Teaching Artists

Professional teaching artists are essential to MAM’s education programs. Working artists, who bring their own creative experience and practice into the classroom, lead all of our workshops and classes, including the annual Fifth Grade Art Experience (FGAE), After School Art Adventure, Saturday Family Workshops, Teen Artist Workshops, Adult Classes, and more! Interested in becoming a MAM teaching artist? Applicants must have a BA in the arts, education, or related field, and teaching experience. Email your application to Jenny Bevill, Educator and Outreach Specialist at jenny@missoulaartmuseum.org

Meet our Teaching Artists

Janaína Vieira-Marques

Janaína Vieira-Marques is a Brazilian-American visual artist and art educator who currently teaches at Sussex School. She is based in Missoula, but began her career in São Paulo, Brazil, as a graphic designer and film producer. As a visual artist, Janaína has exhibited her work through both galleries and collaborations with light designers, choreographers, and dancers on installations and site-specific works. She believes in bringing her knowledge of film, visual, installation, and performance art into the classroom, as well as her multi-cultural awareness and experience with arts integration. 

Kate Davis

Kate Davis began life with a love of animals while caring for mammals and raptors with the Cincinnati Zoo Junior Zoologists Club in 1973. She has since received a degree in Zoology from the University of Montana in 1982 and founded the non-profit educational organization Raptors of the Rockies in 1988.

Kate keeps a dozen non-releasable and falconry birds at the facility at her home in Western Montana. Program appearances include the week-long “Raptors and Art for Kids” camp at MAM for over a dozen years. Raptors are the subjects and source of inspiration for her drawings, paintings, welded steel sculptures, photography, and now dry-point etchings in her home studio. She has authored and illustrated 6 books on raptors, and Raptors of the West won the National Outdoor Book Award and Montana Book Award Grand Prize. 

Jolena Ryan

Jolena Ryan has been a Teaching Artist at MAM since 2013, teaching painting, sculpture, and mixed-media. Jolena holds a BFA in Painting and Photography, with a minor in Art History, from the University of Montana.

Jolena earned a Master’s in Art Education K-12 from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. During her Master’s studies, she taught art to children of all ages and worked for the Boston Art Institute. She is thrilled to continue her art education journey at MAM and enjoys Missoula’s thriving arts community.  

Susie Risho

Susie Risho is a professional artist and teacher. She works in a variety of mediums, including clay, concrete, paint, collage, mosaic, jewelry, glass, fabric, and interior design/landscape gardening. Susie is the Executive Director of StoryKeepers, the current President of the Art Associates of Missoula, and the Co-Director of Community Church Ministries.

Susie is also a published author and a recipient (along with her husband, Ray) of numerous awards, including the Missoula Cultural Council’s “Cultural Achievement Award” and the Eva Amundson Award. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Art and has taught in private and public schools in Missoula grades pk-12 since 1980.  

Ben Crawford

Ben Crawford holds a BFA from the University of Montana in Sculpture and Printmaking. He has worked with youth in therapeutic settings both in and outdoors since 2012. In his art practice, Ben attempts to bring out the best of our natural world. He believes teaching visual arts is a revitalizing, cooperative, and fun way to share ideas and encourage youth to reach their amazing potentials. 

Jennifer Ogden

Jennifer Ogden is a working artist and a long-time member of the MAM Teaching Artist faculty. She has been teaching K-12 art at Victor Public School in the Bitterroot Valley since 1995 and has previously taught for the Missoula Family YMCA, Evergreen Kids Corner Summer Explore program, and the Bemis School of Art.

Jennifer is also a Teaching Artist for SPARK! Arts Ignite Learning for Missoula County Public Schools. She is currently enrolled in “The Creative Pulse” Integrated Arts Master’s program for educators at the University of Montana.  

Nikki Rossignol

Nikki Rossignol is a mom, illustrator, dancer, mythology buff, and poet from just outside of Missoula, Montana. She has illustrated a mythology-based brand concept for Down the Road Brewing Company in Boston, MA, worked as a court-room sketch artist for Dateline NBC, and as a concept artist for Peach Pit films. Nikki has danced professionally with Donlavey and Mimoda dance companies in Los Angeles, and for Chicago Opera Works.

Nikki considers herself an art guide rather than an art instructor and enjoys equipping young artists with techniques so that their manifestations can be fully realized in class and beyond. Her hope is that, with a greater knowledge of art-making techniques, students will leave the classroom with the desire to adorn the world in their creative materializations, or, at the very least, find joy in the craft itself.   

Bev Beck Glueckert

Bev Beck Glueckert is an artist who lives and works in Missoula. Her work has been widely exhibited throughout Montana and the Northwest region, as well as nationally. Bev has served as an Adjunct Professor in Drawing and Printmaking at The University of Montana and The University of Great Falls and is also a member of SALTMINE artists group.

Bev has been an art instructor and workshop facilitator for adults and children for over 30 years. She holds a BA degree from the University of Idaho and an MFA degree in printmaking from the University of Montana.