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Nolan Baumgartner received his BFA from the University of Utah in 2001 and his MFA in ceramics from Cranbrook Art Academy in 2004. A Utah native, he is a practicing studio potter and artist who shows in local and national exhibitions. He has taught at Oakland County Community College in Auburn Hills, MI, and he has been teaching at the University of Utah since 2006 as an Assistant Professor/Lecturer (ceramics and 3D foundations).
Chad R. Steve was born and raised in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. He received his BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. In 2009, he moved to Hawaii and received his MFA from University of Hawaii at Manoa. While living there, he worked at the University as an adjunct professor and a lab technician. Chad has instructed at a variety of institutions such as Hawaii Potter’s Guild, Honolulu Art Museum, Montana University, and Western Montana University.
Tristyn Bustamante has spent much of her life in Arizona sculpting with clay. She holds a BFA from Northern Arizona University and an MFA from Arizona State University. Bustamante has attended residencies and workshops in places such as at the International Ceramics Studio in Hungary and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. Her work has been exhibited regionally and nationally, as well as in a handful of locations in England and the Netherlands. Prior to her residency here at the Armory, Bustamante was teaching in the foundations department at NAU and Coconino Community College.
Izel Vargas is a South Florida-based mixed media artist originally from Alamo, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley. Raised in the U.S./Mexico borderlands, Vargas cites his upbringing as playing a vital role in his approach to making art. As an educator, Vargas has taught art to all age groups and is an instructor at FAU in Boca Raton, FL. Vargas earned his BFA from the University of Texas – Pan American in 2004 and his MFA from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 2007.
Isabel Gouveia, who has a background in painting, printmaking, and new media, was born and raised in Brazil and currently lives and works in Lake Worth, FL. She graduated as an Industrial Designer from the Arts Foundation Armando Alvares Penteado in Sao Paulo, and as an MFA in Visual Arts from FAU in 2014. Gouveia has been the recipient of many awards including a merit scholarship at Ox-Bow Art School (2012), two Friedland Project Grants (2013, 2014), Best In Show in the County Contemporary: All Media Juried Show at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County (2013), and a 2014 Esther Saylor Rothenberger Merit Scholarship.