Faculty

J. Jaia Chen- Full-time Fine Arts Faculty
Ms. Jaia Chen is a Fine Arts professor at Shelton State Community College.  Ms. Chen teaches Art Appreciation, Art History I & II, Drawing I & II, Painting I & II, Two Dimensional Design and Three Dimensional Design.  Ms. Chen is an artist, educator and curator.  She received her BA from University of Alabama at Birmingham and MFA from Ohio State University.  Ms. Chen was amongst fifty international artists chosen to attend the prestigious international advanced artist program, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
 
Ms. Chen is passionate about art and art history, her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. She has won numerous awards including a Pollock-Krasner Grant. During the past eleven years, Ms. Chen has lived and worked on three continents. In America, she taught at Florida State University and Ringling School of Art and Design. In Holland, Ms. Chen was awarded an international artist fellowship at Stitching Foundation.  In England, she was a Visiting Professor at The Surrey Institute of Art and Design.  In China, Ms. Chen was the director of the international artist program of Shenghua Art Center in Nanjing. She curated several international artists’ exhibitions in China. Her writings and critiques have been published in NY Arts magazine and Chinese Contemporary Art magazine.
 
Ms. Jaia Chen’s international experience, unique background and her passion and love for teaching and art enrich the artistic community at Shelton State. Her goal is to grow the Shelton State Visual Arts programs and increase the program’s stature in the Alabama arts education field.
 
Carole Johnson- Adjunct Instructor in Art Appreciation & Art History
Carole "Kitty" Johnson graduated from Sophie Newcomb College with a BA in English.  She received a Master's in English and a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing from the University of Alabama. While teaching English at Shelton, she started taking undergraduate art courses at Shelton and transferred to the University of Alabama in 1992 where she finished the equivalent of a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1999.  She finished her art coursework when she received her Masters Degree with an emphasis in Photography from Alabama in 2004. 
 
N.  Lynn Schmidt- Adjunct Instructor in Drawing
N. Lynn Schmidt is a mixed media and multi media artist from Birmingham Alabama. She has shown her art and photographs in shows, galleries, and museums in Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina. She has taught all levels of art to all levels of students from pre-school to college. Ms. Schmidt has her degrees from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. Her undergraduate concentration was in drawing and painting. Her graduate concentration was in photography. She has also studied at Atlanta College of Art, Southeastern Center of Photography Arts, Savannah School of Art and Design, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. At these schools she furthered her arts’ knowledge in multi-media technology, photography, and various computer programs such as 3D Studio Max, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier, Dreamweaver, etc in order to stay current in trends and movements in art.
 
James O. Styres- Adjunct Instructor in Art Appreciation, Art History and Drawing
James O. Styres has been a practicing artist since 1977, when he started his undergrad degree at The University of Alabama .It was during his second year of collage in a beginning printmaking class, that he began his first serious form of art. Normally an art student begins his studies with drawing and painting, and then begins another art process, but not the other way around. Styres then created art work by working in other printmaking processes. These processes included etching, lithography, relief, photo silkscreen, photo etching, photo lithography, and papermaking. By the end of the first art degree, he had added photography, painting, photo silkscreen painting, and offset letter printing to his artistic processes. He received his first degree, Bachelor of Fine Arts, from The University of Alabama in 1981.He received 32 hours of credit in painting, printing, and photography at the University of Louisiana from 1981-1982. He transferred back to the University of Alabama in 1983 and received a Master of Fine Arts in 1984.Styres then returned to the University of Alabama in 1988 and received a Master of Arts in Art Education in 1990.

From 1984-1986, he began teaching art in several K-12 classes in the Winston and Etowah countries in Alabama. In 1986, he was the director that designed the formation of the Gadsden City Schools Elementary Visual Fine Arts Program, in Gadsden, Al. He taught art there from 1986-1992. He also taught art at the Gadsden State Community College from 1992-1993 and in 1997.Styres then taught at the high school level in the Tuscaloosa County School system from 1996-1998.From1998 to 2002, he then began teaching in the Tuscaloosa City Schools, teaching high school AP art and elementary classes. After that time he decided to return to teaching at the college level, and in 2004 he taught at American Intercontinental University in Atlanta, Georgia until 2005.In 2005, Styres returned to Tuscaloosa, Al. and began teaching at Shelton State Community College in 2006 until the present. His artwork has been displayed in several group and one-man art exhibitions and private collections (including two one person exhibitions at Shelton State Community College).
 
Alice Wilson- Adjunct Instructor in Photography I & II
Alice Wilson received her BA in Studio Art from the University of Alabama and her MA in Fine Art Digital Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design. Alice began her career in 1987 at the University of Alabama as a Staff Photographer in University Relations and remained in this job for 18 years.  She decided to finally fulfill her dream of teaching, which led her to Savannah College of Art and Design to receive her Masters. After receiving her Masters degree she began teaching in 2008.  In the fall semester of 2010 Alice joined the visual arts department at Shelton State teaching analog photography. Even after 30 years as a commercial and fine art photographer Alice has never lost her love and enthusiasm for all genres of photography and especially sharing her knowledge to all students.  Her avid curiosity of what will transpire next, whether in the class room or in her personal work, keeps her at the forefront of developing technologies and new artists.
 
Alice has received several awards for her photography such as the Artist Fellowship from Savannah College of Art and Design, Photographic Awards of Excellence from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Addy Awards for dance photography – Tuscaloosa Advertising Federation and the Special Judges Award for Outstanding Dance Photography – Tuscaloosa Advertising Federation.