Cody Bishop

Cody graduated from Oakland University with her B.A. in K-12 Art Education. She loves teaching and meeting new people, and says that “art has brought her passions together”. Cody works primarily with graphite, charcoal and acrylic paint, but loves learning new mediums.

Cody joined Paint Creek Center for the Arts’ as a faculty member in 2023 and leads a number of introductory and fundamental drawing and painting courses.

Jennifer Callahan, PCCA faculty

Jennifer Callahan | BFA

Jennifer Callahan is a Metro Detroit based mixed media artist. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a minor in Fibers design from the College for Creative Studies. She has been featured in a collection of block prints that reside in the permanent archives of the DIA. Her work ranges from a variety of different mediums including painting, printmaking, embroidery and felting.

Kären graduated with a degree in Fine Art from Toronto’s OCAD.  Kären’s work is focused on landscape with a human element, as well as collage with miniature painting, sculpture and found objects, and is currently exhibiting at Shoreline Arts in Suttons Bay.  She has found delight in teaching art to both children and adults for the last 29 years.

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Steve Czapiewski

Steve Czapiewski is an art director and illustrator. His company, OOMM Studios has been part of the Detroit creative community since 1987, and provides design, illustration, print production, art direction, animation and many more services. His art has been featured in nine solo gallery exhibitions since 2015, and over 150 community and group shows since 2014!

Mary Dudek

Mary Dudek is a visual artist working in Metro-Detroit. While primarily a figure sculptor, her practice ranges from drawing, to painting, to ceramics, to metal. Her passion for her faith and awe of the human body fuels her work prompting her to create mostly liturgical art and representational figure sculpture. She studied drawing and sculpture at Studio Art Center International in Florence Italy and earned her BFA from the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design. She teaches a variety of classes and workshops throughout the Metro-Detroit area and maintains her studio work and commissions.

Nicole Jendrusina

Nicole Jendrusina | BFA

Nicole Jendrusina received her degree in Studio Art: Photography with a minor in Art History from Oakland University. Throughout her studies, she has worked in many different types of art media, but ultimately fell in love with the photographic process and the science behind it all.

Primarily working in portraiture, she is motivated by the ability to make her subjects feel confident with themselves when they see their resulting images. Her artistic work focuses on human nature and the way we experience emotion. Often, her work is inspired by music and her previous art studies and explorations.

Shelley Malec Vitale, PCCA faculty

Shelley Malec Vitale graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Art Degree in Painting from Eastern Michigan University. In addition she has studied under some noted artists in Michigan at Wayne State University, College for Creative Studies and Henry Ford Community College. Active in the Detroit Art Community, she has shown throughout the country and is in private and corporate collections. She has worked at the Detroit Artists Market and CCS and was director at Romeo’s Starkweather Society. She began teaching at Paint Creek Center for the Arts in the early 1990’s… (read more).

Paige Neils

Paige Lee is a Michigan based ceramic artist and art teacher with her background in sculpture. She found a passion for teaching pottery in Boston working under artists in the city and independently in Michigan. Paige obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2018 working with multiple mediums in her career including metal casting, wood carving and ceramics.

Caleb Nelson

Caleb Nelson is an animator, storyteller, and cartoonist from Michigan, currently working near Detroit, MI. His personal work is eclectic, though he prides himself on adaptability and uniqueness within his professional projects. Caleb is deeply invested in telling stories through his illustrations that appeal to the bizarre nature of the human condition, imperfections and all, and prides himself on working with both digital and traditional mediums.

Charles Pompilius, PCCA faculty

Charles Pompilius | MFA

Charles Pompilius’ current work explores the origins and uniqueness of Western culture. He also paints portraits on commission, and has painted the official portraits of Governor Jennifer Granholm and U.S. Congressman Fred Upton, among other Michigan dignitaries. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Central Michigan University as well as a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa. Pompilius has taught painting at Wayne State University, College for Creative Studies, and Edinboro University. He is the recipient of a Pollack-Krasner Award as well as the Michigan Council for the Arts Creative Artist Grant. Charles is also an avid plein air painter.

David Prescott

David Prescott | BFA

David Prescott (Rochester Hills, MI) holds a Bachelor’s in Art from Wayne State University and works as a product designer for FCA. A talented artist in many mediums, David has participated and displayed his work in several exhibitions at PCCA. He currently teaches pen & ink and printmaking workshops here at Paint Creek Center for the Arts.

Emanuel Rus

Emanuel Rus | BFA

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Kris Schaedig

Kris Schaedig | MFA

Kris Schaedig is a visual artist working primarily in the metro-Detroit area. She holds a B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from Wayne State University, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been teaching at PCCA since 2010.

Anatoliy Shapiro | MFA

Originally from Russia, Anatoliy graduated with Honors from Leningrad Art Institute in 1970 with his MFA and  has been teaching ever since. In 1985 he became a member of the Union of Russian Artists– in recognition of his participation in nation-wide juried exhibitions and artistic achievements.
Carolyn Shoemaker

Carolyn Shoemaker | BFA

Carolyn always knew art would figure prominently in her life, professionally and personally. She earned her degree from College for Creative Studies in Detroit. She worked as a professional graphic designer for over 25 years and was always painting in her free time. In the last three years she has been focusing on painting and began a new passion for teaching.

Carolyn loves to share her knowledge and enjoys seeing the outcome of her students accomplishments.

She has exhibited her work in a number of galleries in and around this beautiful state of Michigan where she and her family love to travel. Gardening is another passion, which is why painting florals is one of her favorite things to paint along with landscapes and abstracts.

PCCA Instructor, Noah Zirpoli

Noah Zirpoli | MFA

Noah graduated from Cranbrook Academy of Arts in 2023 with his M.F.A in Ceramics. He leads PCCA’s hand-building and wheel throwing classes for novice and experienced ceramicists of all ages.

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