Faculty

Whitney Bradshaw
Visual Arts Department Head + AP Photography Instructor

Whitney Bradshaw is an artist, curator, teacher and social worker. She trained as an artist at Columbia College Chicago where she received an MFA in photography in 2001. While in school, Ms. Bradshaw taught at Columbia College and the School of the Art Institute in addition to working at the Museum of Contemporary Photography as the assistant registrar and curatorial assistant. She received 3 Weisman Scholarships and in 2001 was named one of the top 10 MFA Candidates and awarded the College Art Association Regional M.F.A Exhibition at Gallery 400 in the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2003, she had a solo exhibition at the International Museum of Surgical Science. Her photographs can be found in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography as well as numerous private collections, and have been published in the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. Ms. Bradshaw was formerly the assistant curator of the renowned LaSalle Bank Photography Collection and the curator of photography for the Bank of America Collection. As a curator, she developed more than 40 exhibitions, which have been loaned to museums and cultural centers throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. In addition, she has published a number of books and essays on the collection’s holdings and currently serves on the editorial board of the Columbia College Press. Prior to her graduate studies, Ms. Bradshaw attained a BA in Sociology with a minor in Women’s Studies from Eastern Illinois University. She has also worked, in various capacities, as a social worker across the city of Chicago. Her artwork can be viewed at www.whitneybradshaw.com.

Kayce Bayer
Drawing by Design + Senior Seminar: Professional Development

Originally from North Florida, Kayce received her BA in Studio Art and a Minor in Music from Florida State University. She went on to earn her MFA from the Memphis College of Art in Tennessee before moving to Chicago in 2005. An interdisciplinary artist working in drawing, objects, video, and performance, she exhibits nationwide and performs locally. Her biggest project to date combined many of her creative interests to revisit the vaudevillian form. The Great Fire: A Traveling Truck Show toured Chicago neighborhoods in October 2012 with a moving truck as a pop-up stage, engaging audiences with a bit of Chicago history, storytelling, music, and other wackiness. Kayce has over 10 years experience as an arts and design educator working with students of all ages. She is the other half of musical project Jacques Hammer & Wanda Drug and curatorial/production experiment Good Stuff House.  www.kaycebayer.com

Rebecca Beachy
Contemporary Practice + 3D Material Studies

Born in Denver, Colorado, Rebecca Beachy is a recipient of both an MFA in Studio Arts and an MA in Art History from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has taught at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and tutored students in art history, English and the humanities through Supplemental Instruction, Educational Endeavors and the LINK scholarship program. She is a member of the small staff of 8550OHIO (formerly Harold Arts), and is actively collaborating towards the development of a new Chicago residency for German artists through Chicago Sister Cities & Hamburg’s Department of Culture. She recently exhibited work in Hamburg’s Altona as a December/January resident of the FRISE Künstlerhaus. In Chicago, her ephemeral sculptures, interventions and installations have been exhibited at Iceberg Projects, 6018NORTH, the Southside Hub of Production, and Gallery 400, among other spaces. Her written work has been published with literary journal Puerto del Sol and will be included in the Center for Humans & Nature’s upcoming City Creatures. As a volunteer specimen preparator and educator, Beachy also demonstrates taxidermy to the public at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum for the Chicago Academy of Sciences, Department of Collections.
www.rebeccabeachy.com

Emily Belknap
Sculpture I + Sculpture II

Emily Belknap examines boundaries in landscape using an interdisciplinary approach that includes drawing, sculpture and installation. In her current body of work, Backyard Dilemmas, she explores the paradoxical nature of landscapes in transition. Belknap received an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013, where she earned the Chazen Prize for an Outstanding MFA candidate. She received a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2007. This year Belknap was selected for the Mary Nohl Fellowship Award in Milwaukee. Her exhibition history includes solo exhibitions at the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison in 2013, the Sharon Lynn Wilson Center in Brookfield in 2010 and the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend in 2009. Her upcoming Mary Nohl Fellowship exhibition will open in October of 2015. Belknap is passionate about encouraging students to examine their surroundings as they develop their sculptural skills. She has taught a broad range of subjects and levels from introductory sculpture to undergraduate senior interdisciplinary thesis. www.emilysbelknap.com

Megan Greene
AP Drawing + Painting

A native of Buffalo, NY, Megan Greene graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame in 1998, receiving the Emil Jacques Gold Medal of Fine Art and the Mabel Mountain Award for Achievement in Painting. She earned an MFA degree from Rutgers University in 2002 and was awarded the Dean Bettenbender Memorial Performance Award. Prior to moving to Chicago, she lived in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and Auckland, New Zealand on a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. Ms. Greene is represented by Regards in Chicago and Kinz Tillou Fine Art in New York. Her work is held in the permanent collections of the Albright Knox Art Gallery and the Burchfield Penney Art Center as well as numerous private collections. She is also the mother of twin toddler girls.

Chris Lin
Intro to Visual Communications + Sequential Arts

Chris Lin is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago, working in media including films, books, puppetry, music, and installation. Born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, he moved to British Columbia, Canada and received his BFA with honor from University of Victoria in 2005. After relocating to Chicago, Mr. Lin pursued an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and graduated in 2008. His exhibition history includes Contemporary Art Workshop, Eel Space, and OP Shop in Chicago, Verge Art Fair in New York, Deluge Contemporary Art and 50/50 Arts Collective in Victoria, BC, and Atlantic Centre for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL. His visual art and short stories has been published in Fiction At Work and Balliwik. Mr. Lin is the co-founder and collaborative director at Good Stuff House, a performance and publishing art collaborative, and the founding member and ukulele player of the folk-thrash-hop duo Hannis Pannis. www.cardboardish.com

Kera MacKenzie
Digital Media

Kera MacKenzie is an interdisciplinary artist who works with moving images, photography, sets, installations, performance and live broadcasts. She has screened and exhibited her work at spaces including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Edinburgh Artists’ Moving Image Festival, MassArt Film Society (Boston), Aurora Picture Show (Houston), High Desert Test Sites (New Mexico), The Luminary (St Louis) and the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago Underground Film Festival, and Links Hall (all Chicago). She received her MFA in Moving Image from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013. Additionally, Kera is a Founding Co-Director of ACRE TV, an artist-made livestreaming tele-vision network (ACRETV.org), an educator, and a recent recipient of a UIC/UofC/SAIC Consortium Fellowship for the trans-disciplinary program Field Trip / Field Notes / Field Guide. keramackenzie.com 

Devin Mawdsley
Drawing I + II

A son of several places, Devin Mawdsley is proud to call Chicago home. He is a painter and a drawer who received his B.A. at the College of William and Mary in Chinese and an M.F.A in Studio Painting from Indiana University. He has experience in the visual arts, including drawing and digital photography, as well as language instruction, both Chinese and English. His recent exhibition history includes the Momenta Art Gallery in New York, Buy Art Not People in Chicago, as well as the Department of State, Art in Embassies program (Suva). You can find his work at www.devinmawdsley.com/.

Eileen Mueller
Digital Photography I: A Revolution in Seeing + Photomechanics and the Contemporary Eye

Eileen Mueller studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art and later received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been a resident of the Wassaic Project and ACRE and is the recipient of the Fred Endsley Memorial Fellowship, and the World Less Travelled Grant. Eileen has shown at Higher Pictures in New York, NY; The Pitch Project in Milwaukee, WI; OSU Urban Arts Space in Columbus, OH; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Elmhurst Art Museum, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Iceberg Projects, Roots and Culture Community Arts Center, Sullivan Galleries, Woman Made Gallery, David Weinberg Gallery and Johalla Projects in Chicago, IL. Her work is published in Phantoms In the Dirt and the The Great Refusal: Taking on New Queer Aesthetics as well as the online publications, The Swap, SoftSpot, I Heart Photograph, MakeSpace, and Don & Dean. Eileen is one half of GURL DON’T BE DUMB which has curated shows and performances across the Midwest, produced collaborative work, and published the show catalogue WEIRD DUDE ENERGY. A former board member and co-founder of LATITUDE, Eileen has worked to activate Chicago’s artist community through organizing workshops, lectures, and panel discussions within a publicly accessible studio space. She has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with the Early College Program and has spent several summers assistant teaching at Ox-Bow School of Art.

Zoya Nudelman
Wearable Sculpture
Zoya has been trained by professional artist and fashion designer from Europe and has been able to bring all of her knowledge into her classroom. She grew up learning sewing as well as fine art, and experiencing in a designer couture atelier atmosphere since she was 6 years of age, and used to spend many hours drawing with her grandfather in his Gallery since she was 3 years old. Her experience and knowledge extends to Couture techniques, Tailoring, Garment construction and embellishment, Patternmaking, Corsetry, strong Drawing and Illustration skills, Graphic Design, 3D Design, and more…
Zoya holds a B.F.A in Fashion Design from Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio and has earned her M.B.A from New York Institute of Technology in New York City. She has also been certified in various apparel industry used software, including Gerber-Accumark 8.2 computer production systems and Web PDM, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign.
Zoya has been teaching college level classes in both International Academy of Design and Technology and Illinois Institute of Art- Merchandise Mart for 12+ years.
After working for the Fashion design industry, Zoya has gained great skills with Fashion, Graphic, and Visual design, during which she had a great experience publishing two textbooks in June 2009 and March 2016, called “The Art of Couture Sewing”, Published by Fairchild/Bloomsbury Publishing company. Zoya wrote and illustrated both textbook editions using Adobe creative Suite Software.
Zoya is currently running her own ready-to-wear clothing line, ZoyaModa Atelier, on her own website www.zoyamoda.com, a Custom Couture Bridal/Eveningwear line in Skokie, IL as well as teaching art for nonprofit organizations in the suburbs to Children ages 9-13.
Zoya is very excited to teach at the Chicago High School for the Arts this year and is looking forward meeting all of you.
Celeste Rapone
Painting I + Drawing III

Celeste Rapone was born and raised in Wayne, NJ. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2007, where she majored in Illustration. Following her BFA, Rapone attended a residency in Painting and Mixed Media at The School of Visual Arts in New York and was awarded an artist fellowship with Phoenix Gallery, also in New York. After practicing as an artist in Brooklyn for two years, Rapone moved to Chicago where she received her MFA and was the recipient of the 2013 Teaching Fellowship from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the department of Painting and Drawing. Rapone’s work has been exhibited in New York, Chicago, Michigan, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. She has spoken on panels at both The School of Visual Arts and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and her work has been featured in New American Paintings, Make/Shift Magazine, CMYK, and The Georgia Review. www.celesterapone.com

Alison Rigell
Art History I & II, Junior Professional Development
Alison Rigell is an artist, educator, and permanent student of all creative realms including, but not limited to: visual and performing arts, as well as the art of leadership.  While she practices across many disciplines of art such as drawing, painting, performance, and sculpture, she also enjoys exploring all the ways in which creativity is present and can be used on a moment by moment basis of everyday life. Beyond her personal practice, Alison is a devout believer in the power of art beyond traditional expression and practice: regarding it highly as an ever expanding opportunity to address and resolve complex issues our world continues to face. She received the majority of her formal education at University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, earning a BFA in Art Education and then completing her second BFA in New Media at Queensland College of Art in Brisbane, Australia.  She has since continued her education in and outside the classroom, teaching art to students from a range of diverse backgrounds and ages, through both traditional public teaching positions as well as community based arts initiatives.  Alison is privileged to continue her growth as an artist and educator at ChiArts, and is honored to become a contributing member of such an important and gifted community. 
Jen Thomas
Typography + AP Visual Communications

Jen Thomas is a book artist, printmaker, educator, and designer based in Chicago, Illinois. She earned her B.F.A. in Communication Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University; studied printmaking at Plymouth University, Exeter, England; and completed her M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago. In 2012, Jen founded werkspace, a gallery and community arts space dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging artists, while also offering workshops focusing on book arts and printmaking. Jen’s artist’s books, sculptural board games, prints, and drawings have been exhibited nationally and have won several awards. Her work is also part of the permanent collection at the Kinsey Institute. When she’s not drawing medical anomalies, wigs, or taxidermied animals, Jen also teaches undergraduate courses within DePaul University’s School of Design. www.jenthomasprojects.com

Gabriel Villa
The Mural: History and Practice
Gabriel Villa is a Chicago-based professional artist. Villa received his MFA from the University of Delaware and a BFA from Corpus Christi State University-Texas A& M and is an art alumni of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, MN. Gabriel Villa was born and raised in the El Paso, Texas/ Ciudad Juarez border region and currently resides in Chicago, Illinois, where he is an active member of the arts community. Villa’s teaching practices include Visiting Artist at American University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Professor of foundation Painting and Drawing at Triton College, River Grove, IL, Visiting Artist at Stateville Prison, Crest Hill IL, with the Prison Neighborhood & Prison Arts Project and most recently, Foundation Drawing at Saint Xavier University, Chicago, IL. Villa served from 2005-2011 as Director of Yollocalli Arts Reach, a youth initiative of the National Museum of Mexican Art and also served as Co-Curator for the Chicago Kraft Foods Gallery from 2006-2011 at the National Museum of Mexican Art. Villa has had numerous national exhibitions and has received numerous awards.