Full-Time Instructors

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Julie Hughes,
Instructor, 2D Design, Drawing and Painting

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A Los Angeles native, Julie Hughes is a painter and installation artist whose research interests involve humans' relationship to the sublimity of nature. She received her MFA from California State University Northridge in 2004 with an emphasis in painting and drawing. Julie has exhibited her work in galleries and museums across the country and has created public art installations for the Los Angeles International Airport and the town of Breckenridge. As a teacher, Julie approaches the classroom with the intention to serve – facilitating experiences for students that cater to their specific needs and abilities. She believes her duty as a teacher is to develop a student’s aesthetic awareness and technical skills and foster a supportive environment where an open spirit of inquiry can be nurtured. With a playful and enthusiastic teaching style, she hopes her students leave her classes experiencing what a powerful tool for change – on a personal and a collective level – an art practice can be.

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Eugene Rodriguez,
Instructor, 2D Design, Drawing and Painting

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Eugene Rodriguez is a San Francisco based visual artist whose work includes painting, drawing, film, and installation. Aesthetically, his work incorporates theater, neorealism, and surrealism and then utilizes multiple painting and storytelling approaches to create a kaleidoscopic hybrid.

Rodriguez's films and videos have been featured in numerous national and international festivals. His paintings have been featured in solo exhibitions in New York City and San Francisco as well as group exhibitions across the country and Europe. In addition to exhibiting, he has curated exhibitions and lectured extensively on "Transforming Arts Curriculum for the 21st Century".

    • B.A., San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
    • M.F.A., Mills College, Oakland, CA

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Rocky Lewycky,
Instructor, Ceramics

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Rocky Lewycky, born 1977 in the San Francisco Bay Area, is a contemporary artist living and working in Santa Cruz, California. His resume includes teaching positions at the University of South Carolina, Institute of American Indian Arts (I.A.I.A.), the Santa Fe Community College, Foothill College, Monterey Peninsula College, and De Anza College where he is currently head of ceramics. Rocky has been featured in museum shows, as well as gallery exhibits of contemporary sculpture, installation and performance throughout the country. Rocky was recognized by the Santa Fean magazine as ”One of the top five artists to watch in New Mexico,” and “Top Talent from emerging to established and our region’s most influential talent of all time,” in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Rocky was chosen by Jo Lauria of the American Craft Council to install a ceramic art piece at the Eastern State Penitentiary for the 2010 Philadelphia NCECA conference. He was also honored with a $20,000 award from the Santa Cruz Rydel Visual Arts Fund of 2012/2013. In 2019, he founded Rockford Gallery Contemporary Ceramics in Boulder Creek, California. In his first summer at the space Rocky exhibited three of his most recent bodies of work.

Marco Marquez,
Instructor, Graphic Design

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Marco Marquez, is a graphic design consultant, educator, and artist. Marco has worked in the design industry for over 20 years. He began his career as an in-house designer and transitioned into design agencies where he worked for cornerstone clients such as Cisco, Sony, and Apple. Marco previously served as a senior lecturer at Santa Clara University. In 2013 Marco joined De Anza College as the lead instructor and program manager in Graphic and Interactive Design. Marco has served as the Art Department chair and has taught well over one hundred design and animation courses. 


As a design consultant Marco has worked with Silicon Valley clients on an array of projects. Projects have included web development, logo design, branding, brochures, catalogs, user interfaces, and illustrations. These projects were created for clients in the medical, retail, fine arts, mobile, and game design industries. Marco’s services include branding, UI development, infographics, visual design, way finding, print publication, and production. Previous clients include The City of Palo Alto, The Palo Alto Art Center, Stanford University, Santa Clara University, and numerous Silicon Valley startups. Marco holds a B.A. in Fine Art from Santa Clara University and an M.F.A. in Computer Art with a new media emphasis from the New York School of Visual Arts.

Elizabeth Mjelde,
Instructor, Art History

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Elizabeth Mjelde teaches art history and women’s studies. She loves working with De Anza students in the classroom and online, exploring the visual and social power of art and clarifying different methods of interpretation. Elizabeth researches the intersections between landscape imagery, colonialism, and violence, and regularly shares her work at conferences and workshops. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of North Dakota, an M.A. from UC Santa Barbara, and a B.A. from Cal State Long Beach. 

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Catie Cadge-Moore,
Instructor, Art History

Catie Cadge-Moore received her MA in Art History from the University of Washington and her PhD from the University of Victoria, British Columbia. Her area of expertise is Non-Western art with an emphasis upon Native North American and African art history. She has been a tenured instructor at De Anza College since 1999.

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Meiru Huang,
Part-Time Faculty Instructor, Drawing

Since childhood, Meiru has been learning and practicing art. She especially enjoys teaching various drawing and painting techniques. Having earned a Master of Fine Arts from San Jose State University with an emphasis in Pictorial Art, Meiru has additional interests in printmaking, wheel-throwing and book art. Although being an art instructor and exhibiting artists in the Bay Area is a daily challenge, she feels it is also rewarding. Meiru says, “The most wonderful thing about teaching is that once in a while, we have a chance to help others make an important mark in their lives. As a student, I was greatly influenced by my art mentor. Given a teaching opportunity, I feel more than honored to contribute to our art community.”

 Adjunct Instructors

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Linda Becerril,
Part-Time Faculty Instructor, Art History

Linda is a Bay Area native and an alumna of De Anza College taking courses in Art History and Dance. After graduating from De Anza, Linda worked at high tech companies such as Apple, Motorola and NetApp in program management. Her passion, however, was in the arts. She left high tech and returned to college and received a B.A. in Art History from Smith College in Massachusetts and attended UC Davis for her M.A. in Art History with emphasis on the History of Photography and Modern Art.  She has been teaching Art History at De Anza since 2011.

    • A.A. Liberal Arts, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA
    • B.A. Art History, Smith College, Northampton, MA
    • M.A. Art History, University of California, Davis, CA

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Prakash Chandras,
Part-Time Faculty Instructor, Drawing

Prakash Chandras has extensive professional experience as an active artist and instructor of fine arts.  His artwork has been featured in local newspapers along with displayed in galleries internationally as well as nationally.  His experience includes instructing at De Anza College, for 30+ years, along with other local community colleges and as an Assistant Gallery Director in NYC.  His education presents an MFA/Painting from San Jose State University, MBA awarded at the University of New Mexico, along with additional art courses under renowned artists at Arts Student League in NYC and Wooster Art College.

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Patricia Jauch,
Part-Time Faculty Instructor, 3D Design and Sculpture

Patricia Jauch is a contemporary artist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Working with variety of mediums, she seeks to educate her viewers on issues that she feels important; the disciplines of Science, Natural History, Anthropology, Sociology & Ethnology
    • Master of Fine Arts in Spatial Studies, San José State University, CA
    • Bachelor of Arts, San José State University, CA

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Yael Karmi,
Part-Time Faculty Instructor, Art History

Yael Karmi is passionate about art and education. She was born and raised in Israel, where she earned her B.A. in Literature and Philosophy. Later she completed her M.A. in Art History at San Jose State University and has been teaching Art History at De Anza since 2006.

Yael’s teaching philosophy is rooted in her belief that every student deserves respect, acceptance, and the opportunity to be the best lifelong learner he or she can be. Outside of De Anza Yael is also the head of a Hebrew Language school located in Los Gatos.

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Gokce Kasikci,
Part-Time Faculty Instructor, Graphic Design

I have been working as an art director and a graphic designer for more than 17 years, and have been teaching more than 12 years. I have current colleagues, previously students working all over the world at different roles and capacities, and I am very proud of them. I have a graduate degree from San Diego State University in Multimedia and have recently gone back to school to earn my doctorate. Teaching is my passion. I hope to see you in one of my classes.

Natasha Kleit,
Part-Time Faculty Instructor, Art History

Masako Miki,
Part-Time Faculty Instructor, Drawing


Deborah Pasturel,
Part-Time Faculty Instructor, Art History

Paul Roehl,
Part-Time Faculty Instructor, Art History


Darren Kerr,
Part-Time Faculty Instruct

Lei Chi,
Part-Time Faculty Instruct

Emeritus Instructor

Moto Ohtake,
Part-Time Faculty Instructor, Sculpture



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Alyssa Vanzandt,
Laboratory Tech, Art

Christian Bonner,
Ceramics Technician

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