Our instructors

Sean Bodley

Sean is fascinated with paintings that tell stories about humanity's interaction with the environment. His current focus is taking abstract ideas about climate change and making them visible. A couple of years ago Sean initiated a successful Kick Starter campaign which allowed him to do plein air painting for a year so he could better understand the landscape for his narrative work. He studied Drawing and Painting at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts, completing his BFA in 2010. In 2011 Sean moved to Lemont, Pennsylvania. Here he founded Mount Nittany Studio and works enthusiastically at painting and teaching art. He lives with his wife and pup on a misty mountain.

414-334-1799
sabodley@gmail.com
seanbodley.com

Carrie Koch

Carrie Koch has been teaching summer camps for several years. She loves introducing younger artists, especially, to a variety of media within a fun theme. Carrie graduated from Penn State with a BS in Elementary Education and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction as a Reading Specialist. Art is a passion, not a field of study. While acrylics are her current favorite, she is also a fan of pastels, clay, paper mache, watercolors, and whatever media if the most fun for budding artists.

cckoch7@gmail.com

Isabel Kumerz

Isabel Kumerz is a Spanish painter living in State College PA. Before coming to the US she earned a BFA in Graphic Design in Germany and worked as a Graphic Designer in Barcelona, Spain. She received a Masters of Fine Art from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2007, and began her teaching career here at the Art Alliance. She enjoys creating her own artwork, viewing other artist¹s work, and teaching Art to adults. Not only does she take pleasure in sharing her knowledge about art techniques, abstraction and the creative process, but also she wants her students to experience art and understand how much it affects their lives.

She teaches painting with acrylics, but not in the traditional way. Her teaching approach is focus on the creative process, helping students to lose their fears of doing wrong, to take risks experimenting and to learn how to express them selves visually.

isabel@kumerz.com

Ingrid Booz Morejohn

Ingrid is Swedish-Cuban-American and moved to State College in 2014. She's your printmaking teacher! She teaches printmaking courses, pop-ups, weekend workshops and holds the Printmaking Open Studio on Sunday evenings. Ingrid began her career as a photographer publishing several books on China and Chinese culture and working in publishing and the travel industry in Asia and Sweden for over 25 years. She also taught K-12 art in China. For the past 5 years she shifted to printmaking, studying with the Open College of the Arts in the UK. She creates monoprints and monotypes, collagraphs and relief prints.

814-206-4627
ingridmorejohn@gmail.com

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Mary Shay McGuire

Mary started learning pen and ink at a very young age from her aunt and mother first and then in college with the famous writer and artist Tomie dePaola. Mary graduated from Newton College of the Sacred Heart (Boston College). She studied painting in Paris at L’Académie de la Grande Chaumière and Atelier Lhote and as a young artist taught art in New York City, where she had her first show. Her work has won prizes and is in private collections in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

Mary also has an MFA in writing poetry and taught in the PSU English Department for 12 years. She was a member of the Potters' Guild in Lemont and a pottery teacher here in State College and for the HUB at PSU. Mary was past Executive Director of the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania and is a life time member of the Art Alliance Potters' Guild.

Mary also paints in acrylic and has shown those paintings with the Art Alliance's outreach program coordinated by Brenda Horner and Marie Doll.

Mary now teaches pen, ink and watercolor classes as well as Greeting Card pop up classes at the Art Alliance.

814-237-0064
maryshaymcguire@gmail.com

Julia Nelson

Giving people the opportunity to create is very important to Julia Nelson. She has been creating art herself since she was a little girl. Julia graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a BA in art then taught art classes to adults and children at the Worcester Art Museum. She earned her MFA in Studio Teaching from Boston University and headed out to New Hampshire, teaching in the elementary school system there. She moved to State College with her husband about 20 years ago and began working in Mount Nittany Middle School as an art teacher.

Whether you’re 8 or 80, Julia believes we’re always on a journey of art making. Her own work has evolved from illustrating objects to Calligraphy to abstract fabric collage. She is constantly on the search for new artists and new ways of looking and making. She loves listening to her students and helping them on their own artistic journeys. She teaches Architecture Your Way for adults and various youth classes at the Art Alliance.

Nicole Packard

Nicole is a Penn State graduate with a BS in Art Education and a BFA in Drawing and Painting. Currently Nicole is working toward completing her MPS in Art Education at Penn State. She teaches 6th grade art class at Park Forest Middle School and enjoys teaching both adult and youth classes at the Art Alliance. Much of her artwork deals with the idea of mapping and often these maps are of information not easily quantified, like memories or imagined worlds. Nicole is fascinated by the line between reality and fantasy, as well as the duality of beauty and destruction.

nmpackard21@yahoo.com
artistnicole.com

 

J. Harlan Ritchey

J. Harlan Ritchey is a self-taught artist who received his BA in Filmmaking from Penn State in 1999, with Honors in Visual Arts. Since then, he has done commissions for local and national clients, regularly shown work in central Pennsylvania galleries, and taught at the Art Alliance and the C. Barton McCann School of Art. He works in all drawing media (traditional as well as digital) but is currently focused on watercolor. His goal is to infuse each image--landscape, still life, abstraction, or even cartoon--with art-historical, cultural, and personal meanings. He lives and works in State College, PA.

jharlanart@gmail.com
jharlanart.com

 

Michele Rivera

Michele Rivera is founder of the Artistic Horizon art center and "Bears that Care" program in State College. She is originally from Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from Kingsborough College and Penn State's School of Visual Arts. She works in ceramics, metals, and watercolors. Her passion is to pass on her addiction to create through her instruction at the university, local art centers, and various charters schools were she is or has taught art programs. She currently teaches at Artistic Horizon, Art Alliance of PA, and PA Cyber School.

814-234-3441
artistichorizon.org

 

Adam Swartz

Adam Swartz loves helping people use art to tell stories. He has a degree in Integrative Arts from Penn State University and a background in performance, multi-media visual art, technical theater, and education. Adam gained much insight and experience training with the puppeteers of Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organization behind Sesame Street. Adam teaches after school classes for the State College Area School District, and travels to many schools throughout the commonwealth as a registered artist with the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts.

Additionally, Adam owns his own puppetry company, through which he creates and performs original, interactive puppet shows, facilitates workshops, internships, and camp experiences, and designs and builds puppets for other artists.

On a summer day or in-service day during the school year you are likely to find him with a group of super heroes in his "Comics and Cartoons" class at the Art Alliance.

adamswartzpuppets.com

 

Ann Taylor Schmidt

Throughout Ann Taylor-Schmidt’s life, she explored her first love, art. From Vid Petrasic’s watercolor classes to Edith Socolow’s painting classes, to Richard Mahew’s color theory painting classes and arts/science interface classes, to Fred Weber’s photography lighting classes. Ann graduated cum laude with a degree in art education and taught elementary art. She, then, worked in the graphic arts and printing industry. Next, she worked for Penn State in marketing communications and public relations, and recently retired from their Strategic Communications Office of Social Media.

Over the years, Ann created and showed art in studios in Bellefonte and in Mechanicsburg. Ann loves to paint in nature and then create a series in the studio, with each piece becoming increasingly abstract.

For many years, Ann has taught a nature-journal drawing workshop for Penn State students and interns. She also enjoys photography and printmaking and can’t wait to see what direction this new phase of her life takes her. She is enjoying teaching drawing for the Art Alliance, helping others approach their artwork in ways they never imagined.

Ann lives near Philipsburg with her husband Eric, who is a contractor and bonsai artist. They are in the midst of building a new home and watching their daughter Mandy excel in her new endeavors as a United States Marine.

anntaylorschmidt@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/DrawingForNatureJournals
https://www.facebook.com/Ann-Taylor-Schmidt-Artworks

Lena Thynell

Lena Thynell is an art instructor at the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania. After a long career as a registered nurse, nurse midwife and department head in Sweden, watercolor has now become an important part of her life. She started to paint twenty years ago, she got her watercolor education at the Gerlesborg Art School at the Swedish West Coast. She has recently started to paint on location, in "plein - air" which gives her much joy and new inspiration. "It's a challenge to paint on location and that's what I like," Lena states. She was a Juried artists at Harford Plein Air, MD 2016 and a Juried artists at the Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition 2017. Lena has participated in Juried Art Shows as well as solo art shows in Sweden and has recently started to show and sell her work in the USA.

Lena achieved Pennsylvania Watercolor Society Signature Status, PWS, in 2015, Philadelphia Watercolor Society Signature Status 2016 and Baltimore Watercolor Society Signature Status 2017. She received a Pennsylvania Watercolor Society Honorary Award in 2014 for her watercolor painting "Water Ways". Lena is on the Bellefonte Art Museum art registry and a member of Farmland Preservation Artist's of Central Pennsylvania. Lena has attended workshops with Skip Lawrence and Alvaro Castagnet.

lena@lenathynellwatercolor.com
lenathynellwatercolor.com
facebook.com/lenathynellwatercolor
lenathynellwatercolor -- Instagram

Lynn Anne Verbeck

Lynn Anne Verbeck, studio potter, teacher and mother of two, received her Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics at the State University of New York in New Paltz, NY, 2011.

She was born and raised in Philipsburg, PA. Growing up in a rural area gave her a close connection with the rhythms of nature; an earthy sensibility can be seen in her work as an artist.

After completing her undergraduate work at Penn State University, she moved to New York City and opened a studio, where she lived, taught and sold her work for 17 years.

Verbeck has come full circle and now lives and works in Philipsburg. She is highly qualified in all technical aspects of pottery, making and teaching everything from hand-building to mold-making and slip-casting. Verbeck has extensive wood firing experience, as well as firing electric, gas and soda kilns.

814.321.2385
Lavaclay@hotmail.com
lavaclayceramics.vpweb.com
lavaclayceramics.bigcartel.com

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