Faculty & Staff
Dr. Colleen Brennan
Founder, Executive Director

Jennifer Becker
Recruiting, Marketing & Admissions Assistant

I've known since the second grade I was going to be an Artist. Making art is the first thing I came to love doing, and I maintain an active practice integrating darkroom and digital photography with fibers, fabric surface treatments and printing, design, illustration, and other needlecraft and sewing artforms. In 1999 earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Graphic Design from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. After several years working as a professional Graphic Designer in the Twin Cities, I returned to school at Minnesota State University, Mankato to earn my K-12 Visual Arts teaching license and Master of Arts in Teaching.

I've been teaching Visual and Media Arts since 2003 in public, charter and alternative schools, and I consider teaching the second thing I came to love doing.​ I earned my PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with supporting programs in Art Education, Teacher Education, and Media Arts and Design Education from the University of Minnesota in 2012, and the majority of my teaching career has been dedicated to  helping middle and high school students develop their personal voice, and to advancing teaching practices in Visual and Media Arts to include contemporary approaches.​ 

In addition to remaining grounded as a practicing Art instructor, I have also served  as a University Pre-Service Art Teacher Educator and Student Teaching Supervisor ​at the University of Minnesota, Illinois State University, Minnesota State University Mankato, and University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Currently I am working to earn my K-12 Principal and Superintendent licenses through the Educational Leadership program at the University of minnesota, and I expect to complete this endeavor in the spring of 2019. 

Starting a school for high school students who thrive and learn best by making and doing things has been a long-time dream of mine, and I'm excited to see it become a reality! 
I am a Dancer and Dance Educator. I have been teaching all styles and ages dance for over 10 years in Chicago, IL, and currently throughout the Twin Cities. I earned my Bachelors of Science in both Dance and Biology from Luther College in 2010. I then went on to dance professionally in Chicago with Aerial Dance Chicago, TheMassive,
and the Monocle Eclectic from 2010 until 2013 when I moved back to Minneapolis.


Currently I am in my 6th season dancing for Alternative Motion Project, and am the Dance Director at Dance Twirl MN. I continue to expand my knowledge of the body through massage therapy, my own dance practice, and working with other visual artists.