Note: Instructors are subject to change.
Angela Berry (June: Black and White film Photography)
Angela Berry is a Bay-Area based photographer and educator. Her work has been exhibited at The Ganza Art Lab, Tokyo; Eldfjallasafn / Volcano Museum, Stykkishólmur; CTRL+SHFT, Oakland; Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans; Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans; Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans; and Vox Populi, Philadelphia among others.
Berry earned an MFA (2016) / MA Visual & Critical Studies (2017) at the California College of the Arts, where she received The Bernard Osher Foundation Scholarship (2014-2017). She has received artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center (2013) and the Volcan Mountain Foundation for Arts & Science (2018) and a research residency at Vatnasafn / Library of Water (2017). Her work and curatorial collaborations have been reviewed in Art In America, Artforum, and Art Papers. She is currently teaching at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Nancy Cutler (Graphic Design)
Nancy Cutler, creative director and owner of Midnight Oil Design LLC, is a veteran art director and publication designer who has worked in New York and the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 20 years.
She has designed and art-directed projects for both digital and print including books, annual reports, newsletters, and magazines; technical documents; marketing collateral; and trade show materials, as well as corporate identity and logo systems.
In addition, since 1999 Nancy has been teaching classes in Visual Design Principle, Publication Design, Typography Fundamentals, and Graphic Design Portfolio.
BA: Graphic Design, NY State University College at Buffalo
ZACHARY EPCAR (Film)
Zachary Epcar, born in San Francisco, studied at Bard College and is a current MFA candidate in the Film, Video, Animation, & New Genres program at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.
His short films have shown widely, including at the New York Film Festival, Pacific Film Archive, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the Rotterdam, Edinburgh, and San Francisco International Film Festivals. He has worked as an artist assistant and freelance video editor, and is a programmer of Light Field, an annual exhibition of experimental cinema held in the Bay Area.
FRANCISCO FRANCO (Painting)
Francisco Franco is a Chicano Artist and professor who has been painting professionally for the past 12 years. He is also an accomplished muralist, whose work adorns many public and private spaces across Northern California.
Francisco’s conceptual approach to painting began as a student at the University of California at Berkeley where he graduated with honors with a degree in Art Practice and a minor in Philosophy.
He then took his studies to New York where he graduated Cum Laude with a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the New York Academy of Art.
Franco has been a Creative Arts Instructor at Y.E.L.L.A.W.E. Afterschool Program in Fremont, a Resident Artist/Upward Bound Program instructor at San Francisco State University, and an instructor of various art practices at Yosemite Community College, Gavilan Community College, and Gavilan Community College.
Justin Gabaldon (June: Animation)
Justin Gabaldon is an independent animator, cartoonist, and educator living in San Francisco. Justin graduated from San Francisco State University with a bachelor's degree in Film and Animation, where he was also president of the school's Animation Society.
Justin has been a museum educator since 2011, specializing in stop-motion and storytelling workshops at several renowned children's museums including the Children's Creativity Museum in San Francisco and the Brooklyn Children's Museum. Justin also maintains his own independent publishing company, Hornblower Junior Press, where he publishes a weekly cartoon newsletter, comic books, and other stories. You can see samples of Justin's animation and print work here
MATT KENDALL (Interior Design)
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.
TAMMY LePHAM (Architecture)
Tammy LePham is a Los Angeles born, Phoenix raised designer that combines her multicultural background with an interest in human behavior. She takes on a multi-scaled approach–from exploring the intimate experiences generated by our built environment to questioning our current urban landscapes. Her investigations focus on challenging existing habits to generate novel social interactions and self-reflective spaces.
Tammy received her BS in Interior Design from ASU and her Masters of Architecture from CCA. Her diverse work experience includes interior design, exhibition design, and architecture.
In 2016, an art residency at CTRL+SHFT Collective allowed her to explore the intersection of these experiences, collaborating with a visual and sound artist to create an immersive art installation. Her experience with educating ranges from teaching community art classes to young children in Phoenix, being an assistant for a summer architecture graduate course, to sitting on juror panels for undergraduate architecture studios at CCA.
She currently practices architecture at Mark Cavagnero Associates, engaging with cultural and institutional projects, and is in the midst of planning her second collaborative art installation.
MEGAN McGAFFIGAN (Design With Metal)
Megan McGaffigan received her MFA in Jewelry/Metal Arts at California College of the Arts in San Francisco and her BFA in Metalsmithing from Montana State University.
In her own work she explores ideas of tradition, sentiment, and longing through the melding of the antiquated method of tintype photography and traditional jewelry making techniques. She creates objects of adornment that reflect an intimate awareness of these human experiences and seeks to develop jewelry that attributes sentiment to things, place, or time that no longer exist.
Her one of a kind work has been exhibited nationally at galleries including Velvet Da Vinci (San Francisco, CA), Pittsburg Society for Contemporary Craft (Pittsburg, PA) and Heidi Lowe Gallery (Rehoboth Beach, DE). McGaffigan’s work is included in public collections including the Racine Art Museum (Racine, WI), several private collections, and upcoming 2018 work inclusions at Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery (Seattle, WA). She currently lives just outside the Portland, Oregon metro area.
HIFUMI OGAWA (June: Drawing& Painting, 2 week, All Day: Explorations in Drawing)
Born in Kawasaki City, Japan, Hifumi Ogawa is a painter who came to the United States to study at California College of Arts (CCA). Ogawa received, both a BFA and MFA (with Distinction) from CCA. Her paintings have been exhibited both in the United States and in Japan.
He current paintings are something about life, openness, hopes, and sense of humor.
She paints apples, bananas, oranges, bears, soccer balls, baseballs, birds, flying ducks, cups, bowls, glasses, eye glasses, spy glasses, squirrels, drum sticks (chicken), globes, flowers, goldfish, fish tanks, Godzilla, hula dogs, aloha dogs, regular dogs, babies, kids, trees, leaves, moon, sun, reversed words, Japanese words, blue skies, snow, rain, rainbows, sunshine, winds, ocean in the night, ocean in the day, polka dots, stripes, tartan check, smell of seasons, winter, spring, summer, fall, shoes, spools, tugboats, ships, airplanes, & bicycles.
To her, painting is not about a destination. There is neither perfection nor failure.
Hifumi currently teaches art at St. Perpetua School in Lafayette
ERIK PARRA (2 week: Painting & Explorations in Drawing)
Erik Parra was born and raised in the vibrant border metroplex of El Paso-Juárez. He attended The University of Texas at Austin where he studied painting and received a Bachelor of Fine Art. After graduation Erik moved to San Francisco, where he taught at the San Francisco Children’s Art Center. One year later he was accepted into the graduate painting department of the University of Wisconsin—Madison on fellowship.
Upon completion of his MFA he moved to Brooklyn, New York where he maintained a studio, taught art and exhibited his artwork. In his relatively young career he has exhibited in numerous places, including New York, London, Berlin, Chicago and at the Museu de Arte de Brasilia. 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, WE Artspace and most recently at Kala Art Institute. Additionally Erik has lectured at universities, given artist talks, garnered residencies and awards.
For over nine years Erik has taught students of all ages, a variety of media from drawing to sculpture. He has taught at many different types of spaces & programs including teaching Color Theory as an adjunct lecturer at University of Wisconsin Madison.
MEGGIE RAMM (June: Comics)
Meggie Ramm LOVES comics. They hold an MFA in comics from California College of the Arts, and currently teach comics to schools across the Bay Area (aka the best job on the planet).
Their work has been featured on 'The Daily Dot', 'Geeked Gods' and 'Everyday Feminism', and they are 1/2 of the comics education podcast 'Pop! Whiz! Bang!'
They've assisted cartoonists like Raina Telgemeier and Dan Clowes, and are currently working on 'Stick World', a kids webcomic.
BRIAN SHAPIRO (Digital Photography)
Brian Z. Shapiro is a native San Francisco photographer who works in a combination of analog and digital techniques.
He received his BA in Art with an emphasis in Photography from San Francisco State University and an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute. He currently teaches with First Exposures, Eastside College Preparatory and with the Walnut Creek Community Center for the Arts.
His works combine traditional landscape photography and research process to explore the significance of history, place, and legend.
HYE-YOON SONG (Screen Printing and Printmaking)
HyeYoon Song is a San Francisco based artist, who employs printmaking, painting and sculpture with interdisciplinary means to investigate identity shaped by landscape, cultural assimilation and narrative. Her art practice demands to expand the vocabulary of print and the multiple in an unconventional and multi-disciplinary context, often externalizing the medium into three dimensional forms.
Her work has recently been exhibited at Kala Art Institute, Embark Gallery, Minnesota Street Projects, CCA, Acción Latina Gallery and more. She has taught at various institutions like CCA, Kala Art Institute, Girl’s Garage, Berkseley Art Museum, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Youth Art Exchange, performing interventions in the public sphere with printed works made collaboratively with students, while introducing the incredible history of Printmaking and mentoring youth.
HyeYoon obtained an MFA from the California College of the Arts and a BFA in Painting and Print-media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
REBECCA YOUNG (June: Building with Drawing)
Rebecca Young has lived in the Bay Area for over 18 years and has taught in the Young Artist Studio Program going on 6 years. She enjoys using materials beyond traditional pencils and charcoal when drawing and utilizes these techniques in her Drawing Exploration classes.
Rebecca received her BA in Sculpture from Florida International University. She continued her education in Tucson where she received her MFA from the University of Arizona, and also taught beginning drawing and sculpture. She currently teaches middle school in Lafayette.
Note: Instructors are subject to change.