Mansfield Art Center

Staff & Studio Artists

George Whitten

George Whitten

Executive Director

Contact:

george@mansfieldartcenter.org

419.756.1700

George is the Executive Director of The Mansfield Art Center and an active community leader of the arts.  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.

Jennifer Beavis

Jennifer Beavis

Marketing & Development

Contact:

jennifer@mansfieldartcenter.org

419.756.1700

Jennifer can be found taking photos, speaking with artists, instructors and staff, and engaging with the public. She combines the many facets of The MAC into events and social media content, which bring the Galleries, Education Department and Events Pavilion together.

Jennifer’s background includes 13 years of brand development, visual merchandising, staff enrichment, and new store openings. In addition to appreciating the arts, and the impact of museums/art centers on the community, she is also an established artist. As a former recipient of the Congressional Art Award, her work has been displayed in the US Capitol. She also creates custom watercolor illustrations, and has produced cover art for published novels.

Contact Jennifer for booking special events, weddings, tours, and media.

Jerry L. Francl

Jerry L. Francl

Membership | Exhibitions | 3D Printing

Contact:

jerry@mansfieldartcenter.org

419.756.1700

Jerry’s relationship with the Mansfield Art Center dates back to his early childhood.  He currently serves as the Art Center’s Membership Coordinator, Curator, and Head of the Tech Lab.

He is a two time graduate of North Central State College, with a background in Business Administration, Information Technology, and Graphic Design.

When Jerry isn’t creating amazing 3D printed objects, he is focused on being an award winning photographer, a recording/performing musician, and a Rock Star Dad to an amazing daughter.

Emily Negro

Emily Negro

Gallery Shop | Studio Artist

Contact:

emily@mansfieldartcenter.org

419.756.1700

Emily graduated from Youngstown State University with a bachelor’s degree in Art Education in 2015. Since then, she has been teaching all ages in various programs all around Ohio. She spent 3 years at the Wayne Center for the Arts creating community projects, writing curriculum, and teaching a vast array of media.

Emily became a part of The Mansfield Art Center family in 2019 and has been passionately encouraging her students to live creatively and find the art form they love ever since.

Allison Bloom

Allison Bloom

Glass Studio Artist

Contact:

allison@mansfieldartcenter.org

419.756.1700

Allison is an amazingly talented Glass Artist & Instructor.

She has great information to share with you, but she is really busy in the Hot Shop currently.

More information about Allison coming soon.

Nick Christus

Nick Christus

3D Printing Instructor

 

Nick is currently attending North Central State College where he is majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He has been a 3D printing enthusiast and Maker for over 5 years and can be found in the Tech Lab making light sabers when he isn’t teaching.

Pia Douglas

Pia Douglas

Studio Art Coordinator

Contact:

pia@mansfieldartcenter.org

419.756.1700

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.

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.

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.

James Fleeson

James Fleeson

Painting Instructor

 

Although he now lives in Lexington, Ohio, James was born just north of Pittsburgh, PA. He grew up in Jackson, Michigan where he attended the Jackson Area Career Center for Commercial Art while in high school. He was offered a full five-year scholarship to attend Lawrence Tech for a degree in Architecture but left after just one year to pursue a greater passion—a career in Computer Science, which eventually led him to the DC area.

Despite the shifts in his career paths, Fleeson has always created art and in many mediums including pencil, pastels, and watercolor, but it wasn’t until 11 years ago that he decided he wanted to paint in oil to take advantage of the deep colors it provided. And after two years of researching the science of painting with oil, he did his first painting.

“Today oil is my main medium, and life is my subject,” James says. “I like to tell stories with my paintings, to shine a light on everyday scenes that people miss and show the beauty all around us. I once read, ‘An artist’s job is to document their life.’ I hope to live up to that statement by painting what isn’t seen.”

Jerry Francl Sr.

Jerry Francl Sr.

Digital Coding Instructor

 

Jerry Francl Sr. (aka Mr. Jerry, aka The Duino Guy) is a graduate of Purdue University and a retired Electrical Engineering Professor from North Central State College. In addition to his 38 year tenure at NCSC, he was a Robotics Job Trainer for General Motors.

Mr. Jerry’s life long passion for teaching continues at the Mansfield Art Center, where he is currently teaching introductory programming as a poetic language using Arduino micro controllers.

Arduino is an open source electronic prototyping platform that enables users to create interactive electronic objects. A must have for Interactive and Kinetic Art installations.

Victoria Hoefler

Victoria Hoefler

Studio Instructor

 

Victoria 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.

Terri Lovett

Terri Lovett

Studio Instructor

More information coming soon.

Nikki Noel

Nikki Noel

Studio Instructor

More information coming soon.

Gus Phillilps

Gus Phillilps

3D Printing Instructor

 

Gus grew up in Elyria, Ohio where he was exposed to the world of art by his Grandmother at an early age. He grew up as a hockey goalie and turned that experience into a 20 year career in the Ice Arena industry.  Gus is now living in Mansfield, and is employed at the Richland County Library.  When the library acquired a 3D printer a few years ago, his experience studying Architectural Drafting & Design with 2D & 3D CAD in college, made for a smooth transition into the world of 3D printing. Gus likes to focus on pushing the limits of the available 3D printing technology, blending the fast growing printing and digital design technologies with the creative and artistic.
Oliver Ray

Oliver Ray

Glass Blowing Maestro

Contact:

oliver@mansfieldartcenter.org

419.756.1700

Oliver would want you to know a lot about him but only has so much room to tell you his story. In a nutshell, he was born and raised on a tiny little island and also grew up in downtown Europe.

Oliver has a BFA in Glass from the Cleveland Institute of Art and enjoys nature in urban settings, pop culture, food culture and meeting new people.

He now lives in Cleveland with his awesome wife, wonderful son and two stubborn citrus trees.

Instagram-whiskeyislandglass

Yani Sheng

Yani Sheng

Studio Artist & Instructor

 

Born in Taiwan, raised in Belize, and educated in Canada, transplant Yani Sheng has recently taken roots in Columbus, Ohio. She received her B.F.A. in Visual Art and her Bachelor of Education from Memorial University and has exhibited in several galleries abroad, including Image Factory Gallery, JL Gallery, and SWGC Gallery.

Yani had her first solo exhibit in Columbus at BrickBox Studios, Mcconnell Art Gallery, and was selected as an emerging artist by the Columbus Art Festival. In 2022, Yani won the Juror’s Choice Award for her OAR exhibition “Faces in The Time of Covid”.

Her adorable dog “Cupcake” is also a regular at the Mansfield Art Center.

yanisheng.com

Don Snyder

Don Snyder

Ceramic Instructor

 

Don Snyder is a well known ceramicist in the area. He began his 32 year career teaching carpentry and cabinet making at Mansfield City Schools and 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.

Facebook: Snyder DragonFly Pottery.

 

Mike Swiderski

Mike Swiderski

Ceramic Instructor

 

Mike is an incredible Ceramic Artist & Instructor.  You can find his work in our Gallery Shop and take classes from him.

He remains a bit of an enigma, but we assure you that he is real and that there is more information about him coming soon.

 

Mansfield Art Center

Mansfield Art Center
700 Marion Avenue
Mansfield, Ohio 44906

Hours:
Tuesday - Sunday 11am - 4pm