Lia Upchurch joined the RAC AEP6 Research Team in September 2022 as a research assistant. While new to the St. Louis area, Lia has been moved by the openness, earnestness, and charm of the residents of this city. Lia looks forward to working with RAC and being involved in the local art community.
Lia is an illustrator with a background in Art Education; teaching at various art studios, and directing community outreach for various companies. She loves everything watercolor and gouache painting, wet/needle felting, and basket weaving, but their latest obsession has been making paper mâché vessels. She’s passionate about teaching new techniques, skills, and experiences to anyone who’s interested in experiencing the endless possibilities of creating art. A core piece of their teaching philosophy is that they find the more involved in the local community the better educator, mentor, and artist one becomes. Outside of the art studio, you can always find her walking her trusty old dog, Millie, fly fishing, or reading as many graphic novels as possible.