Master Teacher Award

VisArts has recognized one member of its faculty with the Master Teacher Award since 2001. The award was renamed in 2011 to honor the memory of long-time watercolor instructor Shelly Shepherd. Shepherd was extremely dedicated to her students and was an excellent teacher. She was a fixture at VisArts for many years, always accompanied by her dog Buster and known for her sense of humor.

The Shelly Shepherd Master Teacher Award goes to an instructor who exemplifies the organization’s mission through his or her excellence, creativity and dedication to students. Students, staff, faculty, board members and members of the greater Richmond community are invited to nominate their favorite instructor for the award. Nominations are accepted in the winter of each year and award recipients are honored at Collectors’ Night as well as the opening of VisArts’ annual [work] exhibition.

Recipients of the Shelly Shepherd Master Teacher Award

Tommy Van Auken
Jeff Vick
Leslie Shiel
Tesni Stephen
Lisa Fisher Johnson
Jay Sharpe
Jim Valentine
David Tanner
Susan Quinnild
Kirk O’Brien
Shelly Bechtel Shepherd
Richard McCord

The nomination period for the 2017 Shelly Shepherd Master Teacher Award has closed. The award will be presented at Collectors’ Night on March 17, 2018.