Art Education Department

We would like to welcome our new Open Studio Membership Manager, Nicholas Daglis!

Nicholas Daglis graduated from Georgia Southwestern State University with a BFA in 2016, with a concentration in glassblowing. He has been working with molten glass for over seven years and owns Ground Up Glassworks; a public-access glass studio that specializes in youth and adult art education. Nick has taught and exhibited across the Southeastern United States and has two pieces in the personal collection of President Jimmy Carter, one personally commissioned by First Lady Rosalyn Carter. He and his wife, Caitlin Adair Daglis, moved to the Athens area in 2017. Caitlin is currently attaining her MFA in Studio Art from the Lamar Dodd School of Art.


Eli Saragoussi!  Is in the Arts Center July 2019!  Eli is a guest teaching artist focusing on stage sets for the Media Art and Storytelling Art Camp. Eli is an amazing artist who has had work in our juried exhibitions and is the member of a band, Baby Tony and the Teenies.  She has just completed the Flagpole Music Award trophies this year!

Welcome to our new Lyndon House Arts Center Art Interns!

Amanda Durant - "My name is Amanda Durant and I'm an Art Education Major at the University of Georgia. My artwork is based on happiness and things that make myself and others happy. I like to create work that reminds me of my childhood, my personal past, and the joyful memories I have of that time." (pictured right)

Abigail West - Abigail West is an interdisciplinary artist and activist based in Athens, Georgia. She has lived and shown work in Bali, Germany, Oklahoma, and Georgia. One of her callings in this life is to find new possibilities for discarded objects, and she applies this in her work as an artist and by managing reclamation projects for the UGA Office of Sustainability. She received her BFA in Printmaking & Book Arts, UGA, May 2019. (pictured right)


Toni Carlucci-Drawing & Fiber & Youth
William Stephanos-Metalsmithing & Jewelry, Media & Youth

Teaching Artists:

Amanda Burk-Printmaking

Juan Alonso-Photography

Robert Brown IV-Cartoon/Illustration 

Will Eskridge-Painting 

Tabitha Fielteau-Fashion

Kira Hegeman - Printmaking

Jasey Jones- Ceramics

Clay Jordan- Photography 

Jessie Jordan- Jewelry 

Rae Kretzer- Ceramics &Youth

Brittany Lauback- Photography & Youth 

Leslie Litt- Jewelry & Enameling 

Chris Taylor- Land & Environmental 

Jennifer Niswonger - Painting

Katya Tepper - Sculpture & Youth

Charles Warnock- Painting 

Jane Wright - mosaic

Bio's and photos of our teaching artists are listed below alphabetically by last name.

For any questions, please contact Art Education Specialist, William Stephanos at or call

706 613 3623 ext. 225

Amanda Photo

Robert Brown

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Amanda Jane Burk

Amanda is a printmaker and comedian living in Athens, Georgia. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Georgia in 2007. She was a co-founder of Double Dutch Press, a fine art printmaking studio, also located in Athens from 2012 to 2016.


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Will Eskridge - Painting

Originally from Kings Mountain, North Carolina, Will Eskridge attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Visual Arts/Savannah and earned his B.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from San Francisco Art Institute in 1999. With a father as a veterinarian and an artist mother, Will’s affinity for animals and art began when he was in pre-school. He explores many mediums including film, sculpture and mixed media, but his true love is painting. Eskridge’s work is in both private and public collections in Athens, Atlanta, Raleigh, Nashville, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, China, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland.

Will has roamed the southeast, setting up shop in Charleston, SC, Kings Mountain, NC and Nashville, TN. He now works as a full-time artist and resides in Athens, GA with his wife and their many dogs and cats. Along with art, Will also drums and plays guitar, volunteers in animal rescue and has an ongoing restoration of his beloved 1953 Buick.

Tabitha Fielteau - Fashion

Tabitha Fielteau clothing line was launched in the spring of 2014 showcasing a refreshing Spring/Summer collection from designer Tabitha Fielteau. The line embodies the designer's true aesthetic, which is clothing made for the today's modern and contemporary woman, who appreciates fashion with sophistication. Tabitha Fielteau is a self-taught, womenswear fashion designer who enjoys creating each garment from sketching to pattern making to sewing and construction. She takes pride in designing clothing that brings out the beauty and chic side of every woman. "The most rewarding experience is seeing each garment come to life!" says designer Tabitha Fielteau.

Her favorite decade of fashion is the 40/50s era because of women regal and elegant sense of style which was shaped by great fashion designers. And truly talented designers of today such as Zuhair Murad, Elie Saab, and Stephane Rolland to name a few has definitely been a source of inspiration. She hopes she can become an inspiration to others and grow continually as a designer.

Kira Hegeman

Kira is an artist and art educator in Athens, GA. She works primarily in printmaking and book arts, but has recently expanded to paper making and weaving. Her explores memory, place, and our relationships with material objects. In addition, she is working on a PhD in art education with a focus on participatory public art installations as places of learning and transformation.

Jasey Jones - Ceramics

Jasey Jones received his MFA from the University of Georgia in 2005 and teaches all levels of ceramics to people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. His work has been exhibited nationally and has been commissioned by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the City of Atlanta, Clarke County Schools, and others. Currently, he is an MSW candidate at UGA who plans to practice as a psycho-therapist upon graduation. Jasey is a dedicated musician as well as a teacher and practitioner of yoga and mindfulness meditation. His aim as a teacher is to transmit artistic traditions and to help his students create a connection to the artist within in order to develop their own unique creative vision and produce works which speak to their own unique experience. He sees creative potential in everyone and believes that artistic expression is a direct and dynamic means of accessing our own individual power to create the environment that we want to inhabit.

Kira Hegeman
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Jessie Jordan - Jewelry & Metalsmithing

I am an artist and jeweler living in Athens, Ga with my fiance, Bill. I have a Bachelor's of Fine Arts Degree in Jewelry and Metalwork from The University of Georgia. 

Growing up, industrial tools, torches, and traditional metalsmithing techniques were commonplace. My family taught me to be resourceful and gave me an understanding of the tools at hand. Looking back, I realize that rifling through my dad’s toolbox equally met my enthusiasm for digging through my grandmother’s jewelry box. With that knowledge and a continued love of adornment, I have since added small, calculated, and precious levels of refinement to those processes and materials. I feel comforted by the familiarity a shop environment, and the processes of jewelry and metalwork come naturally to me.


Rae Kretzer - Youth
 Rae Kretzer was born, raised, and educated in Athens. She received her BFA in art education from UGA in May of 2016. She adores all forms of art and art history, but in her own practice, she loves drawing, illustration, and mushing together droopy clay sculptures. Other than the visual arts, her passions include mastering her curry recipes, watching cool movies, and going on walks. 

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William Stephanos - Jewelry & Metalsmithing
Please welcome William to the Lyndon House Arts Center as the new Program Specialist in Art Education!

William is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii and has lived all over the world. He recently relocated back to one of his "hometowns" Athens, Georgia. Prior to joining us, Will was the Cultural Arts Administrator for the city of Kingsport, Tennessee from September 2012 to September 2016. He has two adult sons. He graduated with a BS as well as a Master of Education with a concentration in Media and Technology and a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Planning and Development from East Tennessee State University. 


Toni Carlucci - children, drawing

Toni began her career as a teacher in 1987 as a Artist-in-Residence at an elementary school in south Georgia and has been teaching ever since. For 11 years, she taught children all over Georgia and South Carolina how to weave using techniques inspired by Peruvian, African and Native American weaving.

During that time she also finished her MFA from UGA in Fabric Design. She had the pleasure of teaching art when the Lyndon House Arts Center was in the historic house and has taught children and adults at Lyndon House since the expansion. She loves to draw and is passionate about showing others that they can learn to draw. 

Toni 2018

Leslie Litt - Enameling

As a person who loves color; I was always watercoloring flowers from my mother’s beautiful and colorful garden. The scraps of material my grandmother gave me from her job I would make doll clothes; Later I began playing around with paper and plastic jewelry and than moved on to silver and gem stones. Wanting to add more color to my work I decided a good way to do that was to to use enamel. When I use enamel I feel that my works are bringing me back to my roots of painting. In my jewelry I tend to be eclectic and strive for my work to be one of a kind. Whoever chooses one of my creations, whether it be a piece of jewelry, an object of art, or a wall piece I hope my work is appreciated for my sense of color and the love I put into it.


Clay Jordan - Photography

Clay Jordan was born in Augusta, GA and is currently based in Athens, GA. His photographs reveal a world at odds with itself, one in which humans are unaware they’ve been locked in a stalemate with nature, and then suddenly aware of the days rushing past, and the inevitable fog, smoke, and shadows that fall over everything. But Jordan is also a wry observational humorist, with images captured from a safe-distance, allowing for an unobstructed view of the silliness of so much human invention: a carport for a car, a plastic wig on a plastic mannequin, a strand of lights and a star hung on a tree. And all these things are set against the perfect, logical, endless backdrop of nature. Through Jordan’s lens, humans have way too much free time and then not nearly enough.

Jennifer Niswonger-Morris - Painting

Jennifer Niswonger-Morris hails from Southern Indiana and moved to Athens to pursue her MFA at the University of Georgia which she received in the Spring of 2019.  She received her bachelor’s degree in studio art from the University of Southern Indiana in 2014.  While attending UGA, Jennifer founded and currently manages Locker 666 Gallery – an alternative exhibition space located at the Lamar Dodd School of Art.  Inspired by real life stories, her work visually explores the gray area found in debates on morality and human nature through staged narratives and allegory.   Many of her figurative oil paintings pull from the political, the psychological, and the controversial with a focus on when the perceived objective morality of the collective and the unexamined subjective morality of the individual are at odds.

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Charles Warnock - painting

Charles Warnock was born the second son of a Southern Baptist minister in the town of Soperton, Georgia. He graduated high school from Stevens County High in Toccoa, Georgia in 1976. In 1979, he entered the Air Force where he worked as an engineer for the next twenty years. Upon retiring from the Air Force, Mr. Warnock attended the University of Georgia where he received his Master’s Degree in Drawing and Painting in 2003.

Mr. Warnock currently teaches an open studio painting class at the Lyndon House Art Center in Athens and is the Gallery Director for the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation. He is proficient in both oil and acrylic techniques and has produced numerous paintings. His primary subject matter has been large floral paintings.

Jane Wright - mosaic

Local Athens artist Jane Wright has been a mosaicist and instructor for nearly twenty years. Long before Jane began creating mosaics she had always been attracted to the art form because of it's beauty, intricacy and amazing longevity. She finds her own inspiration from nature, personal moments in her own life, the work of other artists and a sense of whimsical fantasy. Jane uses a broad variety of materials to create a dramatic narrative of texture, movement and visual interest.

She is a member of The Society of American Mosaic Artists and is presently on the administrative staff of the National Contemporary Mosaic Artists.

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