Art Institute Instructors
If you would like to teach for the Art Institute, fill out a Course Proposal Form (PDF)Ned Aldrich graduated from the Rhode Island School of design in 1987 and has enjoyed a very successful career in wildlife painting. His subject preference centers on North American wildlife, especially the cats. He paints primarily in oil and travels the world to view, sketch, and photograph his subjects. Mr. Aldrich is in the Vanishing Circles Collection at the Desert Museum.
Dr.Stephen Buchmann has published nine books and more than 150 scientific papers. He is a Research Associate at the Desert Museum and serves on the executive steering committee of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (www.pollinator.org). His expertise with scanning and creating archival digital prints comes from his attention to detail and his love for macro photography.
Kim Duffek has a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and a B.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of Arizona and also studied in the U of A's scientific illustration program. She worked full-time in free-lance drafting, illustration and art for about a decade before joining ASDM's Botany Department in 1992.
Elliott Everson graduated from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Art Education. He has won local and national awards for his colored pencil work. He is a Juried member of the Arizona Artists Guild and a Signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America. His work Is published in books and brochures and many of his commissioned works are held in private collections.
Linda M. Feltneris an artist who specializes in both the aesthetics and science of natural history. Her career has developed through book and magazine illustrations, numerous solo exhibitions, classroom teaching, interpretive consulting and interpretive media design, commissions, and lectures to professional organizations.
Jesús Manuel García has a Bachelor's degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, with a minor in cultural Anthropology from the University of Arizona. He has been associated with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum since 1991, first as a Docent then as a bilingual educator. Jesus has many interests including conservation biology, art, cultural ecology, languages, music, and gardening.
Rachel Ivanyi is a freelance natural science illustrator who specializes in reptiles and amphibians. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of California at Davis in 1995. In 1996 she received her Graduate Certification in Natural Science Illustration from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her work can be found in a variety of textbooks, science magazines, children's books and field guides.
Susan Morris graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor's Degree in Painting & Drawing. She is a signature member of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild and has received numerous awards for her watercolors. Her work is shown in galleries and museums across the west.
Catherine Nash received a B.F.A. in printmaking and drawing from the University of New Hampshire and graduated from the University of Arizona with an M.F.A. in mixed media. She is an artist-in-residence for the Tucson/Pima Arts Council and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Her work has been shown across the U.S., Japan and Europe.
Jay Pierstorff has designed and taught photography courses through Photo Retailers and The Learning Exchange. Currently he produces computer graphics, audio and video productions, website designs and digital photo restorations. Jay has spent over three decades involved in photographic and computer processes.
Margaret Pope has done commissioned work for Borderlands Tours, Plants for the Southwest, Mary Odette Books and the Arizona Native Plant Society. Her interest in nature inspired her to become a docent at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and to pursue botanical illustration.
Robert Renfrow graduated as Salutatorian of his class from the Kansas City Art Institute with a B.F.A. in Photography/Video in 1988. He received his MFA from the University of Arizona, in 1991. For 20 years he has conducted workshops, nationally and in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Dr. John P. Schaefer is former President of the University of Arizona and a cofounder with Ansel Adams of the Center for Creative Photography. He is the author of three best-selling books on photographic techniques and has published several books of his own photography. His photographs have appeared in Arizona Highways.
Rick Wheeler holds a B.A. degree in fine art from Prescott College, Arizona. He is best known for his scratchboard work, having completed several projects for the National Park Service. Arches, Grand Canyon, Glacier, Joshua Tree, Sequoia, and Yosemite National Parks are a few of his past clients. His work has appeared in Arts for the Parks, Paint the Parks, and several Guild of Natural Science Illustrators members juried exhibits. He was selected to A Century of Sanctuary: The Art of Zion National Park 2008, earning him a "Juror's Award." He has also been invited to participate in the annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art for four consecutive years, 2009-2012. His other memberships include Artists for Conservation and the International Society of Scratchboard Artists.
Lori Woodward holds a bachelor of Art Education from the UofA. She has studied extensively with Sondra Freckelton, Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik. Lori has authored an instructional column for American Artist's Watercolor Magazine since 2007, and co-authored the book: Watercolor, Step By Step, by Walter Foster Publishing.