Board of Trustees
Jerrilynn Hadley – Vice President
Scott (Christopher) Satterwhite – Chair Elect
Janet Rice McCoy – Secretary
Steve Davidson – Treasurer
Patricia Manhire – Past President
Choh Man Teng
Ben Twingley – Interim Executive Director
Lauren Moody – Education and Outreach Director
Kellie Sylvester – Glass Studio and Program Manager
Clare Mattilio – Ceramics Supply Manager
Katie Soo Taylor – Interim Ceramics Studio Manager / Instructor
Kassandra Cotto – Visitor and Member Services
Cheyenne Ryan – VISTA, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
Keith Jones – Glass Staff / Instructor
Theresa Doidge – Bookkeeper
Sam Nettles – Sculpture Instructor
Sam Nettles received his B.F.A. from the University of South Alabama and did intensive figurative studies at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Connecticut. His major and private commissions, among many, include the Santa Rosa County Veterans Memorial in Milton, a fiberglass bas-relief celebrating the diversity of life on earth and an attempt to understand it through DNA, located at the University of West Florida and of course, the Hawkshaw Lagoon Missing Children Memorial in Pensacola. His work has also garnered a myriad of awards nationally.
Clare Mattilio- Staff / Youth Ceramics Instructor
Clare Mattilio is a ceramic artist from Lancaster Pennsylvania. She received her B.F.A. from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2019, then moved to Pensacola to start working as the Ceramic Supply & Operations Manager at FCAC in the same year. At Alfred, her main focus was ceramics, but took additional classes in education and printmaking, as well as interning in the galleries on campus as an assistant preparator. Clare’s work is primarily ceramic figure sculptures, utilizing facial expressions and body language to show emotions, and articulating the absurdities of life through clay. Clare teaches the Creating with Clay for Kids class offered on the 2nd Saturday of each month.
Ben Twingley – Staff / Ceramics Instructor
Ben Twingley was introduced to clay at an early age by his father, who was a potter and art teacher for almost 30 years. He spent time on the wheel as a kid and later immersed himself in ceramics early in college. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications, from Minnesota State University Moorhead. He worked as a staff photographer for the Pensacola News Journal for 11 years before dedicating himself to ceramics. Since 2006 he has fired large wood kilns with the Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society. He received his MFA in Creative Technology and Practice from the University of South Alabama. Currently he teaches ceramics at First City Art Center and is Interim Executive Director. Visit bentwingley.com to see his work.
Pearl VanHoove – Ceramics Instructor
Pearl was born and raised in Reading, Pennsylvania. After falling in love with drafting in 7th grade, she continued that path and obtained a B.S. in Technology Education with a minor studio concentration in Sculpture from California University of Pennsylvania. Throughout this time she entered sculptures in many juried art exhibitions throughout the Pittsburgh area, receiving awards of merit. Her sculptures were primarily composed of earthen materials including clay, twine, concrete and metal, often of figures. Pearl began pottery while attending Cal U and continued classes at the Belmont Arts Center after moving to Pensacola in 2006. Pearl enjoys making functional pottery and learning new techniques and forms.
Youth Art Program
Nicolette Dugas – Lead Youth Art Educator
Email Nicolette at: YAP@firstcityart.org
Keith Jones – Staff / Hot Glass Instructor
Keith earned his BA in Studio Arts focusing in glass at the University of South Alabama. He teaches our 1 Day Hot Glass Fundamentals and Introduction to Glass Blowing classes.
Kellie Sylvester – Staff / Flameworked Glass Instructor
Kellie started blowing glass at the University of South Alabama, where she was first introduced to the material. She went on to pursue and earn her MFA in glass from Kent State University. There she had the chance to learn various glass processes and explore the sculptural possibilities of flameworked glass. She is currently the Glass Studio and Program Manager at First City Art Center and the instructor for our Introduction to Boro Sculpting class. You can find her work at KellieSylvester.com.