Jim Cliff Visual Arts Director
Jim Cliff comes to DSA from Northeast Ohio. He grew up in the greater Youngstown area where he attended Youngstown State University earning a B.S. in Art Education and a B.F.A. in Studio Art, with a painting emphasis, as well as a Masters Degree in Art Education. During college he served as Assistant Preparer at both the McDonough Museum of Art and the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, providing Cliff with extensive knowledge about the presentation of art. He experienced everything from handling, preserving, and finishing artwork to installing and lighting exhibitions.
Cliff brought his passion and skill to Boardman High School in Boardman, Ohio where he taught Art and Graphic Design, served as the Art Club advisor for nine years, and designed a new Architectural Design curriculum. He was a committee member of The National Honor Society, Yes Fest, and was the recipient of the 2013 Teacher of the Year award.
Cliff incorporates mixed media and techniques in his art work to convey personal emotions as well as reactions to the world around him. He explores personal landscapes integrating collage, graphic design, and woodworking with painting.
Martin Loftus Visual Arts Instructor
Marty Loftus is an experienced art educator currently residing in Denver, Colorado where he teaches at Denver School of the Arts.
Marty attended Beloit College, and received a Bachelor’s degree in Art as well as a Masters of Art in Teaching. Marty has over twenty years of experience teaching high school visual art, and has had numerous national, regional, and local award winning students. Marty is an experienced Advanced Placement teacher, reader, and table leader, and has held numerous leadership positions in art education.