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 (if the artist has a website, you can access it by clicking their name).

Edward Duff

Check out this feature on Duff published in Photo Book Magazine: click here.

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Night Call, 5″ x 7″, oil on Arches Oil Paper, 2016

“(This) is… another small piece done on Arches Oil Paper. …I recently discovered this new product from Arches, and I’m really enjoying using it for studies, sketches and small works. The clean borders are the result of using painters / artists tape to mask off the sides and establish dimensions. As with all small painting, the ability to work quickly and have a finished piece within a relatively short amount of time is incredibly rewarding. Having spent more hours than I can count on larger format work, this is a great opportunity for all artists to not only hone their skills but to produce more work.” – Edward Duff

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)

The image is Willis 2003, which is in the Detroit Institute of Art’s permanent collection. Snider holds a BFA from College for Creative Studies. He has lectured & exhibited widely & his art is part of numerous public & private collections.

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

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)

Robin Servo

Servo holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Metalsmithing.

Laura Whitesides Host

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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Andrea has been teaching painting classes at the BBAC since 1985.  She has exhibited her art throughout Michigan. 

Kim Fay

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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.


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.