Meet the teachers! Full of passion and talent, these artists teach our Summer Camps and classes during the school year. Discover more about our amazing educators!

Karen Alleman
Education Coordinator

Karen loves art.  She is the Education Coordinator at The Art Center and has several years of experience teaching art to children K-12 in a public school in Pennsylvania and was a children’s museum manager and art coordinator in Virginia.  Karen, an artist herself, enjoys sharing her knowledge about the process of art-making and the history of art. However, she also wants her students to experience art and understand how much it affects their lives.  In 1997 Karen graduated from Messiah College with a B.S. in Art Education.  Her study abroad experience landed her in Philadelphia, PA, where she took classes at Temple University, Tyler School of Art, and student taught in North Philadelphia. Karen enjoys traveling and visiting art museums around the globe. She and her husband have a six-year-old daughter who also shares her passion for the arts.


Meg Gilbert

Meg Gilbert, a native of El Paso, graduated from Baylor University with a BA in Anthropology and a minor in Studio Art. She grew up with a love of art following the legacy of her grandmother, Mickey Smith, one of the founders of The Art Center of Waco. Meg enjoyed taking art classes in El Paso, at the Glassell School of Art in Houston and at Baylor University. Her combined passions for art and anthropology led to her interest in the museum field. It has been an honor for her to lead The Art Center of Waco since May 2014.



Katherine Makowsky

Katherine is a former Artist in Residence at The Art Center. Katherine’s work straddles the line between abstraction and realism. She trained as a printmaker, though her artistic influences derive from a wide variety of mediums, from bookmaking and ceramics to textiles and comic books. She has previously taught in the high school setting and is the facilitator of the Waco Figure Drawing group that meets monthly at The Art Center. Her work seeks to uphold the classical ideals of Goodness, Truth, and Beauty.

Emily Martinka

Emily has been a teacher in Waco ISD for the past three years and this is her second summer teaching summer camp at The Art Center. She received her BFA in Studio Art from Baylor University in 2009 and went on to teach after school art lessons throughout Waco ISD. She spent a year managing an art gallery, but has since made her way back into the school setting.  She has been teaching kindergarten the past two years and will be teaching middle school art at Rapoport Academy this fall.  She loves ceramics, painting, and fiber arts.

Heather Mooney

Heather just got her masters in Theology from Baylor University and works in Waco as a researcher. She double-majored in Art and English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Heather loves all things creative, especially painting and writing poetry.

Some of Heather’s favorite things are spending time with family and friends, playing sand volleyball, and reading a good book on a beautiful day.

 Travis Tarver

Travis has been interested in art since second grade, when he began to enjoy drawing. He took art classes all throughout his secondary schooling, including a comic book course. He graduated from Baylor University in December of 2016 with a BFA in Studio Art - Painting.

He loves biking, being outside, doing art, and playing music.