Teaching Artists

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.

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James Williams

James Williams has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arkansas with an emphasis in ceramics. James teaches wheel throwing and hand building classes at the Community Creative Center.

Chrystal O’Boyle

Chrystal has had a lifelong love of the arts. Born and raised in Fayetteville, Chrystal attended the School of Art at the University of Arkansas, and graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in art education. In 2018 she joined Community Creative Center, teaching classes in ceramics, painting, and glass fusing. She enjoys working with students of all ages. When she is not in the studio, Chrystal is serving her fifth year as choreographer and instructor with the Fayetteville High School color guard program. She also enjoys creating her own works of art, and hiking.

Kiara Page

Kiara Page is an artist who graduated from the University of Mobile with her Bachelor’s in history and studio art. She is most well versed in painting with watercolor, acrylics, and oils, but she also teaches ceramics and a wide variety of 2D arts. Her personal art style is colorful, illustrative and usually combines portraits with plants and other organic subject matter. You can see more of her art on instagram @KiaraRae.art and you can contact her at KiaraRae.art@gmail.com.

Allyssa Dezaldivar

Allyssa DeZaldivar 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.

Angela Korbe

Angela Korbe 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.

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.

Chase Wilson

Chase Wilson 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.

Craig Hartenberger

Craig Hartenberger (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.

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.

Ben Edwards

Born in Louisiana, Ben Edwards has lived most of his life in Arkansas between Benton, Benton County, or Bentonville. He is a full-time father of four, and a full time artist, having previously worked for over a decade in exhibition management for art galleries and museums. Since 2018, Ben Edwards has created from his home studio in the heart of downtown Bentonville’s burgeoning arts district. Previously, he has operated art and pottery studios in Bella Vista, Arkansas, and Fayetteville, Arkansas. Selected as one of Fayetteville’s favorite artists, he has exhibited his art throughout the region and the US.

Kathy Thompson

Kathy Thompson was born in El Dorado, AR and graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA after attending college in Fayetteville and Little Rock, AR. In 1976 she and her son returned to Fayetteville and from that year to present she has worked as a visual artist.