Heidi Lowell attended the University of Texas in Austin and studied Applied Learning and Development. She served as Executive Education Director at the University Inter-Cooperative Council, worked as a summer camp director and art teacher in public schools, as well as living in an art guild during that time. She has received awards and accolades that include Teacher of the Year, District Innovation Awards and funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Heidi loves family, travel, making art, and sharing the joy of the creative process with both children and adults. You can see her work here.
Tess Outlaw received her BA in Studio Art with a Ceramics focus from Southwestern in 2013. Since then she has worked many odd jobs at places such as The Briscoe Western Art Museum, Artworks Art Studio for Children and Garcia Art Glass.
Her favorite way to make art is devising artful environments in the myriad ramshackle spaces she’s inhabited since graduating and curating a curious wardrobe.
Tess has had several years of experience working with children and loves spending time with them because they are insightful and weird. She currently works as an Elementary school SPED teacher in Del Valle ISD.
Lilli just completed her sophomore year at the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in Interior Design. She loves exploring Austin, painting, and especially discovering new and exciting art forms. She thinks that nothing is more rewarding than seeing a child ecstatic about the art that they produced or the new skill that they learned. In her free time, she enjoys working out and making memories with her friends. She is looking forward to returning for her second summer with the Austin Artery!
Ali Cerda Perry graduated from Texas State University in 2016 with a Master's degree in elementary education. She has a passion for working with kids and having a positive impact on their lives. She has been able to live this passion by working as a camp counselor, a 3-D art teacher, and an elementary school teacher. Drawing, painting, and charcoal are her go-to mediums, but she loves to do anything that gets her hands dirty! In her free time she loves camping, yoga, hiking, and talking to her many windowsill plant babies. Ali is currently a 3rd grade teacher at Del Valle ISD, and is super excited to uncover her student's artistic potential!
Gabriela Flores has been in public education for 12 years. It has been a passion of hers to be able to teach young minds about the wonderful world of art. She has her BFA from Texas A&M-Kingsville and holds an all-level educators certification.
Painting and ceramics are her favorite mediums to work with. She also enjoys cooking, yoga, traveling and hiking with her husband and dog.
Matthew Grey earned his BA in Adolescent Education from the College of St Rose in Albany, NY. Over the years, Matthew found himself teaching such varied classes as preschool in Albany, high school in Brooklyn and The Bronx, and elementary school in small town Upstate New York. Matthew is currently teaching at AHB Community School here in Austin, Texas.
Adrienne Cullins received her M.F.A from the University of Texas at San Antonio in May 2014. She has been showing and selling her work for 12 years, specializing in painting, drawing, and hand cut paper pieces. Although she loves abstract art the most, she is comfortable teaching many different forms of art expression, such as figure drawing, still life, landscape, and illustration. She currently maintains a studio at Cement Loop gallery in Austin. She is very accommodating, outgoing, patient, and never without a big smile. She is eager to teach and inspire students. She encourages others to both challenge and enjoy themselves on their artistic endeavors.
Avery is currently pursuing a BFA in Painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, but is excited to be back home in Austin for the summer! Her work consists mostly of drawing and painting, but she loves any art-related activity. She also works in childcare at the Southwest Family YMCA here in Austin; she’s excited to continue this love of working with kids at the Austin Artery, while also getting to share her passion for art. When she’s not creating art, she loves to hang out with friends, watch cooking tutorials, and discover new ways to practice environmental sustainability!
Kristen Mazzaferro is designer and teacher’s assistant here in Austin, TX.
Originally from Boston, MA Kristen has always had a love for both working with children and the arts. She received her Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design & Retailing and worked for many years designing children’s apparel for TJX Companies Inc. in Framingham, MA. Throughout that time she additionally worked with children by nannying, volunteering at schools, creating costumes for children’s theater and teaching.
Some of her artistic interests include painting, drawing, jewelry making, sewing, digital design and illustration, photography and learning many different forms of dance.
When not busy creating, Kristen is usually outdoors hiking, two-stepping to live music, or taking ballet classes at Ballet Austin.
Kristen is currently teaching at AHB Community School and working on her apparel and jewelry brand Ferro & Fawn.