Kim Bennett is a Bay Area artist and teacher. She holds a B.F.A. from The Cooper Union and an M.F.A. from California College of the Arts. Her work in painting and embroidery is represented as part of the collaboration Ehling/Bennett by Interface Gallery in Oakland.
Her work has been exhibited in San Francisco at Interface Gallery, Stephen Wirtz Gallery and Pied-a-terre, in Dallas at Conduit Gallery, and New York at Transmitter Gallery, among others. She has been the recipient of a Creative Time Commission, a Kala Institute Fellowship and the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship.
BFA, The Cooper Union; MFA, CCA
Artist website: http://kimbennett.net
COURSES: Watermedia (Online)
Matt Kendall is an architectural designer focused on the creation of objects and spaces that are formally captivating and diagrammatically pure. Matt's process lies within the juncture between production and analysis, using output to affect and inform subsequent study, ultimately striving to index core concepts into physical and non-physical works. Matt seeks to orchestrate ideas that are self-referential, utilizing geometries, materials, and atmospheres to complement and reinforce the logics of their placement.
Matt's professional experience includes work as a Project Architect for IwamotoScott in San Francisco, where he led some of the firm's most detailed work. Previously, Matt worked as a Project Manager and Designer for P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S in Los Angeles, and as a designer for Riken Yamamoto in Japan.
Matt holds a Master of Architecture II from UCLA, where he received an academic fellowship, as well as a Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly, where he was awarded the Don Tanklage Scholarship for design excellence.
COURSES: Intro to Interior Design (Online)
Mandana Macpherson has been on the faculty at Stanford, California College of the Arts, Academy of Art, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.
She co-created and taught the first sustainability class for the Design Division of Stanford’s Mechanical Engineering Department and has consulted for organizations such as the international sustainability think tank the Natural Step.
Her work has been exhibited at many galleries and museums including the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the National Science Museum in London. National Geographic, Vogue, Discovery, NPR, Tire Business and hundreds of other diverse media outlets have featured her company, Used Rubber USA, for its pioneering use of reclaimed rubber.
BA, Brown University: Literature and Sculpture, MFA, Stanford University; Design
Sustainable Fashion: The Ethics & Ecology of What We Wear (Online)
Intro to Industrial Design Principles, the Product Design Process, Design for Sustainability (Online)
Cleo Papanikolas is the author/illustrator of The Opposite Is Also True: A Journal Of Creative Wisdom For Artists, and Cook Until Desired Tenderness. She illustrated The Comfort Queens Guide To Life and a line of over 100 licensed products based on the book.
Cleo’s paintings range from large murals in shopping centers, to oil on canvas paintings for fine art galleries, to small pieces for print and crafts.
BFA, California College of Arts; MFA, University of California at Berkeley.
Courses: Illustration Techniques: Keeping up a Creative Practice (Online)
Erik Richard Parra was born and raised in the border metroplex of El Paso-Juárez. Currently based in San Francisco, Erik has exhibited internationally in alternative spaces, commercial galleries and museums in Berlin, Brazil, London, Los Angeles and New York.
In the Bay Area, Erik’s work has been exhibited at Blankspace Gallery, Johansson Projects, The Headlands Center for the Arts, Root Division, Southern Exposure, Kala Art Institute and the Berkeley Art Center. Recently he mounted his second solo exhibition with the Eleanor Harwood Gallery in San Francisco. Erik’s work is in the collection of Molly Mae and Stanford University and has been included in publications including New American Paintings, the SF Bay Guardian and the Los Angeles Times.
Additionally, Erik teaches and has lectured at universities, given artist talks, garnered residencies and awards. Recently Erik was awarded a Research Fellowship with the Internet Archive and a one month artist residency at Iris Project Residency in Los Angeles.
BFA, The University of Texas at Austin; MFA, University of Wisconsin—Madison.
COURSES: Painting:The Series (Online)
Eugene Young is an illustrator, fine artist and educator.
Since 2007, Eugene has developed courses in rapid visualization, digital drawing and painting, storytelling and storyboarding, visual development for animation and the Adobe Creative Cloud. He has extensive teaching experience, having taught for CCA's undergraduate Graphic Design program, CCA's Pre-College program, and at Dominican University, San Francisco State, and City College of San Francisco.
In addition to teaching, Eugene has exhibited at in several Bay Area group shows and writes, illustrates and self-publishes independent solo and collaborative projects. These include his Afromancers/Afro Kidd IP, Big Bad Becky pin-up coloring book series, Kalifia 2019 amazon calendar, The Funk of 40,000 Years zine, illustrating a Jet Powers story the Not Forgotten Public Domain Superhero Anthology, and more.
Eugene has also been a regular guest workshop leader for the Berkeley Public Library Drawing Group, presenting on topics such as character design, creature design, From Bones to Blast-off: Biomicry in Science Fiction Vehicle Design, Fantasy Flora: Hybrid Botanical Forms. In October 2020, he gave a talk on visual development for animation for the Santa Clara University Diversity Artist Series.
MFA, Academy of Art University in Illustration (concept art); BFA, California College of the Arts in Graphic Design with distinction; AA City College of San Francisco in Graphic Design
Courses: Digital Drawing and Painting: The Basics (online)