Jeremy Stepien, Director of Education
With over ten years of experience in art education and administration, Jeremy has worked with art organizations throughout Milwaukee including the YMCA, RedLine, Milwaukee Art Museum, and Walker’s Point Center for the Arts. He joined the Lynden staff as director of education in April 2010. His experiences as a youth mentor, line therapist for children with autism, and art educator have contributed to his patient and responsive approach to teaching, one that encourages experimentation and discovery. Jeremy earned his BFA from MIAD in 1999 with a major in painting and a minor in drawing, and he continues to work in a variety of media in his home studio in Bay View. He has been active as a volunteer with Milwaukee Empty Bowls for nine years, and joined their board in 2011. Jeremy’s family enjoys urban homesteading, camping, canoeing and the arts.
Naomi Cobb, Naturalist in Residence
Naomi Cobb, MSW, is a seasoned child therapist and a master naturalist. She has always valued the role of nature in achieving a state of well being, and as an inspiration for art. The ability to observe, be inquisitive, experiment, and record one’s responses are all skills required for scientific inquiry and for the production of nature-based art. The Lynden Sculpture Garden provides the perfect setting for hands-on contact with a variety of ecosystems, and the viewing and creating of outdoor sculpture.
Anna Grosch, Education Implementor
Anna Grosch is an art educator with a strong background in community-based curriculum and an affinity for urban education and social justice. After three years as Lynden's Graduate Fellow, she has joined our staff to to manage partnerships with schools and nonprofits, and to work directly with teachers at Lynden and in their classrooms. Grosch recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Master of Science in Art Education. Her research focused on community-based art education, museum education, and place-based learning.
Sally Duback, Teaching Artist in Residence
Sally Duback has been making art since she was a child and teaching art since 1969. Her work hangs in the Milwaukee Art Museum and in many private and corporate collections. Sally has studied at Vassar, the University of Michigan, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Fine Arts and the Vermont Studio Center. To bring art to disadvantaged children, she cofounded Artists Working in Education in 1998, which received a 2002 Wisconsin Governor's Award for the Arts. You can see more of her work at www.sallyduback.com.
Claudia Orjuela, Graduate Fellow
Claudia Orjuela is an Art Education graduate student at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. As an art educator, Orjuela’s research looks at the role of aesthetics as a connector across disciplines and as a generator or co-creator of meaningful learning experiences in different environments. Orjuela’s multicultural background influences her practice: a practice rooted in acknowledging and promoting diversity and awareness of critical issues through the arts.