Learn more about CCA's Young Artist Studio Program's (YASP) instructors by reading their bios below.
YASP Instructor Bios
Leah Thomason Bromberg (Painting, San Francisco)
Leah spends most of her time making oil paintings and dreaming about saving her family from cataclysmic events. She was in residence at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada in 2014 for an indigenous thematic residency titled “In Kind” Negotiations. Her work appeared in the Pacific Coast issue (#115) of New American Paintings. In the spring of 2014, she was the recipient of CCA’s Barclay Simpson Award and its accompanying exhibition. She has exhibited at Pirate: Contemporary Art in Denver, CO, as well as in Virginia, New York, and California. She received her MFA from California College of the Arts in May 2014, and her BFA from Cornell University in 2008. She grew up in Fredericksburg, VA, and is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. Currently she lives and works in San Francisco.
Ken Cope (Clay Animation, Oakland)
Ken is a classically-trained 2D and 3D animator whose work has appeared in television, feature films, theme park attractions, and games. Apprenticing at Don Bluth Studios (on The Secret of NIMH) and Filmation (He-Man and She-Ra), applying CG techniques to traditional production, flying 3D vehicles forBravestarr. Cope worked for CG pioneers Brad DeGraf and Michael Wahrman, building 3D environments for ride films, and developing facial animation techniques, showcased as the face of "Cain" in the film Robocop II. After working at Walt Disney Feature Animation for Andreas Deja, on Mickey's Prince and the Pauper and Beauty and the Beast, Ken moved to Imagineering Labs to create 3D versions of characters from Aladdin for their Virtual Reality Magic Carpet Ride. Ken teaches in CCA's undergraduate animation department.
Lisa Rybovich Crallé (Explorations in Painting & Drawing, Oakland)
(Explorations in Drawing, San Francisco)
Lisa is a multidisciplinary artist whose artwork has been exhibited extensively in the U.S. and abroad. She has been an Artist in Residence at Ox-Bow, Arteles, ART342, and The Studios of Key West. Lisa is a recipient of the 2014 Alternative Exposure Award and the 2011 Robert Arneson Award. Prior to receiving her degrees, Lisa studied at the New York Studio School and the San Francisco Art Institute. MFA, UC Davis; BA, Sarah Lawrence College.
Tony Esola (Designing with Metal, Oakland)
Tony is an artist whose interests began in glassblowing and shifted to sculpture with an emphasis on metal. His work investigates the curiosities of childhood through toys made for adults -- pieces that interact with viewers and encourage their participation.
His work has been shown internationally, including at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts. BFA, CCA.
He is the Studio Manager for CCA's Jewelry/Metal Arts department.
Scott Hammond (Graphic Design, San Francisco)
Scott is a graphic designer with his own firm, Scott Hammond Studio, based in San Francisco. The firm designs everything from websites to logos, packaging, signage, and advertisements.
Prior to opening his studio in 2002 he worked at such San Francisco graphic design firms as Luxon Carra and Zimmermann Crowe Design. BFA, CCA; BA, Vassar College
Jim Kettner (Comics, Oakland)
Originally hailing from Westchester, New York (home of the X-Men!), Jim failed to gain any super-powers, but did get his BFA in Illustration from The School of Visual Arts in NYC. Jim spent years on the East Coast creating illustrations and designs for albums and music videos before moving to the Bay Area to get his MFA in Writing at CCA. Now armed with degrees in both writing and visual art, Jim is flexing all his creative muscles to ensure students learn all sides of good storytelling. His comics and personal writing have been featured in print and on the web in publications such as As You Were, Rumpshaker Magazine, and If You Make It. Jim's current secret headquarters is located somewhere in Oakland California.
Ace Lehner (Black-and-White Photography, Oakland)
A recipient of the 2009 Murphy and Cadogan fellowship in Fine Arts, Ace Lehner is an artist and photographer, as well as a scholar of contemporary art and visual culture, who has exhibited and lectured throughout North America. Lehner's work in portrait photography and video deals with identity and the human condition and is held in several private collections. Lehner is also part of the artist collective ERNEST.
Lehner has also worked as a commercial photographer specializing in portraiture. Clients Include: KALA Art Institute, California College of the Arts, Oakland Museum of California, AARROWS, Urban Girl Atelier, Maude Leonard Contant, Carville Annex, Taylor Made Clothes, Ryan Tresser, San Francisco LGBTQ Historical Society, San Francisco Arts Commission and others. MA | MFA, California College of the Arts; BFA, Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Currently Lehner is a Ph.D. Candidate in Visual Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Dan McClain (Graphic Design, Oakland)
Dan is a painter whose work combines abstract forms with "found" imagery from children's books and other publications. His work explores the daydreams of youth and their subversion by modern life. In addition to being a painter, Daniel runs his own graphic design studio. BFA, CCA
Ashley McHugh (Explorations in Drawing, Oakland)
Ashley is a painter and photographer, whose work is interested in exploring the tradition of portraiture. She is inspired by the juxtaposition of contemporary art and traditional visual vocabulary. Her paintings have been exhibited nationally. As an educator, her goal is to inspire confidence, risk-taking and a sincere love of making art. BFA, CCAC; CA Visual Art Teaching Credential, Mills College
Greg Piatt (Printmaking Studio, Oakland)
Greg is a fine-arts printmaker specializing in lithography, monotype, and relief work. He also utilizes these unique disciplines in his studio/printshop in Pleasant Hill.
He has taught as a guest artist and master printer in a variety of schools, including the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Kala Institute in Berkeley. Since 1992 he has been curator of the Summit Gallery, located in Mount Diablo State Park at the top of the mountain. Greg is a Senior Adjunct Professor in the Printmaking department at CCA.
Prescott Reavis (Architecture, San Francisco)
Prescott is a Project Architect for the Architecture Engineering firm Harley Ellis Devereaux in Oakland.
Prescott has spent the majority of his career focusing on the programming, planning, designing, and construction of buildings which enhance the international community in areas of healing, learning, and discovery. He has served as the National organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) University Liaison for the West, Chair of the NOMA Student Design Competition, and Board member of the City of Oakland’s Community Action Partnership. Accredited in Sustainable Design and certified in Social Economic Environmental Design. BA Architecture with a minor in Education, Howard University
Pam Stalker (Animation, Motion Graphics, Oakland)
Pam received her undergraduate degree in Advertising Design from The Center for Creative Studies in Detroit with a minor in photography (specializing in filmmaking and animation).
She has an MFA in Film Graphics from CalArts, where she studied animation with former Disney animator Jules Engles. She is a faculty member in CCA's undergraduate Animation Program.
Pam has worked in the animation industry for many years contributing to Warner Brothers comedy One Crazy Summer; Disney's Brandy and Mr. Whiskers cartoon series; Rocko's Modern Life, The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat, and Betty Boop's Hollywood Mystery.
Pam has worked on commercials for ILM, Disney, Klasky Csupo, Film Roman, Wildbrain, and Colosal Pictures. She is currently represented by Acme Filmworks in Los Angeles.
She teaches in CCA's undergraduate animation department.
Jon Stich (Illustration, San Francisco)
Jon is an illustrator whose clients include Chronicle Books, Bloomberg Businessweek, Sports Illustrated Kids, Adult Swim,The New York Observer, Grantland, The Bold Italic, The San Francisco Chronicle, Grist, Kodiak Cakes, The Phoenix New Times, The Nashville Scene, Vibe, The Source, and Hyphen Magazine. BFA, CCA
Rebecca Young (Building with Drawing, Explorations in Drawing, Oakland)
Rebecca is an artist whose work has been exhibited nationally. She has taught middle and high school sculpture courses at the University of Arizona and currently teaches at Canyon Elementary School in Canyon. MFA, University of Arizona
Note: Instructors are subject to change.