Resident Artists

No visit to the Museum is complete without stopping by to chat with some of our studio spaces to chat with our talented team of working artists! The Museum’s studio artist program is open to visual artists working in all media. While taking advantage of large, well-lit studios, artists provide opportunities for school and public audiences to observe art in process. Swing by for a discussion or to see our artists at work!

Margaret Gregg

Margaret Gregg is an experimental visual artist. She got into the arts when she discovered a love in decorating for Christmas and parties as a child. Dance, liturgies, and festival decorations followed-- Margaret would design posters and publications related to the events. She then progressed into more interactive forms, such as film, video and theatre which were more focused on specific cultural, regional, and political themes. Over the course of her artistic career, Margaret studied at various learning centers with great people. She created a production line of hats and clothing in order to support herself. She enjoys the creative environment of WKMA's resident artist program and hopes it will continue to open more creative adventures on her path.

Cecelia Pippin

Cecelia Pippin is a painter and ceramic artist. Currently, Pippin’s focus is in painting with oil, watercolor, and alcohol inks. Pippin has been a professional educator all her adult life. Her specialty is instructing in the art process with youth and adults. Pippin is a Washington County Master Gardener and, while teaching, always tries to impart environmental and plant education into lessons. Pippin earned a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Virginia and takes continuing education classes at Penland School of Arts and Crafts in Penland, NC and Odyssey Center for Ceramic Art in Asheville, NC.

Lynn Price

O. Lynn Price is a self-taught portrait sculptor who has been creating art for as long as he can remember. His daughters, Lisa and Lori, have been an inspiration to his art-making process. Lynn offers instructed and supervised self-guided classes in his studio.

Melinda Fritts Payne

Melina Fritts Payne owns The Muddy Hound Pottery. She earned a degree in Studio Art from East Tennessee State University where she studied painting and ceramics. Often seeking to create joy with her work, she often mixes whimsical imagery and floral themes. Melinda has taught pottery, drawing, and painting both in her studio and for various organizations around the Tri-Cities. Her work is available for purchase at Necessities, Barter Theatre, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, and, of course, in her studio at WKMA.

Kenna Calhoun

Kenna Calhoun is an Abingdon, VA based portrait photographer. She received her photography degree from Virginia Intermont and has been in photography for 15 years. She specializes in newborn and family portraits. Of her work she says, "I truly love the beauty and genuine emotions that come from real moments so I love to document those sweet moments in time for families and couples."

Fiona Zahnke

Fiona Zahnke began her life in clay in the early 1970s when she studied ceramics at Michigan State University's Pewabic Pottery, where she became particularly interested in Raku Firing and salt-fired ware. After a stint teaching ceramics at Iowa's McNaider Museum, she moved with her family to Big Stone Gap, VA. Fiona has taught courses in hand building and wheel throwing at Mountain Empire Community College and the University of Virginia's College at Wise. She was also an artist-in-residence at Powell Valley High School and ran her own studio, Powell River Pottery. In 2000, she was selected as a finalist for the Governor's Award for the Arts. In addition to her work in ceramics, Fiona also enjoys fiber work including weaving, knitting, and felting.

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Lunch & Learn

Jun 10

12:00 pm

Lunch & Learn: Figurative Sculpture with Lynn Price  Join Lynn Price to learn ...

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Lunch & Learn

Jul 08

12:00 pm

Lunch & Learn: Mixed Media Art  Learn about the mixed media art and ...

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Lunch & Learn: Art Meets Science 

Aug 12

12:00 pm

Who says art and science are so different? “To develop a complete mind: Study the science of ...

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Lunch & Learn: Fiber/Textiles 

Sep 09

12:00 pm

Grab your favorite lunch and join us to see where process and concept collide in contemporary fiber ...

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