Listee Features — Art


An artist for nearly her entire life, Eleanor “Ellie” Fuerst first started being recognized for her art in grade school, when she was chosen as a designated class artist to design things like class bulletins. During her pursuit of higher education, she was mentored by nationally renowned sculptor Henry DiSpirito while at Utica College and completed an internship at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, New York. After operating her own art business for a while, she decided to seek out further education in order to better support her career as an artist. In 1972, she earned an Associate of Applied Science from Mohawk Valley Community College before obtaining a Bachelor of Education from the College of Saint

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Encouraged by her mother, Bertha Casey, to pursue a career that she loved, Jane Lynne Patton was drawn to the field of art education from an early age. First graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from Point Loma Nazarene University in California, she served as a high school art teacher in San Diego, California, for a number of years and obtained Master of Arts from San Diego State University in 1975. Following this she moved to Texas, and was notably honored for excellence in art education with a feature in the limited first edition print of “Notable Women of Texas (1984-1985).” She retired in 2005, having served as an associate professor of art education at Texas Christian University since 2001.

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Kita Griffin


Holding considerable expertise in nail and fashion designing, Kita Griffin has found success as a nail designer with Kita’s Designs LLC since 2014. She is also a clothing designer for Wida LLC, where she works with leather and other genuine materials to craft relevant and modern garments. She has made a name for herself in the field of nail design for only using sculpting thorns, instead of stencils, molds or tips. Furthermore, she is mobile and will come to you instead of operating out of a single storefront. This allows her to provide unique and personal experiences for her clients.  A licensed nail technician, she achieved a certificate in nails from the North Hills Beauty Academy in 2013. Alongside her

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Jacqueline Faber


First earning a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education, with a minor in art and writing, from the University of San Francisco in 1965, Jacqueline Faber began her career as an elementary teacher in Marin County, California. Spending over two decades with the Wade Thomas School, she taught third grade and specialized in project based learning. She was also responsible for the gifted writing program for the entire Ross Valley School District. In 1999, she was presented with the Golden Bell Award for all of her achievements. Inspired by seeing how her students were impacted when they got to read, Ms. Faber was ultimately driven to write children’s books of her own. In 2015, Ms. Faber published her first book,

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Starting out in dance classes when she was just 3 years old, Carolyn Vance-DeVour attended Brooklyn College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in modern dance and secondary education. She also spent time at the Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center, where she studied under such notable figures as Michael Peters, the choreographer for Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” music video; Ben Vereen, who appeared in such Broadway productions as “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Pippin”; Arthur Mitchell, the first African-American dancer with the New York City Ballet; and Bernice Johnson, for whom the center was named. After touring as a dancer for a time, she began her work in education, joining the New York City Department of Education and serving as

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Pamela Lawton


Introduced to art as early as elementary school, Pamela Harris Lawton, EdD, quickly realized that she had a knack for it through working alongside her art teacher on projects. She had a great high school art teacher that included her in art programs and instilled in her a great interest in the field. A graduate of the University of Virginia, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in studio art and sociology in 1981. Soon thereafter, she received a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from Howard University in 1991. Dr. Lawton concluded her academic efforts with an EdD in the college teaching of art from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2004. Between 2008 and 2015, Dr. Lawton served the role

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Lani Click


After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University, Lani Click, also known at Yale as Lani London, was admitted to the Yale School of Drama as the sole woman playwright in the class of 1973. After receiving her Master of Fine Arts, she created an original survey, which was later transformed into an article called “The Playwriting Student: A Threatened Species,” published by the Yale Alumni Magazine. Lani worked as a playwright for many years and taught on the faculties of the University of Connecticut, Hampshire College and the Community College of Baltimore County. While in Massachusetts, Lani became the first playwright in residence of a church in the United States, at the Second Congregational Church

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Nelleke Nix


Nelleke Nix, a brilliant mixed media and printmaking artist with more than 60 years of inimitable experience, has presided over the NN Gallery in Seattle since 1970 as its director. Maintaining two studios since relocating to the U.S. from her native Holland in 1968, her success has afforded her the opportunity to serve as an artist-in-residence at the Lennox School in New York and the Jefferson Community Court in Seattle. She has likewise been commissioned in the U.S. in Seattle, New York and New Mexico, and abroad in the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Papua New Guinea and Egypt. Ms. Nix also taught and headed the Art Department at the Bush School, an all-girls’ school in Seattle, enjoyed teaching various summer art

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Jan Heyn-Cubacub


Having accrued more than four decades of inimitable experience in the field of performing arts, Jan J. Heyn-Cubacub has garnered a laudable reputation as a dancer, choreographer and educator. The daughter of a professional tap dancer, she studied ballet while coming of age and has always been possessed of a natural aptitude for the visual arts. She enrolled as an art student at Northern Illinois University in 1974. Quickly realizing that her talents were stronger than what the school’s fine arts program could support, Ms. Heyn-Cubacub transferred to the University of Illinois, where she attained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance in 1978. From 1976 until 1978, Ms. Heyn-Cubacub found success as a dance captain at Marriott’s Great America

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Patricia Kagemoto


As a child, Patricia Jow Kagemoto’s father had a 35mm camera, with which he would always take pictures of her and her sister as they were growing up. She later took a photography course and just loved when the photos would come out in the darkroom; it was like magic in black and white. She eventually bought her own camera and went from there, learning to truly love photography. Ms. Kagemoto began her professional career as a printmaking workshop assistant at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz in 1974, remaining in this role for one year before moving up the ranks to print shop assistant. She then consulted in printmaking for Communications Village, Ltd., which was

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