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Amanda Lien (Amanda.Museo@live.com)

It’s probably a good thing Amanda’s mother never dissuaded her from watching cartoons or playing video games, since that’s exactly what she’s now making herself. Doodling random art during class in elementary and middle school slowly turned into doodling of her own characters and scribbling of stories in high school.

After graduating from Skyline HS she earned a degree in Multimedia and Web Design at the Art Institute of Seattle, as it seemed a bit more lucrative field than drawing. Turns out she’s not a fan of web design and drawing is all she really wants to do. Amanda is now working on her degree at DigiPen in Redmond for Production Animation and couldn’t be happier with her choice. “It’s a wondrous thing when watching the newest animated film or playing the next great video game can be classified as research”.

Amanda’s focus is heavily on character design and development, but the grinding of her instructors gave her a good knowledge of painting, sculpture, 3D modeling, and animation. All of which she addresses in her Manga class at Museo Art Academy. You can view her personal website at www.ryuuart.com.

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Ashley McDaniels (Ashley.Museo@live.com)

Ashley was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest area and has been exploring art since she can recall.  Throughout her young life, Ashley has found creativity in all aspects of life and over the years it has always led her down an artistic path.  Choosing to pursue art in her college career was a scary but necessary choice when it came down to following her passions.  She attended Western Washington University in the winter of 2006, focusing on graphic design and fine arts.  After completing two and a half years of the graphic design program, Ashley came to the realization that the virtual world was just not for her and switched her major to reflect her full dedication to fine arts.  It was also during this time she began teaching art to home-schooled children on the weekends.

Ashley Graduated from Western with a Bachelors of Fine and Performing Arts in Mixed Media with her concentration in Handmade Printmaking.  At Western, she became practiced and proficient in drawing, painting, fibers, design, installation, bookbinding, art history and hand manufactured print.  Her printmaking concentration was focused in multiple run woodblock relief and multiple run lithography.  During her time spent in Bellingham, Ashley participated in three different shows selling work and completed a commission for Western’s Outdoor Center, which is permanently located on campus. Since graduation, Ashley has been working on her own art as much as possible and was fortunate enough to begin working at Museo Art Academy with in the year following.  In her free time, she also participates the performing arts through Community Theater.  Ashley has experienced great satisfaction and gratification in finding herself surrounded in the arts everyday, not only in her professional but also her personal life.  Ashley’s passions and dedication will, without a doubt, continue to inspire and drive her ventures in the fantastic world of art.

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002Kate Vaughan (Kate.Museo@live.com)

Although Kate grew up on the dusty planes of north central Texas, her teaching experience spans from the Pacific Northwest to Europe. While in college, Kate taught English in Kiev, Ukraine, and quickly discovered her passion for teaching. Soon after returning to the States, Kate received a bachelor’s degree in Art Education from a small, private university in eastern Idaho.

Upon completing her student teaching in Nampa, Idaho, and marrying her fiancé in the winter of 2011, she gained a position in the education department at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. Kate was an indispensable member of the education staff at the Kimbell, bringing to the table a unique blend of traditional and nontraditional teaching methods, her love of children, and a high degree of proficiency in several art media.

Her favorite medium, by far, is intaglio printmaking, and is a member of Printzero Studios. Kate is honored to be a part of the Museo Art Academy team, and is excited to work with her students.

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bio pic kawKelly A. Wright (Kelly.Museo@live.com)

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Kelly began to draw with purpose when she was two and a half.  Her Grandmother had a background in fashion drawing and would set Kelly at the kitchen table with a “64” boxes of crayons and have her draw, as Grandmother cooked or cleaned.  Her Grandmother would encourage Kelly, and shared skills as a fine artist.  Kelly knew at a very young age she wanted to be an Artist!

In the fourth grade Kelly completed an art project with the class that caught the teacher’s eye.  The following year her teacher asked if Kelly would come back and show the new group of fourth graders how to do the project.  Kelly jumped right in and felt she was a natural teacher, and returned to the class for many years to come to give art lessons.

While raising her son she continued to teach art after-school in her home studio.  Over the years Kelly has studied and practiced, drawing, oil painting, pottery, watercolor, jewelry and metalsmithing.  Her work has been shown in galleries throughout the United States and paintings hang in prominent homes and venues across the country.

More than 45 years have been spent teaching and encouraging people of all ages in the arts.  Kelly’s passion is sharing the ability to create with others.  Being a part of the Museo Art Academy Kelly says, provides her with the perfect place to do this!

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Tamara MixsonTamara Mixson (tamara.museo@live.com)

Tamara is originally from southeast Texas. Tamara’s interest in her first 35mm camera led her to pursue a degree in traditional darkroom photography at the State University of New York in Oswego, NY in 2001. She studied at a variety of universities throughout the country while traveling with her husband, who was serving in the U. S. Army. She attended several schools, with a variety of studio art requirements. Tamara gained experience in many forms of media including: drawing, painting, and ceramics. It was during this time that Tamara discovered that her passion for photography extended to all visual arts. Tamara received her Bachelors of Visual Arts with a Photography concentration from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA in 2005.

While attending college, Tamara worked as a Reading and Math tutor at Sylvan Learning Center. It was there that Tamara discovered that she enjoyed working with children. She decided to share her love of the arts with others, and become an Art teacher. She completed her teacher certification at Lamar State College in Orange, TX in 2006. Tamara then accepted a teaching position at Bandera High School in TX. She taught Art 1 and Painting from 2007 – 2012. As the co-sponsor of the Art Club she mentored more than 100 students each year. Tamara sponsored many students in the Visual Arts Scholastic Event: the largest competition of its kind in the nation.

Tamara and her husband moved to Washington during the summer of 2012 after falling in love with the Pacific NW on vacation. When Tamara discovered the Museo Art Academy she knew it would be the perfect place for her.

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