Teachers, Visiting Artists
Interns and Lecturers

Patricia Arakawa
Administrative Consultant

Adeptly focusing her organizational skills as NISDA’s information/detail liaison in matters of business proposals, grants, financial planning, recordkeeping, assisting accountant. Clothing designer in NYC, enjoys crafts. Attended Hunter College, studying literature and arts.

Anne Conway Jennings
MFA ‘08 Photography
Savannah College of Art and Design

Anne Conway is from Roanoke, Virginia with life long roots in Madaket.  She joined the NISDA faculty in 2011 as the Photography Summer Course Instructor.  Her classes are designed to teach creative photography through engaging the students with Nantucket’s unique biodiversity, beautiful natural setting, and fascinating history. She encourages experimentation and working with the camera as an instrument of discovery. She brings a Fine Art background, technical proficiency in both film and digital, and 7 years experience as the studio Assistant to a New Orleans based fine art photographer.

Larry Cronin
Photographer and Naturalist

Nantucket Water Gardens, designs/ creates water features, ponds, raises lotus, water lilies, koi fish. Featured in The Boston Globe Magazine, Vanity Fair, Nantucket Magazine, Inquirer and Mirror. Nantucket Photography Studio and On-site; “Under-way Boat Photography.” Discover Nantucket, site photography with island nature history. Avid fisherman, diver, environmentalist. Great storyteller!

Tucker Cronin
Lighting Designer and Landscape Architect

RISD, National Landscape Architects Association Award of Excellence; Sterling College Associates Degree/Resource Management.

Cara C. Ellenbird
Instructor and Program Consultant

Cara Bird is returning to NISDA as Director of summer programs and consultant for NISDA’s master planning of program and facilities.  She has a master’s degree in urban planning from MIT, California teaching credentials in art, and over 18 years of experience teaching, designing and directing nonprofit and public education programs in arts and the environment.  She is passionate about strengthening the connections between people and place through the lens of nature, art, community and social justice.  Cara is a lifetime Nantucket summer resident and former NISDA Kinder Arts instructor.  She looks forward to seeing her former students returning as youth and teen artists!

Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade
Summer Directors

Collaborating Maine artists Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade (Fraas-Slade) have exhibited internationally since the mid 1970’s. Their textile work is in the collections of The Philadelphia Museum, Museum of Art and Design, NYC, Baltimore Museum of Art, Peabody-Essex Museum, International Quilt Study Center at the University of Nebraska, Fidelity Investments, Nuveen Corporation, Chicago and the Hilton Corporation among others.

They have taught workshops at conferences, art centers and educational institutions including: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Crafts, TN and the School of Visual Arts, NYC. Fraas and Slade received Maine Visual Artists’ Fellowships in 1989 and 2003 and a National Endowment for the Arts/New England Foundation Fellowship. Artist Residencies include: Banff Center for the Arts, Artpark, Lewiston, NY.  The Studios at Key West and Nantucket Island School of Design and the Arts.

From 2009-2011 Gayle and Duncan joined NISDA as Summer Program Coordinators. They return after a hiatus to direct this years’ summer program. and

Kathy Kelm
Director, NISDA Founder

Kathy Kelm NISDA Founder/Executive Director, RISD, BFA, RISD Assistant Professor. Kellogg Foundation Leadership Fellow VI; International Cultural Arts, Education and Community research: USSR, China, South America & U.S.: Visiting Lecturer, Univ. of Mass., Dartmouth. College Co-Faculty, Univ. of Mass, Amherst. Course:  Inter-relationship of Art and Science at NISDA and Nantucket Field Station. Workshops: Berea College; Univ. of KY; NEA Conference Nova Scotia School of Art; Mass. Cultural Council presenter Educators Conference at Sturbridge Village; ‘Art Smart panelist’, Brown Univ.; Multicultural Curriculum, Teacher’s Inservice + ESL workshops (Graduate and PDP’s). Nantucket Public Schools. N.E.S. and NISDA program partnership awarded recognition by National Teachers Association. Published in Crossroads and Drawing From the Well, Educators Curriculum Guide. Currently Arts Educator… designing human experience!

Elizabeth (Betsy) Sibley

BA, Art, Beloit College; MFA Univ. of Wisconsin. Arts Educator, Fiberartist, Papermaker. Studied at Penland Fiberworks Center, Berkley, CA and Haystack in ME. Instructor at Univ. of Wisconsin… Extensive instruction of children’s art K-12 Nantucket Public Schools. Instructs Nature-Monoprinting workshop for NISDA’s Road Scholar Programs and NISDA Art Workshops in Decoupage, Floorcloths and Needle Weaving. Has shown extensively and is an active craftsperson.