Susan Atwell completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Textiles at Ball State University. She has been weaving, dyeing, knitting, quilting, printing, felting and spinning ever since. Susan’s mission through teaching, is to reconnect everyone to their sometimes latent, but always inherent creative abilities.
Twyla Butler’s fascination with glass started in 1993. Mastering the copper foil and led techniques, she quickly moved on to mosaic and fused glass. This lead to instructing employee art classes for major corporations in the region. Butler’s other artwork includes sterling silver jewelry, mixed metal jewelry and photography.
Corey Hagelberg earned an undergraduate degree in sculpture and a graduate degree in printmaking from Ball State University and spent several years travelling around the country building public playgrounds in thirty states. In 2012 Corey co-founded the Calumet Artist Residency with his partner, Kate. Centered in the Indiana Dunes, the residency aims to promote the arts and connect people, art and nature in the Calumet Region. He currently is an adjunct Professor at Indiana University Northwest and maintains a studio practice focused on black and white woodcut and assemblage.
Jo Ellen Pilecki holds a Bachelor degree in History and English and a Masters degree in English and Secondary Education from Indiana University. She taught English and Creative Writing at Rogers and Michigan City High Schools. She is an experienced group leader and an Amherst Writers and Artists affiliate, certified to lead workshops in the AWA method.
Alicia Rutzen is a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography, a professional portrait photographer, and arts enthusiast. She has a heart for working with children and enjoys bringing the arts to local elementary students in LCA’s after-school arts program.
Holly Schroeder is an actor, singer, writer and storyteller bringing her many talents to LCA this summer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Purdue University, and her extensive background includes Second City, various television programs and commercials, and nationwide theatrical appearances.
Michael Wernik holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Columbia College Chicago. He has coordinated exhibitions and events for galleries at CCC, Chicago Public Schools and the NAMES Project Chapter of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. He was the Lead Technical Imagist for Papyrus Recycled Greeting Cards and also teaches art for LCA in the Michigan City after-school programs.
Michelle Wiser has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, followed by 5 years of portrait painting studies with Robert Bentley and 5 years of classical watercolor painting with Alain Gavin. She has exhibited extensively and won numerous awards.
Jay Zerbe completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the American University of Beirut, and a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from Indiana University. His professional art career began in 1968 in Beirut with several exhibitions. Zerbe has exhibited his work all over the U.S.