Instructor’s Bios 2017-11-13T18:00:40+00:00


Robert Bean: B.F.A. from Mississippi State University and M.F.A. from Louisiana State University. Taught classes in figure painting and drawing at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA and Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL. Currently teaching classes at UAHuntsville in the Department of Art and Art History. His works have been in group and solo exhibitions. Artist Website:

Anna Sue Courtney: Attended East Stroudsburg State College in Pennsylvania majoring in visual and performance arts. Coordinated interdisciplinary collaborations at her studio as well as for museums, community centers, schools, universities, and other indoor and outdoor venues. Her puppet company, Squeaking Tribe, is located in downtown Huntsville. She is a part-time puppeteer for the nationally syndicated Kids on the Block Troupe of Educational Puppets; a member of the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, GA and Puppeteers of America. Taught the Museum’s Art for Homeschooled Students Program and other preschool, elementary, and secondary grade level art classes. Currently has a studio at the Lowe Mill & Entertainment Center. Artist Website:

Greg Datcher: Artist and instructor in ceramics. Taught at The Studio in Huntsville. Attended Alabama A&M University, majoring in fine arts. Works in all clay forms from handbuilding to wheel throwing techniques with sculptural qualities.

Susie Garrett: B.A. in Communication Graphics from UAHuntsville and M.S. In Art Education from Al A&M University. Taught drawing classes at Calhoun Community College, Huntsville City Schools, and private lessons. Her work has been in group and solo exhibitions throughout the southeast. Currently has a studio at Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment. Artist Website:

Shanna Graves: M.A. in Art Education from Alabama A&M University. Mrs. Graves is a secondary art teacher for Huntsville City schools. Mrs. Graves has also taught art in Grades K-8 at the Huntsville Museum of Art. She has taught all grade levels in various art media and art history. Her main focus is mainly on sculpture and drawing.

Carolyn Dodson-Grimm: B.S. in Anthropology and minor in Art and Spanish from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. Carolyn studied traditional art and portraiture. She enjoys the freedom of abstraction. She is inspired by what she sees in the real world, but infuses her work with a creativity and energy that give the image new life. Some of her paintings look like landscapes- sandy deserts and rusty mesas interrupted with bursts of vibrant color. Other paintings resemble wild bouquets, full of energetic brushstrokes. By mixing the outer world of experience with the inner world of the artist, she creates paintings that feel like half-remembered dreams, at once familiar and exotic. Her work impels an emotional response that urges us to look more closely, and decipher the mystery in the heart of her work. “Paint is the vehicle I use to get my emotions out. I use it to express how I feel about everything from a beautiful landscape, to the love I feel for my husband and children.” Artist Website: and

Kate Leonard: Has a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where she was also a tenured professor and taught for over 25 years.  She has coordinated numerous summer programs in STEM areas for middle and high school minority and female students that have been funded by the National science Foundation and Alabama Transportation Research Center.  Since her academic retirement she has been pursuing her lifelong passion of designing and constructing jewelry made from upcycled metals, beads and found objects with her daughter, Ali Sherrod, as “Katali Designs.” She has taught jewelry making classes at the Museum of Art, for the National League of American Pen Women and for local girl scout groups.  Currently her work can be found in the Huntsville Museum of Art gift shop and on-line at Etsy A Huntsville Museum of Art Docent.

Carol McCrady: Currently teaches calligraphy and illumination classes at the Huntsville-Madison County Senior Center. Self-taught, Carol is the sole artist in North America who grows, processes, and paints the papyrus with sacred images as they were once produced in medieval Europe. Hailed by curators and fellow artists as a Renaissance painter in the Byzantine and Celtic styles, Carol resurrects the religious works prized by museums. Her original pieces often require several months to complete. Her work was featured in The Decatur Daily (October 6, 2007), Illuminating Art & Life by Melanie B. Smith. See link here

Carol’s credits include: acceptance into the Women’s Museum of Art in Washington, D.C.; personal appearances at Walt Disney World; Best of Show in states from the Atlantic Seacoast to the Gulf Coast; invitations to Renaissance festivals; television appearances; and numerous commissioned pieces for cathedrals. Her work has been exhibited in several museums and galleries throughout the continental United States. Biography taken from

Maggie Madrie: Master’s degree in Elementary Education from University of Alabama and B.S. in Art Education from University of Wisconsin. Taught art for 26 years in the Gadsden City School System.  A Huntsville Museum of Art Museum Docent.

Gayle Power: Artist and instructor in painting. Artist signature: Herman Gayle. Both formal and informal instruction from University of Alabama in Huntsville and in private study, and served as the art director of a private school. As a Southern impressionist artist, Power has exhibited in galleries and has work in private collections across the United States and around the world; and now exhibits her paintings in galleries in Charleston, SC and Atlanta, GA.

Renee Prasil: Instructor at Huntsville Museum of Art. A champion for local arts, she created the after school art program at the Hampton Cove Elementary School (Huntsville City Schools) and began the Visual Arts Ministry at Whitesburg Baptist Center with Debbie Milner. Her expression in art includes murals, portraits, clay vessels, handmade tiles, jewelry, and sculptures. Selected as the 2005 Panoply Arts Festival Poster Artist, Prasil was also awarded the commission for the Port of Huntsville 45th Anniversary Mural located at Huntsville Airport. She ‘feels’ in color, finding the joyous in everyday items and activities. She chooses art to share these feelings.  Guiding people of all ages and abilities to find their own means of expression through art is her passion. Prasil – “I find learning/experiencing/engaging to be immensely exciting and hope I continue developing my skill level and interests until I simply am no more. At that time, I hope others continue to be inspired through my experiences on canvas.”

Donald Richter: Earthquake Photography LLC – Owner February 2014- Present. Provides both in studio and on location portrait services for clients; journalistic photography for local political groups; and Fine Art landscape and Urbex options to art buyers. Richter – “My true passion and calling in life: Photography. I’ve been shooting photos since I was young, but have had my own business for the last three years. My passion is in creating impactful art and imagery and I actively avoid finding a niche as I believe it stifles the creative process. I hope to be able to teach other to appreciate the art as I have come too and aide them in growing as both photographers and artists.” Artist Website:

Linda Ruhl: B.S. in Fine Art and Design from Arkansas Tech University. Her commissioned portraits are in private collections throughout the country. She is a member of the Portrait Society of America and the American Watercolor Society. In September 2005 and October 2006, she conducted a weeklong Master Class-Portraits in watercolor, pastels, and charcoal with the Grafton Artfest in Grafton City, Australia. Artist Website:

Susan Sefton: M.A. in Art Education from Alabama A&M University. B.A. in Visual Arts from University of Alabama. Taught for over 19 years with the Huntsville City Schools – Challenger and East Clinton Elementary Schools and Whitesburg School. Served as Executive Director of the Huntsville Art League. Work on display during the Huntsville Museum of Art’s YAM: Exhibition for Youth Art Month in 1999.

Maureen Wallace: Graduate of the Ringling School of Art with a degree in Commercial Art. She is a member of the Alabama Plein Air Association. Her work has been exhibited Alabama Pastel Society Members exhibition. In addition, exhibitions at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center, Decatur, AL, The Hampton Fine Art Gallery, Greensboro, GA, and Corner Museum and Art Center, Sylacauga, AL to name a few. Mrs. Wallace has taught children and adult art classes in drawing and painting. Wallace – “I enjoy painting early morning when there is a strong light and shadow, desiring to convey the scene with expressive color but also find any time of the day challenging to depict the landscape in the particular light key.” Artist Website: