Current Teaching Artists
Ben Blount (he/him)
Ben Blount is a Detroit-born graphic designer and letterpress printer who loves type, teaching, and putting ink on paper. Sometimes he turns what he prints into books. His work often explores questions of race and identity and the stories we tell ourselves about living in America. Truth tellers and rabble-rousers in all areas of popular culture inspire his work—from Dave Chapelle and Kara Walker to Yasiin Bey and Amos Kennedy. He learned a lot about design at Washington University in St. Louis, a lot about printing at Columbia College Chicago, and filled in the gaps with great mentors and increasingly consistent practice.
Laura Brown (she/her)
Laura Brown makes prints, artist’s books, installations and social practice projects. She holds an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas. She has participated in residencies at Kala Art Institute, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and Women’s Studio Workshop. Her work appears in collections at Yale University, Library of Congress, and others. Her work has been shown widely, most recently at the Soap Factory and the Minnesota Museum of American Art. She teaches at Minnesota Center for Book Arts and is an active member of Proof Public, a collective that aims to amplify marginalized voices through letterpress printing.
Béatrice Coron (she/her)
Born in France, Béatrice Coron lived in Egypt, Mexico, and China before moving to New York. An urban dweller for the last twenty years, Coron launched her career as an artist in New York. She cut stories in diverse materials to create artist’s books and public art. Her work is major collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center, along with public art in subways and airports, among others. To catch all in one place, visit her website or watch her TED talk.
Amanda D’Amico (she/her)
Amanda D’Amico is a book artist working under the imprint Tiny Revolutionary Press. She is the Master Printer at the Borowsky Center for Publication Arts, and teaches at the University of the Arts and Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She serves on the boards of the Philadelphia Center for the Book and The Soapbox: Community Print Shop and Zine Library, is the Vice Co-Chair of Events for the College Book Art Association, and is an artist member of the Impractical Laborers in Service of the Speculative Arts. Her artist’s books have been collected and exhibited nationally.
Sarah Evenson (they/them)
Sarah Evenson is a genderqueer screenprinter and zinester with an interest in adapting book arts to low-tech environments. Their work playfully combines text and images. They have previously taught at Highpoint Center For Printmaking, Minneapolis College of Art and Design’s Continuing Education program, and served as an assistant at the Penland School of Crafts.
Heather RJ Fletcher (she/her)
Heather RJ Fletcher has a LOVE for decorative papers! It is this love that drove her to learn how to marble. Since she began marbling seven years ago, Heather has been traveling around the world learning from some of the best in the field. She passes the best of everything she’s learned on to her participants.
Madeline Garcia (she/her)
Madeline Garcia (she/her/hers) is an artist and educator whose approach to art-making sits between conceptualism and craft. She is inspired by small details, everyday objects, and happenstance moments, many of which come from her time teaching and caring for children. She has a degree from Carleton College in Art and Education and grew up getting her sandwiches stolen by seagulls in San Diego, California.
Anna Haglin (she/her)
Anna Haglin is an interdisciplinary artist based in Moorhead, Minnesota. She attended Smith College in Massachusetts and earned her MA and MFA in printmaking at the University of Iowa. She completed a two-year apprenticeship in bookbinding at Arion Press in San Francisco and a studio assistantship at the Women’s Studio Workshop in upstate New York. She was awarded a residency at MCBA in 2012 and is currently Assistant Professor of Printmaking at Minnesota State University Moorhead. She has taught courses in foil imaging, foraging/herbarium-making, and papermaking with invasive plants (as part of a grant from Springboard for the Arts).
Michelle Lee Lagerroos (she/her)
Michelle Lee Lagerroos has been teaching printmaking workshops to adults at MCBA and MCAD since 2012. She has a background in publishing, works as a wrangler of two young children by day and a book designer/screenprinter/printmaking instructor by night, and is the screen printer behind Angry Peanut Press. Angry Peanut Press found its vision when Lee Lagerroos’ tiny daughter insisted on wearing a “Goridda” shirt every day. Tiring of washing that gorilla shirt, Lee Lagerroos realized she had a skill that could be incredibly useful. Within a week, she printed several gorilla shirts, and getting her daughter dressed became fun and easy. While her work has been shown locally at places such as the State Fair Fine Arts show, Altered Esthetics, and MCBA, she also loves simply making screenprints and giving them to people.
Mary Leikvold (she/her)
Mary Leikvold practices printmaking, book arts, and painting in the Minneapolis/St Paul area. She teaches printmaking at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and at Minnesota Center for Book arts. Leikvold is active in the printmaking community where she has been involved in organizing, jurying and curating exhibitions. Leikvold has worked with community groups to facilitate workshops and retreats on the topics of art and writing. Her first passion is printmaking; her second is teaching it. Her work has been shown locally and nationally and is in several private collections.
Sarah Matthews (she/her)
Sarah Matthews is a printmaker and book artist. Her work has been exhibited in the US and is a part of the permanent collections of Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, George Washington University’s Gelman Library, University of Puget Sound, and Samford University. She is also a YouTuber and a designer for ArtFoamies.com.
Jessica Meuninck-Ganger (she/her)
Jessica Meuninck-Ganger’s hybrid media works have been exhibited in museums and both experimental and commercial galleries regionally, nationally, and internationally. Her work is included in several private and public collections, including the Weisman Museum of Art, Northwestern Mutual, Target Corporation, Marcus Corporation, and in contemporary publications, such as Andrea Ferber’s Sustenance: Contemporary Printmaking Now, Richard Noyce’s Printmaking Beyond the Edge, and Nathaniel Stern’s Interactive Art and Embodiment: The Implicit Body as Performance. Jessica received a BS degree in Art Education from Ball State University and a MFA in Studio Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She is currently an Associate Professor and Associate Chair in Art and Design and Head of Print and Narrative Forms at the Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.
Kirsten Olson (she/her)
Kirsten Olson has been teaching screen printing and book arts workshops to adults and kids at MCBA and other venues around the Twin Cities since 2012. Kirsten has a background in publishing and is the screen printer behind Pizza Squirrel Studio, a space where she collaborates with kids to create wearable and sharable art. Her studio is named after a neighborhood squirrel who loves to spend his days munching pizza slices in her yard. Cheers to you, little guy!
Radha Pandey (she/her)
Radha Pandey is a papermaker and letterpress printer. She earned her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book. She practices European, Eastern and Indo-Islamic Papermaking techniques and teaches book arts classes in India, Europe and the US. Her book Anatomia Botanica won the MICA Book Award in 2014, and received an Honorable Mention at the 15th Carl Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design. In 2018, her book Deep Time won the Joshua Heller Memorial Award. Her artist’s books are held in over 40 collections internationally, including the Library of Congress and Yale University.
Yuka Petz (she/her)
Yuka Petz’s work straddles multiple disciplines, including book arts, graphic design, and 3D paper works. She received an MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from the University of the Arts and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has taught adult and youth workshops throughout Seattle, New Orleans, and in Japan. Yuka recently relocated to Seattle from New Orleans, where she co-founded SIFT and The Artist Book Collection at Paper Machine. Her work has been exhibited internationally and across the US, and her artist’s books are in the special collections of several public & university libraries.
Sarah Pike (she/her)
Sarah Pike is a printmaker and owner of FreeFall Laser, a laser-cutting studio specializing in collaborating with artists and artisans to create custom work that combines technical expertise with artistic exploration. She received her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Prior to opening FreeFall Laser, Sarah taught studio arts at the Community College of Vermont and printmaking at Bennington College, where she was the Technical Instructor of Printmaking.
Molly Poganski (she/her)
Molly Poganski is a letterpress printer and graphic designer originally from Louisville, Kentucky. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Indiana University and has thirteen years of printing and design experience. She works as MCBA’s Studio Technician and also as a letterpress printer at Bench Pressed. Molly also volunteers with Proof Public, an organization working to amplify marginalized voices through print, and runs Dandy Horse Press, a hobby print shop, from her basement in South Minneapolis.
Rosae M. Reeder (she/her)
Rosae M. Reeder is a Book Artist / Printmaker and teacher of many things Book Arts and Printmaking. Living, teaching and constantly making in Philadelphia, Pa. She received her MFA from the Book Arts/Printmaking program at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her work combines various alternative photographic processes, digital collage, traditional printmaking media such as Letterpress, Lithography, Monotype along with book structure. The imagery and content of her work is that of reference and reflection. A moment remembered, a time almost forgotten, a thought process evolved. Her work has been exhibited in many centers for the book and multiple galleries across the country and internationally.
Regula Russelle (she/her)
Regula has loved teaching book arts classes to community members and college students for many years. These days she focuses on artist practice, paper vessel-making, and content development of small, hand-made books and zines, mostly at MCBA. It’s always inspiring for her to see a delightful variety of projects take shape in class. The content of her own work includes responding to climate change, culture-making, family memoir, and kitchen table poetry. Her biggest “hit” so far are her free zines on Earth Care Practice with distribution numbers of over 7,300!
Anika Schneider (she/her)
Anika Schneider is a narrative figure painter and printmaker who draws on lived experiences, memory, and family photography. Anika received her MFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. For her undergraduate studies, she received a Bachelors of Science with a double major in Environmental Studies and Studio Art from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA. Anika’s work has been exhibited nationally at galleries such as Soo Visual Arts Center, Rosalux Gallery, Circle Gallery, Visarts, Dumbarton Concert Gallery, Gallery B St. Paul, and Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture. Anika currently lives and works in Minneapolis where she enjoys giving a home to second hand furniture and hiking with her dog Wolly.
Shawn Sheehy (he/him)
Shawn Sheehy has been teaching book arts courses and workshops on the national level for 20 years, including stops at MCBA, Center for Book Arts, Penland, Arrowmont, FOBA, Pyramid Atlantic, San Francisco Center for the Book, and PBI. His broadsides and artist’s book editions have been collected by Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, University of Chicago, Library of Congress, UCLA, and Harvard. He has created two trade pop-up books: Welcome to the Neighborhood (2015) and Beyond the Sixth Extinction (2018). Both were published by Candlewick Press and won numerous awards. He holds a Book Arts MFA from Columbia College Chicago.
Ellen Sheffield (she/her)
Ellen Sheffield’s works on paper and artist’s books use text and image intersections to create unexpected readings. Her interest in the juxtaposition of visual language: materials; design; mark-making; and printing processes, with written language: essays: poetry; and hybrid writing, continues to motivate art/word collaborations with Lewis Hyde, Fanny Howe, and Andrew Grace among others. Recently Ellen’s work explores themes of race and class in her rural community informed by research of local African-American history by her husband, Ric Sheffield, Kenyon College Professor of Sociology. Ellen’s studio, Unit IV Arts, is located in Gambier, OH, where she teaches in Kenyon’s Art Department. Her artist’s books have been collected by the Beinecke Library, Yale Collection of American Literature at Yale University, by the Ella Strong Denison Library at Scripps College and by many others.
Kathleen Sheridan (she/her)
Kathleen Sheridan is a former Spanish teacher who turned her passion (since fourth grade!) into a business. Kathleen teaches all types of origami: animals, boxes, useful items, and modulars to beginner and advanced origami students. She actively learns the latest models created by attending national and international origami conventions. Kathleen is the host of Origami Connect, a program that provides live, monthly, online origami sessions. She serves on the Board of Directors for OrigamiUSA.
Camilo Aguirre studied his MFA degree in Visual Studies at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (2018–2020). In Minneapolis, Camilo curated the Suitcase Gallery at MCAD and carried out projects like Distant Letters (2018–2019), in which he exchanged images that were shown simultaneously in different countries through printmaking means. Camilo has also participated in the Mobile Printing Unit project at MCAD and made a graphic novel titled What Remains (2020).
Sheila McNellis Asato
Sheila McNellis Asato, MA, is a visual artist with extensive experience teaching and exhibiting in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Her work is deeply influenced by dreams, Japan, and the natural world. Bilingual in English and Japanese, Sheila draws upon her love of Japanese materials, drawing, watercolor, and photography to create unique handmade books that explore the healing power of creativity and dreaming. Sheila regularly leads workshops at MCBA and abroad on the relationship among art, dreams and healing.
Michael Benedetti was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2016, he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking from the University of Georgia. He is active in the printmaking community through national and international residencies, including the Academy of Visual Arts in Ghent, Belgium, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado. Michael was the 2017-2018 Printmaking Artist in Residence at the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, Kansas. He resides in Minneapolis and works as a fabricator for Target and as a gallery technician for the Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota.
Paula Benfer is an artist and teacher. She holds a Master’s degree in Art Education from the University of Iowa and earned her National Board Certification in 1997. Since retiring in central Minnesota, she now teaches a variety of ages through Central Minnesota Arts Board residencies and St. Cloud’s Paramount Center for the Arts. Recently, her work has focused on engagement with aging populations, addressing memory loss in particular.
Building on a thirty-year career as a teacher of wood carving, Susan Bjerke began teaching bookbinding, paper decoration, and tool-making at MCBA in 2006. Students have often commented on her clear instruction, her responsiveness to class pace, her excellent preparation, and her willingness to share “tricks of the trade.” Even a one-night class will introduce the key concepts necessary for students to move on to more complex projects. As a professional bookbinder who has designed her own letterpress books and collaborated with other artists, Sue works with students to match the content of a book with its structure and materials.
Ellen L. Ferrari
Ellen L. Ferrari (BA Carleton College) is a former Youth Programs Coordinator for MCBA and Family Programs Coordinator at the Minnesota Historical Society. She currently runs Art with Ellen—an art school for children 12 months to kindergarten—and teaches preschool and family classes at MCBA and other local art centers.
Briana Goetzen is a mixed media artist focusing on how the process of creative expression is healing for the mind, body, and spirit. She currently offers a variety of classes at Wet Paint in St. Paul, Minnesota, as well as online through her studio, Orange Spiral Arts.
Georgia A. Greeley
Georgia has been teaching at MCBA since 2002 and was an MCBA/Jerome Books Arts Fellow in 2014. She combines writing and art in almost all her creative endeavors.
Monica Howell is a librarian, archivist, and book artist living in Minneapolis. She has taught various subjects to students ages 10 through adult at schools in the US and Japan, including at the University of Minnesota. She has completed MCBA’s Core Certificate in Book Arts and is enrolled in the Advanced Certificate program. Monica’s artwork has been exhibited at MCBA, the University of Minnesota, Rosalux, and SooVAC, among other sites.
Laurel has been creating books for more than seven years. She earned a Core Certificate in Book Arts from MCBA in 2014, and is currently working on her Advanced Certificate. She was a studio monitor in MCBA’s bookbinding studio in 2016 and 2017. She currently works in the University of Minnesota libraries doing book repair and building custom enclosures for archival items, among other things. She has taught five book arts workshops at the Enhancing Quality Staff Symposium and a workshop at the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival at the Landmark Center.
India Johnson has taught English language in the US and Spain, freshman composition at the University of Iowa, and bookbinding workshops in Oaxaca (Córdoba Lab) and Mexico City (El Ombligo del Libro). She has assisted workshops for Jim Croft and Jeff Peachey, and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Iowa’s Center for the Book with interests in Islamic binding and conservation.
A printmaker based in Minneapolis, Emily Marsolek first heard of Minnesota Center for Books Arts during printmaking classes at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. After earning her BA in studio art and psychology, she moved to Minneapolis in 2014. Since her initial internship with Youth and Community Programs, she has taken letterpress classes, taught youth classes in book arts, and gained additional experience as an intern at Highpoint Center for Printmaking. When she is not teaching, she splits her time between various art organizations, learns more about printmaking through her own projects, and enjoys exploring new hiking spots.
Erin Maurelli is a Twin Cities-based educator and artist. Printmaking, letterpress and book arts are central to her personal work. She received a Master Printer Certificate from Tamarind Institute for Lithography in 2002. Maurelli received her MFA in printmaking from the University of Iowa, with an additional Book Arts Certificate from the University of Iowa’s Center for the Book. Maurelli is a great technician, and aims to help students improve their technique as well as explore their creativity.
A printmaker and gardener, Jessie has worked and studied around the US. After learning letterpress and intaglio in Charlottesville, Virginia, she furthered her printmaking studies at the University of Georgia, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, and Penland. Having taught printing to adults and children, she became the woodblock print instructor at the Women’s Woodshop in Minneapolis and the letterpress studio monitor at MCBA in 2018. Her goal is to make printmaking accessible to anyone of any experience and income level. She believes being creative while engaging with tradition is both life affirming and community building. Follow her @wheelbugs.
Kelly Taylor Mitchell
Kelly Taylor Mitchell is an artist and educator who lives and works in Atlanta, GA, where she is currently an Artist-in-Residence with the Studio Artist Program at The Atlanta Contemporary. Kelly is an Assistant Professor of Art and Visual Culture and the Art Program Director at Spelman College. Kelly’s multidisciplinary practice centers oral history and ancestral memory woven into the fabric of the Africana Diaspora, in order to present speculative futures, specifically related to concepts of community autonomy, swamp marronage, and inherited identity. Utilizing printmaking, papermaking, sculpture, and textiles, her work manifests as immersive installations, performative objects, and partnered artist’s books offering a venue for the sensorial—specifically smell—to connect to, convey, and reimagine rituals and rites of autonomous kin, collectives, and individuals of the Africana Diaspora.
Sarah has been playing with paper and books for more than 20 years. After retiring from healthcare and educating in that space, she has moved to sharing her interest in books with others.
Sally Power came to art later in life. Upon retirement she has focused on first becoming a professional artisan in marbling and now is moving into the larger art world. She teaches marbling at MCBA and has a studio in Northeast Minneapolis.
Jana Pullman is a bookbinder, book conservator, and book arts instructor. She is the owner and operator of Western Slope Bindery, a handmade book, box, and conservation business based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She teaches workshops around the country at such venues as the Penland School of Craft in North Carolina, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee, the Marriott Library at the University of Utah, the Oregon Book Arts Festival, and Minnesota Center for Book Arts. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Carleton College. Libraries, institutions, and private collectors have collected her artist’s books and fine bindings. She was the 2013 Minnesota Book Artist Award Winner and the winner of the Excellence in Fine Binding Award at SMU’s DeGolyer Bookbinding Competition in 2015 and again in 2018.
Karine was born into a multicultural family of environmental activists in France. After a career in education, she transitioned to literary translation. Karine explores binary ways of seeing: natural/manmade, real/fake, city/nature, dead/alive, etc. Advocating for more responsible consumption, she uses water-based inks and “scavenged” junk mail and packaging. An educator at heart, she holds “social folding” performances related to justice and the environment. Because of her background in linguistics, she sees her work as an act of language. The finished product expresses an ephemeral poetic force and has one purpose: to help people understand, embrace, and celebrate our fragile ecosystems.
Wilber “Chip” Schilling
As an artist, Wilber “Chip” Schilling creates fine press books, artist’s books, broadsides, and prints—specializing in design, photography, letterpress printing, and binding. Since 1992, he has worked under the imprint of Indulgence Press. His work is collected and exhibited internationally. Schilling currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Fine Press Book Association and for the Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art. He has taught at the College of Visual Arts, Carleton College, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and Columbia College Chicago.
Nicole Sara Simpkins makes prints, drawings, installations, books, and prose poems. She has shown work at The White Page, The Future, and the Paul Whitney Larson Gallery, and she has taught drawing, design, and printmaking at Macalester College, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin–Stout, and Indiana University. She has an MFA in Printmaking from Indiana University–Bloomington and a BA in English from Macalester College.
Sarah Ta has been teaching arts to co-workers, families, and friends for many years. She has also created YouTube content for polymer clay and other DIY projects.
Brad Thomas has more than 25 years of experience as a professional artist, curator, and administrator. His commissioned works have been featured at the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Halsey Institute for Contemporary Art, and the Craft Museum of Finland. His works are held in numerous private and public collections including the Mint Museum, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Weatherspoon Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He is currently pursuing his MFA degree at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) where he was awarded the Trustees’ and Merit Scholarships for ongoing research.
A graduate student at the University of Minnesota, Greta Treiber is getting her teaching license and Masters in Visual Arts Education with plans to teach elementary school art within the Twin Cities. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, she moved to pursue her BA in Art along with studies in Spanish and Racial Justice in Urban Schooling at the University of Minnesota. As an education intern for MCBA, she worked to nurture MCBA’s relationships with local schools to best accommodate teachers and widen youth perspectives on community arts through bookmaking classes. Greta loves helping kids get messy and creative in the studios!
Jill Weese, M.Ed., is a book artist and educator. Jill has a special interest in bringing book arts to new audiences. She has been teaching book arts to children and adults at MCBA as well as schools, libraries, and art centers across the state of Minnesota for over 20 years. Retired after 10 years as MCBA’s Director of Youth and Community Programming, Jill continues to teach, make books, and work in The Shop at MCBA as a Visitor Services and Shop Associate. Jill is a licensed teacher and holds MCBA’s Core and Advanced Book Arts Certificates.
Jody Williams publishes artist’s books under the name Flying Paper Press. She has taught workshops and presented lectures at museums and colleges across the United States and in Europe. Her work is in the collections of the Walker Art Center, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Minnesota Historical Society, and numerous other museums, universities, and libraries. Honors include Jerome Foundation fellowships, grants, and awards from the American Craft Council, Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA), and Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Williams is a two-time recipient of the Minnesota Book Artist Award (2008 and 2019) from the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library and MCBA, and was awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant in 2013.
Peng Wu is an artist and design activist dedicated to creating socially engaged art in public space. His work combines the power of design thinking with contemporary art strategies to address various urgent issues including immigration, modern medicine and health, and environmental sustainability. Hand papermaking and bookmaking is in the center of his art practice. He currently works as an independent researcher and artist-in-residence at the University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum, focusing on the art of sleep, and teaches MFA critique seminar at Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Jason’s first exposure to letterpress and book art was while studying printmaking at The Cleveland Institute of Art in the early 2000s. Since 2005, he has worked in numerous letterpress studios in New York and Minnesota. Jason has been involved at MCBA since 2013, first as open studio monitor and later as adult education faculty. He has taught Letterpress 1, Platen Letterpress, Correspondence Art, Advanced Typesetting, “On The Road” workshops, and Dirty Works workshops. Recently, he has been actively setting up a home print studio and volunteering with nonprofits like Proof Public and The Minnesota Newspaper History Museum.