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Claire Jakubiszyn

Director of Education

Claire wants to live in a world where wonder and beauty can be found in unexpected places. She makes paintings, mosaics, and sculptures inspired by the natural world and cultures around her. Her work has been commissioned by museums, restaurants and individuals throughout the Chicago area, including the Field Museum of Natural History and Lyric Opera. As a teaching artist, she's worked with arts organizations and community groups to teach children, teens and adults, and is especially passionate about participatory public art. Claire earned a BA from Marlboro College in Visual Arts and Environmental Studies and is pursuing a Masters of Teaching in Secondary Education. When she’s not making or teaching art, you can find her puttering in her garden or riding her bike.

 

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Robert Sebanc

Director

Robert Sebanc is an Educator, Painter and Mixed Media Artist living and working in Chicago IL. He received his B.F.A and M.A.A.E. from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and M.F.A. from the Lesley University College of Art and Design. His recent exhibitions include: After Gallery, Milwaukee WI, Mission Gallery, Chicago IL, Gunder Mansion, Chicago IL, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago IL, Lacuna Artist Lofts, Chicago IL, Windsor Whitney Biennial, New York NY. International Multimedia Artist Exhibition, Rebellion, Museo del Brigantaggio, Itri, Latina, Italy, Soho20 Chelsea Gallery New York N. Abstract, Brickton Art Center, Park Ridge, IL, Lucid Art Lab, Chicago IL, Jackson Junge Gallery, Chicago IL, Flag Stop: Alternative contemporary art event. Los Angeles Ca.

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AMALIA KOUVALIS

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Amalia Kouvalis is a Chicago based artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in oil painting and printmaking from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Amalia paints and illustrates representational realism with mysterious surrealist undertones. Her work is heavily influenced by dreams and silent films. Amalia has taught drawing, painting, and etching classes to students of all ages in various Chicagoland art centers. Amalia was the 2017-2018 Printmaking Artist-in-Resident at Lillstreet Art Center where she created etchings and screen prints. During her residency, she was working as the Assistant Director at Glenview School of Arts. Her passions outside of her studio practice include playing piano, studying filmmaking, playing games, reading mystery novels, and singing karaoke.

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Christina Benham Dickens

Art Instructor

Christina Benham Dickens is a Chicago artist who has been living in and inspired by the Lincoln Square neighborhood for over a decade. For Christina, expression is visual. She has been filling sketchbooks since early childhood, and grew that love of visual expression into an academic study of fine art production at the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College, eventually earning her BFA in Art & Art History from DePaul University. Professionally, Christina has worked as a graphic designer, illustrator, and branding consultant for a wide range of clients, from local shops to Ford Motor Company. She has also directed art programming at the Boys and Girls Club of Valparaiso. Christina enjoys illustrating, mixed media, crocheting, baking, and just generally making things.

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Nicholas Nadja

Art Instructor

Nicholas Nadja is a Chicago based contemporary artist. His work is focused in the practice of fine art paintings dealing with a scope between Realism and Surrealism. Nadja attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, the San Francisco Art Institute, and transferred to The School of The Art Institute Of Chicago to complete his BFA in 2016 in printmaking and painting upon receiving a large scholarship. Nadja opened his studio storefront in Chicago shortly after graduating from SAIC, and started teaching painting lessons in academic realism there. Afterwards, Nadja opened a studio at the famous Zhou B Art Center where he continues to work on his paintings teach and exhibit his work every third Friday at Zhou B. Nadja has been acclaimed and reviewed for his academic realism in publications such as New City Magazine, Poets & Artists Magazine, Surrealism Today, and Chicago Tribune. He has exhibited at numerous galleries throughout Chicago, and he continues to expand his work into the contemporary art world.

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Sara Renae Holloway

Art instructor

Sara Renae Holloway is a visual artist and art instructor based in Chicago. Sara's work is profoundly figurative and inspired by metaphor, naturally occurring patterns, biology, classic literature and folklore. She enjoys pushing boundaries and combining as many mediums as possible. Her work is most often symbolic and intuitive while exploring a variety of personal narratives. She believes that there is no such thing as failure and that making "mistakes" in art is a good thing. Sara graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Art Education from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009. She also holds an Illinois State CPS certification with a Type 10 endorsement in Visual Arts and Special Education. Since 2005, Sara has taught, managed, and developed fine art curriculum for a handful of CPS/Chicago Charter schools as well as The School of the Art Institute Young Artist Studio program. 

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Dani Katz

Art instructor

Dani Katz studied animation at Tufts/SMFA (BFA 2016) and is the co-creator of the cartoon “Trinity of the Rift”. He specializes in both hand-drawn and digitally rendered animation and comics. He has a personal focus in character design and world-building. His work fluctuates between fictional stories, personal works, and experimental short films. He has been teaching art since 2014.

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Danielle Owensby

Art instructor

Danielle “deo” Owensby is a photographic artist, a social activist, a writer, an educator, and a globe-trotter. Danielle holds a BA in English and a BFA in Studio Arts, awarded by Michigan State University, and a MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. She has won numerous awards for her photography and has been in several publications and exhibitions around the globe. She works full-time as an arts educator, and she is also the founder and editor of The Jade Plant Project, a publication dedicated to giving sexual assault survivors a space to express themselves. She loves to travel the world with at least three cameras in hand and has a passion for learning languages (even though she is awful at it.)

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John Gregg

Art Instructor

John Gregg is a painter and illustrator. He has BFA in painting from Syracuse University, an MFA in Filmmaking from Columbia College, and a BA in Illustration from Columbia College. He has over fourteen years experience teaching students of all ages in various disciplines. John spends his time working on a graphic novel and chasing his cat, Otter.

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