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YouthCity Artways

Salt Lake City's Arts Education Program

YouthCity Artways Teachers

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Heidi Ferguson

Heidi Ferguson grew up in Sandy and graduated from Alta High. She then went on to the University of Utah to receive a BFA in printmaking. In printmaking she focused on Etching & Lithography. Being some one who likes to learn she also took classes in metal smithing, ceramics and many classes in drawing & painting. After leaving college she became interested in publishing prints into book form. Her training in the book arts have included courses at Penland School of the Crafts in North Carolina and at The Minnesota Center for the Books Arts were she was an artist co-op member. While living in Minnesota for the past 10 years, she learned many books structures and decorative paper techniques. These include making recycled paper, marbled paper, paste papers, Coptic journals, accordion books, long stitch books & Japanese stab bindings. Heidi enjoys gardening, bird watching, knitting and camping.


Margo Bryan-Petersen
I began playing with clay toward the end of my first year in college.  It felt right and my first pieces looked good.  I thought that if people had beautiful things in their lives, small tasks such as cooking, eating and washing dishes would be more pleasant, people would be happier and the world would be a better place.  This thought lead me to earn a BFA in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute, an MFA from The University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, and work as an Artist in Residence in Colorado and Utah.  I have also been an art teacher to students at Horizonte High School and Channing Hall Charter School.  My handmade ceramic murals can be seen on the State Services Building in Denver, Colorado, at several private residences, and collaborative murals I’ve directed/taught/worked on are in elementary schools in Salt Lake City and Colorado.  I’m currently the President of Clay Arts Utah and a member and advisor with the Lost Boys of Sudan Cow Project.  I continue to take pleasure in making my own work and show occasionally, but at this point in time it takes a back seat to my other clay involvements and raising my family.    


Paul Heath

Salt Lake City & Nostalgia are the primary themes for my artwork. If I had to categorize my work, I think it falls into the “Pop-Nostalgia” movement. I specialize in nostalgic interpretations of our urban landscape and my work is available for public & private commissions. I graduated from the U. of U. in 1985 and I work in a variety of mediums: from silkscreen, acrylic on plywood constructions, oils on canvas, and even ceramic tile.


Lenka Konopasek

I was born in the Czech Republic where I attended School of Applied Arts in Prague. After immigrating to the United States, I completed BFA degree in painting at the University of Utah and received MFA degree from the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. I did artist residencies in Vermont Studio Center, Chicago Art Institute and Little Falls, Minnesota. I have been teaching for over ten years at U of U, Westminster College, Visual Art Institute, Salt Lake Art Center, Rowland Hall School and other places. My primary interest is in oil painting but I also like to work in mixed media, printmaking and sculpture. My sculpture, Reflection Tree, has been commissioned as part of Flying Objects public sculpture series for downtown Salt Lake City. I have exhibited widely throughout United States and Europe. My work is represented in galleries in SLC, Denver, Seattle, Tulsa and Sedona, AZ.


Rob Marquardt

Rob MarquardtRob Marquardt is a transplant from the Midwest. He started academic life at the University of Dubuque in Iowa by getting a degree in environmental science. The republicans finally wrecked things in the mid 90s and a quick academic career change led him to Southern Illinois University where he received his Master's degree in analytical chemistry. A job offer lured him to Salt Lake where he stays because the weather is pleasant and no other place has yet caught his attention enough to make him move. Currently he works as an analytical chemist at a small local start up contract laboratory. At the avenues street fair one year, he saw a sign for pottery classes and signed up. Finding that it really seemed to scratch an itch, he just kept going with it. He took classes at Circle Pottery under direction of Don MacDonald until the school closed. Eventually, after finding no other local ceramics studios to set up in, he built his own. He signed on to the latest incarnation of Poor Yorick Studios under the direction of Brad Slaugh and continues to spend as much free time in his studio space as he can without disrupting his day job.


Tracey Matthews

Tracey Matthews graduated from the University of Utah with a secondary Art Education degree in 2005. Her emphasis in her coursework was painting and drawing, however she also studied sculpture, ceramics, graphic arts, photography, design and screen-printing. During school she worked as an assistant in the Education Department at the Utah Museum Fine Arts. In 2005 she was chosen to be an Arts Bridge scholar and taught printmaking with students at Wasatch Elementary. She has worked with all age levels, and completed her student teaching at Taylorsville High School in the spring of 2006. She has continued her work in the museum education field and currently works at Discovery Gateway as the School Education Coordinator, in addition to being an instructor for Youth City.


Lisa McAfee-Nichols

Lisa is currently teaching Art and 3-D Design at Hunter Junior High.  Her favorite mediums are painting, drawing, and printmaking, as well as 3-D Art such as bookmaking, masks, and ceramics.  Lisa has taught children of all ages and abilities and it is her belief that art can become a lifeline for students and a bridge for others; art can be a crucial connection for students to stay engaged in learning and see the interconnectedness between art, the world around them, society, and themselves.  Lisa is originally from the southern coast of California where she obtained her BFA Degree in Drawing and Painting, and studied Printmaking at California State University at Long Beach.  She obtained her Master of Art in Teaching from the University of Utah.



Sarah Moyer

Sarah Moyer got hooked on community art when she embarked on a three year stint administering the Philadelphia Mural Arts education programs. She has since facilitated numerous collaborative art projects in Salt Lake City. Sarah recently received a MFA in community-based art education from the University of Utah, and possesses a BFA in painting and drawing from West Chester University. Through YouthCity Artways, she has led workshops at First Night, Day-Riverside Library, Salt Lake Arts Academy, Sorenson Multi-Cultural Center, Imagination Celebration and Neighborhood House. Sarah enjoys engaging in collaborative creative projects with artists of all ages; you can see some examples on her website: www.sarahmoyer.com.


Tracy Strauss

Tracy StraussTracy received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in art from the University of Utah in 1998. Her favorite art media are printmaking, photography and drawing. Tracy began working for YouthCity Artways in 1999 at the Jewish Community Center, Camp Creative. She has been involved in the completion of several murals YouthCity Artways has created. She has organized and facilitated art making activities for participants of all ages at the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake for YouthCity Artways. Projects have included "glow in the dark self portraits" at the Lights-On Celebration and hand pulled fish prints at the Fish Festival.


Louona Tanner

Louona Tanner *Teacher of art books for YouthCity Artways * Presenter and chairman of the Treasure Chest Program University of Utah * Workshop instructor for the University of Utah Book Arts Program and Utah Calligraphic Artists Association. * Instructor for Utah Humanities Council “The Art of Illumination” * Twice president of the Utah Calligraphic Artist Association * Employed by the Jordan School district for 12 years Education: Bachelors Degree in art from Weber State University 4 years of book art classes from the University of Utah Participation in numerous workshops on book art techniques and calligraphy Participation at Calligraphy national conventions. Book artist and Calligraphy: Works exhibited at Springville Museum of Art, Ogden Eccles Center, University of Utah Marriott Library, Rio Grand Gallery, Covey Center for the Arts, various Salt Lake City and County Libraries, and calligraphy national conventions.


Marcela Torres

Marcela Torres is a community taught artist that has participated in many local non-profit youth programs. Each of these programs prepared her for the role reversal of teaching. Marcela has taught beginning Documentary Arts, Mixed Media, and Claymation.  During her free time Marcela works on her own, constructing fabric portraits with acrylic and detailed embroidery. She enjoys working with fabric mixed with other mediums and embroidering on canvases, clothing and accessories.  Marcela is also a DJ for UtahFm.org playing Spanish urban music.


Roger Whiting

Roger WhitingRoger graduated Rhode Island School of Design in 2003 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration. Since graduation he has painted murals in numerous locations including The Children's Museum of Utah, Hill Air Force Base, and Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. Roger's YouthCity classes have included Zines, Comic Making, Puppet Theater, Robotics, Web Creations, Piñata Party, Experimental Art, Mural Making, and Lego™ Filmmaking. Roger currently teaches art at Midvale Middle School in the Jordan School District. Examples of his artwork may be seen at: www.rogerwhiting.com


Thayne Whiting 

Thayne was home grown right here in the Salt Lake Valley.  He graduated from the University of Utah with his Bachelors of Art in the spring of 2009. His love for art continues to get wider and deeper the more he is exposed to it and the world around him.  He has shared what he has learned from art with children in summer youth camps at the U of U, with the YouthCity kids, and an orphanage in Mexico. He enjoys art in its may forms, but most specifically: photography (digital and alternative processes), print making, collage, sound, mosaic, street art, projections, all forms of design, land art, recycled art and sculpture, just to name a few. Thayne loves to be outside and finds many excuses to do so.  He believes that as human beings we are all creative in nature. He loves helping people find ways to solve problems in creative ways.



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Laura Bayn

Laura BaynI am a Board Certified Music Therapist and I've been an instructor with YouthCity Artways since 2000. I received my degree from Utah State University in Music Therapy. Prior to this, I studied as a percussion performance major at the University of Utah. I love teaching and sharing my music with all people, especially children and those with disabilities. In addition to being a YouthCity Artways Instructor, I teach private music lessons, volunteer in various schools helping to create music based opportunities, and perform in my community in Davis County on piano, percussion, flute, and guitar.


Maggie Beers & Julie Mark

Maggie Beers & Julie MarkMaggie Beers and Julie Mark have been playing and teaching music in Salt Lake City for many years. They have performed in concerts, festivals, benefits, private functions, special occasions, and more. In the summer they perform at Ruth’s Diner, in the winter at Alta and Deer Valley. They have participated in the Utah Arts Festival, Park City Arts Festival, and the Salt Lake Brown Bag series. In addition, they’ve worked with the Children’s Dance Theatre, writing and performing their music, and traveling to elementary schools to perform with them. Both Maggie and Julie teach group guitar lessons to kids through YouthCity Artways. Julie teaches private guitar lessons at the Alan Weight Music Studio and for Westminster College. Maggie plays music at local care facilities for those with Alzheimer’s Disease. Maggie and Julie have released their third collection of original songs entitled “Perennial.”


Jessica Lloyd

Upon graduating from Utah State University in 2008 with a degree in Music Therapy, Jessica Lloyd became a Board-Certified Music Therapist.  Her six month internship was spent working with individuals with developmental disabilities at the Utah State Developmental Center, as well as working with women with eating disorders at the Center for Change in Orem, Utah.  She currently sees private music therapy clients in her home as well as teaches private piano and guitar lessons.  She is currently working as the daycare director for Cottonwood Treatment Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Greg Midgley

My name is Greg Midgley, and this has been my first year with YouthCity Artways.  A Salt Lake City native, I come to the program with over ten years experience as a performing artist/entertainer.  My primary instrument is the piano, and I also play the guitar and bass.   Although I enjoy music in any form, I am most connected with Rock n’ Roll, Blues, Jazz, and Country.   I have sung and played with many different local bands including The Rubes, The Rodeo Boys, Bronco, and my own solo project, TimeChimp.   After nearly as long working in the banking/mortgage industry (and moonlighting as a musician), I have made my focus teaching music.  I currently instruct both adults and kids at The Rock and Roll Academy in North Salt Lake.  I am also currently attending the University of Utah where I am completing an undergraduate degree in Music, and I actively participate in many live music events as a “keyboard/guitarist for hire”.    I strongly believe that regardless of skill level or genre, music can bring a great sense of personal fulfillment, fun, relaxation, and expression into anyone’s life.   Sharing this sense of “creativity is its own reward” is one of my primary goals as a teacher with YouthCity and with my other students.


David Payne

David PayneDavid Payne loves music and loves to share it. He has taught privately, at the Paul Green School of Rock Music, and has pioneered successful scholastic rock and roll at the Rock'n'Roll Academy. He also has one of the finest shmups collections in the U.S, and is never caught playing in less than four or five groups around town, singing, playing, composing, recording/mastering, and producing. You can currently catch him on the Drums, Sitar, Keytar, Guitorgan, Piano, Bass, and Guitar. He's also slowly working on a book entitled 'One Million Jokes- all guaranteed to be got'.


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Karin Fenn

Karin Fenn Karin enjoys dancing with people of all ages and abilities. She began her dance and theatre training in Santa Barbara, CA. Later she migrated to Salt Lake City, where she earned a BFA, and MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. After her BFA, she joined the Ririe/Woodbury Dance Company where she performed, choreographed and taught throughout the United States, Europe, and South Pacific for 7 years. During this time, she was also a rostered artist with the Utah Arts Council’s Artist’s Bank. Karin left Salt Lake City in 1992 for a 3-month Arts in Education Residency in American Samoa; that lasted for 4 years. She taught language and social studies, for elementary schools, studied traditional Samoan Dance and cultural arts, created an integrated language and dance curriculum for the Headstart Program, and taught creative dance residencies to over 2,000 children. From American Samoa, Karin traveled to White Rock, British Columbia, where she took a hiatus from dance to raise her two children. Later she accepted an adjunct position at Western Washington University for three years. While at Western, she conducted integrated arts workshops for elementary schools in Whatcom County, WA. For the past three years, Karin has been teaching for Tanner Dance’s Arts in Education program at many Salt Lake Valley schools, reaching an average of 500 students per semester. She has also been a member of the dance company Raw Moves for the past three years. Karin loves teaching and believes that the inherent joy of dance creates community, confidence, and a lasting sense of accomplishment.


Emily Fifer

Emily Fifer Emily Fifer received her BA in Theatre from the University of Denver in 2001. After graduating, she danced professionally in Philadelphia, PA with PIMA Group, Headlong Dance Theatre, Nichole Canuso and Gin McCallum. Emily is completing her MFA at the University of Utah, and is interested in a somatic and sensate approach to teaching, choreography and contact improvisation. At the University of Utah, she was also an Arts Bridge scholar, a University Teaching Assistant, and completed her certification as a Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst. Emily also teaches Yoga in the community and loves to share the intimate connection between mind and body with others.


Hillary Jean Van Moorleghem

Hillary Vanmoorleghem

Hillary's primary goals as a teacher are to empower the individual and build community through the magnificent power of dance. She focuses on providing a safe setting that gives way to improved self-esteem and freedom of self-expression. A balance of technique and movement exploration, individual and group exercises, and traditional dance forms mixed with contemporary is the recipe for most of her classes.  Emerging from a background in ballet, jazz and tap, she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Modern Dance from the University of Utah.  Now exploring hip-hop, contact improvisation and a return to her ballet roots, she works as a free-lance dancer and choreographer. Organizing collaborative performance projects, performing, and dabbling in entertainment, Hillary is delighted to choose dance as both a vehicle and a means within itself to live life - and make a living. Drawn towards personal improvement, mentorship and wellness, she spends free time reading, travelling, and organizing performance projects.  To know more, visit www.hillaryjean.com.


Shannon Vance

Shannon Vance is from Salt Lake City, Utah where she is currently pursuing an MFA in Modern Dance at the University of Utah.  Shannon recently received a teaching assistantship in the dance department for the 2008-2009 academic year and looks forward to teaching dance at the university level.  Before returning to school for her graduate work, Shannon was the director of the Mountain View High dance program teaching modern, ballroom, aerobics, and directing dance company.  While at Mountain View two of her works, “How Many Does it Take to Tango” and “Protecting Ophelia” received top honors at the 2006 Utah Shakespeare Festival.  She also choreographed three major musicals; Little Mary Sunshine, Beauty and the Beast, and Les Miserables.  Shannon holds a B.A. in Dance Education from BYU where she toured with the Ballroom Dance Company and was a member of Dancensemble, a contemporary-modern student-choreography company. Shannon’s dance background also includes jazz, lyrical, ballet, precision, hip-hop, character, and dance twirl.  Her dance philosophy is based on the integration and promotion of all dance forms and frequently choreographs using multiple genres.  Shannon performed in the 2007 Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert, the 2002 Olympic Opening Ceremonies, and was a top-five finalist at the Miss Dance Drill USA pageant, 1998.  Shannon is presently teaching/choreographing for Emotion Dance and involved in various local dance projects.


Anna West

Anna West Many Arabic cultures believe every child is born a dancer, and that is the philosophy behind Anna West's belly dance classes. Anna's students love being immersed in the culture, costuming and music of belly dance. Her students reap physical benefits of belly dance like endurance, flexibility and coordination. But, more importantly, Anna is a devoted mentor, teaching and modeling social skills, confidence, creativity and positive body image. Anna has performed since 2003 with the advanced urban tribal belly dance group, Dragomi. Directed by Fvorboda, Dragomi creates palpable power on stage with their rare combination of sisterhood, physical energy, and unique costume. Anna owns Illusial Studios, in Salt Lake City and studies hip hop with Transfusion Hype Dance Company. Learn more at www.illusial.com

New Media

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Kerri Hopkins

Kerri HopkinsKerri Hopkins is a media artist originally from Buffalo NY. She moved to Utah in 2004 to pursue her MFA in film. As she moved from photography into filmmaking, she developed a love for animation, and the process of and making her films one frame at a time. She enjoys helping young people learn about and appreciate these art forms.


Darin Tinney

Darin TinneyDarin is a graduate of the film department at the University of Utah. In addition to being a freelance video producer, Darin has also worked for KSL-TV and KJZZ-TV. He has produced training and promotional videos for private businesses and public agencies. Darin has also worked as an assistant producer on a public television historical documentary as well as having written, directed and produced a number of films of his own.


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Leslie Ford

Leslie Ford has a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. After moving to Salt Lake in 2002, Leslie started working for YouthCity Artways teaching Basic Acting and Theater in the YouthCity after school program and to kids from The Road Home, as well as public Acting classes. She is also the theatrical director for the Liberty Park Players, a teen theater program that performs Shakin’ Up Shakespeare annually at the Utah Arts Festival, and participates in the Fall Harvest Festival at Tracy Aviary. Leslie loves visual art as well, and teaches a super fun collage class at YouthCity at Liberty Park. In addition to her work with youth, Leslie volunteers for the Underground Artist Association and for the Utah Arts Alliance, where she staged a production of Christopher Durang’s Wanda’s Visit in 2005. In May of 2007, Leslie and her husband Brad welcomed their first child, Sofia Rose Elizabeth. Leslie loves being a mom, and is excited for Sofia to grow up and join the YouthCity programs.


Janice Jensen

Janice Jensen Janice Jenson, originally from Riverside, California, discovered her love for theatre during high school, where she participated in every play possible. Recently Janice continued her theatre education at Brigham Young University with a Theatre Arts Studies degree, emphasizing in stage management and dramaturgy. She has had the pleasure to work with many professional performance companies including Tuacahn Center for the Arts, Utah Regional Ballet, and Pioneer Theater Company. Her interests include community-based theatre, as well as the use of theatre to catalyze social change. In her rare free time, Janice enjoys reading, hiking, and watching too many movies.

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YouthCity Artways is the Arts Education Program of YouthCity; Salt Lake City's Youth Program