Teacher's at Slowfire

Noelle Allen


Noelle Allen is a full-time, tenured professor of sculpture and ceramics at Dominican University, with over 15 years of experience teaching at the college level. Noelle holds a BA from Smith College and an MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Kelsey Wilcoxon


Kelsey Wilcoxon holds both a BA in painting and drawing, as well as an MLIS concentrating in archival studies from Dominican University. She is passionate about studio art as well as art history, and has been teaching at Slowfire for three years.

Josslyn Baron


Josslyn Baron holds a BA in both Painting/Drawing and Psychology from Dominican University. Josslyn was a Teaching Assistant to Professor Jeffery Cote de Luna in the Painting Department and a Writing Tutor for the Academic Success Center. 

Alice Arreola


Alice Arreola graduated with honors from Dominican University with degrees in art history and sculpture. Alice has been teaching children art classes through the Oak Park Park District since 2018 and has been working at Slowfire since summer 2020.

Jenna Richards


Jenna Leigh Richards is an interdisciplinary, conceptual artist. Richards holds an MFA from Indiana University(IU) and a BFA from University of Louisville. Richards spent two years teaching as Associate Instructor at IU and taught an Adjunct course at University of North Texas. 

Shalom Borrallo


Shalom Borrallo is a multi-media artist pursuing a BA in Graphic Design at Dominican University. Some of her favorite medias are digital, photography, and painting. Shalom has helped with the design rebrand of Dominican University’s podcast, Starcast, and currently works with Dominican University’s newspaper, as a photographer. She also enjoys writing in her free time and will be published in her university’s literary magazine, Stella Veritatis, fall 2022 issue. 

Brie Maldondo-Cru


Brie Maldonado-Cruz holds a BA degree from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. At UWM her focus was in ceramics and painting. She worked at the beautiful Milwaukee Art Museum prior to moving to Oak Park. Always creating since childhood, she is the artist and maker behind The Periwinkle Peacock here in Oak Park.  Brie enjoys many art mediums, and loves to share her passion for making with others.

Salma Jimenez


Salma Jimenez holds a BA in graphic design from Dominican University. Salma has worked as a studio assistant for Noelle Allen in ceramics and interned for the University Ministry Office, designing and creating content for print and digital publishing.