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The Studio School at the Glassell School of Art offers courses in art history and studio arts for adults, ages 18 and older. Studio courses and workshops are available in a variety of media, including painting, watercolor, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture, and jewelry.

Originally founded as the Museum School in the late 1920s, as part of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Glassell School of Art has grown for almost 100 years, through several buildings, to a dynamic and diverse program today, encompassing classes for students of all ages. Named for Houston businessman and arts patron Alfred C. Glassell, Jr., the school offers programs and classes in all media areas, and for all skill and experience levels.

Classes may be taken at the student’s leisure or as part of a more in-depth study through the Certificate of Achievement program. Additionally, many courses may be taken for undergraduate credit as part of the University of St. Thomas’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program. For more details on the Certificate of Achievement program and the University of St. Thomas BFA program, contact the Studio School registrar.


Glassell School of Art
5101 Montrose Boulevard

In May 2018, the Glassell School of Art opened in its new home: a 93,000-square-foot building designed by Steven Holl Architects. The new L-shaped building is constructed from a series of sandblasted, pre-cast concrete panels, alternating with panes of glass, in a rhythm of verticals and slight angles.

• Fronts onto The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza, which provides ample outdoor space for programs and performances
• The street-level Glassell Coffee Bar for students and the public
• The BBVA Roof Garden, a sloping, walkable green roof offering dramatic views of the Sarofim campus
• For the first time, all Glassell School of Art students are served under one roof, since the new building houses both the Junior School and Studio School, as well as Core Program residents

Studio School Faculty

Chris Ballou
BA, Occidental College
Chris Ballou began his film odyssey in a small, single-screen theater in Madison, Connecticut, in the 1970s. Ever since then he has spent far too much time watching movies and talking about movies. Fortunately, the Film Salon affords him ample time to do both. Now in its fifth year, the Salon has circled the cinema globe, sampling the delights of 125 years of film glory while cross-examining its history all along the way. Join this cinematic voyage of discovery and see what you’ve been missing. 

Michael Bise
MFA, University of Houston; BFA, University of North Texas
Michael Bise has taught painting at the Glassell School since 2013. He received a BFA in drawing and painting from the University of North Texas in 2001 and an MFA in drawing and painting from the University of Houston in 2005. His work has been shown at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, the McKinney Avenue Contemporary in Dallas, and Fort Worth Contemporary Arts at TCU. He was the recipient of a Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grant and the Hunting Art Prize, a finalist for Artadia in 2014, and a nominee for the Texas Contemporary Award in 2012. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Houston Airport System; the City of Houston; and the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont. He regularly contributes criticism and reviews for the online art journal Glasstire.

Amy Blakemore
Area Coordinator, Photography
MFA, University of Texas; BS, BA, Drury College
Amy Blakemore has been teaching photography at the Glassell School since 1985 and is the head of the photography department. She received a BS in psychology and a BA in art from Drury College (now Drury University) in Springfield, Missouri, and an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. She was also a Core Program Artist in Residence at the Glassell School. Blakemore’s photographs have been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art 2006 Biennial, Day for Night. Her 20-year retrospective (2009) at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, traveled to the Seattle Art Museum and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Art League Houston honored Blakemore as the Texas Artist of the Year in 2015 and presented an accompanying exhibition of her work. Blakemore has exhibited with Inman Gallery in Houston for more than two decades.

Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak
MFA, George Washington University; BS, Kent State University
Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak joined the faculty of the Glassell School in 2008 and teaches life drawing and painting. She completed her undergraduate art studies at Kent State University, studied at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, and received an MFA in painting from the George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Since 1991, the artist has participated in a number of curated, catalogued, and touring national and international exhibitions and been awarded artist residencies in France, Ukraine, and the United States. Her work can be found in museum and private collections in the United States, Canada, and Europe. A monograph of her work was published in 2005. From 2015 to 2017, traveling solo exhibitions Dialogues and Discourse presented comprehensive selections of her mixed-media explorations of narrative that combine collage, text, and figuration.

Susan Budge
MFA, University of Texas, San Antonio; MA, University of Houston, Clear Lake; BFA, Texas Tech University
Susan Budge has taught ceramics at the Glassell School since 2015 and has been making ceramic sculpture for more than 30 years. She received a BFA from Texas Tech University in 1983, an MA from University of Houston in 1987, and an MFA from University of Texas at San Antonio in 1999. Budge’s work has been included in hundreds of exhibitions throughout the United States and is in private and corporate collections around the world. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, and more. Budge has also completed public commissions in San Antonio. She received an Artist in Education Grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts. Previously, she was the department head of ceramics at San Antonio College where she was awarded the NISOD Excellence in Teaching Award and established an endowed ceramics scholarship fund.

Jimmy Castillo
MFA, BFA, University of Houston
Jimmy Castillo is an artist and independent curator. A native Houstonian, Castillo graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. He received his BFA (2000) and MFA (2019) from the University of Houston. His work has been exhibited nationally, and is represented in the collections at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin. Castillo’s work often uses photography to examine the endurance of the powerless against the powerful, and his current projects include a photographic series about the changes and memories of Northside, the Houston neighborhood where he was born and where he still lives with his family.

Charlotte Cosgrove
MFA, University of Pennsylvania; BA, Pennsylvania State University
Charlotte Cosgrove joined the Glassell faculty in 1967, teaching studio and art history courses. She completed a bachelor of applied art degree at Pennsylvania State University and an MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania. Solo exhibitions include A Transitory Realm (2009) at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont and House of Shadows (2007) at the Ellen Noël Art Museum in Odessa, Texas. Cosgrove’s work was part of Double Take (2001–02), a group exhibition that she organized and curated, which originated at the Art League of Houston and traveled around the state. Cosgrove’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions throughout Texas and is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Art Museum of Southeast Texas; and private collections. Cosgrove also taught at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and cofounded a professional photography business in Houston.

Sharon Dennard
BA, University of Houston
Sharon Dennard has taught ceramics at the Glassell School since 2003. Her relationship with visual art began in the fashion industry. The forms, patterns, and colors used in clothing sparked a creativity and interest in design that led her to a degree in photojournalism from the University of Houston. She continued her studies at the Glassell School of Art and expanded her interest from photography to sculpture, working primarily in clay and wood. She has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States. Her work has been featured in the Houston Chronicle, PaperCity, Southwest Art, Texas Monthly, and 500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility & Grace. Outside the studio, Dennard juries exhibitions and lectures on subjects such as ceramic sculpture and design. She teaches at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

Nathan Dube
MFA, Kent State; BFA, University of Texas 
Nathan Dube, chair of the 3-D department, joined the Glassell faculty in 2012 and teaches jewelry and 3-D design courses. He is a metalsmith whose work explores his interest in childhood and play by exploring the relationship between humor, aggression, masculinity, and the ways contemporary adult male identity is constructed in American culture. He holds an MFA from Kent State University and a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including a solo show at the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.

Jeff Forster
Area Coordinator, Ceramics
MFA, Southern Illinois University; BA, St. John’s University
Jeff Forster joined the Glassell School faculty in 2009 and is the head of the ceramics department. He has a BA from St. John’s University and an MFA from Southern Illinois University. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, winning awards including Juror’s Choice Award in Ceramic Object/Conceptual Material and the Luis Jiménez Award for First Place in Sculpture on Campus at Southern Illinois University. Forster was awarded the Helen Drutt Studio Fellowship with his residency at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and completed residencies at Lone Star College–North Harris and the Armory Arts Center. Besides teaching and maintaining a studio practice, Forster sits on the Artist in Residence Committee at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and the Artist Advisory Committee for Fresh Arts. He also served on the board of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts for the 47th annual conference in Houston.

Francesca Fuchs
Area Coordinator, Painting
MFA, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany; BFA, Wimbledon School of Art, Great Britain; BA, Bristol University, Great Britain
Francesca Fuchs has taught at the Glassell School since 1997, where she is chair of the 2-D department. She completed a BFA at London’s Wimbledon School of Art (now Wimbledon College of Arts) in 1993 and an MFA at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany. Fuchs came to Houston in 1996 for the Core Residency Program of the Glassell School of Art. Fuchs’s work has been shown at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, among others. She has been the recipient of two Artadia Awards and three Individual Artist Grants from the City of Houston. She has taught at University of Virginia, Charlottesville; Rice University; and University of Houston. Fuchs shows with Inman Gallery in Houston and Talley Dunn Gallery in Dallas. She also curates shows and writes articles.

Carlos David Garcia
Foundry Manager
MA, Royal College of Art, London; BFA, University of Houston
Carlos Garcia began teaching as a foundry instructor at the Glassell School in the fall of 2019. Trained as a sculptor, he has extensive experience working with metals, wood, and a variety of other media. His practice centers on bronze casting, using found objects as inspiration for larger-scale works. He earned his MA from the Royal College of Art in London, and his BFA from the University of Houston. Garcia worked for Mike Smith Studios in London, completing projects for artists including Julien Opie, Sean Scully, and Mark Wallinger, and has exhibited in both the U.K. and Texas.

Pete Gershon
BA, Hampshire College
Pete Gershon, Core Residency Program coordinator, previously served as the administrative coordinator at Nameless Sound and for 15 years published Signal to Noise, the internationally distributed quarterly journal of improvised and experimental music. Gershon’s books include Painting the Town Orange: The Stories Behind Houston’s Visionary Art Environments, published by the History Press in 2014, and Collision: The Contemporary Art Scene in Houston, 1972–1985, published in 2018 by Texas A&M University Press.

Mark Greenwalt
MFA, Pratt Institute; MA, Stephen F. Austin State University; BA, Stephen F. Austin State University
Mark Greenwalt is professor of art at College of the Mainland and current president of the Texas Association of Schools of Art. Prior to 2000, Greenwalt taught drawing and painting courses for the University of Houston, Rice University, and the Glassell School. For more than 20 years he has been represented by Houston’s Hooks-Epstein Gallery. Most recently Greenwalt participated in an art and pathology collaborative project with the University of Texas Medical Branch and Galveston Arts Center. Through frequent cycles of forming, deforming, and reforming imagery, Greenwalt’s nondeterministic figures evolve on drawing surfaces parallel to the greater world in which nature and culture increasingly fuse in wonderful and terrifying ways.

Jan Harrell
MFA, University of Houston; BFA, Texas Tech University
Jan Harrell is a metalsmith, enamelist, and educator who has been on the Glassell School faculty since 1993, teaching enameling. Her love for glass and metal media was fueled by her early childhood years in Japan and then grew into her college and graduate-school vocation and passion. Harrell teaches workshops across the country and participates in invitational and juried exhibitions. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Houston Airport System at IAH, the Kamm Teapot Foundation, the Enamel Arts Foundation, and several private collections. More than 15 books and publications feature her work. Harrell received a BFA from Texas Tech University and an MFA in sculpture from the University of Houston.

J Hill
MFA, BA, Stephen F. Austin State University
J Hill has been teaching sculpture at the Glassell School since 1995. He is a sculptor who has had multiple one-person and group exhibitions in galleries, nonprofits, and museum spaces. Hill’s works and social projects have been executed in venues throughout Texas, in cities such as Chicago and Baltimore, and countries including France and Kenya, to name a few. He has received awards such as the Artadia Houston Grand Prize and an Idea Fund Award, plus grants from Houston Arts Alliance (HAATX). Hill continues to explore media as wide ranging as traditional materials such as wood and steel to innovative uses of sound to create sculptural environments. He also employs the use of many digital tools. Hill received a BA in political theory, followed by an MFA in sculpture from Stephen F. Austin State University.

Terrell James
BA, Sewanee: The University of the South
Terrell James is happy to return to her professional alma mater, having been both a faculty member and student. She has worked in studios in New York’s Soho, Harlem, Studio City, and Montauk; Bald Head Island, North Carolina; Bologna; San Miguel de Allende; and Berlin. In James’s active career, her works have been seen in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Collections include the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Dallas Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Transart Foundation; and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has been included in more than 200 group shows, and completed more than 40 solo exhibitions in galleries, artist-run spaces, and museums.

Liv Johnson
MFA, Texas Tech University; BA, University of Hawaii at Hilo
Born and raised in Pahoa, Hawaii, Liv Johnson earned her BA at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. In 2015 she moved to Lubbock, where she earned her MFA in printmaking and sculpture at Texas Tech University. With a primary emphasis on printmaking, her work branches into multiple media, with pieces that explore sound, light, and installation, combining a wide variety of materials. Johnson has organized and volunteered for numerous community art events and has taught courses and workshops at universities and community studios. She has also published the first scientific illustrations of four new species of Cyrtandra in the peer-reviewed journal PhytoKeys. Her work has been shown across the country, and she has curated a number of exhibitions. She now lives in Houston, where she continues to develop her studio work at Burning Bones Press.

Bradley Kerl
MFA, University of Houston; BFA, University of North Texas
Bradley Kerl is a painter based in Houston. He received his BFA from the University of North Texas in 2009, and he has been an instructor of drawing and painting throughout the Houston area since completing his MFA at the University of Houston in 2014. His work has been shown widely across Texas, including solo presentations at Art Palace, the Galveston Arts Center, and Jonathan Hopson Gallery; and in group exhibitions in Houston, Dallas, and Lubbock. Kerl’s work also appears in the publications New American Paintings (138) and Friend of the Artist (volume 7). He is represented by Jonathan Hopson Gallery.

Suzanne M. Manns
MA, Rhode Island School of Design; Atelier Garrigues, France; BFA, Carnegie Mellon University
In 1980 Suzanne M. Manns joined the Glassell School, where she helped establish a substantial printmaking department, and teaches classes and workshops in drawing and printmaking. She received a BFA in painting and printmaking from Carnegie Mellon University and received an MA in printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. Presently her work is inspired by the garden of her Heights bungalow and other places/landscapes of personal significance. Combining both traditional and innovative print and drawing techniques, her work is a diary of intimate experience meditating on the fragile, yet enduring nature of life. She has shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, nationally and internationally, including the Galveston Arts Center and Flatbed Press & Gallery. Her work is included in numerous private and public collections including The JP Morgan Chase Art Collection; the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Arielle Masson
MFA, University of Houston; MA, La Sorbonne, France; BA, Lycée Français, Belgium
Arielle Masson joined the Glassell School faculty in 1990 and teaches painting and drawing. She first studied fine art drawing at L’École d’Art d’Uccle Brussels, Belgium. She earned an MA in Latin American literature and did postgraduate studies in linguistics at La Sorbonne. She received an MFAH in fine arts/painting from the University of Houston. She was awarded a residency with the Core Residency Program of the Glassell School and with the Brown Foundation Fellows Program at the Dora Maar House, Ménerbes, France. She has extensively exhibited in museums and galleries throughout Texas, France, and Mexico, including a solo exhibition at the Museum of Anthropology of Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. Her studio practice includes all painting media and wall installations, with a specialization in the fabrication and use of egg tempera and gouache paint. She has designed major public artwork for the City of Houston, including the MetroRail Transit.

Ken Mazzu
Area Coordinator, Works on Paper
MFA, University of Houston; BFA, Lamar University
Ken Mazzu, a painter working in watercolor and oil media, has taught watercolor and drawing courses at the Glassell School since 1997 and also serves as department head for the works on paper department. Academically, Mazzu’s philosophy is based upon building traditional, solid foundations that facilitate students’ expansion toward individual interests as they advance as artists. Prior to maintaining his studio art practice in Houston for the past 20 years, Mazzu received an MFA in painting from the University of Houston in 1997. He is also a graduate of Lamar University, with a BFA in studio art.

Will Michels
BArch, Pratt Institute
Will Michels has been employed with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, since 1985 and has taught photography at the Glassell School since 2001. He graduated with honors in 1991 from Pratt Institute, with a degree in architecture. When he was the project architect in charge of restoring the Battleship Texas, a World War I-era dreadnought, Michels began to explore fine art photography. He has focused on portraiture, including self-portraits, environmental portraits of Battleship Texas veterans, and living-history documentation. Michels co-curated the landmark exhibition WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath. The accompanying catalogue won the Kraszna-Krausz Award for Best Photography Book in 2013. His work was included in the traveling exhibition and catalogue Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present, organized by the Brooklyn Museum. Michels has received grants from the Cultural Arts Council of Houston, the Summerlee Foundation, Houston Endowment Inc., and Artadia. He is also a collection photographer at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Patrick M. Palmer
MFA, Arizona State University; BA, University of California, Santa Barbara
Patrick Palmer has been teaching painting at the Glassell School since 1992 and has been the dean since 2010. He also serves as faculty chair. He earned a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1977 and an MFA from Arizona State University in 1979. Throughout his 40-plus years of painting, Palmer placed works in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and many other prestigious museum and university collections. Palmer’s current paintings revisit an often-examined theme using abstracted figures/heads edged with some psychological intrigue.

Mark Ponder
MFA, Southern Illinois University; BFA, Lamar University
Mark Ponder joined the Glassell School faculty in 2014 and teaches digital photography. He creates playful, self-reflexive drawings and installations that critically address the potential empowerment and perils that come from positive thinking. His subversive, brutally honest take on his quest for happiness and success reminds one of self-help posters gone extremely wrong. Often gaudy and sometimes slightly icky, his visuals seek to tease out the duality embedded in our deepest feelings and emotions. The works are cute, sarcastic, but perhaps most oddly, highly austere. Ponder earned an MFA from Southern Illinois University in 2009 and a BFA from Lamar University in 2005.

Brian Portman
BFA, Rhode Island School of Design
Brian Portman has been an instructor at the Glassell School since 1999, teaching drawing and painting. He has a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design where he was a European Honors Fellow. Other awards and fellowships include the Arch and Anne Kimbrough Fund Award from the Dallas Museum of Art, an NEA grant, and the Core Residency Program of the Glassell School (1983–85). Portman’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Dallas Museum of Art; Walker Art Center; Museo Culterdad, Mexico City; the Blanton Museum; the Old Jail House Museum; and the El Paso Museum of Art. He has also given seminars for the Museum’s education department. He was juror for Art on the Avenue. He has exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally. In 2010, he was featured in Catherine D. Anspon’s book, Texas Artists Today. He is represented by Meredith Long & Company, Houston.

Robert Ruello
Area Coordinator, Digital Arts
MFA, Columbia University; BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; BA, Loyola University
Robert Ruello joined the Glassell School faculty in 2008 and is the head of the digital arts department. He is a visual artist working in both digital and traditional media. Ruello received an MFA from Columbia University in New York City, a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA in psychology from Loyola University in New Orleans. Artist residencies include the Core Residency Program of the Glassell School, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Brown Foundation Fellows Program at the Dora Maar House. Honors include a painting fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Gottlieb Foundation grant, plus Ruello was a selected artist for the publication New American Paintings (Issue 102). Ruello has worked collaboratively on both Transforma Projects with Rick Lowe, Sam Durant, Jessica Cusick, and Jess Garz and Snack Projects with artist/curator Michael Guidry. He is represented in Houston by Inman Gallery.

Alexander Squier
MFA, Tufts University of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; BFA, University of Rochester
Alexander Squier has taught printmaking at the Glassell School since 2017. He is an artist working across printmaking, drawing, photography, and installation. Squier earned a BFA from the University of Rochester, and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (Tufts University) in 2013, where he also taught before returning to his hometown of Houston. Currently, Squier works out of his home and studio at Box 13 in Houston’s East End. In addition to pursuing installation opportunities in non-art spaces throughout the city, he works as the exhibitions coordinator at Houston Community College Central Visual Arts Gallery and also teaches printmaking at the University of Houston.

Anna Tahinci
Area Coordinator, Art History
PhD, DEA, BA, University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne
Anna Tahinci is professor and art history chair at the Glassell School, where she has taught since 2013. A native of Greece, she studied history and archaeology in Athens and art history and comparative literature at the Sorbonne (PhD on Rodin’s collectors), and did museum studies at the École du Louvre. She has worked at the Musée Rodin, the Musée d’Orsay, the Louvre, and the Harvard Art Museums. She has taught at Boston University, Paris; the University of Minnesota; Macalester College; and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She cocurated the sculpture exhibition that was organized in Athens for the Olympic Games in 2004 and the exhibition Rodin and America at the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University in 2011. She teaches a wide range of art history courses from cave to contemporary, and her research interests and publications include French art and women in art.

Kelli Vance
MFA, University of Houston; BFA, University of North Texas
Kelli Vance, an artist working mainly in painting and drawing, is an affiliate professor at the University of Houston. She has taught painting, drawing, and art history at Houston Community College; Lone Star College; and Long Beach City College in California. Vance has had numerous solo and group shows in Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New Mexico. She earned her BFA in painting and drawing from the University of North Texas in Denton, and she completed her MFA at the University of Houston in 2008, after which she was awarded a year-long residency in Roswell, New Mexico. Vance has also been awarded an individual artist grant through the city of Houston. She is represented by McClain Gallery in Houston and Cris Worley Fine Arts in Dallas.

Bill Willis
MFA, University of Houston; BFA, University of Texas
Bill Willis joined the Studio School faculty in 2018. He is a watercolor artist who promotes a studio environment conducive to discovery and nurtures students to advance and achieve their visions in watercolor. Willis paints for excitement and believes in painting as a practice of transformation, capable of revealing hidden truths through diverse modes of representation and ways of world making. Willis has maintained an active studio practice for more than 20 years. 

Sandra Zilker
Area Coordinator, Jewelry
MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art; BFA, University of Houston
Sandie Zilker joined Glassell in 1974 and is now department head of jewelry/enamel and the associate dean of student activities. She earned a BFA from the University of Houston and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Zilker’s wild and colorful work has been exhibited worldwide. Several collections include her work: the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Racine Art Museum; Designmuseo, Finland; and Norden Felske Kundi Industrimuseum, Norway. Her work has been published in numerous books, including 500 Brooches, 500 Bracelets, and 500 Plastic and Resin Objects, as well as The Art of Enameling by Linda Darty. She is on the exhibition committee and has served on the board of the Society of North American Goldsmiths. Zilker also serves on the board of Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and is president of Houston Metal Arts Guild. The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft named her Texas Master Artist in 2014.

The Glassell School of Art receives generous funding from the Glassell Family; Leslie and Brad Bucher; Mr. William J. Hill; Mrs. Jereann H. Chaney; Mr. and Mrs. Jamal H. Daniel; Kathrine G. McGovern; Mr. and Mrs. John S. Orton; Mr. and Mrs. C. Robert Palmer; Sue and Rusty Burnett; Ms. Bettie Cartwright; Ms. Sara Paschall Dodd; Barbara and Michael Gamson; Ms. Carroll R. Goodman; Samuel F. Gorman; Mr. and Mrs. David Marsh;  Ms. Nancy Powell Moore; Mr. and Mrs. Jacque H. Passino, Jr.; Isla and Tommy Reckling; Paul A. Van Hook; The Iris & Lloyd Webre Foundation; Claire and Doug Ankenman; Mr. Steve Brown; Clare Casademont and Michael Metz; Dr. Mirtha T. Casimir and Mr. Jack McKinley; Michael Dumas; George and Mary Hawkins; Ms. Catherine J. Leachman; Mr. and Mrs. Meredith J. Long; Mr. and Mrs. William K. Matthews III; Mr. and Mrs. Scott McCool; Mr. and Mrs. Scott Nyquist; The Omena Fund; H. John and Diane M. Riley; Pauline and Stephen Smith; Adrienne and Tim Unger; Wells Fargo; Vallette and Russell Windham; Mr. and Mrs. William A. Wise; and the Melvyn and Cyvia Wolff Family Foundation. 

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