MEET OUR STAFF
Delores Hardwick, Executive Director
Delores Hardwick has been working in the non-profit/social service sector for nearly 15 years. She comes with a background in strong administrative leadership, program development, fiscal management, and fundraising. She most recently led Grace Hill Settlement House into a historical merger with the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. She has always had a passion for the arts and is currently pursuing her MBA in Global Fashion Merchandising. In her free time, Delores enjoys traveling, reading, painting, and gardening.
Sophie Powell, Program Director
Sophie Powell is a St. Louis based performance artist and creative collaborator. Raised in St. Louis, they are committed to carrying out the lessons learned from the artistic community: truth, vulnerability and a shared desire to elevate art and honor the potential it carries. Powell holds a BA in Theatre and Dance from the University of Missouri- St. Louis, and draws from the educational philosophies of theorists such as Maria Montessori and Augusto Boal. These pedagogies explore curiosity led education, respect to the process of discovery, and empowerment through learning.
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.
Andy Minard, Teaching Artist at the Cottage
Andy (aka Ji-Woo Kim) is a Queer, Korean-American artist in STL with a never ending vision to create beautiful things while exploring the relationship between humans and nature. They have a special place in their art for Tigers which are strongly linked to their Korean heritage. Andy has been at Artscope since 2019.
Moira Smith, Teaching Artist at St. Louis Public Library and Stupp Center
I am a research-based artist, educator, and freelance exhibition preparator / art handler. When I'm not working indoors, I like to spend time outside visiting local river sites, bird-watching, and collecting objects, sounds, or images to use in my artistic practice. As an educator, I hope to share with students an appreciation for what we can learn from the natural world and in working with one another.
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, Teaching Artist
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.
Sarah Tichacek, Teaching Artist at the Cottage
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.
Kwame Segar, Teaching Artist at the Cottage and City Garden Montessori
My name is Kwame Segar and I am a musician and visual artist. Even though currently my main focus is music, my first love and form of expression was and still is drawing and painting. I love engaging in different forms of self expression as it is a form of therapy for myself and whoever else is observing. I am currently exploring new and different ways to implement both music and art simultaneously.
Lauren Younge, Teaching Artist at City Garden
Lauren Younge is a St. Louis based artist who creates colorful abstracts by experimenting with colors, patterns, and textures with the intent of brightening people’s lives. With a background in art education, she has worked in both traditional and nontraditional settings with students of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. She enjoys sharing her passion for art with young people. In May of 2021 Lauren will graduate with her MFA in Arts Management and Leadership from Webster University.
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.