Teaching Artists

Teaching Artists

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. Currently teaching: Tabletop Japanese Screens

Michael Benedetti
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. Currently teaching: CMYK Screen Printing, Mokuhanga (Japanese Woodblock Printing)

Paula Benfer
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. Currently teaching: Developing Narrative Voices: “Echoes From Schools”

Sue Bjerke
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. Currently teaching: Cartonnage Heart Box, Coptic Binding, Two Ways, Dirty Works: Blizzard Book, Cartonnage Desk Caddy, Cross Structure Binding

Laura Brown
Laura Brown makes prints, artist 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 Proof Public, a collective that aims to amplify marginalized voices through letterpress printing. Currently teaching: Weekend Intro to Book Arts, Dirty Works: Valentine Postcard Printing, Evening Intro to Book Arts, Introduction to Layout: Zines!

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. Currently teaching youth/community workshops.

Heather RJ Fletcher
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 onto her participants. Currently teaching: Intro to Marbling, Modern Marbling

Madeline Garcia
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. Currently teaching youth/community workshops.

Eric Gjerde
Currently teaching: Paper Engineering from the Bauhaus: Josef Albers to the Modern Day.

Briana Goetzen
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. Currently teaching: Mixed Paper Junk Journal

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. Currently teaching: Choosing a Dead Mentor, Quilt and Bead Embellished Coptic Stitch Journal, Quirky Concertinas II

Anna Haglin
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). Currently teaching: Weekend Intro to Book Arts, Evening Intro to Book Arts, Dirty Works: Foil Zines, Everything is Illuminated: Making Egg Tempera From Scratch, Evening Intro to Binding

Monica Howell
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 U.S. 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. Currently teaching: Understanding Creative Commons, the Public Domain, and Fair UseOrigami for Everyday Organization.

Laurel Jedamus
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. Currently teaching: Hardcover Japanese Stab Binding, Dirty Works: Map Folds: Bigger on the Inside

India Johnson
India Johnson has taught English language in the U.S. 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. Currently teaching: 19th Century Book Cloth with Natural Dyes, Binding a Historic Model: Islamic Frame Binding

Michelle Lee Lagerroos & Kirsten Olson
Michelle and Kirsten are a screenprinting teaching team, and they both love screen printing items that kids like to wear! Their businesses began by making apparel for their own children. Angry Peanut Press found its vision when Michelle’s tiny daughter insisted on wearing a “Goridda” shirt every day. Tiring of washing that gorilla shirt, Michelle 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. Michelle and Kirsten love teaching screen printing, particularly on fabric, and delight in the work their students create. Currently teaching: Screen Printing on Fabric, Intermediate Screen Printing: Fun with Layers!, Dirty Works: Screen Printing (February), Dirty Works: Screen Printing (April)

Emily Marsolek
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. Currently teaching youth/community workshops.

Molly Poganski
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. Currently teaching: Letterpress I

Monica Edwards Larson
Currently teaching: Quick and Dirty Letterpress Broadsides

Erin Maurelli
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. Currently teaching: Woodblock Printing for the Beginner, Magic Box Building, Dirty Works: Suminagashi

Jessie Merriam
A printmaker and gardener, Jessie has worked and studied around the U.S. 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. Currently teaching: Dirty Works: Ink Unleashed! Monoprinting 101

Kirsten Olson
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! Currently teaching: Screen Printing on Fabric, Intermediate Screen Printing: Fun with Layers!, Dirty Works: Screen Printing (February), Dirty Works: Screen Printing (April) and youth/community workshops.

Bridget O’Malley
Currently teaching: Introduction to Western Papermaking

Sara R. Parr
Currently teaching: Weekend Introduction to Letterpress

Sarah Peterson
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. Currently teaching: Making Natural Inks, Secret Belgian Binding

Sally Power
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. Currently teaching: Intro to Marbling, Section A, Paper Marbling: Patterns I, Marbling Wall Art

Jana Pullman
Currently teaching: Weekend Intro to Binding, Binding a Historic Model: Nag HamadiIntermediate Binding: Bradel Binding

Karine Rupp-Stanko
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. Currently teaching: Less Junk, More Flowers: Origami Flowers from Recycled Materials

Regula Russelle
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! Currently teaching: Making Simple Paper Lanterns and Vessels, Content Development for Small, Handmade Books

Wilber “Chip” Schilling
As an artist, Wilber “Chip” Schilling creates fine press books, artists’ 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. Currently teaching: Content and Structure Woven Together

Kathleen Sheridan 
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. Currently teaching: Origami Snowflakes, Origami Hearts, Dirty Works: Origami Secret Drawers, Origami Star Box with Lid

CB Sherlock
Currently teaching: Letterpress II

Nicole Simpkins
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. Currently teaching: Ex-Libris: Image and Identity in the Tradition of Handcarved Bookplates

Sarah Ta
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. Currently teaching: Steampunk Book Box

Brad Thomas
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. Currently teaching: Currently teaching: Your Creative DNA: Artists’ Books and Process

Greta Treiber
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! Currently teaching youth/community workshops.

Jill Weese
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. Currently teaching youth/community workshops.

Peng Wu
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. Currently teaching: Paper: An Ancient Medium in East Asian Contemporary Art

Jason Yoh
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. Recently, he has been actively setting up a home print studio and volunteering with nonprofits like Proof Public and The Minnesota Newspaper History Museum. Currently teaching youth/community workshops.