Dan Burns has over 14 years of experience as a musician and has performed as a guitarist in more than 10 states. Dan also plays electric bass, mandolin, and drums with an emphasis on song writing. As an educator Dan has incorporated music therapy, (particularly guitar instruction) into his work as social worker helping clients to express themselves, build confidence, and benefit from the restorative powers of music. Playing music should be fun and as a teacher Dan makes this a priority.
Jeff Benham is an award-winning freelance artist and educator in Albuquerque who is a member of 7000 BC, a northern New Mexico-based group of comics writers and artists who promote an understanding of the cultural significance of comic art. Jeff is known for his The Salmonilla Chronicles, and a three volume graphic novel titled Peoplings, about autism.
Lauren Campteaches creative writing in northern New Mexico, working privately and with the Santa Fe Community College, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, and Poetry Out Loud-New Mexico. She is the author of three collections of poetry including One Hundred Hungers, which won the Dorset Prize (Tupelo Press, 2016). Other literary honors include the inaugural Margaret Randall Poetry Prize (awarded by The Mas Tequila Review), the RL International Poetry Award, the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Award, and a 2015-2018 fellowship with the Black Earth Institute.
Joy Campbellis a former English/Speech school teacher. She has been active in the Santa Fe Book Arts Group since 2004 and has been an altered book artists since 2006 and has taught workshops in New Mexico for the past ten years. Joy’s work can be seen in ViVO Contemporary Gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, NM.
Anna Edwardshas 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.
Aria Finchholds 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.
Tiffany Hazelbaker has years of experience in teaching children, in the classroom and in the yoga studio. She loves to use movement and music to encourage play while learning body awareness and breath work.
is an active member of the Santa Fe Book Arts Group and has taught workshops in Santa Fe, NM. Her work has been exhibited in various shows in and around Santa Fe and Los Alamos, NM.
Amanda Nicholsonis 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 B.S. in Art Education from the State University of New York at New Paltz and an M.A. in Museum Studies from Syracuse University.
Gail Rieke is an internationally recognized collage, assemblage, and installation artist who lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband, painter Zachariah Rieke. She travels nationally and internationally and her work responds to these experiences. Her artwork is represented in the permanent collections of numerous museums including the RMAC. She and Zachariah had a retrospective at the New Mexico Museum of Art in 2000. She was a guest lecturer at the Cheongju International Biennale in Korea in 2007, and was granted a one month residency in Venice from the Emily Harvey Foundation in 2015.