Susan Matych-Hager - Glass Director
Formerly a music professor at Siena Heights University, Susan Matych-Hager’s journey into art glass beadmaking, also known as lampwork or torchwork, began in 2001 with a class she took at the Toledo Museum of Art. Susan is now an accomplished artist, having been represented in the last seven annual juried exhibits by the International Society of Glass Beadmakers as well as several other shows, and published in Bead & Button, The Flow, Ornament, and Profitable Glass Quarterly magazines. One piece, Promise of Spring, from her nature-inspired series of necklaces called The Seasons, has traveled for exhibits all over the United States and internationally for the last two years.Winter Dreams, from the same series, was awarded second place in the lampwork category of the 2013 Bead Dreams Competition by Bead & Button Magazine.
Linda Jacobs - Resident Artist
Linda is a graduate of Siena Heights University, where she majored in art and education. She has a master’s degree in secondary education plus many additional hours of art studies. Her teaching career includes adult education art classes in local schools and senior centers, and 30 years as an alternative and high school art teacher in Jackson Public Schools, where she received the JPS Outstanding Educator award, and was art department and art curriculum chair. She taught dual enrollment classes through Kendall College of Art and Design, and also created and coordinated a countywide juried high school art fair for 25 years. Since retiring from JPS she has been teaching glass and art classes at her Linda Jacobs Studio. She is a glass instructor at the Adrian Center for the Arts, teaching mosaic, fused, and copper foil classes. Her commission work includes sign and mural painting, drawing, fibers, glass, and fundraisers for various schools and organizations. Linda’s glass pieces have been featured in area galleries and shows, including Art-a-licious, where she has enjoyed meeting fellow artists and connecting with people in the community.