Artist Profiles

Todd Green

Location: Minden, Nevada
Category: Musician

Educated at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Todd Green has over 20 years of performing and lecturing experience. His educational programs have been presented to over 300,000 K-12 students and on over 100 college campuses across the USA.

Shaun Griffin

Location: Virginia City, Nevada
Category: Poet
Specialization: Poet, Workshop Instructor

Shaun Griffin is the co-founder and director of Community Chest, a non-profit agency serving children and families in northwestern Nevada since 1991, and the former founding director of the state's homeless education office.

Carol Guidi

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Visual Artist
Specialization: Official portraitist

Carol Guidi paints official portraits, corporate portraits, and executive portraits in oils for corporations and organizations.

Ixela Gutierrez

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Folk Artist
Specialization: Mexican Ballet Folklorico

As a young girl growing up in Mexico City, Ixela Gutierrez watched her older sisters dance and dreamed that she would do the same one day.

Chelsea Hackett

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Actor, Director, Teaching Artist
Specialization: Theatre

Nevada native Chelsea Hackett seeks to bring her skills to her home state and to use her theatre facilitation and creative skills to celebrate the voices, ideas, and development of Nevada residents of all ages.

Suzanne Hackett-Morgan

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Visual Artist
Specialization: Painting, Printmaking and Public Art

Suzanne F. Hackett-Morgan earned a Master's Degree in Art (Painting) at California State University Northridge in 2003 and a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing from Western Washington University.

Susan Handau

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Visual Artist
Specialization: Mixed Media

Susan Handau is a mixed media artist drawn to the textures and abstract qualities of the world around us.

Shelley McCrosky Hartmann

Location: Walker Lake, Nevada
Category: Folk Artist, Teaching Artist, Visual Artist
Specialization: Glass Beadwork and other Hot Glass art

Shelley McCrosky Hartmann grew up on a ranch in Rose Valley near Pioche, Nevada. She grew up with ranching farming and hours spent riding the desert of Nevada on her horse.

Mark Helton

Location: Dayton, Nevada
Category: Actor, Director, Singer
Specialization: Actor/Director Extraordinaire

Actor/Direct with over 20 years of experience and 35+ productions ranging from high school to professional.

Stephanie Hogen

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Photographer
Specialization: Fine Art Photography Portfolio encompassing Platinum and Silver Gelatin Nudes. Photograms of nature and abstracts.

Stephanie Vos Hogen was born into a military family that moved frequently across western america And Europe. Always adjusting to foreign people and places cultivated her inherent curiosity in creating new connection and accentuated her sensitivity to others.

Adrian Holley

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Dancer
Specialization: Dancer: Jazz, Modern, and Hip Hop, Choreographer, Movement for Actors

As an artist and educator Adrian’s goal is to plant the seed of understanding and appreciation for the art form of dance.

China Hudson

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Dancer, Director, Teaching Artist
Specialization: Writer, Director, Performing Artist

Ms. China’s teaching style could best be described as creative passion through West African dance, creative writing and performance theatre.

China Hudson

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Teaching Artist

Ms. China’s teaching style could best be described as creative passion through West African dance, creative writing and performance theatre.

Karla Huntsman

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Storyteller, Teaching Artist
Specialization: Storytelling

Making meaning through story and theater activities has been Karla Huntsman’s life’s work.

Kent Jackman

Location: Jersey City, New Jersey
Category: Director, Teaching Artist, Writer
Specialization: Acting/Directing

Kent Jackman is a graduate of Howard University with more than 30 years of drama teaching experience.

Mica Johnson

Location: Elko, Nevada
Category: Designer, Visual Artist
Specialization: Jeweler and silversmith

Mica Johnson has been making jewelry for the past nine years under the tutelage of Gail Rappa. She has been an amateur rock hound her entire life and found becoming a silversmith was a great way to use her love of minerals in a real world application.

Richard Johnson

Location: Jerome, Arizona
Category: Visual Artist
Specialization: Sculpture, Drawing

Richard Johnson earned a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture and drawing from the University of Iowa, and has resided in Jerome, Arizona (population 450) since 1980. He lives in a sculptural house of his own design.

Nicholas-Martin Kearney

Location: Reno, Nevada
Category: Choreographer, Photographer, Producer

Nicholas-Martin Kearney has worn many hats under the performing arts umbrella: dancer, choreographer, director, arts administrator, arts educator and producer.

Jocelyn Kelly

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Writer
Specialization: Short Story Writer & Publisher

A graduate of the intensive six-week Science Fiction and Fantasy program, Clarion West, Kelly's short stories and poems have appeared in Evergreen Review, Forge Journal, Cadillac Cicatrix, Willard & Maple, Sanskrit, Dos Passos Review, Louisiana Review and Red Wheelbarrow.

Whitney Kay Killian

Location: Carson City, Nevada
Category: Actor, Director, Singer
Specialization: Actor, Singer, Director, Playwright, Shakespeare, Musical Theatre, Classic Theatre, Contemporary Theatre, Teaching, Coaching

Hailing from Texas with a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Oklahoma, Whitney Kay Killian has over 15 years of training in theatre and voice. She has performed professionally and semi-professionally, and fronted a touring casino band for a year and a half.

Carolyn Kollegger

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Teaching Artist, Visual Artist
Specialization: Western-themed Oil Paintings

At a young age Carolyn Kollegger had the great opportunity to study oil painting at the world renowned Butler Institute of American Art. During her school years, her work was entered in various local art competitions where she was always among the award winners.

Wendy Kveck

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Teaching Artist, Visual Artist
Specialization: Visual Arts

Wendy Kveck, originally from the Chicago area, is a visual artist who lives and works in Las Vegas. She examines images of women from art history and contemporary media as cultural signifiers through her work in painting, performance, video, and installation.

LaVonne La Tulip Vasick

Location: Gardnerville, Nevada
Category: Visual Artist
Specialization: Impressionist Watercolorist

La Vonne La Tulip Vasick lives with her husband, David, over the ridge from Lake Tahoe, nestled beneath the towering Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Mick laBriola

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Category: Musician
Specialization: Music, Percussion, North/East European, South American, Jazz & World Music

Mick’s residency is called “Rhythm Roots Workshop” a study of traditional/cultural drumming techniques conducted in a tone of cultural sensitivity and respect.

Carrie Lahain

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Category: Writer
Specialization: Fiction Writer, Workshop Instructor

Carrie Ann Lahain moved to Las Vegas from Long Island in 2003. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and went on to earn an M.A. from Rutgers.

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