DAC Art Class Faculty


Sandra Butler_edited 250wSandra Butler        DAC Education Coordinator

Sandra Butler is the Education Coordinator at the DAC. She has b been involved withe DAC for many years as an artist and educator. Her job includes creating and overseeing the DAC education programs for adults, teens, and kids and coordinating the Art After School program in the 9-R elementary schools. Sandra, a working sculptor who exhibits locally and nationally, received her BA at Montana State University in Bozeman, and her MFA at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, in the Sculpture and Extended Media Department. Contact Sandra by email at sandra@durangoarts.org or call (970) 259-2606 x 15.

Meredith Rose_edited 250wMeredith Rose         After School Art Coordinator

Meredith was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1979. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in painting.  She landed in Durango as a firefighter and gave up that life to start a family. As a working artist, Meredith focuses on nude figures and works in a variety of mediums including charcoal, oil paint and watercolor. www.mrosestudio.com

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALori Cheever       After School Art teacher

Lori has been a member of the Durango community since 2005.  She is a graduate of Fort Lewis College with a degree in art, where she explored oil painting as her medium.  Most of Lori’s work is exploring abstraction mixed with realistic objects.  Her subject matter varies, but is mostly dealing with the natural environment.  Recently Lori has found a passion teaching elementary students.  Because of this, she has returned to FLC to obtain a teaching certificate.  Lori teaches an after-school arts program through the Durango Art Center and finds happiness in allowing her student’s to express creativity by exploring with many different art mediums.

Amy Grogan_edited 250wAmy Grogan  

Following graduation with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1988, Amy moved to the Four Corners region.  Since then her work has reflected the wilderness areas and the wildlife and plants found there.  She is an avid explorer of the backcountry, where she finds inspiration for her fine art work.  She balances her work between the slow process of linoleum block printing and the more spontaneous painting in pastel.

Amy has taught workshops in printmaking, book arts, drawing and painting throughout the US with a recent workshop in France.  Her work has been collected throughout the globe.  www.wizeowlhandprints.com

Joan Russell_edited 250wJoan Russell

Joan is a nationally recognized painter with a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan. She has taught art at Fort Lewis College and offered inspiring classes based on her contemporary approach to art at the Durango Arts Center. Her work is represented in Durango at Diane West Fine Art. www.dianewestart.com


PChristine Trout

Christine was the first drawing teacher for adults at the DAC when we opened the Education Studio in 2010. She has been teaching since and some of her continuing students are “graduating”’ to other medias. Christine earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces and has taught art at the Community College level as well as for high school.



Ruth Bloom

Ruth recently moved to Durango from Taos, where she has a studio. Her education has included a bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, R.I., University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA for Book Arts and computer, Arrowmont for Japanese stencil, Encaustics, and Indigo methods on fabric and a teaching degree from California State in Hayward, CA.  She has taught at Philadelphia University as a Drawing Adjunct and enjoys teaching preschool through adults.

Emilie Monson_edited 250wEmilie Monson (Bookbinding)

It is a beautiful form,
that is meant to hold meaning

I’m not sure where my love of bookbinding comes from but I try to make a large place for it so that when opportunities to expand my knowledge present themselves, I can  be accommodating and pursue them. I love the idea of contained thoughts, protected thoughts. I love the idea of the potential for ideas expressed. Old books, blank books, artist’s books, altered books, the object of the codex is fascinating to me as well as the secrets of its architecture. I first learned bookbinding from Amy Wendland who was one of my art professors at Fort Lewis College, where I now hold a Bachelors in Art. She introduced me to artist’s books and brought me to a much deeper understanding of the meaning of books within society and a bit of that history. I am grateful to her. I have since taken many workshops at  the American Academy of Bookbinding in Telluride and have been teaching bookbinging throughout. It was an exciting step for me to translate from learning to teaching which in turn, taught me quite a bit. I was pushed to make the technicalities so clear that my skills were honed and my understanding grew. I became hungry for more information and started hunting down technical manuals. What I found made me realize that I much prefer having a teacher because I can ask why, I can see what is happening, and be shown when I do not yet understand. Teaching is important, as is being a student. I am happy to be both, and now I do understand the technical manuals, win/win.

Will Foster   (Stained Glass Instructor)

Will is a fourth generation Colorado native who grew up in Edwards.  He attended Vail Mountain School where he first learned the craft of stained glass. Currently, he attends Fort Lewis College in Durango where he is double majoring in Art and Business Management and minoring in Adventure Education.  Although stained glass is his main artistic passion, which he has been doing for seven years, Will also enjoys dabbling in other art mediums.  Last spring, he received an award of recognition for excellence in 3D art at Fort Lewis College.

Peter Campbell

Peter is a nationally known oil painter of both landscape and portraiture. He worked for years as a photographer and designer. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Savannah College of Art & Design. Peter teaches classes and workshops around the country. Some of his gallery representation includes Sorrel Sky in Durango, CO, Meyer East Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, Montana Trails Gallery in Bozeman, MT, Angler Art in Denver, CO and Catherine Hayes Art & Sculpture in Greenville, SC. www.campbellfineart.com

Jane Steele  GOAL Coordinator

Jane is one of the founders of the Girls’ Opportunity for Arts and Leadership (GOAL) program in 2002. Jane is a long-time arts educator with particular concentration in Middle School students. Jane has her degrees in drawing, painting, and education.