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​Visual Arts Faculty
Robert Burget
Robert Burget
Robert Burget holds a Masters degree in Education, Education Media and Computers from Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. In addition to teaching for CGCC, Robert has worked for the Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction (MCLI) updating and maintaining the "Web of Labyrinths" web site. He also has extensive experience as a professional photographer working for Thomas Reprographics Inc. and Prophoto Inc. Robert's qualifications for teaching computer graphics including a working knowledge of: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Quark Express, Macromedia Director, Adobe PageMill, Adobe Premiere, and Microsoft PowerPoint.
Michael  Ceschiat
Michael Ceschiat
Ceramic Art Faculty

​Pecos EST 138

Born and raised in Columbus Ohio, Michael received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Columbus College of Art and Design majoring in ceramics and sculpture. After graduation he went to Kuwana, Japan for a six-month apprenticeship with Ichizo Mori in traditional Japanese pottery methods. Michael then relocated to Mashiko, Japan and worked with Yoshiji Onuki for two years practicing contemporary pottery and sculpture. While in Japan he participated in various group and solo exhibitions. Michael returned to the United States to earn a Master of Fine Arts in ceramic sculpture from the University of New Mexico then taught at the UNM Valencia Campus for nineteen years. Currently he is the head of Ceramics and Sculpture at Chandler Gilbert Community College. Michael’s ceramic and steel sculptures have been shown at the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Albuquerque Museum, the Amarillo Museum of Art and at the prestigious Spiral Garden, Wacoal Art Center in Tokyo, Japan. Publications featuring his artwork include 500 Ceramic Sculptures by Lark Books, American Craft, El Palacio and Around 505.
Kate O'Mara
Kate O'Mara
Kate O'Mara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in Art History from Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan and a Master of Arts degree (MA) in Art History from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. In addition to her teaching at CGCC since 1990, Kate also taught at Mesa Community College, Northern Arizona University, Prescott College and Grand Canyon University.
Al Pace
Al Pace
Al Pace is a native Arizonan. After earning his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Fine Art from Arizona State University, he had dedicated three decades as the ceramics instructor Chandler High School in Chandler, Arizona. Al also has been teaching ceramics for CGCC since 1996.

Al considers his work to be, "The art of turning mud into stone, a lump of clay into a vessel of beauty." Al's work is vessel orientated and he created Japanese and African pottery as a major influence on his life's work.

John Parrish
John Parrish
J.D. Parrish was born John David Parrish at Lone Pine, California. His name was geared specifically to be nicknamed by his initials, and he has been J.D. all his life.

Parrish's first exposure to the art world came in college where he fell in love with the Old Masters and the Classical paintings of the 19th century. Parrish devoted most of his studies to the figure and believes that any emotion can be communicated and evoked through the expressions and articulations of the human form.

in 1983, Parrish attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and majored in Illustration. With the intense training he received there he was able to work with a wide variety of mediums and techniques. The principles of communication and form he practiced and learned at the Art Center have proven invaluable in his work. After graduation in 1986, Parrish went to work as an illustrator in the Los Angeles area until 1988, when he moved to Arizona.

Currently Parrish teaches drawing, life drawing and painting at CGCC, and continued to paint and work as an artist. Some of his clients include Touchstone; Paramount Pictures; Universal Studios; Warner Brothers; Disney Studios; CBS Television; Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus; Marriott Inns; Red Lion Inns; Double Inns; America West; Honeywell Corporation; and Swensens.

Roy Pope
Roy Pope
"When in a hurry dress slowly" - fortune cookie

Ghost towns. Rippling trout streams. Winter wharves. Few artists capture the depth of black and white photography as does Roy Pope. His deep passion for photographs takes him through the four seasons to capture the spirit of nature. His images reveal the twisted knots of an aged tree and the sun-weathered paint of an abandoned house...the beauty of things we no longer see.

Inspired by his love of nature, Roy photographs the simple things around him and creates images of admiration. One need only encounter a season's beauty to understand why.

Roy had studied at Columbia College in Chicago; is a graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL and has his Master of Arts Degree from Governors State University. Throughout the years, he has attended workshops to hone his craft by studying with the master photographers, artisans and technicians of our time.

Roy's background is multifaceted; working with a variety of media related positions inclusive of: medical, government, education, corporate, catalog, fashion, and photojournalism.

His passion is his view camera, his darkroom and the production of fine prints.

Roy photographs the world through a pair of loving eyes and a hugging heart.

Ryan  Sullivan
Ryan Sullivan
Buzzy Sullivan is an educator and photographer based out of Phoenix, Arizona. Sullivan has been teaching at Chandler-Gilbert Community College since 2015, where he gets to work closely with students of all ability levels and backgrounds to help them achieve their educational goals. His photographic work has been exhibited throughout the US and internationally. Sullivan grew up in Montana, which is often known as “The Last Best Place” and is also home to the largest Superfund site in the United States. Montana’s duality of pristine wilderness and toxic remains formed his interest in the human/nature interface in the American West. He received his MFA at Arizona State University in 2017 and a BFA from Oregon College of Art & Craft in 2013.
Kari  Wehrs
Kari Wehrs
480.731.8000
Kari Wehrs is a photographer and educator currently living in Tempe, AZ. She attended Arizona State University for her MFA in photography and graduated in the Spring of 2018. As a child, Kari spent hours flipping through her Grandmother's family photo albums that dated from the late 1800s to the mid 1900s. The photographs were compiled neatly, often with handwritten notations, which suggested to her that they were precious objects. Wanting to see the details of each image, Kari often examined the photographs with her Grandmother's magnifying glass. She found the idea that time could be recorded and "held" in photographs to be truly fascinating. Originally from Minnesota, Kari attended the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse for her undergraduate education, and soon after attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine, in the fall of 2007. Kari has been associated with the Maine Media Workshops + College in Rockport, Maine, since 2008, and has been a workshops instructor since 2012. Kari has a deep interest in the techniques, technology, and history of the photographic medium. While embracing multiple methods in her own work, her most recent series is portraiture employing the 1850s wet plate collodion process (tintypes).
Ted Wolter
Ted Wolter
480.732.7089
Ted has been teaching Art for over 31 years, the last 20 of which have been at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. He finds teaching a rewarding and fulfilling experience, especially in the southeast valley where students bring so many different perspectives to their studies. Ted received his Master of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Illinois and has a wide range of experience teaching painting, watercolor, graphic design, airbrush and illustration. In addition to teaching, Ted is active in the fine arts and graphic arts. He has an extensive exhibition record of over 90 exhibits, including 10 one-man shows. His work is in several permanent collections and he frequently serves as an art juror and guest lecturer. Ted also freelances as an illustrator and graphic designer/ His client list includes ASU, Harbinger House Publishers, Gorsuch Scarisbrick Publishers, Mesa Youth Theater, Galeria Mesa, and Ray Vote Graphics. Teaching remains Ted's favorite activity and he finds his greatest satisfaction when interacting with students.