The Central School Project members bring a wide range of experience in a variety of artistic fields, including visual, spoken, dramatic, musical, cinematic, and architectural arts, among others. They have received various distinctions, for example, a CSP poet was the 2002 Tucson Poetry Festival winner, a CSP filmmaker was featured in the Whitney Biennial, a CSP sculptor was a Pittsburg Children's Museum Visiting Artist, and a CSP multimedia artist was artist-in-residence at Atelier Kramer Universitat Kunst Kassel. Moreover, many members are tenured university art educators, with one member having twice received the Andrew Mellon Faculty Enrichment Grant.
Julia Arriola is an artist with eclectic ideas, drawing on history for conceptual renderings that address past, present and future with an indigenous flair. Trained as a sculptor, she likes to look at all sides of an image whether 2d or 3d. Current works are drawings and sculpture that address
contemporary events and Steampunk.
Gretchen Baer is an artist from Bisbee, Arizona. She is the creator and director of Studio Mariposa, a free, non-profit kid’s art center in Naco, Mexico. Her mission is to empower youth with art and creative thinking to help build a hopeful and vibrant future. Learn more about Gretchen at gretchenbaer.com
I work in many diverse mediums including: mixed media, jewelry, painting, ceramic sculptures, lino prints. I enjoy finding odd bits & pieces and putting them together to create something.
Printmaker, weaver of sculptural 3D forms, mixed media, fiber artist
Executive Director CSP, Practicing artist: Installation, performance, works on paper, and video.
Laurie is a cross disciplinary artist whose work examines class, labor, and abuse of power. Laurie combines and distills US history, personal experience, and bereft and dispossessed cultural narratives.
Karen Schumacher has a B.F.A. in Fashion Design and has worked professionally as a machine knitter, textile restorer, and craft education coordinator. She is a textile artist and also a milliner at Optimo Hat Works in Bisbee. Her work can be seen on Instagram @karen.schumacher and
Furniture maker, Fine woodwork
For me painting is about the process--a kind of mystery that is eternally engaging. The high point in the studio, is when a paint stroke, a color choice or a line seems to pull a painting together.
You can see my work at Subway Gallery, 43 Brewery Gulch in Bisbee or on my website: sonorandogstudios.com
Peggy Avina is a fiber artist and photographer
Printmaking, collage and painting are my favorite ways to create, from abstract and whimsical imagery to social commentary. I use all kinds of materials, mining old letters, monoprints, receipts and fabric covers from vintage hardbacks. The best parts: the improvisational process of art-making and the surprises that emerge.
“Even after more than forty years living in Bisbee, the light and color, the land and local scene still intrigue me. They invite and inspire me to paint.
My work can be seen at Subway Gallery, 43 Brewery Ave. and on our website, bisbeesubwaygallery.com
Risha Druckman is an abstract painter and ceramic artist. She approaches her painting as an intuitive and anti-teological practice that explores the dynamic interplay between conscious and subconscious manipulation and impulse. And she is a co-founder of Lōm, a functional ware company specializing in modern wood-fired pottery and experimental porcelain. You can view Risha's paintings at rishadruckman.com and her ceramic work at lomceramics.com
Painter, Collage, Illustration, 2-D and 3-D work..Art: our freedom, our soul, our gift
Jewelry, Paper Marbling, Drawing, Mixed Media
RICHARD "RAFIKI" SHEMANSKI
"Upcycled" Art is what I primarily do.......taking what is destined for the trash can or the junk yard and creating artworks therefrom. Old wood becomes an 8 foot tall handpainted figure. An old typewriter gets adorned with captured scorpions, becoming a macabre piece about what the future might hold. Metal gets welded into an abstract sculpture, or one full of social commentary. Not so new paint becomes a reflection of what stirs inside. There is no waste in reality................in time, all gets transformed
Art educator, Performance artist, Painter, Choreographer