Art Faculty & Staff

Full Time Faculty

Mary Catherine (MC) Bassett, Department Chair
Ceramics, 2D & 3D Design, Sculpture

Mary Catherine (MC) Bassett is Full-time faculty in the Art Department at Laney College and a practicing artist working primarily in ceramic and glass.  MC received her BFA rom the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an emphasis in Fiber and Material Studies and earned her MFA in 2012 from the School for American Crafts at the Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in Glass Sculpture. Mary Catherine has been an artist in residence at S12 studio in Bergen Norway and Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. 

Alex Echeverria

Alex Echevarria
Painting, Drawing, Color
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Alex Echevarria is a Pennsylvania born painter and educator who recently relocated from Los Angeles. He earned an MFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art at Temple University and a BS in Art Education and BFA in Painting from Kutztown University His work has been exhibited nationally at museums and galleries, including the Philip & Muriel Berman Museum at Ursinus College, and the Woodmere Museum of Art in Pennsylvania. His paintings have been written about and featured in various publications including the Philadelphia Inquirer, and New American Paintings. He has taught at numerous colleges and universities including Tyler School of Art, Widener University, California State University Long Beach, and Otis College of Art and Design.

Part Time Faculty

Fan Lee Warren
Drawing and Composition, Art History

BFA from Illinois State University
Drawing and Painting
MFA from Chicago School of the Art Institute
Painting and sculpture
I am a passionate community culture activist, instructor, and artist with over thirty years of experience exhibiting and teaching. Through my extensive background in drawing, sculpture, art history, and painting, I have had the privilege of sharing my knowledge in diverse communities, from universities to museums.
As an art instructor, my goal goes beyond teaching. I aim to ignite a deep appreciation for the transformative power of art. By sharing art history and studio information, I empower my students to shape a brighter artistic future. My commitment is to provide a platform for creative expression to various individuals in diverse communities.
As an instructor, I foster a stimulating and supportive environment that encourages students to cultivate their creativity while honing skills and techniques that amplify their artistic visions. I have been actively creating art and professionally exhibiting my work alongside teaching for four decades.

Hannah Tandeta

Art History

Hannah Tandeta studied art history and studio practice at UC Irvine, and later earned her MFA in Printmaking and Photography at San Jose State University. She has taught a broad range of subjects with Peralta Community Colleges since 2003. She has two daughters, two granddaughters, and one cat.

Liesa Lietzke
Art History, Color Dynamics

Liesa Lietzke is a San Francisco Bay Area based artist and educator. Her studio work has been exhibited at Deitch Projects Art Parade, Aqua Art Fair Miami Beach, The Oakland Museum of California, The Lab, Krowswork and other venues. Her 2013 curatorial project brought together artists addressing an array of issues raised by breast cancer and installed their work at the triennial California Breast Cancer Research Project Symposium. Her writing has been published by the Chinese Cultural Center of San Francisco, San Francisco State University Humanities Symposium Journal, and others. Lietzke completed her graduate studies at California College of the Arts, earning an MFA in sculpture at in 2009 and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies in 2011.

Martha “Mo” Storm
Ceramics, Figure Sculpture

Mo Storm started working in clay as a teen then in college she took the serpentine path through textiles and sculpture [sometimes blending the two mediums], earning an MFA in sculpture at Mills College. She came back to ceramics because it was still a deep part of her soul. She believes that art teaches creative problem solving and is good for all students, no matter what major or field. 

Taught at: Academy of Art, H.A.R.D [City of Hayward], Laney College, Mills College [TA 2+ yrs], NIAD [Arts and Disabilities program, Richmond CA] 

Frederick0 Alvarado
Fredericko Alvarado is a project based artist working through drawing, painting, public art, video, and curatorial practices. Their work revolves building with communities in the creations of site specific works. Alvarado engages sites through observation, research, and connection to local centers, organizations, and individuals who negotiate given spaces. This allows them the ability to experience, learn, and decipher differences and commonalities between the diverse personalities and cultures of this beautiful world. 

Pamela Thomas
Figure Sculpture

Originally from Hollywood, California, Pam caught the clay bug at 17 in her very first sculpture class at UC Berkeley- taught by Richard Shaw (!).  She received a BA from UCB and then earned her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.  There she concentrated her studies on life-size ceramic figure sculpture.   

In addition to being an artist, Pam is also a teacher of all things clay and sculpture. She has taught at the Hartford Art School, the University of Connecticut- Storrs, Seoul Women’s University in South Korea, as well as Los Medanos College, City College of San Francisco, Laney and Merritt Colleges in California. 

Sharon Siskin
EcoArt Matters

Sharon Siskin received her BFA from Tyler School of Art; MA from University of New Mexico and MFA from University of California, Berkeley. Sharon has an extensive exhibition record, showing her work in museums, galleries, and public sites for more than 45 years. She is the recipient of numerous residencies, awards and grants.   

Sharon is currently a Faculty Advisor in the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Program at Goddard College in Port Townsend, WA, and an Adjunct Professor in the Art and Cultural Studies Program at Berkeley City College and in the Art Department at Laney College. She has taught at the San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts, John F. Kennedy University, California State University East Bay, University of New Mexico, at several Bay Area Community Colleges, and for 5 years as an Assistant Professor at University of San Francisco.  

Minoosh Zomorodinia
EcoArt Matters

Minoosh Zomorodinia is an Iranian-born interdisciplinary artist and educator. She is a freelance media artist and currently a Part-time Faculty at Peralta Community College since 2015. She serves as a co-chair of the Women Eco Artists Dialog, and a member of Art Program Committees for several Art Centers in the Bay Area. Zomorodinia has received several awards, residences, and grants including Headlands Center for the Arts, and Recology Artist Residency. She has exhibited locally and internationally at Asian Art Museum San Francisco, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Pori Art Museum. She earned an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute.

Anna Vaughan
Art History

Emily Gui

Emily Gui (pronounced “Guy”) is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. While printmaking is at the core of her practice, her projects move fluidly between sculpture, photography and installation. Her work often pushes the boundaries of process and technique through layering and material experimentation. Her current projects re-materializes objects, examining the nuances of human relationships with ubiquitous materials, from collections to garbage and everything in between. She has exhibited in galleries throughout the US including BAMPFA, Print Center of New York, Root Division and SOEX among others. She has taught at Kala Art Institute regularly since 2015 and currently teaches printmaking at UC Berkeley, UC Davis as well as Laney. She received her B.A. in Studio Arts from Bard College in 2012 and her MFA from the UC Berkeley Art Practice Department in 2021.

Susana Stromberg
Gallery Director

Susanna Stromberg is a photographer, writer, and communications strategist with a background in professional audio, international conferences, and visual arts programs. She holds an MFA in Studio Art from Mills College and a BA in Creative Non-Fiction from Hampshire College.


Ashley Cornwall, Staff
Art Department Coordinator