David Contreras is an undergraduate in pursuit of not one but two degrees: Art Education BFA, and 2-Dimensional Studio Art BFA. He was born in Tucson, is the working artist at Raices Taller Gallery and Workshop where he creates art as well as volunteers his time to help run the non-profit gallery with openings, and viewing times for the exhibits. David also works for Trio Upward Bound, at Desert Vista Pima Community College, a program that works with High School Students to prepare them for College and engaging them in Arts, Math, and Science. He is the art instructor in teaching them different avenues of art making. As an artist he is a passionate printmaker and big scale painter, and now finds way to combine his creativity as well as his ideas in both. He plans to attend a graduate program to future his own education in art after graduation.
Farah Taleb is currently a junior at The University of Arizona studying art education. She is currently working on her studio emphasis of photography but also really enjoys watercolor painting, multimedia work, and clay sculpture. She has given art lessons at the Boys and Girls club, worked as a camp counselor for K-1st graders and currently works in the Center for English as a Second Language library. Farah loves rainy weather, contemporary art history and plans to teach high school art in the near future.
Julia Kaser, a native Tucsonan, is a student at the University of Arizona working towards her BFA in Art Education with a focus in 2d printmaking. As a summer arts teacher in Chandler, Julia has worked with students age 10-17. Currently she works at Marroney Theatre as a house manager, which allows her to be very involved in the preforming arts. Additionally, she worked as a Resident Assistant for two years in order to help student’s transition from High School to the University life. She’s very excited to expand her teaching experience in Wildcat Art!
Laura Jackson is a senior at the University of Arizona where she is currently pursuing a degree in Art Education. She hopes to one day teach art for the Department of Defense overseas, and give back to the military community, which has been such a big part of her life since she was only five years old. She has a passion for traveling and a love of trying new things, including learning phrases in other languages and eating different kinds of cuisine. When she is fortunate enough to visit her parents (who are also teachers for DoddEA) in England, she frequently attends art museums to view artworks she has previously only read about in textbooks by some of her favorite artists like Van Gogh, Duchamp, and Renoir to name just a few.
Lucy Zhang is an undergraduate student at the University of Arizona with junior standing credits. She is working towards a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Art and Visual Culture Education. Lucy was very much inspired by a high school art teacher to pursue a career in art education. She enjoys working with graphite pencil and any kind of paint medium. Many of her inspirations come from supernatural themes and spur of the moment connections to everyday life. Lucy grew up in Tucson, Arizona and is a multilingualist in English, Cantonese and Taishanese. She currently works at a family restaurant business called Great Village Chinese Restaurant. When Lucy is not making art, she enjoys taking long nature hikes and reading a good fictional novel. Also, Lucy has worked with middle school students during a summer school program funded by Pima Partnership, as an assistant instructor for Yoga. In the future, she hopes to become an elementary art teacher because she believes children educated and inspired through meaningful art making practices will offer them an abundance of experiences that will carry with them for a lifetime.
Melissa Robinson is a student in the Art Education program at the University of Arizona, and a special education Paraprofessional at La Paloma Academy. She enjoys a variety of artistic medium, including drawing with graphite, charcoal, and pastels, painting with Acrylic, oil, and watercolor, and screen printing. She runs a once a week after school art program at La Paloma Academy where she works with students from fourth through seventh grade. She also enjoys dancing and has limited knowledge of salsa, swing, and tap dances, but also enjoys freestyle dancing. She believes strongly in differentiating instruction for a variety of learning styles and needs.
Ondrea Levey is pursuing her Art Education bachelor’s degree at the University of Arizona. She is a Tucson native and active community member who has volunteered with various organizations in the Tucson community such as The Body Love Conference and Hey Baby! Art Against Sexual Violence. She has collaborated with Grrrls! Feminist Arts Camp and Happy The HAPPY Organization with classes for all ages. Ondrea experiments with recycled materials, guerilla art, fiber arts, and the DIY mentality in which meaningful artwork can be created without breaking your bank.
S. Ukiah Hoy is currently a senior at the University of Arizona, pursuing her BA in Art and Visual Culture Education, (with a focus in 3D art making). She has volunteered in classroom settings assisting with Art Education programs for Booth Fickett Magnet School, Academy of Tucson Elementary School, and was a community representative for Palo Verde High school. She is currently working with educators at Tanque Verde Elementary School to collaborate on art practices to pair with in class readings. Ukiah has lived in Tucson, Arizona almost all her life, and enjoys the enrichment of the local artistic community, as well as the hiking options. Her art making is currently focused on large scale kinetic sculptural design, but has gradually evolved out of hands on experience with multiple medias. She enjoys painting, (oil, acrylic, watercolor), drawing, (ink, pencil, chalk & oil pastel, graphite, & charcoal), fiber arts, (fabric manipulation, embroidery & crochet), and sculpture, (clay, foam, steel manipulation/welding, wood, casting, & jewelry design). Her main passion in the arts is to share the problem solving strategies, critical engagement, and creative nature of the art making process, and to convey how these aspects can be applied to our existing communities and everyday lives.
2015 Wildcat Art Co-Directors:
Shana Cinquemani is a doctoral candidate in the Division of Art and Visual Culture Education at The University of Arizona, with a minor in Early Childhood Education. She received her BA in Photography from Bard College, and her MA in Art and Visual Culture Education (with a focus on community and museum education) from the University of Arizona. Shana has worked as a museum educator, a preschool teaching assistant, as well as an elementary and middle school art teacher. Currently, she teaches undergraduate courses at the University of Arizona, specifically in contemporary theories of children’s art, foundations of art education, and teaching art & visual culture. Additionally, Shana works as the Studio Collaborator at the IDEA School in Tucson, AZ. Shana’s current doctoral research is grounded in the conceptualization of children’s art as a meaningful socio-cultural practice, theories of early childhood art education, connections between young children’s art and play, as well as in exploring how power and authority manifest themselves (and can be challenged) within the art classroom.
Chelsea Farrar holds an M.A. in Art Education from the University of Arizona. Chelsea began her career in education as a high school art teacher, teaching studio art, AP Art History and technical theater for seven years. After receiving her masters in museum educ