Lynden Educators

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.

Claudia Orjuela, Art Educator
Claudia Orjuela is an art educator who uses the arts as a vehicle for cultural integration and environmental awareness. During her time as a graduate fellow at Lynden, she was influenced by our critical place-based education mission and the potential of outdoor education. Orjuela’s multicultural background influences her practice of promoting diversity and awareness of critical issues through the arts. Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Orjuela earned her BFA at the University of Barcelona, Spain and her master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Melissa Courtney, Guest Educator
Melissa Courtney is known for her interdisciplinary work in paint, print, and textiles. Her printmaking and paintings convey rich texture while playing with concepts of human emotion and connection. Her paintings and prints draw on conceptual imagery and her love of vintage textiles. Courtney’s work has been shown in various galleries and businesses, and is in collections in Milwaukee, Chicago, and Montreal. Courtney has enjoyed teaching at the Lynden Sculpture Garden for the past six years, and also offers private classes and tutoring. In the past, she has worked at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, and Museum of Wisconsin Art.

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