CURRENT Instructors

Susan Budge has been making ceramic sculpture for over thirty years. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Texas Tech University, a Master of Arts degree from University of Houston and a Master of Fine Arts degree from University of Texas at San Antonio. Budge’s work has been included in hundreds of exhibitions throughout the United States and is included in private collections in Saudi Arabia, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Australia and Greece. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, the Honolulu Museum of Art, the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Art Museum at Northern Arizona State University, and the New Orleans Museum of Art. She became Department Head of Ceramics at San Antonio College where she earned tenure, full professor, was awarded the NISOD excellence in teaching award and established an endowed ceramics scholarship fund prior to retirement in 2015.


Lucinda Cobley, primarily works in paint and printmaking. Originally from the UK, she has lived in Houston for 20 years. Qualifications are Post Graduate Diploma in Illustration from the University of Arts in London, a BA (Hons) in Three Dimensional Glass Design from Staffordshire University and is a qualified as a teacher from The Institute of Education at the University of Central London. She has exhibited her work in the USA and internationally.

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. 

Garland Fielder is an artist, art writer and designer living/working in Houston. He earned an MFA from the University of North Texas in 2010. Later, he received his Master’s in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014. He has exhibited regionally and nationally for the past 15 years. His writing has appeared in Artforum, Art Lies, Art Papers and, among other publications. He is represented by Anya Tish Gallery in Houston.

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.

Gao Hang is a Houston-based Chinese painter and currently a Painting/Drawing Instructor at University of Houston. He is also represented by both Anya Tish Gallery (Houston) and The Secondbedroom Gallery (San Francisco). Gao received his Master of Fine Art degree in Painting/Drawing from the University of Houst, and Bachelor of Art degree in Oil Painting from the Capital Normal University.


Nicolle LaMere was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. LaMere moved to Lubbock, Texas to complete her MFA in ceramics with a secondary in sculpture. Since graduating LaMere has participated in the internationally known Land Art of the American West program. She creates sculptural objects, multimedia installations, and performative artworks that incorporates natural materials gathered from outdoor excursions.


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.

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.

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.

Painter Cary Reeder, a Miami, Florida native, has made Houston her home since 1998. 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. She has had solo exhibitions at Lawndale Art Center (2013) and Optical Project (2016), and her work has been included in numerous local, regional and national juried exhibitions.

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.

Rajab Ali Sayed is a visual artist who lives and works in Houston, TX. He received his BFA from the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan in 2013 and his MFA from the University of Houston, TX in 2017. Rajab has attended Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota as a Fulbright Exchange Scholar (2011) and completed the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation and Vermont Studio Center Residencies on the East Coast (2017). He has also taught drawing and painting at The University of Houston.


Alexander Squier is an artist working across 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 before returning to his hometown of Houston. Currently, Squier works out of his home and studio at Box 13 in Houston's East End. In addition to pursuing installation opportunities in non-art spaces throughout the city, he works as the Exhibitions Coordinator at Houston Community College Central Art Gallery, and teaches printmaking at the University of Houston and the Glassell Studio School.

Laura Spector is a Fellow of the New York Foundation for the Arts and an exhibitor in ArtPrize8 at Grand Rapids Art Museum (2016), FotoFest 2014 and Lawndale Center for the Art's "Big Show" (2013). Her work has been published in “The Harvard Review,” “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!” and in the book, “The Real Real Thing: The Model in the Mirror of Art.” She has studied fine art at both The Flemish Classical Atelier and Virginia Commonwealth University and was a resident artist at AtelierHaus Hilmsen (2016), and a presenter at The Representational Art Conference (2014). Her artwork can be seen in exhibitions and collections around the world.

Myke Venable is a Houston artist represented by Gallery Sonja Roesch. Myke received his BFA and MA in Studio/Visual Art from Lamar University and is currently exploring reductive painting using various mediums.



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.

Hagit Barkai is a visual artist and working primarily in painting. Her process also includes drawing, prints, and photo-performances. Hagit received her MFA in painting and drawing from Penn State University, PA, her B.A. in Philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and she studied at the Jerusalem Studio School in Jerusalem, Israel. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in venues such as Praxis Gallery in New York, NY; Scope in Miami Basel, Kunsthalle Faust, Hannover, Germany; Manifesta, Hasselt Belgium, Chashama Gallery in New York, NY and Crane Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. Her work has been reviewed in various media such as Creative Loafing Charlotte, NC; Arts art news in Charlotte NC, Houston Chronicle in Houston, TX and Pittsburgh City Paper in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Clara Hoag received two BFAs from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) in 2009, and received an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Georgia (Athens) in 2013. In addition to teaching, Clara has been a resident artist at The Archie Bray Foundation and The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft; she has participated in a number of national shows; she has received grants from the Puffin Foundation and the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation; and she plays a mean banjo.

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.

Erin Joyce received a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008. She is primarily a figurative painter focusing on surreal landscapes. She is an instructor at The Glassell Junior School where her students regularly inspire her colorful and imaginative paintings.

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.

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).

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.

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).

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.