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.
Sara Renae Holloway
Director of Education
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.
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.
Christina Benham Dickens
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.
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.)
Taylor Morgan is an artist living and working in Lincoln Square. She is primarily a painter of narrative figuration. A recent graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, her work has been featured in group shows including GIFC at Western Exhibitions 2019, SAIC Spring BFA show in 2019, Yale Norfolk’s Terrain show in 2018. Taylor is inspired by golden and silver age illustration in print media. She is passionate about gender equality, queer and working-class empowerment. She finds humor and significance in the ordinary, and is a long time explorer of costumes and temporal drag. Her work engages the possibilities of narrative art through depictions of social system deviants and the full range of emotions experienced as young people. Outside the studio Taylor loves watching movies, teaching, roller skating and going to the dog beach (even though she doesn't have a dog).
Sam Hultberg is an artist and arts educator raised in Brooklyn, NY and working out of Bridgeport in Chicago IL. Her work consists of sculpture, design, and fabricated objects as well as writing and photography. She is a recent graduate of The School of The Art Institute of Chicago (2018), and has shown work at SITE Galleries (2019), SAIC’s Sullivan Galleries (2018), and No Nation (2017). She also makes and sells handmade jewelry at several shops around the city including Black Rabbit in Pilsen and No Requests in Avondale. Sam’s work follows themes of truth in objecthood, how assumptions of function vs. dysfunction help us navigate reality, and capitalism’s love affair w all things plastic. She is passionate about public skill sharing, getting her hands dirty, and learning a new thing everyday. She is also a big fan of camping, crocheting, small reptiles, and true crime podcasts.
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.
Roberta Miles is a graduate of the American Academy of Art. She is a working artist who exhibits and sells her work. She loves teaching art to children and has been teaching for over 18 years. She also founded a program called "Young at Art", that brought art to seniors. In addition to being an artist, Roberta sings jazz, and she writes and performs autobiographical monologues.
Nathon is a story artist, animator and educator currently living in the Chicago area with a passion for storytelling, collaborative work and all things 3D. After teaching art in the public schools of Hawaii for nearly a decade, Nathon switched gears to focus on creating stories through art and animation while continuing his educational endeavors.