Adan is a designer, maker, and artist with an individualized major connecting Industrial Design, Furniture, and Jewelry. Ever inspired by how things could be improved, and a background that is rooted in design + fine craft, he has a strong and valuable set of skills, that can be applied in a variety of areas. He works closely with Logan and Chris Wood from John O’Connell High School to teach the Industrial and Product Design class at YAX this Spring. Website: adanromo.com
alexander kozachek, artBUILD
Alexander is an artist and designer who moved to San Francisco in 2016 to receive his MFA in Design at California College of the Arts. He also holds a BFA in Ceramics from Alfred University and studied abroad at the Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing. Alexander co-founded the design collective Berg., and has shown in multiple gallery spaces under that collective. Before moving to San Francisco, Alexander worked as the Sculpture Technician at the University of Hartford Art School where he managed the wood, sculpture, glass blowing and metal fabrication shops.
Alexander will be co-teaching YAX’s summer ArtBUILD program (architecture + fashion design for rising 9th graders) with our Fashion faculty artist Francesca.
alfie macias, music production + traditional percussion
Alfie teaches music production as well as Afro-Brazilian drumming and percussion ensemble. He has studied and performed with noted percussionists Gamo Paz and Jorge Alabe from Brazil, and locally with Carlos Aceituno, Zeke Neally and Kwaku Dady as well as ensembles including Aguas de Bahia and Fogo Na Roupa. He is an accomplished salsa dance instructor and also teaches with Loco Bloco, the San Francisco Arts Education Project and Project Avary, a summer arts camp for at-risk youth. Alfie was the musical director of both Loco Bloco & is the musical director of the dance company Sambaxé. He and his drumming students regularly collaborate with Sambaxé. Alfie has been with Youth Art Exchange since 2006. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese.
alyssa aviles, printmaking
Alyssa is a Xicana artist and arts educator in San Francisco, California. She was born and raised in the city’s Mission District, a place whose spiritual geography has influenced much of her work and career. Alyssa received a BFA in Printmaking from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Alyssa began a women’s printmaking collective by the name of Suavecita Press. In this collective, women are invited to learn and collaborate as printmakers. This collective currently operates out of the Mission Gráfica printmaking studio of the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, where Alyssa also gives silkscreening classes and assists as a studio manager. Aside from teaching, Alyssa also works as a freelance artist and operates the line of merchandise that Suavecita Press currently offers.
brisa aceves, photography darkroom assistant
Brisa is a San Francisco based film photography enthusiast who works with 35mm, 120 medium format and instant films. By day, Brisa is a veterinary technician, RVT and supervisor at a 24 hour emergency and specialty referral practice here in San Francisco. Brisa is member of the Harvey Milk Photo Center, proud supporter and patron of Rayko Photo Center, and enjoys spending days off in the darkroom or out and about visiting collections one of San Francisco’s many museums.
chris wood, construction adjunct faculty
Chris is the Construction Arts teacher and shop master at John O’Connell High School in San Francisco, as well as an adjunct faculty teaching Construction at City College of San Francisco. Partnering with Youth Art Exchange for the first time in Fall of 2015, Chris shares his tremendous experience as a professional contractor teaching construction techniques and introducing students to the use of common shop tools.
francesca mateo, fashion design
As a born and raised Bay Area local and frequent traveller, Francesca interprets the world around her with visual art and fashion. Her artwork and fashion design has been featured throughout the Bay Area, cross-country and in the Philippines and Korea. She founded the streetwear clothing brand Empire in the Air which uses apparel and community events to inspire others to build their empires. Not only does she serve SF youth as YAX’s Fashion Design Instructor, she is also the Filipinx-American Teaching Artist at Root Division where she teaches art projects that aim to celebrate Filipinx and Fil-Am history and cultures. Francesca earned her MA in International Studies at the University of San Francisco and BA in Global Studies and Journalism at San Jose State University.
lacey johnson, filmmaking
Lacey is an arts educator and artist who uses many mediums to weave together stories at the intersections of lost histories, disoriented presents, and speculative futures. With a background in storytelling through zines and comics she has recently transitioned into using video, and is excited to work with YAX youth to continue to explore. Lacey has been a member of multiple art and activism collectives, has been a professor/student in a self-organized DIY MFA program, and graduated from Mills College with an MFA in Visual Studies in 2019. She has exhibited nationally and shown videos locally at ATA and The National Queer Arts Festival. Along with working at YAX she sings in a band, shoots music videos, and is summer artist in residence at The Prelinger Library.
Lacey will be teaching our summer intensive in Filmmaking.
logan kelley, architecture
LoganKelley, AIA, LEED AP, is a licensed architect, musician, and ceramic artist who loves to work on community-driven, small-scale projects. For over 5 years, Logan's day job has been working on affordable housing for low-income families in San Francisco while at the firm Mithun. He has worked on a variety of projects at a variety of scales, from small design-build interventions for a non-profit urban farm, to large urban-infill projects and neighborhood visioning. He has taught and helped teach students in ages ranging from 5 to 25 at various schools in California. Logan believes that the youth hold the key to the future of our cities, and that helping students to engage their communities will enable them to be the stewards and makers of our built environment. Loganjoined YAX in December 2018 and teaches Architecture Firm and Industrial + Product Design.
matthew brown, filmmaking
Matthew is a filmmaker who lives in Berkeley. Matthew received a BFA in Film from the University of Colorado with an emphasis in Cinematography and Editing. In addition to filmmaking, Matthew has a passion for photography and is the darkroom assistant for the Black and White Photography class. His work has been shown at the San Francisco Underground Short Film Festival, the Emerging Filmmaker’s Project, Another Cafe, and Looking Glass Photo.
max gavrich, photography
Richard Max is an artist, writer, educator, and YAX alumnus. His work explores notions of identity, place and community through photographs, found objects, film, and video. Gavrich was the 2014 recipient of the Lugo Land Prize. His first monograph, Estraneo, published in 2015 by Edizioni del Bradipo, charted the Lowlands of Emilia-Romagna. He has exhibited at Museo San Rocco (Fusignano, Italy), the Ogden Museum of Southern Art (New Orleans, LA), Five Points Gallery (Torrington, CT), Rayko (San Francisco, CA), among others, and taught at Big Class New Orleans, Artseed, Real Art Ways, and Bard College.