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We leave the 2014 information here for your reference.

The School of the Arts instructors, listed alphabetically by last name, are chosen for their expertise in both artistry and teaching.

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Nancy AkerlyNancy Akerly has been an origamist since age 8 and a book binder since her teens. She retired after 39 years as a Wisconsin teacher in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms, as a gifted and talented coordinator, and as an educator for the Department of Defense Schools in Germany. About 10 years ago she began a paper arts business, Liberty Grove Paper Arts, to reflect her work in box making, bookbinding, paper marbling, and origami. Since then she has taught classes at The Clearing, Ellison Bay, WI; Peninsula Art School, Fish Creek, WI; The Miller Art Museum, Sturgeon Bay, WI; and Sievers School, Washington Island, WI; as well as numerous private classes in Taipei, Taiwan, among others. Her work can be seen at The Clearing, as well as various art fairs throughout northeast Wisconsin and on her website at»

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Jane BanningJane Banning has been teaching yoga for 2 years, and as a person over 55, has learned how to adapt classes not only for her own body’s changing needs, but also for students of varying levels. She has trained in Yogafit, which is a Vinyasa or "flow" style of yoga that is meant to be accessible to people who are looking to improve their strength and flexibility rather than to learn complicated, obscure poses with Sanskrit names. Being comfortable in our bodies frees us to create without—or with fewer—physical barriers. Jane has attended SOA for the past 3 years as a writer and has thoroughly enjoyed every minute.

Emily BrightEmily K Bright earned her BA in English from Williams College and her MFA in poetry from the University of Minnesota, where she also served as the University's Scribe for Human Rights. She taught creative writing and literature at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for several years before moving to the scenic Northwoods to focus on writing. She is the author of a poetry chapbook, Glances Back, and the book Powerful Ideas in Teaching: Creating Environments Where Students Want to Learn. Emily's poetry has been published in such journals and anthologies as Other Voices International, America Magazine, and North America Review. She lives in Eagle River, WI with her husband and toddler daughter. See more about Emily at»

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Bob CurryBob Curry has MFA degrees in both acting (SMU Professional Theater Training Program) and fiction (Vermont College). He has been a professional actor for 30 years, with seasons of classical repertory at American Players Theater in Spring Green, WI and The Old Globe in San Diego, CA. He is head of Playwrights Ink, a Madison Playwrights’ development group. He has taught at UW-Madison Continuing Studies Write-by-the-Lake and School of the Arts at Rhinelander for more than a decade and also teaches academic and creative writing, literature, and film at Madison College. His screenplay, The Last Great Ride, was turned into a film starring Ernest Borgnine and Eileen Brennan.

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Bruce DethlefsenBruce Dethlefsen, Wisconsin Poet Laureate (2011-2012), is the author of 2 chapbooks, A Decent Reed and Something Near the Dance Floor. His full-length book, Breather, published by Fireweed Press, won an Outstanding Achievement Award in Poetry from the Wisconsin Library Association. His new book, Unexpected Shiny Things, has been published by Cowfeather Press. Bruce’s poetry has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac and Your Daily Poem. A retired educator and public library director, he lives in Westfield, WI, and has conducted dozens of poetry writing workshops and hundreds of public poetry readings.

Pat DobrinskaPat Dobrinska has been a professional artist for more than 40 years and has taught secondary and adult learning workshops throughout the state and in Mexico. She paints in watercolor, oils, and pastels, specializing in portraits and landscapes. Her paintings are displayed in galleries and private collections throughout the country. She has won “Best of Show” and “Best of Class” in several shows.

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Wade FernandezWade Fernandez (Wiciwen Apis-Mahwaew) has been sharing his musical art on stages and classrooms worldwide for more than 20 years. Wade is an international award-winning touring musician/recording artist/songwriter/producer who performs with voice, guitar, and Native American flute. As a certified teacher with extensive educational experience in classrooms and on stages, Wade brings a warm personality and sense of humor that draws in students and audiences to get them actively involved. Visit for more information.

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Kathie GiorgioKathie Giorgio's first novel, The Home For Wayward Clocks, released in 2011 by the Main Street Rag Publishing Company, received the Outstanding Achievement award by the Wisconsin Library Association and was nominated for the Paterson Fiction Award. Her short story collection, Enlarged Hearts, was released in April 2012 by the Main Street Rag Publishing Company as well. The sequel to The Home For Wayward ClocksLearning to Tell (A Life)Time—was released on Sep 1, 2013, and debuted at the Southeast Wisconsin Book Festival. Her stories and poems have appeared in more than 100 literary magazines and in many anthologies. She’s the director and founder of AllWriters' Workplace & Workshop, an international creative writing studio.

Ashley GordonAshley Gordon is a Wisconsin native who has been painting for more than a decade. Originally educated in acrylic painting and sculpture, she transitioned into encaustics more than 4 years ago when her curiosity was piqued by an article. Purely self-taught in the medium of encaustics, Ashley lends her own voice to her work, not influenced by any one school of thought. A year ago, she started teaching numerous workshops all over central Wisconsin to help other artists get started in this exciting, creative medium. Ashley’s work can be seen and purchased at The Revival in Waupaca, WI and The Whimsical Charm in Appleton, WI.

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Mary Ann InmanMary Ann Inman is a practicing artist and teacher who graduated in 2000 from UW-Whitewater with a BFA with an emphasis on painting. She has taught for UW-Madison Continuing Studies and through her own School of Eclectic Art for 12 years. Classes taught include watercolor, mixed media, drawing, composition, design, and abstract. Expect to have some light-hearted fun as you are challenged "to kick it up a notch."

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Mary Sue KoeppelMary Sue Koeppel is the author of Between the Bones: Poems; In the Library of Silences: Poems of Loss; Writing Strategies Plus Collaboration; and Write Your Life: the Memory Catcher. She was the award-winning editor of Kalliope, a journal of women's literature and art. Currently, Koeppel co-edits Writecorner,which sponsors the annual E.M. Koeppel $1,100.00 Short Fiction Award. She has interviewed writers for the half hour TV programs Worth Quoting and Writer-to-Writer. She is a Florida Humanities Scholar, has given numerous workshops for teachers and writers, and been faculty for the National Master Teacher Seminars and the National Institute for Teachers of Writing. Her visual art is now in collections in the United States and Japan. Her many honors include the highest Teaching Excellence Award from the Florida Association of Community Colleges, Florida's Royal Palm Literary Award for Poetry, and Gainesville’s Fine Arts Association 2012 Best of Show art award.

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Elizabeth LewisElizabeth Lewis, artist and writer, holds a BFA in creative writing from Emerson College, Boston, is certified in stress management (cht) through the nationally recognized FeelYourBest Horizons Stress Management Program, and is a licensed HeartMath 1-on-1 provider through the HeartMath Institute, San Jose, CA. She has advanced training in trauma healing and global body-mind-spirit practices as taught by Capacitar International. She is also certified in Franciscan Studies through Cardinal Stritch University and is an approved teacher of The Midwest Institute for Forgiveness Training. Elizabeth’s art works have been exhibited nationally. She is co-author of Interruptio; her other published writings include poetry, short stories, and newspaper and magazine articles. A motivational speaker, Elizabeth travels internationally presenting lectures and workshops on healing art, healing writing, stress management, and more. She is a wellness instructor with Alverno College’s Telesis Program in Milwaukee and leads yearly healing and meditation tours to Pieve International School in the Umbria region of Italy.

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Dennis McGillDennis McGill has been working as a professional photographer since 1970 and operated his own portrait studio in Rhinelander for more than 25 years. He is a member of the Professional Photographers of America, the Wisconsin Professional Photographers Association, and is the director of the Wisconsin Professional Photographers School.

Judy MillerJudy Miller has taught music in public schools, taught piano privately for 24 years, and brought “I Drum, You Drum” to School of the Arts in 2012. She earned a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in music from UW-Stevens Point and has participated in 4 National Orff Conferences.
"The American Orff-Schulwerk Association is a professional organization dedicated to the creative teaching approach developed by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman. We are united by our belief that music and movement—to speak, sing and play; to listen and understand; to move and create—should be an active and joyful experience. Music and movement teachers find in the Orff Schulwerk a total approach to fostering creativity and conveying musical knowledge and skills." Visit to learn more about this philosophy.

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Jan NorsetterJan Norsetter has been painting and drawing since childhood. She studied art in college and graduated with a BS in art education, plus an MA and MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She focused on printmaking during and immediately after college. For more than a decade she has been painting landscapes, still life, and rosemaling. She has studied the Norwegian folk art of rosemaling (Norwegian for flower painting) with Norwegian painters Unni Lien, Sigmund Aarseth, Nils Ellingsgard, and Turid Helle Fatland, and American painters Pam Rucinski, Gayle Oram, Edrid Arntsen, Nancy Schmid, Joanne McVey, and Jean Giese. Jan lives and works in Verona, WI with her artist husband, Jon Sutcliffe. She has a dedicated studio but considers much of the outdoors to be her studio, too. In addition to painting she teaches landscape painting and rosemaling.

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Diana RandolphDiana Randolph has been a professional artist for 34 years. She received a BA in art from Northland College, studied with master pastelist/author Albert Handell in several workshops, and has taken numerous writing workshops. She paints, writes, and teaches continuing education art classes. She is the author of Beacons of the Earth and Sky, Paintings and Poetry Inspired by the Natural World (Savage Press 2012). Her paintings are in numerous private and public collections. Diana has exhibited her paintings nationally, and is a member of the Pastel Society of America and Wisconsin Visual Artists. She is represented by 3 galleries in Northern Wisconsin. Her home studio is open by appointment year round and is open to the public during the annual Blue Moon Art Tour.

Dottie ReederDottie Reeder developed her lifelong interest in cooking and baking at a young age. She has always considered food preparation to be an important part of her life. Dottie has taught and given many presentations on various culinary topics. She is the author of From Blueberries to Wild Roses, a Northwoods cookbook utilizing wild foods native to her Northern Wisconsin home. On visits to several Eastern European countries, she spent time teaching English to young students, with most of her lessons including food preparation and often a baking class. Dottie believes that food is a universal language that brings people together and deserves to be shared! She has also taught basic food preparation and nutrition to local families through the University of Wisconsin-Extension Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. She currently teaches cooking classes in her own studio, iNgReDiEnTs School of Cooking, as well as for Nicolet Area Technical College.

Bernard RosenBernard Rosen is a holistic nutrition consultant and educator. He is the founder of Rosen Wellness, LLC and works with individuals, groups, and businesses to teach them the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. His unique approach combines the use of dietary advice and stress management techniques to create an individualized plan for his clients. Prior to founding Rosen Wellness, LLC, Bernie was a marketing and strategic planning executive for more than 20 years. His life and career transition was based on his desire to improve his own health and to help and encourage others to realize the same benefits he experienced. Since adopting a healthier lifestyle Bernie has lost more than 40 pounds and proudly states that he has never felt better in his life. It is Bernie’s mission to model, inspire, and educate balanced body, mind, and spirit. Learn more about Bernie at his blog and on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Gail SterkelGail Sterkel co-authored the full-length play, Ten Thousand Moons from Here, which ran at the Bartell Theatre with the Kathie Rasmussen Women's Theatre of Madison in June, 2013. Currently, the play is being considered for production by a company in Michigan. In addition, Gail is one of 5 Madison playwrights requested to participate in the Bartell Theatre's "Dream Theatre" experience, where playwrights composed 10-minute plays based on a dream that they'd had. Her works-in-progress include a "how to" book that entitled Ten in 10—How to Organize a 10-Minute Play in 10 Minutes, and a collaboration with a novelist on a romantic comedy screenplay.

Gail SterkelJesse Stommel is assistant professor of digital humanities at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also the director and founder of Hybrid Pedagogy, a digital journal of learning, teaching, and technology. His interests are teaching, learning, open education, social media, and digital publishing. He has been teaching writing since 2001 and is published in various venues, academic and popular, online and in print. His courses are experimental, focus on building learning communities, and emphasize new forms of collaboration. He's on Twitter @Jessifer and also can be found at»

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Janice ThebergeJanice Theberge received her BS in art education and MS in education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and is recently retired as an art educator in Wisconsin public schools. Under the name of The Art Connection, she is developing a rural arts program in NW Wisconsin, teaching art workshops through community education classes, and acting as an art education consultant. Watercolor painting and hand-built clay vessels are her main concentrations and she can be seen on the Wisconsin Art Fair circuit. She has exhibited statewide and has painted large-scale murals for business and backdrops for dramatic presentations. As a facilitator of creativity and advocate for the creative arts, she is happiest when acting as "your guide on the side," providing lifelong learning experiences for art seekers of all ages.

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Angela Voras-HillsAngela Voras-Hills earned her MFA at The University of Massachusetts-Boston and was a fellow at the Writers’ Room of Boston. Her work has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Best New Poets 2013, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Linebreak, among other journals, and her first full-length manuscript was a finalist for Milkweed Editions' Lindquist & Vennum Prize in Poetry. She was recently awarded the Spring Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation. More information can be found on her website at»

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Torrey YoungstrumTorrey Youngstrum was born and raised in Wisconsin, but has lived all over the United States. She became interested in ceramics while earning her bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin, and took a course through Austin’s Laguna Gloria museum and gallery. Her interest was furthered while teaching at Earlham College in Richmond, IN, where she directed the preschool program during the day, and had access to the ceramic studio in the evenings. Upon moving to the Washington, DC, area she apprenticed herself to a master potter, learning to formulate glazes from raw chemicals and honing her abilities as a potter. Upon moving to Rhinelander in 1989 she set up a studio of sorts in the basement, with firing facilities in an outside shed. She is currently a substitute teacher at the high school; a potter working at home; the vice president of the Northern Arts Council; and an officer in the PEO Sisterhood (a philanthropic organization promoting educational opportunities for women).

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Phil ZiesemerPhil Ziesemer, co-owner of Phil Ziesemer Photography, Ltd. in Merrill, WI began working as a part-time wedding photographer after high school graduation. In addition to his studio work he served as the registrar of the Wisconsin Professional Photographers School which he helped found. He has taught photography and digital media classes at the School of the Arts since 2010. He has taught a Photoshop class at the Wisconsin Professsional Photgraphers School and was a featured speaker at the Iowa Professional Photographers convention. He has been honored by the Professional Photographers of America with the degrees of Certified Professional Photographer, Master Photographer, and Craftsman Photographer. He received his education at the Milwaukee Area Technical College and UW-Platteville.

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PLUS! UW-Madison Continuing Studies also hosts School of the Arts at Spring Green on select weekends throughout spring, summer, and fall of 2014. Click to learn more»