Bonnie Bordner is a native of North Carolina and is currently pursuing her degree in art and visual culture education at the University of Arizona. Her artistic strengths are in 2-D arts including painting and mixed media collage. She believes that art can serve many purposes and one that is dear to her is art as a form of therapy. She looks forward to expanding the definition of art with students!
Caitlin Cardenas is a native Tucsonan and a senior at The University of Arizona who is seeking a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Visual Culture Education. Her artistic strengths range in the 2D realm including drawing/painting and fiber art, such as weaving and macramé. Her passion to teach art stems from the benefit art education can bring and the valuable life skills that are instilled into children.
Marcy Ellis spent the first half of her life in Albuquerque, New Mexico and the other half in Tucson, Arizona. Printmaking and bookmaking are her primary artistic focuses, though she has strengths in watercolor and combining mixed medias. Guiding others to connect their feelings and expressions with creative talents are what fuels Marcy’s passion to teach.
Hannah Johnsen is a native to Tucson and is currently in her junior year at the U of A. Her interests span across 2D and 3D arts, though she is primarily invested in watercolor and ceramics. She is interested in pursuing a degree in Art and Visual Culture Education because she believes the arts enhance life studies by providing opportunities for critical and abstract thought processes.
Abbey Keturah Plummer’s home was in Ohio, until she moved to Arizona 5 years ago. She enjoys photography, ceramics, and crafting. Guiding children to discover their abilities in art is what motivates her to be an educator.
Amy Orr has shared her passion for art by working with adults with disabilities in Flagstaff, schools in Mexico, and igniting many community art projects in Vanuatu as a Peace Corps Volunteer. As she is working toward a Masters in Art and Visual Culture Education, she looks forward to continued opportunities of practicing art with youth in both schools and community-based art education programs.
Jordan Ray is currently seeking a BFA in Art and Visual Culture Education at the University of Arizona. His strength is in 2D design including drawing and illustration but loves to work in 3D as well. He has been volunteering since he was young with organizations such as Special Olympics and Best Buddies because he has a brother with Down Syndrome. He hopes to become an art educator at the secondary level where he can work with all types of learners to show them the enthusiasm and passion art deserves.
Hailing from Rhode Island, Erica Richard is graduate student in the Art Education Masters program. She has a background in business and marketing, however, is most passionate about community-based art. Her belief in the transformative power of art drives her research and her practice.
Jenna Robey is an Art and Visual Culture Education major who really likes making things and teaching others to do the same. She enjoys exploring a variety of media, including printmaking, bookbinding, fibers, and painting. Her goal is to make students feel inspired and accomplished through the creation or art.
Michael Shea Muscarello has been a Tucsonan for 15 years with roots in the Chicago land area. Using photography to capture his surrounding universe, his passion for concept and design guide his artistic decision-making. Art is the driving force of his existence, visibly and invisibly coupling all facets of his humanity and helping to make sense of life’s bigger inquiries.
2013 Wildcat Art Co-Instructors:
Barbara Bergstrom and Darden Bradshaw
A native of the American Midwest, Barbara Bergstrom, has a BFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in 3-D studies from The University of Arizona. With a background in Education including two additional degrees (B.S. – Vanderbilt University and MEd. – Grand Valley State University), Barbara has taught art for 12 years to students that range in age from Kindergartners to University Graduate Students. As Barbara is currently working toward a PhD in Arts and Visual Culture Education at the University of Arizona, she resides in Oro Valley, Arizona with an art studio at her home.
Bio for Darden Bradshaw is coming soon.