Lisa Newman joined the Burren College of Art as director of admissions in June 2015. She has previously held positions in financial aid and admissions at Oregon College of Art and Craft (2001–2009) and Pacific Northwest College of Art (1998–2000) in Portland, Oregon. Newman is also an artist, curator, and writer. As a professional artist, she has exhibited work in events and festivals in the United States, Canada, and across Europe since 1995. She also codirects the independent arts organization 2 Gyrlz Performative Arts with her partner, Llewyn Maire. Newman completed a research-based PhD in 2014 at the University of Manchester in performance art history and theory. She also holds an MA in performance and cultural location in contemporary Europe from Dartington College of Art, as well as a BS in fine and applied art from the University of Oregon. Her experiences in academia in both the United States and the United Kingdom have given her an insight and appreciation for international study, and she brings this enthusiasm to her current role at BCA.
Dr. Lisa Newman
Director of Admissions and Marketing
Olivia Ezinga is a fine art photographer and earned her BFA from College for Creative Studies. Her work draws inspiration from literature, mental illness, and femininity—often using self as subject. She leads digital art workshops for teens and has lectured on creative processes in Michigan, Colorado, and California. Ezinga is based in Detroit, Michigan.
Sabrina Nelson has been creating works for over 36 years, exhibiting in the Midwest, South Florida, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Paris. She has been with the College for Creative Studies (CCS), in arts administration for 25 years, and with the Detroit Institute of Arts education department for 24 years. Nelson has taught African American art history at CCS and Oakland University. She has been part of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp faculty. Nelson is a mixed-media shapeshifter with a passion for talking to students about becoming professional artists. Nelson earned a BFA in fine arts from CCS in 1991.
Joni Taylor is a writer and artist living and working in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her work is mainly concerned with the self-reflexive combination of images and text in the form of graphic narratives, zines, and sculptural illustration. She received her MFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, where she teaches illustration and works as the coordinator of student recruitment.
Coordinator Student Recruitment
Annie Compean is a visual artist based in Southern California. She graduated with BFAs in drawing and painting, and art history from California State University, Fullerton in 2013. She graduated with an MFA in drawing and painting from California State University, Long Beach in 2018. Compean has been working at Laguna College of Art + Design as an admissions counselor for the past 2 years, but she has worked in art education for longer. She previously developed and taught a portfolio development class for high school students at an after-school art studio in Orange County. There, she worked closely with students to foster their growth toward college-level art topics and attended training workshops for AP art teachers with the College Board. She also taught life drawing and life painting at Orange County High School of the Arts in Santa Ana. There, she worked closely with students in the Digital Media Conservatory to help them build a strong foundation in observational drawing and painting techniques to support their applied arts topics, including illustration and visual development for entertainment.
Kelly Teeling is an artist and higher education professional who has worked in schools of art and design for 9 years. She is currently the director of first-year admission at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She received a BFA in fine art photography from the Corcoran College of the Arts & Design in Washington, DC, and maintains an active artmaking practice, working in large-format, alternative-process, and experimental photography.
Director, First Year Admission
Senior Admissions Counselor
Principal Admissions Counselor, Secondary Education Outreach
As the secondary outreach coordinator and principal admissions counselor for the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), Kris Musto spends the school year traveling and working in high school art classrooms with art teachers and students. She graduated with a BFA from MCAD and has worked in MCAD admissions for 20 years. In between taking trips and making things, Musto teaches workshops on bookbinding, altered books, soft sculpture, drawing, and portfolio development for art school.
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission