Adult Visual Arts: Meet the New Teachers on the Block!

Our Adult Arts team is expanding! Here is a sneak peek at these exciting new instructors and the courses they are offering for the Winter-Spring session. Member enrollment has begun and open enrollment starts December 5. Enroll by December 19 and receive our early enrollment discount of $10.


Liz Bonny – Fiber Arts

Liz Bonny is a fiber artist based in Lawrence. She is a weaver, spinner, dyer, and sometimes sewer, and has started processing local raw fleeces, working toward a sheep to shawl project using local wool. She loves to use repurposed and thrifted materials in her projects, and is always looking for methods and supplies to lessen her ecological footprint and increase accessibility. She sells her work under the name Harvestry by Hand and is excited to be working locally to share her love of wool, weaving, spinning, and dyeing. She is a mother of two active young children. Liz finds making to be both healing and energizing, and a way to create community.

Connor Dyer – Fiber Arts & Jewelry

Born and raised in Lawrence, Connor Dyer began her career close to home. She attended KU and received a BFA in metalsmithing and jewelry. Following her graduation, she continued her education and received her MFA in metalsmithing and jewelry and MA in Art Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work is inspired by her love of fantasy and science fiction. She often uses a mix of metal and fibers techniques to craft other-worldly wearables.

Alysha Griffin – Writing

Alysha Griffin is a poet, theatre artist, and scholar from Appling, GA. Inspired by her rural upbringing and deep family roots, she loves to tell stories about collisions between the past and present. She is a graduate of Spelman College (BA, English and History) and the University of Kansas (MA, Literature; PhD Theatre and Performance).  

Kyle Johns – Ceramics

Kyle began his studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). Following undergraduate, he received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University. While at Ohio University, Kyle participated in a six-week residency at The International Ceramics Center in Kecskemet, Hungary. He also was a studio assistant at Arrowmont School for the Arts and Crafts, returning several times as a workshop assistant. Kyle has been a resident at Red Lodge Clay Center and The Archie Bray Foundation. He taught at Kansas State University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Harvard University. Kyle is currently an Artist in Residence at The Interdisciplinary Ceramics Research Center.

Matthew Lord – Drawing & Painting

Matthew lives and makes artwork in Lawrence. His fingers are often covered in ink and he still draws at a kitchen table. Born in Marysville, Kansas his art career began in elementary school, where he would swap drawings for better grub at lunch.  In 1999, Matthew graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the University of Kansas. In the years since, he has achieved many distinct milestones in his career, including several solo and group exhibitions, featured editorial illustrations, lectures, and workshops.  Being an artist has allowed him to take on the roles of teacher, facilitator, mentor, curator, and storyteller. Matthew’s ultimate goal in creating is to spark awe with his weird wonderful beautiful art.

Cecilia Roberts – Drawing & Painting

Cecilia Roberts is an artist recently relocated to Lawrence from New York City. She graduated from the New York Academy of Art with an MFA in Portrait Painting in 2009, and worked as an oil painter out of her studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn until 2020. Her portraits are an earnest exploration of the passage of time with people, animals, objects, space, and paint. Before moving to New York, Cecilia first discovered her love of portrait painting while studying illustration and painting at the University of Kansas (2002 – 2007). Her work is in several private collections, and can be viewed on her website.