Faculty and Staff

Faculty Bios

Stacy Slaten,  Associate Professor of Painting, Drawing and Design

Stacy is an artist and educator serving as Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, VA. She is a mixed media artist whose first love is drawing. Born in Georgetown, Texas, Stacy has lived all over the state of Texas, particularly in West Texas and received her undergraduate degrees at Texas Tech University. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drawing and Painting, another in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing, a minor in Psychology, and a third Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with an interdisciplinary minor in Substance Abuse Studies. She then went to Ohio for her graduate work at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting, teaching there while she completed her degree.
Teaching both inspires and serves as a challenge in the creative process that motivates Stacy to continue exploring art making. She currently lives in Alexandria with her parrot and continues to investigate drawing as a primary expression.

Stacy has exhibited at Rochester Contemporary Art Center,  ArtVale Gallery, Contemporary Art Gallery Online, The Ellen Noël Art Museum,  Hall Center for the Arts, Hiestand, among others.  She has an upcoming exhibit at The Fischer Gallery in The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in 2020.

Stacy teaches:

ART 121/122  Drawing 1 and Drawing 2

ART 131 Fundamentals of Design 1

ART 241/242 Painting 1 and Painting 2

ART 243/244  Watercolor 1 and Watercolor 2

Jessica Gardner,  Associate Professor of Ceramics and 3-d Design

Jessica Gardner is an Assistant Professor of Art at Northern Virginia Community College. She obtained her Masters of Fine Arts at Georgia State University, her Post- Baccalaureate certificate at the University of Florida and her Bachelor’s Degree at Alfred University.
Jessica has held solo exhibitions across the country. Her current work includes slip-cast multiples and re-fired found objects. Her compositions explore motherhood in the modern era.

Jessica has been included in publications such as 500 Teapots Volume 2 by Lark Books, Ceramics: Art and Perception and Art Calendar.  Her work has been on display at the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute Collection, Jingdezhen, China, the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, AR, and the Porter Price Collection, Columbia, SC., and the Canton Museum of Art, among others.  Her work can be seen at http://jessicagardnerstudios.com/

Jessica teaches:

ART 153 Hand-built Ceramics

ART 154 Wheel-thrown Ceramic

ART 236 Sculptural Ceramics

ART 253 Functional Ceramics

Fine Art Studio Assistant Britt Conley

Britt received a M.A.L.S. (Master of Liberal Studies) degree from Georgetown University, which combined her studies in philosophy of art, art history and neuro-aesthetics.  She has a Certificate in Art History from Cambridge University (UK) International School, concentrating in the ‘History of Color.’  Britt also holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from George Washington University, where she studied painting and old masters techniques with a minor in art history.  She also holds an A.A.S. (Associate in Applied Science) degree in Studio Photography from Northern Virginia Community College and a Certificate in Social Media Management from Georgetown University.

Britt, is also regularly exhibiting professional artist with a studio at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA.  Her artworks represent aspects of musicality and the physics of music, through a myriad of mediums.  Her work has been seen at The Arts Club of Washington, Huntington Museum of Art, Capital One, Strathmore Concert Hall among others and magazines.  Her work can be seen at BrittConley.com