Class Instructors

David Emitt Adams

is an artist whose current practice engages historical media in order to create an informed contemporary dialogue about photography’s past and present. Born in Yuma, Arizona, David obtained his BFA from Bowling Green State University in 2002 and a MFA from Arizona State University in 2012. His most recent series Power is currently on view at the Roswell Museum and Art Center.

Mary Alice Balderrama

is a first grade elementary arts teacher with the RISD elementary arts program. She is a co-facilitator of RMAC’s Second Saturday program. She also volunteered her time to produce YPAC’s Make Art Take Art gallery and art events.

Matt Bromley

is the lead designer, illustrator, and creator of Wildbird Games. For as long as he can remember, he has been designing games for family and friends. He has launched two games this past year and currently has three others soon to be released.

Daniel Chihak

has been practicing meditation and movement arts for ten years. He has been teaching Tai Chi professionally for five years. Daniel is certified as a Qi Gong and Tai Chi instructor by the Institute of Integral Qi Gong and Tai Chi (IIQTC) in California.

Anna Edwards

has been involved with ceramics for 16 years. Studying with her mentor, Aria Finch, she has been involved in teaching children and adults at the RMAC and has worked with the RISD. Anna has studied at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Potter’s Council, Santa Fe Clay and the RMAC.

Aria Finch

 holds a BA degree from the University of Texas at El Paso, and has attended graduate school at North Texas State University and Texas Women’s University. She is a 2013 recipient of the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 2009, her work was chosen for the 5th World Ceramic Biennale in Icheon, South Korea. She has managed the RMAC ceramics program since 1979. 

Amanda Nicholson 

is the Curator of Education at RMAC. Amanda has over 10 years of teaching experience with students ages Kindergarten through 12th grade. She has experience teaching various media including drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, art history and art criticism. Amanda received her BS degree in Art Education from the State University of New York at New Paltz and an MA degree in Museum Studies from Syracuse University. 

Megan Roe

is a lifelong artist who has formal education from New Mexico Junior College and Eastern New Mexico University in painting, sketching, drawing, sculpting and computer design. She also has Early Childhood Education training from working with the Family and Infant Toddler Program’s partnership with the University of New Mexico.

Colette LaBouff Speer

 is the author of Mean (University of Chicago Press, 2008) as well as other poems and essays. Her nonfiction has recently appeared in The Morning News, New Mexico Magazine, and Orange Coast Magazine, and it is forthcoming in Juked. She has an MFA degree in Poetry and a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Irvine.