Our Faculty

An array of colorful wet felt projects
 Colorful glass straws used for glasswork
 Grouping of bottles of frit on a table
 In front of a small mirror, a student places a stone on her finger to test it for use in a ring
 A rainbow colored knit mesh

Sandy Boyer

Photography. Bio coming soon!

John Hankiewicz

John Hankiewicz received an MFA from Miami University in 2014. In addition to teaching drawing, he is a printmaker and a cartoonist. His prints have appeared in several juried shows, and his comics have been featured in several anthologies, including Best American Comics.

According to John, "The great thing about the Art Center is that most students here are trying art for the first time, or trying a particular technique for the first time. That spirit of discovery makes for a uniquely energized class. When something is new for a student, it becomes new all over again for the teacher."

Lisa Martin-Stuart

Lisa Martin-Stuart is an Adjunct Professor for the College of Creative Arts and teaches sewing at The Art Center. She recently retired from the University of South Carolina where she served as Head of the MFA costume design program for the Department of Theatre and Dance. She holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BFA from the University of Florida.

Lisa's training is in costume design, historical dress research, and sewing technology. Her work includes costume design credits for films including Ruby in Paradise, winner of the 1993 Sundance Film; Ulee’s Gold (1997) starring Peter Fonda; and Coastlines (2002) starring Josh Brolin and Timothy Olyphant. She has designed costumes for several regional theatres in the United States and London.

Geoff Riggle

Born and raised in Richmond, IN, Geoff Riggle received his BS in art education from Ball State University, Muncie, IN (2004) and his MFA in jewelry design and metalsmithing from Miami University in 2010.

Riggle’s current body of work spans the mediums of metals/jewelry, sculpture, photography and digital media. In recent years, Riggle has exhibited nationally and internationally and has been featured in a number of publications, including Showcase 500 Rings: New Directions in Art Jewelry, Marthe Le Van, author, Lark Crafts, New York, 2012.

Currently, Riggle teaches jewelry design and metalsmithing as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at Miami University. Geoff teaches 3D Digital Printing as well as Laser Cutting and Design at the Art Center.

Michael Seeley

Michael is an architect and principal in a Cincinnati area engineering/architecture firm. He recently interrupted his daytime career to return as a full-time graduate student in painting, obtaining his MFA at Miami University in 2014. His ongoing studio practice has developed directly from his experiences in architecture, engineering, and construction.

Mike teaches Drawing at the Art Center. His paintings are in private collections and have been selected for regional and national juried exhibits. Several of his paintings are currently on loan at the Department of Architecture’s office in Alumni Hall on campus.

Neil Simak

Ceramics. Bio coming soon!

Vanessa Sliger

Vanessa Sliger has been working with metal since her first introductory class in 2005. She received her BA in Metals and Ceramics from Earlham College and then her MFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from Miami University in 2013. She has been teaching at Miami since, both for the Art Center and for the Art Department. Besides teaching, Vanessa also runs her own business, Old Hills Design Company.

Vanessa is highly influenced by the beauty of materials and functional objects, and therefore makes a variety of jewelry for everyday and special occasions, cutting boards and ceramic ware. Vanessa loves exploring processes and materials and the influence of nature is very evident in all the work she produces for Old Hills. You can find her work at www.oldhillsdesign.com

Gail Springer

Gail is an Ohio native. She fell in love with ceramics in high school and has made it her career for over 30 years. She has managed studios, developed ceramic programs for art centers and currently a studio artist selling her pottery through various venues and galleries. She specializes in throwing on the potter’s wheel and loves teaching. She has conducted numerous workshops and taught ceramic classes at all levels from beginning through advanced techniques. Gail has received numerous awards and recognition for her ceramic work and her teaching.

Ron Stevens

Photography. Bio coming soon!

Sharon Theard

Sharon Theard, Art Center, Beginning Sewing, has worked at Middletown City Schools as an Art Educator from 1997 to the present. She attended Wilmington College as an undergraduate and Miami University to receive a Masters Degree in Special Education. Her hobbies include reading, especially Jane Austin and Asgatha Christie, arts and crafts and hiking with her dogs, Lucy and Hendrix. She has a beautiful daughter, Rhia, who works as a career counselor and her husband is a cosplay prop and costume designer.

Leah Tuscany

Leah Tuscany began her artistic journey with by taking a beginning lampworking workshop through the CraftSummer program. What started as an interest many years ago soon turned into a hobby and eventually into a passion. Over the years Leah’s fascination with glass has grown and has lead her to pursue other art forms to compliment her glass work. Precious Metal Clay, wire wrapping and Viking Knit are some of the techniques that Leah uses to incorporate into her jewelry designs.

Leah currently teaches classes in Lampworking, Precious Metal Clay, and Viking Knit through Miami University Art Center, Fitton Center for the Arts, and other venues. She also regularly participates in juried art shows across the Midwest.