Teaching Artists

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Abdelrahman (Abud) Metwally

Abud is an Egyptian actor, who started his career by doing street theatre, improv shows, and storytelling folk tales around Cairo and Different parts of Egypt for years, both in English and in Arabic. After earning his BA in English language and literature from Cairo University, he is now a proud MFA student of the Theatre Department at the University of Arkansas, specializing in acting and performance arts.

Teaching Artist Allyssa Dezaldivar

Allyssa Dezaldivar

Allyssa is a Fayetteville transplant, born and raised in Redlands, California. While she was previously an outdoor science major, Allyssa blended her interests of nature and art and is now currently studying fine art with an emphasis in sculpture. When she is not in class or at the Community Creative Center, she is usually painting in her makeshift studio or out with friends and family.

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Amanda Hoover

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CCC Teaching Artist Amy Littleton Field

Amy Littleton Field

I am a California-born Arkansan living, working and painting in Fayetteville, AR.  While my larger works and my line of birds are done in oils, I also paint in small watercolors, acrylics and mixed media. I am working on a line of copyrighted “Snark Cards” that will be available from my website soon. They focus on the sarcastic side of life; the kind of dark humor that has kept me going through some really tough years including a diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma and the collapse of what I thought was a fantastic marriage. Though my cancer is incurable and my heart remains broken, I continue to paint to heal my soul. I hope it also blesses others.

Teaching Artist Angela Korbe

Angela Korbe

Angela is a teaching artist specializing in painting and ceramics. She has a B.F.A. in Art Education from the University of Arkansas School of Art. In her free time she enjoys baking, gardening, and hiking.

Teaching Artist Chase Wilson

Chase Wilson

Chase is an Arkansas native born and raised in North Little Rock. He graduated from the University of Arkansas with a BFA in Art Education and a studio practice in ceramics. Chase focuses on contemporary functional pottery and is currently expanding material knowledge and technical skills. When he’s not making pots, Chase enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and watching razorback baseball.

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Chris Shields

Professor, fiction author, and dog lover, Chris Shields teaches beginning wheel classes at the CCC. Along with serving on the Board, Chris is a teaching artist who got started in clay by taking wheel classes at the CCC and the University of Arkansas. A late bloomer with clay, Chris is nonetheless devoted to the medium. He created a home studio and currently works with mid-fire clays and glazes. His work is available in Eureka Springs. He is in the process of expanding his home studio to include a gas kiln so that he can explore high-fire reduction work. Chris aspires to produce functional art and finds his inspiration from the beauty of the Ozarks. He and his partner have recently moved to a remote property with their dogs where they are surrounded by bluffs, trees, and water. “I love working with others; helping them to explore their artistic side—and joining them as they discover the wonders of clay.”

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Chung Park

Chung is a Korean-born American artist who recently moved from Los Angeles, California to pursue his MFA in Painting at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He received his BFA from Boston University and has shown his work internationally and in the US. He loves teaching, discovering new experiences and welcomes recommendations when it comes to great food and exploring new landscapes!

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Craig Hartenberger

Craig (b. 1990, Missouri, USA) is an artist working primarily in clay. Hartenberger has shown his work in a variety of exhibitions in the United States, Mexico, Denmark, Taiwan, and Australia as well as others. He received his BFA in Ceramics from Missouri State University (2013) and his MFA from Kent State University (2020). He currently lives and works in northwest Arkansas.

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Emily Miller

Emily grew up on the Blue Ridge Parkway where she was immersed in a culture of Appalachian Craft from the very beginning.  She attended the University of Arkansas and Appalachian State University where she studied Making Practices and received a doctorate in the subject.  She did a TED talk called Craftonomics which summarizes her research in the area.  Emily’s primary mediums are constantly evolving, but currently, she’s working in wood, leather and stained glass.  

Teaching Artist Grace McCraw

Grace McCraw

Grace is a current undergraduate BFA Ceramic Art student at the University of Arkansas. She is from Plano, Texas. She has exhibited work locally in the Northwest Arkansas area, including PH Gallery and University Fine Arts Gallery, as well as nationally in the NCECA student exhibition. She explores ideas of pleasure and their relation to women and domestic practices through ceramic sculptures and other mediums. She also has an emphasis in design focusing on form and movement.

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Jenny Dowd

As a kid in Kansas, Jenny credits an insatiable appetite for all things art to creative, inventive parents, constant reading and “epic road trips” with the fam. After earning her BFA in Ceramics from Kansas State (where she met her husband, Sam by exchanging phone numbers carved into pieces of clay) and an MFA from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Jenny has taught and shown art all over the U.S. and produces pieces for several shops in Jackson Hole, WY.

A recent transplant to NWA, Jenny and Sam now live in Prairie Grove where they operate Dowd House Studios as full-time artists. Fascinated by the relationship between collector and object, Jenny primarily works in clay to produce functional, quirky, interactive pieces that jive with place and person. She also has worked extensively with the Art Association of Jackson Hole teaching ceramics, drawing, printmaking and artist professional development. Jenny is also the exclusive potter for the White Buffalo Club in Jackson Hole and a private chef in Denver, making custom service ware and plates.

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Jordan Williams

Jordan is a student at the University of Arkansas.  He is a professional  Actor, Host, Stand-Up Comedian, and life long learner born and raised in Los Angeles CA. Jordan’s ultimate goal after he attains his MFA in Acting performance is to become a theater professor in his home town in hopes to give back to the world what was given to him through theatre as he works on his own career.

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Katie Allcorn

Katie is an artist and forever student with a BFA in Studio Art from Mississippi State University. After completing her emphasis in Graphic Design, she operated a freelance studio in and around Austin for ten years before growing desperate to ditch Adobe Creative Suite and go analog. Katie started drawing tiny landscapes at a laundromat in Texas in 2019. In her latest collection, Big Feelings, Katie carved and hand-printed linoleum in an attempt to loosen up her craft of logo design, adding more free expression and making the figures less perfect and more human.

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Liz Gish

Elizabeth Gish grew up wanting to be an artist, but didn’t actually start making art until her mid 20s because she was too afraid. But she eventually got brave and started attending Texas A&M in Corpus Christi, TX in the Fine Arts program, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in 2012. She has been an art teacher ever since; helping artists of all abilities to grow into their true potential.

Teaching Artist Marriah Geels

Marriah Geels

Marriah is a Senior at the University of Arkansas pursuing a BFA Art Education and BA Music. Her studio concentrations are painting and ceramics. While studying at the University of Arkansas, she has been in several Theatre productions, is a member of the Schola Cantorum choir, and is an active member in the Association of Ceramic Enthusiasts and the Association of Art Educators. Marriah is passionate about all artistic mediums and hopes to spark that passion in future artists and students. She has recently shown artwork at The PH Gallery and the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks.

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Michael Sweater

Michael Sweater is a professional cartoonist and writer who has worked for a variety of clients like Cartoon Network, Vice, Silver Sprocket, and Oni Press. His main focus is on writing and creating his own stories influenced by 90’s television. He started drawing at 21 and currently does not have any plans to stop.

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Natalie Conway

Natalie (b. 1989) is a painter and public school teacher in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She spent her youth trying to become anything but an artist, but finally yielded to her own nature after graduating from college. Since then, she has devoted her time, energy, and whole self to her studio practice, of which teaching is part. Her work focuses on the process of reckoning with oneself. Merging representation and abstraction, she creates oil paintings that grapple with her relationship to identity, history, place, family, body, and personality. In addition to her post-baccalaureate studies in Painting and Art History at the University of Arkansas, she attended the Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art (2015) and Mount Gretna School of Art in Pennsylvania (summers 2014 and 2015).

Teaching Artist Owen Buffington

Owen Buffington

Owen is a multimedia artist whose work explores the intersections of geography, history and landscape. Owen earned an MFA, with an emphasis in drawing, from the University of Arkansas in 2017, and has taught at universities, community art non-profits, and public schools. He finished a two-year artist residency at the Lux Center for the Arts in Nebraska in 2019, and for the last two years, worked in Chicago as an art instructor at Misericordia – a facility that provides support for people with developmental disabilities. Owen currently lives in Fayetteville, AR.

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Randi Sparks

Randi Sparks (She/Her) is an Artist/Educator currently living and teaching in Northwest Arkansas. She received a BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Ceramics from the University of Arkansas in 2013 and an MA in Art Education from Boston University in 2015. As an artist, she is interested in the ways in which pattern and repetition relate to psychology and the modern human experience. Clay and fiber are her preferred media because the smallest threads and particles come together to create cloth and vessels in the same way that people come together to create society.

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Riley Newsome

Riley is a theatre and film actor. After receiving a BA in Theatre Performance from Huntington University, Riley moved to Fayetteville for an MFA in Acting and has taught Acting 1 and Theatre Appreciation at the University of Arkansas. He also has fight certifications in Unarmed Stage Combat, Small Sword, Basic Whip Skills, and is also a skilled ukulele player and proficient at guitar.

Teaching Artist Sam Dowd

Sam Dowd

Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Sam Dowd earned a BFA from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and an MFA from Kansas State University where he met his wife, Jenny.

Passionate about art as a career, he and Jenny moved frequently, teaching and producing art for shops, galleries, and fairs across the country. Landing in Jackson, Wyoming in 2007, Sam served as the Ceramics and Sculpture Manager for the Art Association of Jackson Hole, and in 2010, he and Jenny launched Dowd House Studios. Sam has also been involved in several public art installations, including mounting a 16’ kinetic steel canoe over a state highway and installing his clay sculpture, “Glimpse”, on the grounds of the Center for Arts in Jackson. While in Jackson, Sam also managed many successful community art programs for kids and adults and curated multiple shows and workshops.

In 2021, Sam and Jenny relocated to NWA to open their Prairie Grove studio and fulfill their dream of becoming full-time potters. With a passion for sharing his experiences and work with his new community, Sam and Jenny have been members of the Community Creative Center’s Open Studio program since spring and are active supporters of community arts programming in NWA.

Teaching Artist Sangeet Gupta

Sangeet Gupta

Originally from Fayetteville, Sangeet took his first pottery class at a small ceramics studio in Chicago in 2003.  From that moment on, he was hooked.  Over the next few years, he took numerous classes and workshops around the Midwest, before starting his own studio in Chicago with the help of two fellow potters.  Sangeet moved back to Fayetteville in 2019, and has been working to build up a new studio and his first wood fired kiln.  He is excited to share his love of clay with his students at the Community Creative Center.

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Sean Fitzgibbon

Artist Sean Fitzgibbon explores unusual, real places and events through his work.  He’s been teaching college art for almost 20 years, has an MFA in art and a passion for making art and visual storytelling. He has exhibited work throughout the US. He also illustrates books and recently completed writing and illustrating a documentary-style nonfiction graphic novel that depicts the mythologies surrounding the Crescent Hotel’s years as the Baker Hospital, a Depression Era experimental cancer hospital in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. This book will be available in late 2021.Be sure to sign up for his newsletter at seanfitzgibbonart.com/contact also follow his work on Instagram at instagram.com/seanpfitzgibbon, and Facebook at facebook.com/seanfitzgibbonartSEANFITZGIBBONART.COM

Teaching Artist Sutton Allen

Sutton Allen

Sutton is a painter living and working in Fayetteville, AR, where he is also pursuing a MFA. Sutton earned his BFA in Painting from Southern Illinois University, and has studied at the New York Academy of Art, NYU, the New York Studio School in 2019 and 2021, and the Mt. Gretna School of Art in Pennsylvania. He has shown work in group and juried exhibitions in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, and Arkansas.

Working in drawing, print, and oil, Sutton employs the historically dense subjects of landscape, still life, and portraiture as the foundation by which to investigate touch, mark, and surface. Seeking a delicate balance between mark and image, Sutton explores the sensory phenomena of these subjects. Sutton engages with a lineage of painters, past and present, who seek to expand the possibilities of painting from direct experience in the contemporary moment.

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Trinity Kai

Trinity holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and will complete a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas in May 2021. Kai is a multi-disciplinary artist that works with photographic handmade processes, fabric, and sculptural materials. Kai creates work through the lens of her own personal narrative that examines societal systems of discrimination. She creates multiple forms of language through self-portraiture, written language, and materiality to share her experiences and bring viewers into conversations that can be reflective and transformational. Her work has been exhibited nationwide and resides in the permanent collection of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.