Class Instructors

Beverly Acha

 received her MFA from Yale University and her BA from Williams College. Acha has served as a visiting critic at Williams College School of Visual Arts and Rhode Island School of Design. She is the recipient of various awards including the Frederick M. Peyser Prize in Painting at Williams College. Currently, Acha is a fellow with the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program.

Claudia Bitran

 was born in Boston and raised in Chile. In 2009, she graduated from the BFA program at the P. Universidad Catolica de Chile, and in 2013 she graduated with a MFA degree in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has been a resident artist at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and is currently a fellow with the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program.

Amy Bondurant

 graduated from ENMU-R with a degree in Media Arts and Graphic Design. Her focus is mixed media work. 

Aria Finch

 holds a BA degree from the University of Texas at El Paso, and has attended graduate school at North Texas State University and Texas Women’s University. She is a 2013 recipient of the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 2009, her work was chosen for the 5th World Ceramic Biennale in Icheon, South Korea. She has managed the RMAC ceramics program since 1979. 

Anna Edwards

 has been involved with ceramics for 16 years. Studying with her mentor, Aria Finch, she has been involved in teaching children and adults at the RMAC, and has worked with the RISD. Anna has studied at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Potter’s Council, Santa Fe Clay, and the RMAC.

Jeremy Howe

 is the Planetarium Coordinator at RMAC. He was born and raised in New Mexico.  He comes from a family of artists and was always nurtured in his own sense of expression.  He is a self-taught artist, holding a degree in geology from New Mexico Tech.  Past museum exhibits include Ft. Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, International Museum of Art in El Paso, Las Cruces Museum of Fine Art, and Roswell Museum and Art Center. 

Lorie Mitteer 

is a member of Pecos Valley Quilters, a local group of fabric artists. Lorie has been enjoying the art of sewing for over 40 years and is a practiced artist in many mediums.

Amanda Nicholson 

is the Curator of Education at RMAC. Amanda has over 10 years of teaching experience with students ages Kindergarten through 12th grade. She has experience teaching various media including drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, art history and art criticism. Amanda received her BS degree. in Art Education from the State University of New York at New Paltz and an MA degree in Museum Studies from Syracuse University. 

Colette LaBouff Speer

 is the author of Mean (University of Chicago Press, 2008) as well as other poems and essays. Her nonfiction has recently appeared in The Morning News, New Mexico Magazine, and Orange Coast Magazine, and it is forthcoming in Juked. She has an MFA degree in Poetry and a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Irvine.