ARTIST-INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHIES


2017 Camp Director

Amanda Schmidt is returning for her seventh summer as Laumeier's Camp Director. She is currently pursuing a K–12 Art Certification after several years as a Teacher’s Aid at St. Louis Public School District Shaw VPA Elementary. Her background includes working with the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools and creating summer camps for the Columbia Art League.


2017 Camp Counselors

Mara Cruvant received her B.F.A. in Painting from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013. She is a professional artist with experience in teaching and organic farming. Her interests include gardening and sustainability. 

Charlottle Le Baron Peretz received her B.F.A. in Illustration from Savannah Collage of Art and Design in Georgia and has a K–12 Art Certification. She currently teaches art at St. Louis Charter School.

Allison Lesch received her B.A. in Studio Art and Art History from St. Louis University. She is currently pursuing graduate-level certification in Art Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Her areas of focus are illustration, design and screen printing. This will be Allison's fifth summer at Laumeier Art Camp.

Andrea Linskey is currently a ceramics studio instructor at Laumeier and will serve as a lead Camp Counselor this summer. She received both her B.A. in Visual Arts and M.A.E. in Arts Education from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. She also teaches art at Rockwood South Middle School in Fenton and Craft Alliance.

Lynda Rasmussen has been an active leader in the St. Louis art community and will be continuing her art education experience as a Camp Counselor at Laumeier. She received her B.S. in Art Education from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville with a minor in Psychology and is currently a middle school art teacher for St. Louis Public Schools. Her skills include (but are not limited to) fibers, metal work, wood, photography, ceramics, painting and printmaking.

Allana Ross received her M.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis where she focused on printmaking and installation. She is fluent in both Spanish and French, has experience with organic farming, and teaches aerial yoga. This will be Allana’s second summer as a Camp Counselor at Laumeier. 


2017 Assistant Counselors

Hanna Fox is a sophomore at the University of Wyoming where she is double majoring in Art and Environment & Natural Resources with a minor in Outdoor Leadership. She specializes in drawing, painting, ceramics and sculpture. A former camper, Hanna is excited to return to Laumeier’s learning environment.

Ashley Freeland received her B.A. in Art Education from Illinois State University. She is currently an art teacher in the Wentzville School District. The main focus of her personal art practice is painting and drawing. She also enjoys being outside in nature.

Danna Hilleren is a full-time student at St. Louis Community College-Meramec where she is studying for a B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Ecology. She enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and slacklining. This passion for nature heavily influences her work in ceramics. Danna discovered the importance of outdoor education when she was a Laumeier camper and is returning this summer on staff so that she can continue to inspire campers’ interests in art and nature.

Madeline Jones is originally from St. Louis and is currently a senior at Southeast Missouri State in the Art program. She is returning to Laumeier for her third summer as an Assistant Counselor. Her interests include graphic design, drawing, painting and book binding.

Caroline Lesch is a recent graduate from Webster Groves High School, where she was an active member of the National Honors Society and orchestra. She has volunteered at several Art Camps and Art Fairs and is returning to Laumeier as an Assistant Counselor this summer. Caroline will be attending Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, starting this fall.

Leah Ramspott is currently a junior at Nerinx Hall High School and is a former Laumeier camper. She has a wide variety of interests including art, competitive sports and the outdoors. She is excited to be combining her passion for art and the outdoors as an Assistant Counselor at Laumeier this summer!