FAME’s Visiting Artist program has been brought to you by the Fort Wayne Branch of the American Association of University Women Trust.
The FAME Visiting Artist Program invites renowned professional artists to be a part of our annual FAME Festival and to visit area schools bringing their talents into the class room. Each artist is selected from a variety of artistic disciplines creating work that relates to the annual cultural focus of FAME. For 2020-2021 FAME’s theme is “Planet Earth”. In normal years, these artists visit classrooms to provide presentations and hands-on activities at local FAME member schools. If you like to be a FAME member school, click here. This year’s visiting Artist is Sayaka Ganz, Heather Miller, Mark Kistler and NAYO.
Sayaka Ganz is a Japanese sculptor. She was born in Yokohama, Japan and grew up living in Japan, Brazil, and Hong Kong. Ganz identifies a strong Japanese influence in her work, even though she grew up in several countries. During her BFA studies at Indiana University Bloomington she explored various media, from ceramics to printmaking, before determining sculpture and welding as her expressive vehicles of choice. She met and married her husband Christopher Ganz, artist and professor in printmaking, during her time in Bloomington. Between 2002 and 2012 she taught design and drawing courses at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). She has been living and working in Indiana for 15 years. You may find out more about Sayaka on her website and a copy of her current newletter on our blog page.
Your FAME membership of $25 allows you a link to our Visiting Artist tutorial.
Video will be available after the virtual Teacher’s Meeting on September 24, 2020
Heather Miller works at Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana where she develops services for schools so that teachers and parents can understand the challenges that trauma and mental illnesses place on students and their ability to learn. Previously, she worked at a Montessori school as the art specialist. In that position, she used the arts and the creative process to help students gain confidence in their ability to express their own thoughts. She also used the creative process to coach students to think logically and progressively through solving challenges by taking risks and testing solutions. Heather makes art for personal healing and expression. She enjoys making art that stimulates wonder about the self and how we as individuals fit within the whole.
Mark Kistler is an American artist who hosts drawing instruction programs for children, young adults, and their parents to teach the freedom and joy of drawing. Mark Kistler teaches art. He has run thousands of elementary school workshops, written art books, and starred in the public television series The Secret City, The Draw Squad, The New Secret City Adventures, and the Emmy-Award-winning Imagination Station, all teaching art.
Nayo A. Ulloa, a South American Music Specialist, Educator, Performer, and Composer from Goshen, IN will be with us as a guest musical artist. He is an adjunct professor of Spanish and Latino Studies at Goshen where he teaches music. He also teaches in the Community School of the Arts. His performances include Folk and Classical South American Music. His specialty is playing the Peruvian flute.