CURRENT Instructors


Lucinda Cobley, has a visual arts practice that includes both painting and printmaking. Originally from the UK, she moved to Houston 16 years ago. She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Illustration from the University of Arts in London, preceded by a BA (Hons) in Glass Design from Staffordshire University. Lucinda is a qualified teacher from The Institute of Education at the University of Central London in 1998 and has worked as a visiting teacher at the London College of Fashion, where she taught drawing and visual studies including color theory. She has exhibited her work in the UK and USA and has been selected for juried publications that include, ‘Images 20: The Association of Illustrators’ and New American Painting. She is a member of Burning Bones Press and PrintMatters. Her work is represented by Wade Wilson Art Santa Fé, New Mexico and is part of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) permanent collection.

www.lucindacobley.com


Ruben Coy studied at the University of Houston and The Houston Museum of Fine Arts School. An instructor for 24 years, his works are found in numerous exhibitions, museums, galleries and collections. His popular rainforest paintings reference the mind's eye– with the theme of earth as a sacred place; they evoke both religious and sensuous feelings.  Ruben has been teaching at Art League Houston for over 15 years. He specializes in glazing techniques with oils. 


Sasha Dela, originally from Atlanta, completed a residency at the Museum of Fine Arts’ Core Program in 2007. She completed her Master of Fine Art in San Francisco at California College of the Arts in 2005, and her Bachelor of Fine Art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2000, and was awarded the DeCosse Fellowship, to study at the Accademia Di Belle Arte, Florence, Italy in 2000. 


Caroline Graham, a signature member of the Watercolor Artists Society, began studying art at the Witte Museum and McNay Art Institute in San Antonio. Continuing in the arts, she received her MA from the University of Texas at Austin. Her love of figures and portraits eventually led to study in the Anatomy Lab at the Baylor College of Medicine. An award winning watercolorist and studio artist, her work is included in numerous exhibitions and collections. Her commissions are seen all over Houston, and collected throughout the country. She has been teaching at Art League Houston for over 15 years.

 


Barbara Jackson is a Houston based artist whose work is held in public, corporate, and private collections in the United States and Europe. She received a MFA from the University of Hawaii. Her post-graduate training took place in Florence, Italy where she studied classical painting techniques and conservation methodology. A dedicated teacher as well as artist, Barbara Jackson’s experience includes over twenty-five years as a museum educator and studio arts instructor at art schools, colleges and universities in Hawaii, California, and Texas. She is currently a technical consultant for Golden Artist Colors. When not working in her studio, she presents lectures on materials and techniques and conducts workshops nationally and internationally.

www.barbarajacksonartist.com


Jessica Kreutter received an MFA from The University of Tennessee in 2010. For ten years prior to graduate school, she worked as an artist and teacher in Portland, Oregon. She has been a resident artist at ART342, Vermont Studio Center, Anderson Ranch, PlatteForum, The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Caldera and The Oregon College of Art and Craft. Recently, she designed an ice sculpture in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver) and created an unfired clay installation for the 2013 NCECA Project Space. Her clay installation work is featured in the January 2014 Issue of Ceramics Monthly. She lives and works in Houston, TX.

www.jessicakreutter.com


Melinda Laszczynski received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Houston in 2015 and her BFA in Painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2010. She recently had solo shows at Cardoza Fine Art and galleryHOMELAND in Houston, TX. She has participated in group shows at multiple venues across Texas, including Galleri Urbane (Dallas), Lawndale Art Center (Houston), and was recently included in the 2015 Amarillo Museum of Art sculpture biennial. Laszczynski is an She has also shown at Forum Artspace in Cleveland, OH and SOHO20 in NY, NY. Her work is included in the collections of University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, and UT Tyler in Tyler, Texas. Laszczynski was featured in New American Paintings MFA Annual #111 (2014) and #123 (2016).

http://www.melindalaszczynski.com


Polly Liu received a BA and BFA from the Dominican College, Houston, an MFA from the Dominican Fine Art Institute in Florence, Italy, and also completed graduate studies at UH, University of St. Thomas, and in Florence, Italy. She works as an art consultant, art director and calligrapher. She has received numerous exhibitions honors, and her work is in private collections in Europe and Canada. Ms. Liu is an accomplished teacher whose range encompasses Classical Methods, Watercolor, Chinese Painting techniques, and calligraphy. She extensively works in portraiture, figurative and landscape painting, which she considers specialty areas.


Steve Parker is a graduate of the Texas Academy of Art and has taught for over 20 years. He worked several years as a graphic artist at the Houston Post. He is a full time studio artist and has shown in galleries in Arizona and New Mexico as well as currently in Houston and San Antonio. His work is published in print and featured throughout the country. His work can also be seen in many exhibitions, as well as private and public collections.

www.steveparkerart.com/


Cary Reeder, a Miami, Florida native, has lived in Houston for the past seventeen years. She worked for more than a decade as a graphic artist and typesetter and received her fine art training at the Glassell School of Art at the MFAH. Her work has been included in numerous juried exhibitions in Houston and Texas, and most recently had a solo show at Lawndale Art Center and a two-person exhibition at UH-Downtown.

www.caryreeder.com


S Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, independent curator, and co-founder of the curatorial collective Barbee Manshun. Their work often deals with bodies -- linguistic, digital, and physical.


Mary Rogers received her MS from the University of Houston, Clear Lake, and her BS in Art Education from the University of Northern Illinois. She is an instructor at Bellaire High School and an award-winning, nationally recognized jeweler and metal-smith. In 2006 the Texas Commission on the Arts honored Mary as a “Texas Original” for her outstanding craftsmanship and high artistic standards. 

www.maryrogersjewelry.com


Intrigued by the term utilitarian, Gary Schott finds himself drawn toward creating objects that balance between aesthetics and function; wearable and non-wearable. With a humorous undertone, the work allows for playful interactions. His studio work uses mechanical motion to create kinetic works and he has taught workshops around the U.S., among others, at Penland, the Houston Metal Art Guild, and the Metal Art Society of Southern California. Gary was the Chair and Professor of Metals at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio and is currently completing a residency at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (until December 2015).

www.garyschott.com


Alexander Squier is a conceptual artist, working across media including printmaking, drawing, photography and installation. Squier earned his BFA from the University of Rochester, and his MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (Tufts University) in 2013, where he also taught screen printing before returning to his hometown of Houston. Currently, Squier works out of his home and Northside studio, pursues installation opportunities in non-art spaces throughout Houston, and works as the Exhibitions Coordinator at Houston Community College Central Art Gallery.

www.alexandersquier.com


Delaney Smith is a visual artist working primarily with paper and bookmaking to create sculptures and interactive books. She received her BFA in Graphic Communications from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2007 and her MFA in Fibers from the University of North Texas in 2013. Delaney was an artist-in-residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in 2013, and is currently an artist member of Box13 Artspace and a featured artist at Hunter Gather Project in Houston, Texas. 

http://delaneysmithstudio.com/


Laura Spector has been teaching painting since 2004, when she co-founded the first community arts center in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Since then, she has taught hundreds of students from around the world. Her personal artwork, Museum Anatomy, which has been exhibited internationally, has won numerous awards including a Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and has appeared in Hi-Fructose, Juxtapoz, The Harvard Review, and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! 

www.spectorstudio.wordpress.com


Myke Venable is a Houston-based artist represented by Gallery Sonja Roesch and Wade Wilson Art – Santa Fe. Myke received his BFA and MA in studio art from Lamar University. Myke works with simple mediums and concepts to create reduced down visual compositions. His current work deals with clusters of acrylic painted canvases that produce a unique energy.

www.mykevenable.com


 

RECENT INSTRUCTORS


Kelly Alison is an interdisciplinary artist whose work has been exhibited in National and International Museums, most notably at the Shanghai Art Museum, the National Museum of Art in Lima, Peru and The Fine Arts Museum in Houston Texas. She has studied under James Surls, John Alexander and Dick Wray. She has been published in books, catalogs and magazines such as Art in America, Texas Monthly, and Town and Country and her work is on permanent exhibition in downtown Houston. Alison’s work can be seen in many private and public collections.


www.kellyalison.com


Shayne Murphy is an artist and adjunct professor at Lone Star College and San Jacinto College. He graduated with his MFA in Drawing/Painting from the University of North Texas in 2013 and was recently part of the Lawndale Artist Studio Residency for 2013-2014. His work has been exhibited in several galleries, most recently Anya Tish Gallery in Houston and Cris Worley Fine Arts in Dallas.

www.shayne-murphy.com/


Armando Rodriguez was born in Mexico and moved to the U.S. as a child. He received a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Houston in 1982. He works in many media including photography, printmaking (etching, lithography, and monotype), graphic design and bookmaking. In addition to teaching at Art League, Houston, he also works for the Houston Chronicle and in the education department of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.