Our Team - Art Faculty

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Annie Roth.

Annie Roth Zang, BFA

Faculty
Staff
Department
Art Lab

Annie Roth is a painter and illustrator at heart, but is happy to explore a variety of mediums.  Her work varies from large scale paintings on wood panels, to small illustrations for greeting cards and wedding stationary.  Annie is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's Design, Art, Architecture, and Planing program with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.  She has participated in both local and national art shows, and has a coloring book featured in the permanent collection of the Chattanooga Public Library's zine library. 

Annie has been involved in various Cincinnati based art organizations including membership in Broadhope Art Collective, interning at Homemeadow Song Farm, and consigning art through Robot Inside and Rock, Paper, Scissors, and instructing painting parties at Painting with a Twist.  She has also participated in local craft fairs such as Luminocity, Crafty Supermarket, and Craft Menagerie.

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Lainey Schwaner

Lainey Schwaner

Faculty
Staff
Department
Art Lab
Position
Art Teacher, Office Staff

Lainey Schwaner is a multidisciplinary artist originally from Cleveland, Ohio. She has lived and worked in Cincinnati since 2017. She graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) at the University of Cincinnati in the spring of 2022. Her current art practice focuses on printmaking and performance art. Her work aims to create a visual representation of memory, and is influenced by the things she sees, feels, and experiences. Interaction with the world around her is vital to making her work, as it is reflective of her life and experiences. 

Schwaner’s work has been featured in shows, including at PIQUE gallery’s 24-hour Perform-A-Thon at  the close of This Time Tomorrow, Basketshop Gallery’s Transmission 21: Circut Bending Event, and Sacramento Fine Arts Center’s National Juried Printmaking Exhibition: Aspiring Artists Debut. Schwaner’s involvement in arts organizations includes working as a Gallery Assistant at The Carnegie in Covington, Kentucky. She also runs an online art gallery, Alternative Gallery Space, and is working on forming an artist collective with like minded artists local to Cincinnati.

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Melinda

Melinda Welch, MA Ed

Faculty
Department
Art Lab
Position
Art Director

Melinda E. Welch earned her Master’s degree and teaching license in Art Education from the University of Cincinnati's school of Design Architecture, Art and Planning. Melinda’s Masters thesis focused on developing a visual arts curriculum for a community art center.

Melinda’s teaching experience includes Kennedy Heights Art Center, after school art at Pleasant Ridge Montessori, student teaching at Walnut Hills high school, Sherwood Elementary, North Avondale Montessori, and Anderson high school. For Arts Wave, she taught an arts integration curriculum at Bond Hill Elementary. She has completed internships at the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Taft Museum of Art, Manifest Gallery and Prairie Gallery. She was part of a youth community photography program in conjunction with Happen Inc, Prairie Gallery and the Mill Creek Restoration Project.

In addition to Art Director at the Center for the Arts, Melinda brings art programming to three public library branches in Cincinnati.

Melinda is an active and experienced artist who works in ceramics, photography, collage and whatever else strikes her artistic fancy. She and her husband reside in Camp Washington with their two children.