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Below are brief bios of our fantastic art instructors. We think you will really enjoy the opportunity to get to know them and have fun learning in their classes!

David Heustess:,  Director – Sarratt Art Studios, Youth Art Institute and Sarratt Gallery

David began teaching clay classes at Sarratt Art Studios in 1996 after graduating from the Appalachian Center for Crafts. He has a BFA degree in clay and fiber arts and studied education at Belmont University. David has taught art in a variety of settings in the Nashville area and began directing this program in the spring of 2004. In May 2008, David completed his certification to teach yoga through a nine month teacher training program at the Asheville Yoga Center in North Carolina. www.davidheustess.com  david.f.heustess@Vanderbilt.Edu

Nancie Roark: Jewelry, Fused Glass

Nancie is originally from East Tennessee, but spent many years living and working as an artist in New Orleans before she and her husband moved to the Nashville area. Nancie frequently shows her work in regional exhibits and crafts fairs. She combines her fused glass with silver jewelry techniques to create wonderful wearable art. nancie.m.roark@Vanderbilt.Edu

Susan Moody: Jewelry, Drawing, Painting

Susan and her family moved to Mt. Juliet, TN from Albuquerque, New Mexico where she was an art educator. She teaches jewelry classes and drawing classes at Sarratt Art Studios. Her unique jewelry can be seen at local and regional craft fairs and exhibits. Susan has been teaching with Sarratt Art Studios since 2004 and is also a faculty member with the Sarratt Youth Art Institute.
susan.moody@Vanderbilt.Edu

Audrey Deal-McEver: Photography

Nashville area native, Audry Deal-McEver is a clay and photography artist with an undergraduate degree Ohio University. Recent exhibits include a solo show at the Nashville Airport and public outdoor installations at Kilbourn Park’s Organic Greenhouse in Chicago, the Reece Museum of Fine Art at Eastern Tennessee State University and the 25th Annual Gallery Hop in Columbus, OH. She has taught at the Renaissance Center, Watkins College of Art and Design, and Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. She currently teaches clay and photography courses at Sarratt Art Studios. audry.c.deal-mcever@Vanderbilt.Edu

Jenni Ohnstad: Graphic Design

Originally from Chicago, Jenni has been enjoying the warmer weather in Nashville since 2001. A graduate of Iowa State University with a BFA in Graphic Design, she designs posters, magazines, brochures, invitations, and branding for Vanderbilt University Creative Services as an assistant art director. Jenni’s Introduction to Graphic Design class at Sarratt Art Studios provides her the opportunity to help people become effective visual communicators. In her spare time, she enjoys creating jewelry and hand-printed stationery. jenni.ohnstad@Vanderbilt.Edu

JC Johnson: Photography/Printmaking jennifer.c.johnson.1@Vanderbilt.Edu

Jonathan Rodgers: Digital Photography
jonathan.w.rodgers@Vanderbilt.Edu