George is the Executive Director of The Mansfield Art Center and an active community leader of the arts. Under George’s leadership, the Mansfield Art Center is approaching completion of a new education wing and event pavilion. George has an extensive background as a professional artist and arts educator, with an MFA from Wichita State University, a BFA from Florida Atlantic University, Washington State University and Memphis Academy of Art. George has been a Visiting Artist at several universities and taught Studio Arts and Art History at Findlay University. He has served on the Ohio Designer Craftsmen Board of Directors and is the Director of the Boston Mills ArtFest. His pieces have been in exhibits all over the world and many are currently in fine art collections not only in the United States, but also in Italy, Israel, South Africa, Canada and Mexico.
Debra Weaver, Ph.D., M.Ed.
Program Director | Studio Instructor
419.756.1700 ext. 103
Debra, our program director is a lifelong learner, sculptor, educator and leader.
She is leading our current art education programming, as well as developing programming for the Tyger S.T.E.A.M. Project with Mansfield City Schools. Debra’s role is to develop programs that are innovative, inclusive and appealing to our community.
She has been a Principal and special education teacher in the Toledo Public School system and has worked with non-profits as an advocate for at-risk youth and adults and individuals with disabilities. Debra received her doctorate in business and leadership from the University of Michigan, Master of Education in Administration from the University of Toledo, and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Bowling Green State University.
Marketing & Development Director
419.756.1700 ext. 105
Susan is our Marketing/Development Director and coordinates public relations, advertising, special events, development and the volunteer program. Her experience includes 25+ years as a retail executive with a focus on human resources and development, merchandising and operations. She is a graduate of Ashland University with a B.S. in Art Education and Painting and has studied at Ohio Northern University, University of Bridgeport, Michigan State and University of Georgia. Susan is the past president of the board for the Mansfield Art Center and currently serves as a member of the Richland County Foundation Women’s Fund Advisory Committee and the downtown Mansfield ArtSector Committee.
Jerry L. Francl
Jerry’s relationship with the Mansfield Art Center dates back to his early childhood. He currently serves as the Mansfield Art Center’s Operations Director, gallery shop manager, IT specialist, & membership coordinator as well as the curator for our exhibitions. He is a two time graduate of North Central State College, and has a background in Business Administration, Graphic Design, and Information Technology. Jerry is also an award winning photographer and exhibits his work regularly.
Events Coordinator & Sales
Roger is our Events & Sales Coordinator with a vast experience in wedding and party planning. Roger has owned his own business for many years and is also a buyer for our Gallery Shop. Please contact Roger to plan your wedding ceremony, reception, graduation, or special event.
Social Media | Jewelry and Enameling Instructor
Kristin 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 among 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.
Lucas works in the gallery shop on a part time basis and is a familiar face in our studios. He is a lifelong artist that loves using non-traditional materials. Some of his major projects include a pair of 7’ diameter mirrors for a high-end bakery in Seoul and an orrery sculpture currently in Fox Studios permanent collection. Lucas is an accomplished and published poet and is co-owner of Lucah Designs – a business dealing in antiques, custom home furnishing and original art.
Gallery Sales | Studio Instructor
Victoria Hoefler, artist and instructor at the Mansfield Art Center, has had a variety of experiences in life leading to her love of art. After taking art classes at The Ohio State University, she pursued a degree in Advertising and Marketing. As a manager for Santana Imports , Victoria specialized in buying and selling art internationally; primarily Native American art and artifacts, and artists such as Remington, Pena and Ansel Adams. Hoefler has been an artist most of her life, working in jewelry, sculpture, custom made costumes and mixed media. Victoria has sold her art at galleries, retail stores, festivals and through catalogs. She now works mostly primarily in polymer and natural clay, mixed media and found objects. Victoria grew up in Ashland, but now calls Mansfield her home.
Gallery Sales | Studio Instructor
Emily Negro graduated from Youngstown State University with a bachelor’s degree in Art Education. Since then, she has taught in various elementary, middle, and high schools and participated in senior programs all around Ohio. She spent 3 years at the Wayne Center for the Arts creating community projects, writing curriculum, and teaching all ages. Emily is comfortable with most artistic mediums and is now known for her Harry Potter series and Home School Program teachings at the Mansfield Art Center. Emily is passionate about encouraging her students to live creatively and find the art they love.
Yoga & Meditation Instructor
Claudia has been teaching yoga and meditation in the Mansfield area for more than 25 years and has been writing about health, and happiness within the body mind & spirit. Claudia’s courses focus on movement and mindful practices that cultivate awareness, ease and a connection with the greater world. On her website: www.claudiacummins.com you will also find a wide range of essays (and even a little poetry) that touch upon ways that we can live wisely & with love.
Silk Painting & Studio Instructor
Pia Douglas, is a French native, born in Madagascar. Pia is fluent in French, English and Spanish and has been teaching silk painting, ceramics, sculpture and stained glass for over 30 years to adults as well as children. With a degree in cosmetology and theatrical make-up, Pia went on to teach art classes in oils, acrylics, watercolor, silk painting, clay and glass. She has traveled and lived extensively throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the far East and the Americas, always finding enjoyment in art, color, form and architecture.
Pia created her first stained glass and painting studio in Egypt where she worked with local construction companies for the integration of leaded windows into homes. In Saudi Arabia, Pia managed a compound entertainment center and created a studio for expatriate women and children with a focus on stained glass, silk painting, and clay works. Pia also opened a studio in Venezuela, teaching stained glass and ceramics to adults and children.
Now in the United States, Pia shares her knowledge in various art centers in Columbus and the Mansfield Art Center. Since 2014, her focus has been on sculpture, and has studied under the tutelage of Phillipe Faraut in New York. She is dedicated to teaching and giving to others through her love of art.
Jerry Francl Sr.
Digital Coding Instructor
Jerry Francl Sr. (aka Mr. Jerry) is a Purdue graduate and retired Electrical Engineering Professor from North Central State College. In addition to his 40 year tenure at NCSC, he was a robotics job trainer for General Motors. His passion for teaching still continues at the Mansfield Art Center & Discovery School, where he currently is teaching grade school children MIT’s Scratch Programming language and 3D Printing.
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
Robin Shoup - Wilson
Watercolor | Studio Instructor
Robin Shoup Wilson’s first drawing was at the age of two, of a mouse, which she still has. She was hooked and has been involved in drawing, painting, mixed media and creating murals.
Watercolor and drawing classes are just a few that Robin teaches at the Mansfield Art Center. Having taken several art classes at The Ohio State University and Ashland University, Robin has expanded her repertoire to include fine art commissions, band logos, book covers and more.
As a muralist with Mankind Murals, Inc., you will find Robin’s work on the Fork and Fingers Restaurant and the KV Market on 4th St., as part of the Shawshank Trail. Her many mentors and instructors have given her invaluable knowledge, and she loves to pass that knowledge along by teaching and sharing art.
Don Snyder, a well known ceramicist in the area, began his 32 year career teaching carpentry and cabinet making at Mansfield City Schools. He then became an Industrial Tech. teacher and Fine Arts teacher. In 1994, Don and his late wife Gayle opened DragonFly Pottery. Since retiring, Don and Sandy Overholt have devoted full time to making stoneware pottery, both functional and decorative. Don is an excellent instructor and extremely adept in both wheel throwing and hand-building. We are very pleased to have him as an instructor at the Mansfield Art Center. His Facebook page is Snyder DragonFly Pottery.
Fused Glass Instructor
Cherrie Vidonish is a full-time glass artist and instructor and co-owns Vidonish Studios in Lexington , Ohio with her husband Bill. For over thirty five years, the couple have created and commissioned beautiful pieces of stained and leaded glass works of art throughout the country. Cherrie is currently teaching courses at the art center in glass fusing and slumping. She is constantly challenging herself and her students with new techniques in glass.
Mansfield Art Center
Mansfield Art Center
700 Marion Avenue
Mansfield, Ohio 44906
Tuesday - Sunday 11am - 5pm