Instructor Bios

Bountiful/Davis Art Center is pleased to offer classes from some of the best artists in the area.

sherry_meidellSherry Meidell is the Illustrator Coordinator for the Utah/So.Idaho Region of The Society of Children’s Book Writer’s & Illustrators, a signature member of the Utah Watercolor Society, a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, and a signature member of the Western Federation Watercolor Society. She attended Utah Technical College in commercial art and after graduation worked in advertising but soon attended children’s book conferences and began working as an illustrator. Visit her website here.
diane_turner_shorterDiane Turner was born in Salt Lake City. Her formal art training began at the University of Utah where she studied with Alvin Gittins and LeConte Stewart. Other important teachers have been Ken Baxter, Earl Jones and Paul Forster. Diane’s exhibition credits include four “One -Woman Shows” and numerous awards. Diane has also had the opportunity to paint and study in Russia.
instructor_placeholder_transpMegan Gibbs was born in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. She moved to Utah when she was 19 years old with her family. She has been an accomplished pianist for 30 plus years. Her love of the Arts is evident in all she does. She has taught Music and Art at Farmington Elementary, but is currently teaching Enrichment. She also contributes to the Children’s Theater for Farmington City where she has been director, creative director, set director and costume director for several productions. She is a firm believer that when children are exposed to the Arts, they do better in all aspects of their lives.
tuttle tintype2a copyRoger Tuttle I should have seen it coming. On a family outing to the West, we stopped in Yellowstone to see Old Faithful. I asked Mom for her Kodak Instamatic 100 camera to photograph the progress of that amazing geyser. As I took the photos I imagined the delight on her face upon seeing the eight sequential photographs of the geyser’s life cycle. She would be astonished by the artistic vision coming from her favorite child.

Instead I got, “Do you have any idea how much these pictures cost?!” with Mom practicing her best Old Faithful eruption.

“But look how neat!” I protested.

So began an education in photography. Lesson 1: develop a thick skin.

Growing up a feral child, nothing held my interest for a measurable amount of time – model trains, sort of; football, somewhat; cars, pretty much; but nothing grabbed on and held. Until senior year in high school, taking photos with a friend.

As years ticked by, I eventually realized there was nothing more powerful than photography for me. The problem was, I wasn’t very good at it.

“I love you,” I said to photography.

“Thanks,” photography said me

If this relationship was going to work, I was the one who needed to put more work into it. Slowly, painfully, the aesthetic pieces fell into place (the technical was easy).  After many years in photojournalism, I headed out for advertising work. I photographed advertising campaigns for the four network stations in Salt Lake and national and local clients.

One day, a friend of mine who taught high school asked me to visit his photography class. The classroom was wonderful. I was hooked on teaching photography.

Not long after, I got a call from a former professor to gauge my interest in teaching photography at the University of Utah. He offered me a position. I accepted on the spot.

Now, I find great power in teaching and working with fellow photographers and watching their “Old Faithful” moment.
cheryl_hansenCheryl M. Hansen earned a B.A. in French and Spanish from Weber State University, and a PhD from the University of Utah. Dr. Hansen is currently a Professor of French at Weber State University. About 5 years ago, she decided to pursue her interest in art and started taking a variety of courses. She has taken courses in basic drawing, painting with oils and acrylics, 2-D Drawing, Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, printmaking (wood cuts, linoleum cuts, copper-plate etching and screen print), and she took a watercolor workshop at BDAC this past summer. She is also an amateur photographer, and she recently won an award for her photography. She has exhibited some of her works at the Eccles Art Center in Ogden and the Bountiful Davis Art Center. She enjoys working with a variety of media, but she especially likes printmaking.
theresa_ottesonTheresa Otteson was born in Provo, Utah and lived in California, Illinois, and Utah as a child. She was blessed with a boringly normal, well- adjusted childhood full of love. After high school she attended Utah State University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology. She met her husband there and had  two beautiful daughters. She soon found she couldn’t live without her art so she went to the University of Utah and graduated Cum Laude, in 1996, with a Bachelor of Fine Art. She immediately moved to Germany where she traveled, drew, painted, and saw art in many of the European museums. After nearly four years she moved to Utah, where she works as the Education Coordinator for the Bountiful/Davis Art Center, works in her studio, and teaches group and private lessons. Visit her website here.
ariel_chu-jonAriel Chu-Jon graduated with her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Painting and Drawing from the University of Utah in 2015. She has been involved in Bountiful’s chalk art festival “Magic on the Sidewalk” for the past 5 years and won 1st place one year. She had two paintings shown in the 2016 BDAC state competition and continues to work on her art.