MEET OUR STAFF
Emily Kohring, Executive Director
Emily relocated back to St. Louis in 2015 after serving as Director of Arts Education at the Montana Arts Council. Prior to that she spent nine years as Education Director and Artistic Associate at Metro Theater Company. She was also a theatre instructor at Grand Center Arts Academy. In addition to her work at Artscope, Emily is also an arts education consultant and has led professional development for K-12 teachers through the Missouri Arts Council, COCAedu, the St. Louis Art Museum, and the Montana Office of Public Instruction. Emily is a graduate of the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission’s Community Arts Training Institute. She received her MFA in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University.
Carrie Keasler, Program Director
Carrie Keasler is an artist specializing in printmaking as well as an experienced educator. She studied printmaking at the University of Dallas and earned teacher certification at UMSL. Her teaching experiences range from classroom instruction at The Soulard School and as a Springboard to Learning Teaching Artist, after school residencies and summer camp instruction through COCA and Gene Slay's Boys'and Girls' Club. She brings extensive programming and curriculum design experience and a passion for collaboration to her role as Program Director at Artscope.
MEET OUR TEACHING ARTISTS
Emily Hemeyer, Lead Teacher, Artist-in-Residence, St. Francis Cabrini Academy
Inaddition to teaching School's Out and Summer Camp Create at Artscope's Cottage, Emily is also Artist in Residence at St. Francis Cabrini Academy. Locally she's worked with Chesterfield Arts, Metro Theater Company, and Viva Vox. In Columbia, Missouri, Hemeyer ran a ceramics program for Parks and Recreation and taught darkroom photography at the University of Missouri. Early in her career she taught art at Morningside Elementary in Columbia. Hemeyer holds a BFA degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in photography and fibers.
Sarah Paulsen, Artist-in-Residence, Marian Middle School
Sarah is an artist, filmmaker and community organizer whose artwork has been exhibited widely in local and national exhibitions, and whose prize-winning films have been featured in the St. Louis International Film Festival, the True/False Film Festival, the Black Maria Film Festival, the Motivate Film Festival and the Chicago International Children's Film Festival. A 2010 Community Arts Training Institute fellow and 2015 Regional Arts Commission Artist Fellow, she has garnered numerous awards for her work and also completed several residencies. Paulsen holds a B.F.A. in visual art from the University of Missouri, Columbia and an M.F.A. from the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Art at Washington University. She teaches art and animation at the Contemporary Art Museum, Marian Middle School, and UMSL.
Stan Chisholm, Artist-in-Residence, Kairos Academy
Stan Chisholm (a.k.a.18andCounting) is an interdisciplinary artist from St. Louis, Missouri who studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His collages, drawings, and mixed media installations reveal a growing cast of over 700 characters or mascots that serve as a visual lexicon for the moods, personal attributes or feelings explored in his work. Chisholm's work has been exhibited at Laumeier Sculpture Park, City Museum, the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, and as part of the Screwed Arts Collective at the World Chess Hall of Fame and RAC. Stan has been a teaching artist at Artscope for over a decade..
"I have always been drawn to nature, attempting to capture it through acrylics and inks medium. My work has a lot of influence from the art of Madhubani – a folk painting style from northern India. This art form portrays the cycles of life, nature and Indian mythology. I like fusing Madhubani and my contemporary interpretation of forms, textures, symbols and drawings derived from nature. My work is colorful which reflects my Indian heritage – earthen hues and bright bursts of oranges, blues, greens and reds.
I love experimenting with different line forms to create an illusion of textures which makes the art interesting and colorful. Creating this form of artwork brings great joy, a feeling of connectivity to my roots in India and makes me proud to be able to share it with other artists and art lovers."
Sarah Tichacek, who joined the Artscope family in May 2018, works as a substitute teacher for multiple school districts in the St. Louis area. She has been passionate about art since a young age and feels creativity is crucial in all stages of life. After receiving her Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from Jefferson College in 2006, she continued her education at Lindenwood University. Being a double major, she earned two Bachelor’s degrees in 2010, one in English, creative writing, the other in Studio Art, drawing and painting. Her work, deeply rooted in the natural world, portrays an impressionistic style of landscapes, both urban and rural, with an additional focus on everyday scenes and wildlife.
Luisa Otero Prada, Artist in Residence, Kairos & St. Cecelia Academies
Luisa Otero Prada is a Visual Artist based in St Louis, MO since 2004, she attended La Salle University in Bogota, Colombia where she majored in Architecture. She fills canvases with vibrant flora and colorful abstractions; Luisa is also committed to her community, she finished the Community Arts Training 2016 and Teaching Artist Institute 2020 invited by the Regional Art Commission. Her practice includes Art Residency at Vashon High school through the Contemporary Art Museum Program ArtReach, Art Coordinator of "Doors of North STL" a project of PEACE Weaving Wholeness, Art Curator for the Hispanic Chambers of Commerce of Greater St Louis 2019-2020, offering workshops and art sessions to different audiences as Family Art Nights at the Missouri History Museum, saint Louis Art Fair, Hispanic Festival or the Jazzy Seniors Group along to participating in Local and National Art Exhibitions. She is member of Zuka Arts Guild, Saint Louis Artist Guild and LatinX Arts STL. Luisa is currently Artscope's Artist in Residence at Kairos Academy and St. Cecilia Academy, both in South St. Louis.