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The TCC Art Program faculty team looks forward to working with you!  Our Art faculty are professional artists, scholars, and educators, who are connected and engaged with our local, state and national, but also international community. TCC’s Art Program faculty wish to share our skill and passion for Art with you and prepare you for successful transfer, completion of your degree, and achievement of your professional goals.

TCC Art Program Contact and Advisor Information


Art Faculty

Macintosh HD:Users:mberg:Desktop:Art faculty:marit.jpgMarit Berg, Art Program Chair, Art Faculty Advisor, and Art Instructor

Marit has taught at TCC in the Art Department since 1997. Her areas of discipline are painting, printmaking, and drawing & design. She also teaches Art Appreciation. Marit received her BA in Painting and Printmaking from San Diego State University and her MFA from Washington State University. She currently chairs the Art program at TCC.

Marit’s artistic concentrations are in painting and printmaking. She is interested in mixed media and encourages students to explore cross-disciplinary creative work. She regularly exhibits her work both locally and nationally.



Macintosh HD:Users:mberg:Desktop:IMG_0554.JPGMelinda Liebers Cox, Art Instructor

Melinda teaches drawing, painting and 2-D design courses. She has taught at South Puget Sound CC and Pierce CC as well as TCC. She received her BFA at Pacific Lutheran University, began masters studies at University of Nebraska/Kearney, and holds a masters degree from Antioch University.

Melinda’s works in drawing and painting are representational, and focus on direct observations of small-scale environments, landscape and animals. Her current artistic explorations of media are in gouache, as well as color pencil and graphite.


Macintosh HD:Users:mberg:Desktop:Anthony.jpgAnthony Culanag, Art Instructor

Anthony teaches the graphic design and digital photography courses in the Art department. He received his master’sdegree at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and his undergraduate bachelor studies in visual communication and design from University of Washington and Pacific Lutheran University. Other academic studies include 3D computer graphics at Art Center College of Design and film studies at UCLA.

Currently, Anthony has a production company, F22 Studioworks, which creates and produces graphic media, film production and photography. With other design collaborates in the Puget Sound and Los Angeles area, Anthony has worked in the field of design, 3D computer graphics and digital media production.



Alice Di Certo, Art InstructorMacintosh HD:Users:mberg:Desktop:IMG_1275.JPG

Alice was born in Italy, where she lived until August 2001. She graduated from Ca' Foscari University in Venice and lived in Graz, Austria, and Dublin, Ireland. She traveled to the United States for an assistantship for the School or Art and Design of Georgia State University in Atlanta. She later decided to stay at GSU, where she earned her Master in Art History and worked on a Master of Fine Arts in Photography. 

Alice works with photography and sculpture and is interested in subject relating with the environment and human interaction. She has shown her work (both photographic and sculptural) in Tacoma as well as in the South East of the US in group and solo shows.

Alice now lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.  Here at Tacoma Community College, she holds an adjunct faculty appointment and she teaches Art Appreciation and Two-dimensional design.  Additionally, she serves as studio technician for photography and sculpture in the Art Program. 



Macintosh HD:Users:mberg:Desktop:Kyle with furnace_1.jpgKyle Dillehay, Art Faculty Advisor and Art Instructor

Kyle was born in a suburb of Chicago and was raised in Alabama. He received his M.F.A. from Georgia State University and his B.F.A. from Auburn University.

In his work, both sculptural and photographic, Kyle explores the relationships between human beings and nature. Natural elements - beehives, seeds, roots, branches, dead trees and the like – both reflect our society and inform us of how our relationship with our natural surroundings will affect our lives in the long run. He photographs and creates installations with everyday natural elements as a reflection and commentary on past, present, and future.



Macintosh HD:Users:mberg:Desktop:25beb66.jpgKaren Doten, Art Instructor

Originally from Tacoma, Karen has taught and exhibited her work at a wide range of locations, both locally and nationally. Her exhibitions include a solo show at the Morris Graves Museum of Art in California, and group exhibitions at the Seattle Art Museum Gallery, Catherine Persons Gallery, Sande Webster Gallery in Philadelphia and SCA Contemporary in New Mexico.

Between 2000 and 2014 she taught courses ranging from foundation level classes to advanced painting and art history at various colleges and universities across the country including: Tacoma Community College, University of Puget Sound, Olympic College and Philadelphia University.

She holds an MFA from the University of Iowa, where she graduated with a degree in painting and printmaking, and a BA in painting from Central Washington University.



Rick Mahaffey, Art Faculty Advisor and Art Instructor

Macintosh HD:Users:mberg:Desktop:rick.jpgRicks educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Ceramics and Glass from San Jose State University and a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the University of Puget Sound.

Prior to joining the Art Faculty at TCC, Rick operated Commencement Bay Clay Works for many years and taught Art at the Bellevue Art Museum School and at Pacific Lutheran University and University of Puget Sound.  Rick has been head of the ceramics program at Tacoma Community College since April 1991.

Rick is one of the four original founders of the International Society for Ceramic Art Education and Exchange, which is a student centered ceramic education and exchange organization headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with member institutions across the continents.  Rick studied in Japan as a Monbusho (Japanese Ministry of Education) visiting foreign researcher at Naruto University in Naruto, Tokushima, Japan and he also worked with Wasaburo Takahashi at the Hozangama studio in Kamojima, Tokushima, Japan to learn about Kyotoyaki ceramics.

Macintosh HD:Users:mberg:Desktop:CapitolineMuseum.jpgDr. Jennifer Olson, TCC Art Gallery Director and Curator and Art Instructor

Professor Olson holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Art History at The Pennsylvania State University, and a B.A. in Art History from Portland State University.  Olson specializes in Spanish Baroque Art, Italian Renaissance Art, and Nineteenth Century European Art.  She teaches Art Appreciation (Art & 100), Art History (Art 201, 202, 203), and Gallery Viewing Lab (Art 199)

At TCC, Jennifer coordinates the Art Gallery and is responsible for organizing exhibitions, installing, writing grants, conducting educational programs, acquiring gifts, and cataloguing the permanent collection. 

Publications“Francisco de Zurbarán’s The Surrender of Seville to King Ferdinand III of Castile and León with Saint Peter Nolasco, 1248, for the Calced Mercedarians of Seville, “ in Spanish Royal Patronage 1412-1804: Portraits as Propaganda, editors Ilenia Colón Mendoza and Margaret Zaho, Cambridge Scholars, 2018.  (peer review) Sixteenth-Century Art Journal (2017)(dissertation) Francisco de Zurbarán’s Paintings for the Calced and Discalced Mercedarians in Seville (2011)


Reid Ozaki, Art Instructor

Macintosh HD:Users:mberg:Desktop:Reid_Ozaki-IMG_9673-002.jpgReid has been a studio ceramic artist for nearly 40 years. He has taught ceramics at Tacoma Community College since 1995.

Reid's ceramic vessels are informed by his interest in and love for the natural world and an interest in the aesthetics of the Japanese Tea ceremony. His work endeavors to synthesize these ideas with Western techniques and materials.






Macintosh HD:Users:mberg:Desktop:jproholt_photo_2.jpgJennifer Roholt, Art Instructor

Jenny has enjoyed her adjunct faculty position in the TCC art department since 2011. She received a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Utah in 1994 and a MA in Illustration from Syracuse University in 1999. 

Jenny has worked for over twenty years as a corporate and freelance designer and illustrator. Her favorite projects include designing patterns for children's products and illustrating children's books. She has taught at the college level for over eight years including art appreciation, drawing, graphic design and design software courses. Recent pursuits include printmaking and paper cutting.




Community Networking

Tacoma Community College and the Humanities Program are well connected with our community; become connected with us!

Student Clubs - Start networking at TCC!  TCC students organize many student clubs.  Every year there are new opportunities available to get involved: https://www.tacomacc.edu/campuslife/organizationsandactivities/

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The Art Program enables you to embed professional internships, experimental learning, service learning, and study abroad in your educational experience at Tacoma Community College. Please connect with an Art Faculty Advisor for guidance.



Since a degree in Art provides students with the understanding of the human experience and an appreciation of perspectives, many organizations award scholarships for Art majors to further their academic achievements. We recommend you consider some of the initiatives and opportunities funded so that you can not only identify potential funding sources to support your educational pathway but may potentially even enhance it with a study abroad or other educational enrichment opportunity that will enable you to distinguish yourself in your educational and professional career pathway and open more doors for life-long success.

Here are some of the scholarships available to students of Art:

Tacoma Community College Foundation Scholarships: The TCC Foundation offers dozens of scholarships each year in Art, Humanities, and other General Scholarships. Scholarships for the academic year are generally open from January 1 to April 15. To learn more, click here.

University of Washington Transfer Scholarship: Martin Family Foundation Scholarship Programs
The Martin Family Foundation supports two community college transfer scholarship programs to enable community college students of exceptional ability and outstanding achievement to complete their bachelor’s degrees at the UW Seattle campus. These include the Martin Achievement Scholarship and the Martin Family Foundation Honors Scholarship Program, both of which support community college transfers who will earn their bachelor degree at the UW Seattle campus. Each program funds students at different points in their community college careers. The award may be renewable each year for up to a total of three years of undergraduate support.

Catherine W. Pierce Scholarship: Established by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the Catherine W. Pierce Scholarship is granted annually for up to $5,000 to students at participating member U.S. institutions who are majoring in the areas of American Studies, Art, Social Sciences, Art, International Studies, or Anthropology. Eligible undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors must be enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year college, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better, and demonstrate financial need. Deadline: September 19th Contact Info: Catherine W. Pierce Scholarship, 1805 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 810-0263, Imara.canady@uncf.org

The Rand Marketing Web Design Scholarship: This scholarship is intended to give an aspiring web designer/artist the opportunity to focus on his or her web designs instead of worrying about the cost of books and tuition. Rand Marketing is offering a $1000 scholarship to enable one student chosen from all entries to pursue his or her education demonstrating a passion for design and a creative submission. The Rand Marketing Web Design Scholarship is open to high school seniors and any student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program by September 1, 2016 at any accredited U.S. college, university and art or fashion institute.

The ‘Web Design for Generation Z Scholarship’ is an exhibition of the finest young minds focused on digital marketing, giving away $1,000 dollars to the contestant that exemplifies digital genius / fresh thinking in an ever-changing industry as part of an essay contest.  Submission deadline 10/05/16.

The L. Ron Hubbard's Illustrators of the Future Contest is open to artists from all nations. One entry is considered three black and white works illustrating a science fiction or fantasy story with no recurring theme. Your entry may not have been previously published. There are four quarterly deadlines each year (September 30, December 31, March 31 and June 30). You may send an entry at anytime, however you can only have one entry per quarter, your entry will be entered in the current quarter. Send photocopies only. Individual artists retain copyrights. Three prizes per quarter of $500 each and a yearly grand prize of $4000 are offered. SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDY ABROAD

Scholarships for Study Abroad

Below please find a listing of potential funding sources.  We recommend you consider study abroad and review these resources as soon as possible so that you will know what opportunities you can strive to make part of your educational plan.  

AIFS Study Abroad Scholarships, Grants and Financial Support Each year, more than $800,000 in scholarships, grants and financial support is awarded to deserving students & institutions. Funds are available for both summer and semester programs.

American Association of University Women - the largest source of funding exclusively for graduate women in the world, supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented.

American Austrian Foundation: Offers numerous awards to support exchanges to Austria in the fields of medicine, science, communications and the arts.
Level: varies by award / Award amount: varies

Association of Commonwealth Universities - Provides lists of scholarships and fellowships to and from over 480 universities drawn from the Commonwealth countries of Africa and Asia, Australasia and the South Pacific, Canada and the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, Cyprus and Malta.

DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service - The Undergraduate Scholarship is a flexible scholarship program which offers SHORT-TERM scholarships for participation in summer study abroad, internships, senior thesis research or summer courses at German universities and LONG-TERM scholarships for semester or year study abroad.

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) - German Academic Exchange Service - association of the institutions of higher education in the Federal Republic of Germany, whose goal is to promote closer international relations among universities and other institutions of higher education, especially through the exchange of individual students and scholars.

Delta Phi Alpha Scholarship Awards: The national honor society for German awards scholarships to undergraduate student members wishing to further their German studies with research and study abroad in a German-speaking country. Level: undergraduate / Award amount: $1000-$2000

Fulbright Scholarships - For both Americans going abroad and incoming foreign students. Grants are made to citizens of participating countries, primarily for: university teaching, advanced research, graduate study and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

Child Family Health International - Child Family Health International is pleased to offer partial scholarships for select program dates. Since 2007, we have provided CFHI Global Health Scholars with more than $100,000 in scholarship funding. CFHI is committed to working globally and addressing inequities. In line with this global lens, it is our policy to actively seek a diverse pool of candidates from a variety of backgrounds who are committed to the mission and vision of CFHI.

The Christianson Grant - The Christianson Grant is awarded to individuals who have arranged their own work abroad programs. Proposed programs must be at least six months in length and emphasize a work component. The grant program does not support independent research projects or academic study abroad programs.

Congress - Bundestag Youth Exchange Program: The U.S. State Department funded Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) is for motivated high school students who want to fully immerse themselves in German culture by living with a host family and attending a local high school. No previous language experience is required.

Cross-Cultural Solutions (CCS) the organization’s Mission is to operate volunteer programs around the world in partnership with sustainable community initiatives, bringing people together to work side-by-side while sharing perspectives and fostering cultural understanding. They are an international nonprofit organization with no political or religious affiliations.

CCIE: “Every student should reap the benefits of study abroad – to get a leg up on future employment and a fresh perspective that comes from encountering another culture. That’s why CIEE does more than any other international educational organization to make study abroad affordable. Every year, we award up to $5 million in scholarships and grants for study abroad. Our comprehensive approach addresses three distinct areas to ensure we reach students of diverse academic, ethnic, and economic backgrounds:

Academic Excellence Scholarships for students who excel in academic pursuits and are devoted to specialized areas of study

Access Grants and Scholarships for students who have historically been unable to study abroad because of financial circumstances

Ambassador Grants for motivated, high-achieving, students who are committed to capturing and sharing the many transformative benefits of international education after they return to campus.

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships (ETAs): Selected participants work for one academic year in a school or university in a foreign country in Europe, Asia, or South America, assisting in the teaching of English language and American culture. Participants are integrated into the life of the host country. Program details differ from country to country, but participants receive a stipend, paid round-trip airfare, and other benefits. Applicants must have B.A. at time the award year begins. Level: B.A. in hand / Award amount: varies

German Academic Exchange Service This is the official German Academic Exchange Service.  They provide funding for a number of initiatives and opportunities for undergraduate and also graduate students.

Gilman International Scholarship Program - The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education. This program seeks to lower barriers to undergraduate study abroad by offering scholarships to students with financial need, and we encourage those underrepresented in study abroad to apply. The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being approximately $4,000 for fall and spring programs, and $3,000 for summer programs.

Applicants who are studying a critical need language while abroad in a country in which the language is predominantly spoken will automatically be considered for the Critical Need Language Award, for a total award of $8,000. Please note that this award is competitive and offered to a limited number of students each year. During the 2013-2014 academic year, 60 Critical Need Language Awards were offered.

Global Learning Semesters - There are many financing options available for semester and summer abroad programs at Global Learning Semesters students. Learn more about how you can use our scholarship and loan programs to finance an extraordinary study abroad experience.

Golden Key Study Abroad Scholarships: Ten scholarships awarded annually for members of the Golden Key Honor Society for undergraduate study abroad. Awards will be made based on academic merit and relevance of study abroad program to major field of study. Level: undergraduate / Award amount: $1000

GrantNet - Funding Opportunities for Training in the Biological and Medical Sciences.

The Interexchange Foundation Working Abroad Grant - The Working Abroad Grant through The Interexchange Foundation is open to applicants who have already been accepted to an Interexchange Aupair, Internship, Teaching English, Volunteer, or Work & Travel program. Award amounts will cover the Interexchange program fee plus $2000 towards airfare and other expenses while traveling abroad.

International Education Financial Aid IEFA is the premier Internet resource for financial aid information for students wishing to study in a foreign country. At this site, you will find the most comprehensive listing of grants, scholarships, loan programs, and other information to assist students in their pursuit to study abroad.

Walter Jensen Scholarship for Study Abroad: Awarded to a future teacher of French to help pay for a semester or a year studying French abroad in an accredited program in any Francophone country. Student must be currently enrolled in an established teacher education program in French and must be sponsored by a member of the American Association of Teachers of French. Awards are based on financial need and can be used to cover tuition, fees, travel, or housing costs. Level: undergraduate or graduate / Award amount: $1500

National Security Education Program (NSEP) & Boren Awards - Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

The Project Go Initiative is sponsored by the U.S. Army ROTC, and provides funding for undergraduatestudents pursuing degrees in one of the Army’s designated critical need languages. To be eligible for the program, students must be enrolled in the ROTC, with the intention of completing a term of service as an enlisted officer in the U.S. Army.

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Scholarships: The national honor society for foreign language students awards scholarships for undergraduate study in programs abroad to its members.
Level: undergraduate / Award amount: $1000

Qalam wa Lawh Center for Arabic Studies - Merit based scholarships are being offered for the Fall and Spring semesters 2010-2011. There are also scholarships available for the winter session 2010/2011. Selected students will be immersed in intensive Arabic language classes as well as other cultural programs such as cooking, calligraphy, and trips to venues of cultural interest and significance throughout Morocco. The scholarship covers all costs of tuition and housing for the duration of the semester dates indicated on the attached flyer. Students will study at our state of the art facility with full amenities. Details of the scholarship and application requirements are attached and can be found on the Qalam Center website.

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships: The Rotary Club offers 3 different types of scholarship: Academic Year Ambassadorial Scholarships for 1 year of study abroad, Multi-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships for 2 years of degree-oriented study abroad, and Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarships for 3 or 6 months of language study and cultural immersion abroad. Applicants must be a citizen of a country that has Rotary Clubs and must have completed at least 2 years of college-level coursework or equivalent professional experience before commencing their scholarship studies. Level: undergraduate or graduate / Award amount: $13,000 - $25,000

U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) fosters mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through international educational and training programs.

US Department of Education, Financial Aid Information


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