Welcome From the staff and faculty
Come meet the staff and faculty at the CBC Arts Center. We are composed of award winning directors, performers and artists who are well renowned in our region and state. Our faculty is highly educated in their fields of study and are talented clinicians who travel the nation working with artists, galleries and performing groups.
Art Center Staff
Dean for the School of Arts, Humanities & Communication
Bill McKay, Dean of Arts, Humanities and Communication at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Washington, received his degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Washington and the University of Texas at Austin. Read More
Prior to his administrative appointment in 1998, he was a member of the music faculty at Columbia Basin College. Mr. McKay remains active as a working artist. He has been a guest artist with the Mid-Columbia Symphony on several occasions dating back to having won the Young Artist Competition resulting in two “first movement” concerto performances with the orchestra. Since moving back to the Tri-Cities after his time in Texas, he has performed the Beethoven Concerto #5, the Carnival of the Animals by Saint Saens with Libby Watrous, the Gershwin Concerto in F, as well as the Rhapsody in Blue and Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 453 with the Mid-Columbia Symphony. Additionally, he has also performed the Rhapsody in Blue with the Inland Northwest Musicians and twice with the Columbia Basin Concert Band. As a jazz pianist, he plays in the Columbia Basin Jazz Orchestra (CBJO) which has backed up jazz artists under the umbrella of the Jazz Unlimited Festival at CBC. In 2018, he and Dr. Jody Graves from Eastern Washington University made their two-piano team debut with a performance of the Carnival of the Animals at CBC with the INWM and Lee Freese conducting.
As an arts administrator, in 2005, he was appointed by Governor Locke as a commissioner for the Washington State Arts Commission and in 2007 was re-appointed by Governor Gregoire and continues to remain active in Washington State arts advocacy. At Columbia Basin College, along with the faculty and staff, he oversees the Jazz Unlimited Festival, The Summer Showcase Series, The Community Lecture Series and The Esvelt Gallery. Bill continues to be active on various community arts boards.
Program Support Supervisor
I am an administrative professional with over 30 years of experience in the higher education system. I use my skills and abilities to assist the faculty, students and staff in the School of Arts, Humanities & Communication to achieve their educational and professional goals. Read More
As Secretary Senior for the School of Arts, Humanities & Communications, I provide support to our faculty by ensuring they have what they need to successfully conduct classes and help our students to succeed. Read More
Visual Arts Faculty
Professor Tracy Walker began her career with Columbia Basin College in 2001 where she currently teaches painting, drawing, illustration, and the art history sequence and as well as Art Appreciation and 2D-Design in the past. Along with teaching, Tracy is a practicing artist whose paintings explores both social and cultural themes that touch on current events, historic perspectives, and personal experiences.Read More
Rachel Smith is a multidisciplinary artist, educator and curator whose artwork investigate the complexities of the individual and the collective as it relates to memory, processes, and materials. Her artwork uses ephemeral materials within mixed media, collage, performance and installation works.
She has curated exhibitions including: Construct at the Foundry Vineyards in Read More
Smith received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Idaho and Bachelor of Art in Commercial Art from Walla Walla University. She currently maintains a studio practice in Walla Walla, WA. and is an Associate Professor of Art at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, WA and teaches Art Appreciation, 2D Design, Graphic Design and Professional Practices.
I was born in California and moved to Washington in 2010 in pursuit of my Masters in Fine Art at the University of Idaho. At Columbia Basin College I have had the privilege to pursue my passion of being both an artist and an educator. Ever since I can remember I have loved to create. It seemed like magic when you took something that you could only see in your head and make it real. Read More
Kayleigh Lang (b. 1990) is an artist currently located in Walla Walla, Washington. They grew up in Cheyenne, WY, and graduated with a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Wyoming. In 2010, they spent a year studying Japanese art and language at Kobe College in Nishinomiya, Japan. In 2016, they graduated with an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Washington State University. Read More
Gallery Director/Adjunct Instructor
I am a ceramic artist, painter, and educator who taught in the art department at Skagit Valley College for 34 years, along with being the gallery director and department chair. I retired from that position ten years ago. Read More
Collin Wilson, DMA, is the director of the Columbia Basin College Jazz Ensemble and Conductor of the CBC Concert Band. As an Associate Professor of Music at Columbia Basin College he also directs the jazz combos, teaches saxophone, jazz history and music theory. Read More
Bruce Walker Jr.
Bruce Walker is an Associate Professor of Music at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, WA, Music Directorfor the Yakima Youth Symphony in Yakima, WA, Principal Guest Conductor for the Oregon EastSymphony in Pendleton, OR and is President-elect of the Washington Chapter of the American String Teachers Association. Read More
Adjunct Instructor – Piano
Sheila Gephart holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Whitworth College and a master’s degree in music from Washington State University. She taught K-8 general music at Christ the King and St. Joseph’s Catholic Schools for 15 years. She currently teaches Class Piano at Columbia Basin College. Read More
Senior Associate Professor -retired
Dave earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at Central Washington University. After several successful years teaching at the high school level, he is now in his 26th year as Director of Choral Instruction at Columbia Basin College, where he directs the vocal jazz ensemble FreeForm, the Desertones Chamber Choir, and the Concert Choir. Read More
Senior Associate Professor
I design scenery, lighting and sound for many companies and universities across the county including Snowy Range Summer Theatre, Washington East Opera, Prinicipia College, Las Memorias Performance Project and Idaho Repertory Theatre. Read More
Bryan McGlothin has been working on stage and screen for over twenty years and joined Screen ActorsGuild in 1999. He began teaching Acting For The Camera, at Columbia Basin College, in 2010. He studied with Broadway actor Chris Wilson and her son, Brandon Smith, in Houston, Texas. Read More
I am a director, actor and teacher whose work is focused, primarily, on new and contemporary plays and musicals. My work has taken me all around the country to direct at companies and universities/colleges such as the acclaimed Bay Street Theater in New York, Redwood Curtain Theatre, The Rude Mechanicals, Lewis-Clark StateCollege, University of Idaho, Lake City Playhouse and the Academy of Children’s Theatre. Read More
As a teaching artist I have worked with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), Idaho State Thespians, Humboldt State University, Coeur D’Alene High School, InlandNorthwest Theatre Arts Festival and the HEAR ME! Monologue Showcase in NYC. As well as working asa director and teaching artist I also served as the associate artistic director at The Rude Mechanicals in Eastern Washington for two seasons.
Topics I teach include Acting methodologies of Kelly Quinnett, Stanislavski’s System, Uta Hagen, Baron Kelly, Carol Rosenfeld, and Michael Chekhov with focus on objectives and atmospheres. Other topics include children’s theatre, stage intimacy, directing, arts management, and animal movement. I am a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).