Resident Artists

Edna Dapo

Department Head – Painting & Drawing

Edna Dapo is an international artist who currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is the Department Head of Painting & Drawing at the Phoenix Center of the Arts and also teaches Drawing and Life Drawing at Mesa Community College.

Dapo has been painting for twenty years and has won numerous awards. Her work has been selected for NEW AMERICAN PAINTINGS (Volume 70) and is on the cover of American Art Collector (CA, V4 B2).

Dapo holds an MFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design, BFA in Painting from ASU, and a diploma from Art School Luka Sorkocevic in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Warren Norgaard

Resident Artist – Glass

A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Warren Norgaard works in various mediums of creative expression, including poetry, drawing and painting, ceramics, sculpture, and multimedia digital work, but his true calling is in the Glass Arts.

For over 15 years, Warren has worked in various glass mediums, including stained, blown, and fused glass. His work is displayed and sold throughout the US, including showings at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art and the Glass Craft and Bead Expo, the largest event of its kind in the United States. He continues to win awards around the country.

His poetry appears in copious publications, including Sauce*Box, Mind Caviar, and Papier Machete. His first book, There Is a Tomorrow, co-written with John Gilgun, was published in 2007. He is currently working on a second book.

John Tzelepis

Department Head – Metals & Jewelry

John Tzelepis has been dedicated to the art of jewelry and metals for more than fifteen years. He received his undergraduate degree in Jewelry and Metals from Skidmore College and his Master of Fine Arts in Metals from Arizona State University. His work has been exhibited in numerous national exhibitions, most recently at Emergency Arts in Chelsea, New York City and the Palm Springs Art Museum, Jorgensen Gallery, California, where he has won several awards. His sculpture and jewelry can be seen in several publications including 500 Necklaces, 500 Metal Vessels, and The Art of Jewelry: Wood. He has also contributed to several project-oriented books including 30-Minute Necklaces, 30-Minute Rings, and 30-Minute Bracelets.

Inspired by architecture, while exploring the concept of artist as engineer or constructor, he fabricates his sculptural work with mathematical precision and proportion to investigate line, form, balance, and tension created by the physical effects of gravity and magnetism. Energizing negative space and activating kinetic possibility, the play of gravity and magnetism converge in points of dynamic tension, fusing physics with architecture.

Don Ridley

Department Head – Ceramics

Don Ridley was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona. He began his ceramic studies at Marcos de Niza High School and continued his pursuit of clay at Arizona State University. After spending time as a professional musician and a brief stint in corporate management, Don returned to his pottery roots and spent several years teaching and working with Tom and Elaine Coleman at their studio in Henderson Nevada.

Don has won numerous awards for his artwork. He continues to sell his pottery at shows and gallery’s throughout the southwest and currently heads up the ceramics program at the Phoenix Center for the Arts.

His work in the past 5 years has evolved into a concentrated study of the relationship between the palate of glazes used and the various forms he constructs. This evolution has brought about a more focused interest in the alterations and textures introduced during the early stages of the piece, and their obvious and/or subtle interaction with the multitude of layered glazes applied.

Arnold Williams

Department Head – Photography

Arnold Williams has explored various aspects of photography for more than 50 years and his work continues to evolve. Besides heading the photography department and teaching photography at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, he also teaches photojournalism, beginning and intermediate digital photography at Phoenix College.

He also is a writer, photographer and film critic for local newspapers and a national newspaper association, capturing interesting people, places, and events making them as beautiful as possible.

With a simple and straightforward style he has captured images from many countries and throughout the United States. His work is regularly featured in local and national publications, and juried exhibitions.

He has two degrees in Journalism – a Master of Science from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Wendy Willis

Resident Artist – Printmaking

Phoenix printmaker Wendy Willis moved to the Valley of the Sun in 1978, drawn by the blue skies and wide open spaces. Here she found her printmaking muse. Her technical prowess combined with strong conceptual imagery has made Willis an artistic force in the Arizona printmaking community. While she works across several printmaking media, it is the “no turning back” extreme method of reduction linocut that is her forte.

Through her Swimmers series, Willis’s reduction relief prints, monotypes and etchings reflect her meditations on daily events and consideration of what is above the surface.

Willis’ work was featured on CNN.com in an article about the Arizona exhibition “SB1070 – An Artist’s Point of View.” Her complex multi-layered, reduction linocuts, can be found internationally in university and private collections. Willis continues to live, work and be inspired by the life and culture of the southwest.

Sandra Zally

Resident Artist – Youth Art

Taking the scenic route, Sandra Zally launched her art education from the coast of Maine. She studied Fine Art at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine. In 1987, Zally rode the rails across the country to Phoenix, Arizona; where she took up studies at Gateway Community College in Advertising Art.

Zally’s artistic interests embrace a wide spectrum of arts and humanities. She has painted scenic backdrops for numerous valley youth theaters; winning a 2006 AriZoni Award in Scenic Design for Phoenix Center Youth Theatre. She promotes art within the community as Superintendent of Fine Art at the Arizona State Fair and the Maricopa County Fair, and as a member of Phoenix Artists Guild. Her experience includes Fine Art, Advertising Art, Print Production, and Children’s Book Illustration.

She has enjoyed many seasons as a teaching artist for youth at Sunnyslope Community Center, Deer Valley Community Center, and Phoenix Center for the Arts… and continues to be inspired by those.