
- Ohio Designer Craftsman @ Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.
- Ceramics International, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
- Carsley Gallery Inc., Montreal, Canada
- Invitational Exhibition-Ran Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
- Neville Nowell, San Francisco, CA.
- Canton Art Institute, Canton, OH.
- Ceramics Monthly, 2000
- National Broadcasting Corporation, Miami Vice, TV Series 1985, New York, NY Ceramic Art of the World 1973
- Ceramic Art of the World 1973, Rothman Ltd., Canada
- Raku Pottery, WKYC TV-3, Cleveland, OH 1982 and 2000
- Studio Potter, Daniel Clark Foundation, Vol. 10, No .2, 1982, U.S.A.
Mansfield Art Center
Mansfield Art Center
700 Marion Avenue
Mansfield, Ohio 44906
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