Bea Kaplan (she/her) Ceramics, Painting, Drawing, Mixed Media, Printmaking | B.F.A., Carnegie-Mellon University, concentrations in printmaking and drawing. Bea has a range of experience in the art world including being an art teacher, gallery director, mural project coordinator, and therapeutic recreation program instructor. She has provided art instruction at multiple schools in the Tri-state region of Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey including Westtown School, Tower Hill School, Friends School of Mullica Hill, NJ; The Winchester Thurston School, Pittsburgh, The Carnegie, Museum of Art, The Children’s Room, Pittsburgh, and Allegheny County – Association for Children.
Erika Matyok Drawing, Painting | Erika has enjoyed a passion for painting big, vibrant flowers throughout her life. She takes pleasure in large-scale painting projects and has worked on several popular murals that adorn landmarks scattered throughout Philadelphia, including one that appeared on The Rachael Ray Show. She currently teaches aspiring young artists at an elementary school in Broomall and runs Fancyhands Designs, a company that specializes in custom murals, faux finishes, kids’ rooms, and hand-painted furniture. In 2014, Erika led a community mural project in Northern Liberties Philadelphia for “Clean Up Day”. Her large-scale murals emit energy. They are filled with imagery and impact. "I feel vibrant, alive, and more connected every time I complete a work of art. Each piece contains a unique meaning, process, or look. It's an affirmation and deeply personal feeling that comes with completion," exudes Erika. "It's a natural desire for me to paint, draw, and design."
Tiye Pulley (he/him/his) Visual Art | Tiye is a multimedia visual artist from New Jersey. He is a 2019 Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Film & Media Studies from Swarthmore College and is a 2019 Thomas J. Watson Fellow. His work includes ink drawing, analog photography, filmmaking, and apparel design. Tiye currently lives and works in Philadelphia.
Jennifer Roman (she/her) Visual Art | Jennifer has been teaching both visual and performing arts for over 20 years. She holds an M. ED in Special Education and Pennsylvania certification in Art K-12 and Special Education. Jennifer taught adapted art and music to both school age students and adults with significant special needs for close to 15 years, as well as typical and gifted children and adults in community centers, after school programs, and arts organizations. Currently she works as a contract teaching artist at the Delaware Art Museum and the Darlington Art Center. When she is not teaching Jennifer is an active in community theater, as a musical theater performer and costume designer. As an artist she is deeply inspired by world cultures and mythology, responsible stewardship of the earth’s resources, and color and texture, and loves working in textiles and mixed media.
Riley Strong Ceramics, Preschool, Paper Arts | Riley Morgan Strong is a multi-media artist from Vero Beach, FL currently living and working in Philadelphia, PA After being awarded summer assistantships with Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in both 2017 and 2018, Riley graduated with a BFA in Sculpture in 2019. In the Fall, she began her 2019-2020 Residency at Worcester Center for Craft in the Ceramics Department, where she has explored clay as a sculptural medium as well as teaching in the adult and youth programs offered at the craft center. Riley is currently working as a teaching artist with Darlington Arts Center and as both Ceramics Studio Technician and Instructor with Abington Arts Center.