Below are brief bios of our talented art instructors. We hope you 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 also studied elementary education at Belmont University. David has taught art in a variety of settings in the Nashville area including Cheekwood Museum, Austin Peay Sate University and the Nashville Institute for the Arts (now TPAC Education). Upcoming exhibits of David’s clay work include Best of Tennessee Craft August 22 – December 2 2016 and Flying Solo at Nashville International Airport March through May 2017. A former dancer, David is also a certified yoga instructor, dog lover and vegan cook. www.davidheustess.com david.f.heustess@Vanderbilt.Edu
Nancie Roark: Jewelry, Fused Glass
Nancie Roark is a jewelry designer and metal and fused glass artist. She studied at North Carolina State University, the University of New Orleans, and New Orleans Academy of Fine Art. After first establishing her career in glass she moved into metals, sometimes merging the two media in her jewelry work. For the past twelve years she has been teaching primarily at Sarratt art Studios, Vanderbilt University. She believes in sharing knowledge without fear of competition. Currently Nancie is working mainly with silver and semi-precious stones, creating decidedly modern jewelry with echoes of Belle Époque elegance.
Susan Moody: Jewelry, Drawing, Painting
Susan Moody earned her Bachelors in Art Education and Masters in Art Education from the University of New Mexico and was a high school art specialist in the Albuquerque Public Schools System for 25 years. She has exhibited watercolor paintings and make jewelry in exhibits, art fairs and galleries across the country. Susan uses enameling techniques as well as beads and stones to create her jewelry and many of her paintings become images in her jewelry. Susan began teaching for Sarratt Art Studios in 2006. 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
Gail Looper: Book Arts; Papermaking Studio
Gail Looper is a book and textile artist and teaches decorative paper, marbling and book arts classes to people of all ages. Her artwork can be found in exhibitions, galleries and at the annual Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour in the Smithville TN area.. She received a BFA in Textiles from the Appalachian Center for Craft in 1997 and uses her knowledge of surface design techniques to make paper to be included in her books. In 2014 she began her own preservation of family history by writing original stores and creating art books that detailed family visits and memories of growing up in the 1950’s. These stories and the collections of vintage materials became part of collaged art pieces known as the The Olive Hill Series. In 2015 she was awarded one of the Master Apprentice Grants through the Tennessee Arts Commission and Tennessee Craft. This grant inspired the most recent body of work that includes original stories, handmade materials and containers that include vintage and recycled materials.
JC Johnson: Photography/Printmaking jennifer.c.johnson.1@Vanderbilt.Edu
Jonathan Rodgers: Digital Photography
John Toomey: Drawing
Allison Jarrett: Pottery