BBAC Faculty

BBAC instructors are all professional artists, many of whom teach at schools like College for Creative Studies, University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan University and Oakland Community College. Here is just a sampling of our artist-instructors (if the artist has a website, you can access it by clicking their name).

To see more artwork by faculty members, click here to view the 2021 BBAC Faculty Exhibition.

Edward Duff

Edward Duff, First Light, 24 inches x 36 inches, oil on canvas

Edward Duff was born in London, England and grew up in Michigan where he studied at the College for Creative Studies and Wayne State University. Duff’s family are New York City natives, and the majority of his childhood was spent traveling between the Midwest and the east coast. It was through his years spent along the rugged coastline of the Atlantic Ocean that he formed his love of both landscape and the sea. He has exhibited his work nationally gaining numerous awards for his paintings. Duff has gallery representation in Michigan as well as Tennessee, and is a member of the Oil Painters of America and the National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society. Additionally, Duff is an art instructor teaching painting classes and workshops throughout the state of MI. He worked as a Studio Assistant for the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Art School Director for Paint Creek Center for the Arts from 2011 – 2014, and has been a member of the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center Faculty since 2014.

Mary Dudek

Dudek is an artist whose practice ranges from drawing to painting to ceramics to metal. She studied drawing and sculpture at Studio Art Center International in Florence Italy and earned her BFA from the Univ. of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design. In addition to her work and commissions, she teaches a variety of art classes and workshops throughout the Detroit region.

Nancy Mitchnick

In 2015, Mitchnick was named a Kresge Visual Arts Fellow. From the Kresge Arts in Detroit website:

Nancy Mitchnick started out in Detroit’s Cass Corridor. She moved to New York City in 1973, drove a taxi, worked in an after-hours joint, assisted Brice Marden, raised her daughter, taught at Bard College, & , after ten years, had a well-received exhibition at Hirschl & Adler Modern, & two years later another one. Mitchnick’s work is emotional & strong, often various & sometimes humorous. Museums own her work. Interesting people have collected it. She is an innovative teacher; she was a full-time member of the faculty at the California Institute of the Arts for ten years, & was the Rudolph Arnheim Lecturer on Studio Arts at Harvard University for 15 years. Mitchnick has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant & a National Endowment for the Arts award. Most recently she was a recipient of the Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award at Harvard College. 

(Image: Sparling Street by Mitchnick)

Clinton Snider

“Clinton Snider’s beautifully-realized paintings examine issues of social & environmental transformation in Southeast Michigan.” (Essay’d; Steve Panton)

Snider makes paintings and sculptures that examine issues of social and environmental transformation, while staging subtle comedies set within our complex society. Snider’s artworks have been exhibited at Cranbrook Art Museum, Mott College, The Kunst Werker Institute of Berlin, and throughout the Detroit region. His works are part of many public and private collections, including The Detroit Institute of Arts (see image above: Willis 2003), Henry Ford Hospital, and The Kresge Foundation. He received a BFA from College for Creative Studies

Charles Kipp

A ceramics artist and instructor, Kipp studied art at Denison Univ. (Ohio) and earned a degree from Baylor Univ. (Texas). After graduation, he was artist-in-residence with renowned potter John Glick at Plum Tree Pottery and an assistant at Anderson Ranch Arts
Center (Snowmass CO).

Sue O’Connor

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Sue O’Connor first recognized her interest for art at a young age. For much of her earlier years, she worked for her father. She began organizing textiles and samples for her father’s contract furniture company. There, patterns and repetitive designs became a part of her daily life. Many of her patterns and designs are drawn from her English heritage as seen in her flowers and vine designs. 

Meighen Jackson

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L: Cascade No. 1 – ink on Japanese mulberry paper, 39″ x 26″ / R: Jackson with East Wind at the opening of her show at Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York City, 2012

Jackson is a painter and paper artist who holds an MFA (Univ. of Cincinnati), BFA (Michigan State Univ.). She has been teaching advanced painting at the BBAC since 2019. Her art is in public collections in Michigan, including The Kresge Foundation, Ohio, and Connecticut. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Michigan, New York City, Washington, California, Texas, Georgia, Toronto, and China.

Leslie Masters

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Masters, inspired by Monet, is a colorist. She uses lucid, dynamic colors with an energy and confidence that makes each piece glow. She says, “The paintings are all about the shimmer of color, the response to golden light.” Masters loves creating her art. “I think of art as a spiritual experience. The creative process puts you in tune with your center, and that is what people need to feel connected to their lives.” (From the website of Pierre Paul Gallery/Ann Arbor)

A consummate artist whose specialty is color, Masters has been teaching classes at the BBAC since 1968. She holds an M.A. Art (Univ. of Michigan); has published two art instruction books; and has exhibited widely throughout the region. Her career history includes teaching positions at Univ. of Michigan-Dearborn, the Ann Arbor Art Center, and College for Creative Studies.

Robin Servo

Servo is a BBAC faculty member and head of the Jewelry/Metals Department. She received her BFA and secondary teaching certification from Michigan State Univ., and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. In her 20-plus years at the BBAC she has taught a variety of art programs for adults, youth, and ArtAccess sessions. She works with a team of teachers coordinating metalsmithing exhibitions, scheduling and developing new classes, and designing/maintaining a functional studio where students and teachers can safely create and learn.

Laura Whitesides Host

A BBAC instructor since 1993, Host holds a BFA majoring in painting and ceramics from the Univ. of Michigan’s Architecture and Design College, is one of the founding members of Lawrence St. Gallery, an artist-run gallery, now in its 29th year of business, located in Ferndale. Her work has been in numerous juried competitions as well as in group and solo exhibits.

Tim Widener


“Tim ‘s paintings are an expression of light as color harmonies. He looks at the inner, subjective, emotional state of the visible. Color evokes this response as well as the creation of a poetic, near lyrical image.” (From the website of Treeline Gallery/Suttons Bay MI)

Andrea Tama

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An artist and instructor who has taught at the BBAC since 1985, Tama also teaches at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts. While her current focus is teaching is acrylic painting and experimental collage, she has also taught pastel/oil pastel, color theory, metals, and print making. She holds a B.S. in Housing & Interior Design from Wayne State Univ. Her work has been featured in juried exhibitions and solo shows throughout the state. 

Kim Fay

Fay, Kim - burgundy chair, 36x48, acrylic smaller

Burgundy Chair, 36″ x 48″, acrylic

(Her) artwork possesses a spirituality that transcends the mere decoration of walls, by interacting with the space for which it was created…  – Aimée S. Brown, Art Director, Dynasty Design Corp.

An internationally recognized artist, Fay has created major works in public, commercial, and private spaces worldwide, working as an interdisciplinary abstract artist in Detroit for 28 years. Her abstractions are included in private collections from Penske to Kem. She offers her experience as an abstractionist via classes at the BBAC, where exploration and vibrant discussions encourage other painters interested in crafting their visual voice.


Anatoliy Shapiro


October 2015

Originally from Russia, Shapiro graduated with Honors from Leningrad Art Institute in 1970.  In 1992, he immigrated with family to the USA & has since then actively worked on many artistic projects around the United States and abroad.  His artwork appears at the Holocaust  Memorial Center  in Farmington Hills, Palladium 12 Theater in Birmingham, Chrysler Museum, Fantasy of Flight Attraction in Florida, Disney Land, California and elsewhere.

Paula Zammit

Hustler, oil, 30″ x 30″

A graduate of College for Creative Studies, Zammit has exhibited nationally & in 2014 completed a residency at the Red Bull House of Art in Detroit. She’s a lifelong Detroit region resident & member of Corktown Studios in Detroit.