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."
N'Dea "Ori Tala" Collins-Whitfield
"I am a young artist and native of St. Louis, Missouri. I go by the artist name, Ori Tala. My artistic talents began early in my youth. I began working to intersect art with business pre-college and made it more of an emphasis for my major in attending college. My pieces employ the intertwined styles of realistic comic style, cubism, surrealism and impose the idea of overcoming struggle and the human experience through personal narratives of brown and black people in America. I use art to pay homage to recognition of mental illnesses and issues faced within underprivileged or oppressed communities. My future goal with my artist journey is to provide a children’s art house for LGBTQIA+ youth and foster youth and to improve the lives of our families and children through art, sciences and entrepreneurship."
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.
Emily Bryan joined Artscope in the fall of 2017 and served as Summer Camp Director in 2018. She has a BA in art history from Rhodes College, and 10 years teaching and art education experience from the Soulard School and their Camp Soulard program, The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, and South City Community School. She is passionate about helping children to explore their innate creativity and engage in their community through art making.